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Old 06-24-2008, 06:16 PM
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Isn't there some sort of gov't program in LA County (or California) that will pay you to junk old cars? I've seen info in the past but can't remember where or how much. I know the car had to be registered and running to qualify. Does anyone know anything about it?
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Old 06-24-2008, 08:12 PM
Location: La Mirada, CA
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There is a charity called "Cars for Causes" or otherwise try Ecology Auto Wrecking. I don't know of any gov't programs though.
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Old 06-24-2008, 08:13 PM
Location: Hot Springs, AR
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The State had the program but it was suspended for lack of funds. It may be back - I don't know. Check the DMV website. It's probably under a smog banner or category because the goal is to get gross polluters off of the road.
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Old 06-25-2008, 04:01 PM
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yes you get 1 G for getting rid of your car. you have to fill out paper work that says it is going to be junked because it is nothing but a smog producing wreck.

you have to work that out with the DMV. then once you have given the plates back you have to junk it. either have it towed or driven.

there are a few places in the county. we took our clunker to the wilmington site. its a Pick ur parts place.

the trickiest part is actually getting it to the dump site without the plates. if you are pulled over im sure the cops will understand. but it was a risk taking it thru the hood with out plates.

i cant remember too many specifics but another friend recently looked into this. i will try to get more info.
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Old 06-25-2008, 04:43 PM
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If it's in working condition and you can donate it to charity, you can take a tax deduction. Just make sure you do it the right way, with a reputable charity and get full documentation for tax purposes.
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Old 06-25-2008, 05:56 PM
Location: Sherman Oaks, CA
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A friend of mine did this. His car couldn't pass smog, and it would have cost more to fix than the car was worth, so he filled out a form that basically stated he was junking it, the state paid him $1,000, and then he took the car to a junk yard. It's a nice way to make some money, although to this day he still feels like he was being "disloyal" to his car!
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Old 06-25-2008, 06:45 PM
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Thanks everyone, the car just passed SMOG so I guess it won't qualify. It is my kid's car so the right off won't help her. Oh well looks like another one for Craigs.
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Old 06-26-2008, 01:51 AM
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Or you could give it to Ecology. You could get abotu $500 if it is a POS.
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