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Archie F. Swin
03-13-2006, 09:26 AM
I have a '99 Taurus(1 of 3 cars I own) with 120k plus miles on it. Were awaiting the final prognosis, but our fear is it may have blown a head gasket (as my wife was driving it home from the mechanic). We've become very frustrated with this car and instead of paying for this repair if its going to break us, we'd rather try and sell the vehicle as is since we owe nothing on it. Are there people out there who's business it is to buy cars for parts or junk cars? We'd rather just wash our hands of this mess. How can I determine the street value of the vehicle? Any recommendations? I'm tempted to use explosives.

StcChief
03-13-2006, 09:28 AM
Check with Kidney foundation they may take it off your hands..You get tax right off next year 2006....

I sold a car with broken tranny 250K miles in 2000
got 700 tax break.

Skip Towne
03-13-2006, 09:33 AM
It's a Ford you say? Should bring about $40.

Archie F. Swin
03-13-2006, 09:38 AM
It's a Ford you say? Should bring about $40.
Ok....but you'd have to come get it. Straight down I-44 baby!;)

JimNasium
03-13-2006, 09:41 AM
Check with Kidney foundation they may take it off your hands..You get tax right off next year 2006....

I sold a car with broken tranny 250K miles in 2000
got 700 tax break.
I believe that the rules have recently changed on this. Anyone?

SLAG
03-13-2006, 09:43 AM
ive got a 92 buick that was running with a knock when we parked it I think its spun a bearing...
the Inside is pretty good shape and it has new tires on it as well
if anyone wants it PM me... Id sell it cheap

Archie F. Swin
03-13-2006, 09:44 AM
yeah, I think the feds have changed the rules on car donations. You have to claim the actual value of your particular vehicle I believe. Not the good deal it used to be.

Bwana
03-13-2006, 09:48 AM
A '99 Taurus huh....ouch. When I was in the business we called them a (Cle-Taurus) I have never been very fond of them because of the head gasket issue, err, that and their trannies tend to implode. :shake:

Here is what I would do. Go to your local auto parts store and try to find a product called Blue Devil Engine & Cooling Sealant. That stuff works about 95% of the time. It's a bit on the expensive side, $59.95 a quart, but a quart is a full treatment. Unless the leak is huge, it should take care of it.

As far as price if you do nothing, wow, I have no idea other than to say no much. You would get the most money parting it out, but that can be a pain as well and you still have to deal with the car carcass after it's picked over. Iím going to send you a smoke in a minute that may help.

StcChief
03-13-2006, 09:48 AM
yeah, I think the feds have changed the rules on car donations. You have to claim the actual value of your particular vehicle I believe. Not the good deal it used to be.

$700 was the actual value... Rebuilt tranny installed was $800.

The running value was $1500.

Wasn't going to try and screw the Feds, last thing I want is an audit.

Iowanian
03-13-2006, 10:14 AM
It'll be worth 50-100 as a crusher/parts car at a salvage yard.

StcChief
03-13-2006, 10:18 AM
It'll be worth 50-100 as a crusher/parts car at a salvage yard.
I called salvage on mine, figured they would part out some of the newer parts....alternator, engine etc.

$100 bucks if I brought it in, if they picked it up nothing.

Rausch
03-13-2006, 10:20 AM
Since this seems to be the thread, curious what a 2 door 98 honda civic sadan with 122k (in perfect condition) could bring.

Bwana
03-13-2006, 10:26 AM
Since this seems to be the thread, curious what a 2 door 98 honda civic sadan with 122k (in perfect condition) could bring.

Dx, LX, EX, SE? 5 spd or auto.

BTW: If you have a 2 door and a sadan, you have a ONE OF A KIND Honda Rausch. :p

Iowanian
03-13-2006, 10:27 AM
bluebook boys...bluebook

Dunit35
03-13-2006, 10:42 AM
kbb.com does wonders sometimes.

Bwana
03-13-2006, 10:45 AM
kbb.com does wonders sometimes.

