1998 Toyota Camry V6A lot of people with rusty old vehicles encounter this question everyday. When should you stop fixing your car and just buy a new one?

I’m in this predicament right now. My car is a 1998 Toyota Camry V6 with 180K miles. Here is a picture of my car that I took today. It could use a nice wash but overall the car is in good condition.

However, there are some things that will need attention in the near future.

First, my car failed New Jersey state inspection (notice the red sticker on the windshield) because of a bad catalytic converter. Cost to replace it is about 600 dollars, ouch.

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Have a car that has been totaled or is running on it’s last legs?

Don’t junk it. Part it out and sell it for parts. Remember that one man’s junk is another man’s treasure.

Depending on the make and model of your car, you could potentially get thousands more if you sell the parts individually rather than selling or junking the car.

There may be lots of salvageable parts ready for sale. Are the leather seats in good condition? The front seats may be worn out but the rear seats may still be new.

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Low Mileage Clunker

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March 30, 2011

I often see used cars with 80K on the odometer with a clean exterior and shiny wheels. Everything looks good except when you take a peek inside. The steering wheel leather is worn out. The brake pedal is worn. The driver side leather seat is torn. The shift lever is worn. Many people may wonder […]