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#4498189 - 08/25/17 09:32 PM Donating a car vs junkyard
97prizm Offline


Registered: 05/25/05
Posts: 748
Loc: USA
Hi All,

Sad day had my 97 geo towed off as my city said i cant have two non-running vehicles on my property. When did the city Nazi's show up. I've had the car 16 years so i have become quite attached. Two local junkyards lkq and pull n save said they didn't want it BUT wpuld give me $80 to crush it. It has $600 in new parts. I'm calling the EPA Monday as yhey know it has use left in it. I donated it a local highschool automotive program. Anybody else deal with this?
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#4498197 - 08/25/17 09:42 PM Re: Donating a car vs junkyard [Re: 97prizm]
Leo99 Offline


Registered: 03/30/14
Posts: 3039
Loc: NJ
Why were you keeping it if it doesn't run?
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#4498208 - 08/25/17 09:50 PM Re: Donating a car vs junkyard [Re: 97prizm]
Kuato Offline


Registered: 10/23/05
Posts: 7094
Loc: Colorado
Donation allows you to take a tax deduction, plus the chance it'll be back on the road and useful for someone. thumbsup

Just crushing a vehicle, especially one that's important to you ... no bueno.
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#4498219 - 08/25/17 10:17 PM Re: Donating a car vs junkyard [Re: 97prizm]
FordBroncoVWJeta Offline


Registered: 04/16/16
Posts: 766
Loc: KS
My high school used quite a few different donated cars. If they didn't run. You learned brakes on them. On the Hondas we learned how to take the takata airbags out without dying.
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#4498268 - 08/26/17 12:07 AM Re: Donating a car vs junkyard [Re: 97prizm]
PimTac Offline


Registered: 03/04/17
Posts: 4232
Loc: Soviet State of Washington
Why is it not running and is the fix expensive? If it can be repaired to run again so you can donate it or drive it yourself, that might be worth the fix. It will depend on the cost/benefit numbers. Donating a non-running vehicle is just transferring junk.
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#4498279 - 08/26/17 12:30 AM Re: Donating a car vs junkyard [Re: 97prizm]
Brybo86 Offline


Registered: 10/08/11
Posts: 2947
Loc: Chicago, IL
If I had a non running vehicle I would park it..... IN the garage. Not outside


Edited by Brybo86 (08/26/17 12:30 AM)
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#4498294 - 08/26/17 01:09 AM Re: Donating a car vs junkyard [Re: 97prizm]
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Registered: 08/28/14
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Loc: Tasmania, Australia
If it's on your property, and not on a public street, I don't see how it's anyone else's business.
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#4498307 - 08/26/17 01:42 AM Re: Donating a car vs junkyard [Re: 97prizm]
Silk Offline


Registered: 07/26/03
Posts: 4552
Loc: New Zealand
Yeah, that policy wouldn't go down well here. Part of owning a car is having another for spares.
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#4498313 - 08/26/17 02:01 AM Re: Donating a car vs junkyard [Re: 97prizm]
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Registered: 11/14/08
Posts: 8732
Loc: Phoenix
The last thing I want is a neighbor with a bunch of non-running cars sitting around.
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#4498335 - 08/26/17 05:06 AM Re: Donating a car vs junkyard [Re: 97prizm]
Olas Offline


Registered: 12/11/13
Posts: 3932
Loc: Manchester, England
The City doesnt own your property. Tell them to swivel.
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#4498374 - 08/26/17 06:43 AM Re: Donating a car vs junkyard [Re: Olas]
Kira Offline


Registered: 08/19/10
Posts: 5214
Loc: Champlain/Hudson Valley
Stop playing ignorant...it isn't very becoming.

Cities write their own ordinances. They can make you mow your lawn; you know that!

They even have more power by assigning "designated use areas". The wording can change with location.

MEANWHILE: Why not fix the car....get some new cars to keep the $600 of new parts company.

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#4498392 - 08/26/17 07:19 AM Re: Donating a car vs junkyard [Re: 97prizm]
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Registered: 12/07/03
Posts: 9559
Loc: Florida, Cape Coral
Cities and neighbors don't want a few homeowners to drag down property values buy having a junk yard on private property and I am one of them. Ed
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#4498425 - 08/26/17 07:56 AM Re: Donating a car vs junkyard [Re: 97prizm]
slacktide_bitog Offline


Registered: 03/20/08
Posts: 6141
Loc: USA
If you give it to the junkyard, you get the $80.

If you donate it, you get nothing. Plus, there are so many scams in the donation industry.

So, just take the $80 from the junkyard smile

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#4498455 - 08/26/17 08:49 AM Re: Donating a car vs junkyard [Re: 97prizm]
Barkleymut Offline


Registered: 01/27/04
Posts: 2704
Loc: Richmond, VA
the tax benefit only comes into play if you itemize deductions
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#4498472 - 08/26/17 09:09 AM Re: Donating a car vs junkyard [Re: 97prizm]
Donald Offline


Registered: 03/21/04
Posts: 20447
Loc: Upstate NY
The city does not want people to create mini-junkyards of cars. Was the vehicle registered?
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