Selling a broken car: Your vehicle has seen better days – What now?

Selling a broken car: Your vehicle has seen 
better days – What now?

Defektes Auto und Unfallwagen zu verkaufen

It probably comes sooner or later for every car owner: the beloved vehicle gives up the ghost. Whether a technical failure, an accident or simply signs of aging – you often face the question: What now? Should I sell my broken car? Is it even worth it? Here you can find out how you should proceed in such a situation.

The dilemma: Car is broken – What now?

First of all, it is important to identify the type of defect, because not all damage is the same:

  1. Mechanical defects: These are problems that affect the inner workings of the car, such as engine or gearbox damage.
  2. Electrical problems: These range from defective sensors to problems with the vehicle's electronics.
  3. Bodywork damage: This includes sheet metal damage after accidents or due to corrosion.
  4. Wearing parts: These are parts that wear out through normal use, such as brakes or tires.
  5. Defects caused by external influences: This includes damage caused by weather, vandalism or accidents.

A defect or accident usually occurs unexpectedly. The first and most important step is to ensure safety and make sure that there is no danger to people. Once the immediate danger has been averted, the damage should be assessed. In any case, it is advisable to call in an expert to assess the damage and the repair costs involved.

Repair or sell?

  1. Repairing the car: This may be the first and most obvious option, especially if you are emotionally attached to the car. But there are also disadvantages:
    • High costs: Depending on the damage, repair costs can escalate, often exceeding the actual value of the car, especially with older vehicles.
    • Time-consuming: A repair can take a lot of time during which the car is not available.
  2. Selling the broken car: Instead of repairing the vehicle, you can also choose to sell it. This may seem paradoxical at first – who buys a broken car? But there are valid reasons to consider this option:
    • Creating space: A broken car that is only in the garage or in the yard not only takes up space physically, but often also puts a strain on the mind. Free yourself from this "old burden" and make room for new things.
    • Environmental friendliness: Older models in particular are often no longer state-of-the-art. They consume more fuel and emit more pollutants. Selling and possibly recycling parts can therefore benefit the environment.
    • Extra money: Even if it is broken, your car still has a material value. Many dealers are specialized in the purchase of defective cars and use the still functioning parts.
    • New start: A broken car can be a constant reminder of an accident or a bad decision. With the sale you can complete this stage of life and start again.

When is the best time to sell?

Of course, a decisive factor is the repair costs, so if they exceed the current value of your car, a sale is advisable. Even if the car has emotional value, you should turn on the head and look at the financial side. A car that is often in the workshop can be more expensive than a new model in the long run.

Selling a broken car: A detailed guide

  1. Determine values: A first step should be to determine the current value of your car despite damage. Use specialized online platforms or let experts estimate your vehicle.
  2. Sorting documents: Have the vehicle registration document, the latest TÜV report and other relevant documents ready. This speeds up the sales process enormously.
  3. Transparent communication: Honestly state all defects and damages. This creates trust and prevents unpleasant surprises during the visit.
  4. Getting multiple offers: This is especially important to get an overview of the market value. Do not bet on the first offer but compare!
  5. Taking photos: Good, meaningful photos from all sides and especially from the damage can help potential buyers to get an idea of the condition of the car. – When everything else no longer makes sense

Finally, an important note: If you notice that the effort is too great or the achievable selling price is too low, then could be the ideal solution for you. Here you get a fair offer, without hidden costs. The whole process is made as easy and stress-free as possible for you. Give your car a last dignified farewell and start again!

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