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06-28-2019 07:39 AM
strelnik
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Originally Posted by logan74k View Post
Hey all - got an old '08 violating my HOA codes in the driveway and need to sell/donate. Anybody have opinions on best place to get good value sending off effectively a totaled Smart? I'll run through the laundry list of its woes:

- Frozen steering wheel - does not move one bit either direction, wheels are effectively locked forward. No idea what the problem is here.
- Rusted off muffler - junction broken @ engine, muffler swings freely
- Two snapped front springs, just draped around the front shocks.
- One deflated, unfixable tire
- Dead battery, but car will not start even with a charged battery. Electronic system error everyone here will be familiar with.
- Broken off antenna

To fix all of these things would probably come to the 3k mark and definitely not worth it for me, considering this car was driven carefully on smooth roads and all of these things happened as though it was being jumped in mud games or something. I think that about sums it up. Thoughts on what best to do with it would be much appreciated. Thanks!

If you want to work out a deal and have it picked up, let me know. I am across the border in Michigan with an identical car that needs many many things. Send me a PM. I have 4 days vacation coming up too.
06-28-2019 06:00 AM
Miss Mercedes If you want a tax write-off, a donation is basically your only choice. I think even Goodwill has a service to take cars.
06-28-2019 01:01 AM
logan74k Car last ran probably 3 years ago, but I need to be able to at least claim a tax writeoff for this thing.

3k might be pessimistic for a fix, but it'd definitely at least 2k taking it to a shop around here. A mysterious locked up steering column? An undiagnosed computer fault? The laundry list would turn any mechanic's pupils into dollar signs.

Worth looking into the donation places I guess. Thanks
06-27-2019 04:47 PM
beakyboy It's worth more than you think if the engine is good. I'd think a rear engine/trans assembly would be worth at least $2200 with a new clutch installed.
06-24-2019 09:16 AM
Miss Mercedes You're in Chicago? I could hitch a trailer and drag it home! When was the car last running?
06-23-2019 06:57 PM
atikovi Cash for Cars :: Sell Used Cars, Trucks or SUVs :: Cars.IAAI.com

Might only get $100 or $200 but you want it gone.
06-22-2019 04:13 AM
twcom
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Originally Posted by logan74k View Post

Considering this car was driven carefully on smooth roads and all of these things happened as though it was being jumped in mud games or something.

06-21-2019 05:00 PM
1983JZR3W PM Miss Mercedes. She is in the Chicago area and runs a home for orphaned smarts. She will probably be interested in an adoption.
06-21-2019 10:42 AM
Apexerman Vehicle donation. We had an old Toyota that wasn't worth fixing, so we donated to a worthy cause (Arthritis Foundation) for the tax writeoff.
06-21-2019 07:57 AM
SubRosa If you watch PBS or listen to NPR, call your local station and they will take it away and give you a writeoff valuation.


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