Trading in a non-running car

Trading in a non-running car

Yes, you can trade in a non-running car. While dealerships may prefer cars that need minimal repairs, private buyers and professional vehicle salvagers are also potential buyers who may offer competitive prices for your vehicle, regardless of its condition.

Trading in a Non-Running Car

Ever found yourself staring at an old car that’s seen better days, thinking, “What in the wide world am I going to do with you?” Well, you’re not alone. Across Australia, from the bustling streets of Sydney to the quiet corners of Adelaide, many folks are sitting with vehicles that wouldn’t even budge if you promised them a trip to the nearest servo for some treats.

The Lay of the Land

Let’s cut to the chase: selling a car that’s more of a giant paperweight than a vehicle can feel like you’re trying to sell ice to Eskimos. But fear not, because at Ezy Car Wreckers, we’ve got a few tricks up our sleeve to turn that metal mountain into a little treasure island.

Is Trading in Your Stationary Steel Steed Even Possible?

Short answer: Yep, as possible as finding a kangaroo in your backyard (which, depending on where you live, might not be that uncommon!). But before you start dreaming of swapping your non-starter for a pile of cash, let’s have a real talk about who’s going to be interested in your four-wheeled friend.

Dealerships might give you the side-eye, looking for rides they can spruce up and sell on without breaking the bank. Your car, which currently wouldn’t win a race against a snail, might not be their cup of tea. However, don’t throw in the towel just yet.

Who’s Going to Bite?

  1. Dealerships: Yes, they’re picky, but if your car is a fixer-upper rather than a write-off, you might be in luck.
  2. Private Buyers: There’s a lid for every pot and perhaps someone’s looking for exactly what you’ve got, especially if it’s got a bit of character or is a sought-after model.
  3. Car Salvagers: These are your go-to. No fuss about condition; they see the beauty in the beast – or at least the value in its parts.

Wondering about getting some cash for your old mate? Check out our guide on how much does cash for junk cars pay.

Choosing Your Buyer: A Quick How-To

Our tip? Shop around. Get a few quotes. Make it a bit of a competition – who’s going to offer the most for your automotive relic? Sometimes, the answer might surprise you. Curious about who pays the highest cash for junk cars? Dive into our analysis here.

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Consider Fixing It Up? Think Again

You might ponder, “Should I give it a bit of TLC and see if it’s worth more?” A visit to the mechanic for a quote is a good start, but weigh that against what you could get without the extra hassle. Sometimes, letting go is the best option.

Not sure if your car is ready to be dumped? We’ve laid out the telltale signs your car is ready to be dumped.

Keeping It Above Board

Selling your stationary chariot involves a bit of paperwork – but don’t fret, it’s nothing you can’t handle. Whether your car’s taking up valuable space in your driveway or it’s become a makeshift planter, here’s the gist:

  • For a Registered Car: You’ll need to shuffle some paperwork to the buyer or VicRoads, including a vehicle transfer form and the rego certificate.
  • For an Unregistered Car: Life’s a bit simpler here. Just a receipt will do, making sure everyone’s clear on who’s taking what.

For more tips on dealing with paperwork and legalities, have a peek at our insights on selling an unwanted car.

Why Choose Ezy Car Wreckers?

You’re probably thinking, “Why should I go with Ezy Car Wreckers?” Well, we’re like the mate who helps you move house and doesn’t complain once. We’re all about making this as easy as pie for you – offering fair prices, quick quotes, and even a free tow if your car’s decided to become part of the landscape.

Looking for more reasons? Learn how we make it easy to get rid of your old car and how you can secure top cash for old cars up to $9999.

Marcus Oliver

Article By Marcus Oliver

His qualifications and over 22 years experience in the cash for cars industry make him a renowned car valuation expert for vehicles of all conditions. As the Automotive Acquisition Specialist, a dedicated automotive buyer and as a Certified Car Appraiser,, he has shaped the company's narrative, emphasizing sustainable car recycling. His expertise and commitment have solidified Ezy Car Wreckers' reputation in Adelaide.