My car is dead. What Now?
November 29, 2011 4:38 PM Subscribe
My 1987 Mercedes 300SDL abruptly and unexpectedly died recently, and the verdict finally came in from the shop today that short of replacing the engine (not going to happen), it's a lost cause. So, what now?
posted by hafehd to grab bag (17 answers total)
I've never had a car go ass up on me before, and I'm not sure what I should do with it. I'd love to get the most value I can for it to apply to a new car, and I don't know how to go about it. I've seen "push, pull, drag" trade-in offers at dealerships, but not recently. I suppose I could scrap it (it is a big car, after all), but I'm not sure that would really be the best value. I looked on craigslist, and it seems that most sellers who are parting out their cars are actually doing it piece-by-piece, which is not something I have the know-how or time to do.
I don't really have anywhere to keep it for any extended time. I'm in Milwaukee with street parking only, the car is 25 miles away in my parent's town. They might be able to keep it in the driveway short term, but I'd rather have this whole mess behind me ASAP.