"IF" his area uses Kelly for the value of cars, they may use that, or, NADA, or Edmonds.

Rausch
03-13-2006, 11:14 AM
bluebook boys...bluebook


Bluebook says what it's worth, not what I'm likely to get.

Comic books/gold coins/baseball cards/pictures of Dick Chaney naked are all worth money, but you can only get what people are willing to pay for them...

Iowanian
03-13-2006, 11:18 AM
The trade value should tell you approximately what range you should be thinking Raush. It doesn't mean you're going to get 2500, because thats what it says, but it should be a good starting point.

Bwana
03-13-2006, 11:23 AM
So has the T-Belt been done, (If so, at what mileage?) and once again, is it a 5 spd or and automatic?

Rausch
03-13-2006, 11:27 AM
So has the T-Belt been done, (If so, at what mileage?) and once again, is it a 5 spd or and automatic?

T-belt replaced when I bought it at 110 and 5 speed.

Bwana
03-13-2006, 11:32 AM
T-belt replaced when I bought it at 110 and 5 speed.
Good on the T-Belt and don't worry about the hit for the 5 spd in the book. People either want a 5 speed, or they don't and they will get great mileage with the 5 spd So just ignore that figure. So DX, LX or EX?

Bwana
03-20-2006, 05:22 PM
So what ever happened to the (cle)Taurus. Did they ever figure out what was wrong with the beast?

Cochise
03-20-2006, 05:26 PM
When I was in high school I had a Ford Tempo(rary) that blew the headgasket too. I think some guy tossed my dad a couple of peanuts and offered to haul it away for us.

SLAG
03-20-2006, 05:42 PM
I still got a 91 Buick Skylark that was running with a knock when we parked it... its in good conditon body and interior

Archie F. Swin
03-20-2006, 07:29 PM
So what ever happened to the (cle)Taurus. Did they ever figure out what was wrong with the beast?

my mechanic says it needs a new engine
:harumph:

Bwana
03-20-2006, 07:40 PM
Ouch

Cave Johnson
03-20-2006, 08:59 PM
I had the head gasket blow on my last car, a '95 Civic, in late 2000 or early 2001. Only ran something like $700 to have it machined and fixed. A few of the off-Honda repair places I spoke with highly recommended against fixing it and wanted to install a new engine. I drove it another almost 100K miles before selling it.

So I guess the point of my post is you might want to get a 2d opinion. Then again, your transmission is probably driving on borrowed time.

Halfcan
03-20-2006, 09:30 PM
I have a '99 Taurus(1 of 3 cars I own) with 120k plus miles on it. Were awaiting the final prognosis, but our fear is it may have blown a head gasket (as my wife was driving it home from the mechanic). We've become very frustrated with this car and instead of paying for this repair if its going to break us, we'd rather try and sell the vehicle as is since we owe nothing on it. Are there people out there who's business it is to buy cars for parts or junk cars? We'd rather just wash our hands of this mess. How can I determine the street value of the vehicle? Any recommendations? I'm tempted to use explosives.

Tow it in to CarMax-take your $100 and be glad. A Ford actually made it over 100k in miles before it crapped out. That is a shocker.

Halfcan
03-20-2006, 09:33 PM
Kelly Blue Book is a joke. They use dealer numbers to get their data and usually run 2 months behind the market.

Skip Towne
03-20-2006, 09:38 PM
Tow it in to CarMax-take your $100 and be glad. A Ford actually made it over 100k in miles before it crapped out. That is a shocker.
You're smarter than I thought. Before this I thought you were an idiot.

Archie F. Swin
03-20-2006, 09:39 PM
I wonder if ebay would be worth a try

EDIT: my wrench offered me $300 for it

Halfcan
03-20-2006, 10:00 PM
You're smarter than I thought. Before this I thought you were an idiot.

Common misconception, based on a fabricated masquerade, perpetrated with cunning execution.

Skip Towne
03-20-2006, 10:08 PM
Common misconception, based on a fabricated masquerade, perpetrated with cunning execution.
I was right the first time.