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Old 08-21-2008, 08:19 PM
 
Location: NJ
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Default Best way to sell a used car in Jersey or donate to nonprofit.

I'm in NOrthern NJ, (close to nyc) and need to know the best way to sell a car quickly. I have a 1989 Toyota Camry in good condition and am asking 500 for it. I need to sell it within two weeks. If I can't sell it then I'll have to donate it.


What are good charities to donate a car in NJ? Maybe a non profit organization? I'd like the car to be put to good use...not just junked for parts because it still runs fine. It just needs a good cleaning inside and a radiator hose.
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Old 08-21-2008, 08:25 PM
 
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You could call your fire department. They might want it for training purposes.
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Old 08-21-2008, 08:28 PM
 
Location: NJ
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Ouch! That is a good idea, but I don't think I'd want my car to be torched. I am attached to it emotionally because my father bought it for me a long time ago and now he has recently passed. Looking at the car everyday makes me very sad and I want it to go to someone who needs it.
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Old 08-21-2008, 08:54 PM
 
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My dad, who lived in NJ for over 65 years, and who sold probably 15 cars during that time, swears by a classified ad in the Courier News. I'd probably go with the Star Ledger if your up farther north. With those ads, you also get online, so you get the old school and new school shoppers.

Good luck.
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Old 08-21-2008, 10:44 PM
 
Location: Weehawken
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I'd try sending an ad to Stevens Inst. in Hoboken or St Peter's Coll or the community college in JC. There must be some students who need cheap card.
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Old 08-22-2008, 06:50 AM
 
Location: Vermont
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ebay?
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Old 08-22-2008, 08:25 AM
 
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I was speaking with a tow truck driver who was also in the scrap business not long ago and the topic of donating a car came up. He was infuriated that people choose that option because they think they're helping a good cause while getting a tax benefit but in reality he explained that it's a rip-off because you have to make so much in salary to get the tax benefit and the people who take your car usually sell it for scrap and they make all the money - it's more of a scam than a legitimate organization trying to help people.

I don't know if all of this is true but I would investigate it before deciding to go that route.

As far as getting rid of your car quickly, try asking a used car dealer/s what they might give you for it. It's possible they may offer more than $500 and take it that day - if it's in good shape, they can re-sell it for more. I once sold an '86 firebird in not so good shape to a dealer in Jersey City for $500.

Good luck!
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Old 08-22-2008, 08:44 AM
 
Location: NJ
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Not true.
My dad used to take cars for the Watchung Rescue Squad. I can tell you that they put them to good use. The squad would come in and train with the jaws of life, then other times once the squad was done they would torch the car for the fire department to train. From what I remember, bringing them to the crap yard paid for the tow.

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I was speaking with a tow truck driver who was also in the scrap business not long ago and the topic of donating a car came up. He was infuriated that people choose that option because they think they're helping a good cause while getting a tax benefit but in reality he explained that it's a rip-off because you have to make so much in salary to get the tax benefit and the people who take your car usually sell it for scrap and they make all the money - it's more of a scam than a legitimate organization trying to help people.

I don't know if all of this is true but I would investigate it before deciding to go that route.

As far as getting rid of your car quickly, try asking a used car dealer/s what they might give you for it. It's possible they may offer more than $500 and take it that day - if it's in good shape, they can re-sell it for more. I once sold an '86 firebird in not so good shape to a dealer in Jersey City for $500.

Good luck!
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Old 08-22-2008, 08:58 AM
 
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Definitely call dealerships - you never know. And there should be several places online where you can post either for free or for a minimal fee. Good luck!
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Old 08-22-2008, 10:02 AM
 
Location: New Jersey
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try Craigslist - i sold mine in less than 2 weeks by posting an ad on Cragistlist. posting is free and you don't have to pay commission either.
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