Eco-Friendly Ways to Get Rid of an Old Vehicle


Everyone’s concerned about the environment nowadays. Whether you’re purchasing a new vehicle or taking your dog for a walk, there are many factors that you need to keep in mind if you want to truly be friendly to the environment. One of the most troublesome things to deal with is disposal. No one likes fly tippers and no one wants to be named and shamed for dropping litter in a park. Thankfully, governments understand that disposing of waste is a huge environmental concern, so there’s an increasing number of initiatives to get people to properly dispose of things like batteries and plastics.

However, there aren’t many eco-friendly ways to get rid of an old vehicle you don’t want. To give you some ideas, here are a couple of eco-friendly methods to dispose of it.

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Trade Your Car In

If you can’t live without a car and your current vehicle (or the vehicle you want to dispose of) can still be used, then why not trade it in? You could get a serious amount of money towards your next vehicle, and you’d be surprised at how many dealerships offer this kind of deal. Some dealerships even offer to safely scrap your car for you for free, which is far better than taking it to a scrapyard and paying them to recycle your vehicle for you. Depending on the condition of your vehicle, you could make some serious savings. If you plan to get rid of your vehicle in the future, then take good care of it now so that when it comes to trading in your vehicle, it’ll be worth a little more.

Sell Your Vehicle

Instead of trading your vehicle in, you could just sell it as well. You’ll get less money selling it locally with a classified ad, but it can be more convenient than going through official channels or a dealership. However, if you want to ensure you get a good price for it, then make sure you take it to a reputable dealership that can offer you a good price for your vehicle. Again, much like trading in, the better quality your vehicle is in the more money you’ll get for it.

The other option is to actually just donate car to charity. You won’t get money for it, but if it’s far too old to fetch a price and you’d prefer to just give it to someone for a good cause, then consider donating it to charity. It’ll be eco-friendly and you’ll have a fuzzy feeling inside your stomach for doing some good for the world at the same time.

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Scrap or Recycle

Scrapping and recycling are the two simplest ways to get rid of a vehicle. Sadly, most of these services will cost money because it takes a considerable amount of manpower and effort to completely scrap a vehicle and recycle it for reusable parts. It’s a lot better than abandoning the vehicle or dumping it (which could come with some serious consequences) and you’ll also get an official certificate that details your vehicle’s destruction in the event you need to prove it.


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About Sean Mackay

Sean writes about cars, golf and events going on in British Columbia, Canada. He is also the editor for The Automotive Review – an automotive publication bringing a West Coast flavour to its editorials.

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