If you have started working from home recently, as many have during the COVID-19 pandemic, you have likely realized that you don’t use your car nearly as much as you used to. Commuting is one of the primary reasons people need a car. When the commute to work is eliminated, it often seems unnecessary to keep up with a car payment, car insurance, maintenance, and repairs. This is especially true for those living in metropolitan areas with efficient public transportation systems and those living in a household that owns more than one vehicle. If you are working from home, consider these top reasons you should sell your car.
- The car doesn’t reflect your status. If you are a working professional who was only keeping your old “beater” because it got you back and forth to work, it may be detrimental to your overall style.
- You aren’t happy with the “look.” Again, if you drive an old vehicle just because you needed it for your commute, it may be rusty, dented, scratched, and generally unattractive.
- You rarely use it. If you live in an area where you can easily run your errands and get to friends’ and family’s homes via public transportation and rideshare services, there is no need to keep a car sitting around costing you money.
- Traffic in your area is always heavy. If you still use your car to go out to dinner, shopping, or to the park for some exercise, but traffic is always nerve-wracking, you will find that your stress level drops significantly when you get rid of the car and take the bus or rideshare.
- You need to be more active. One of the benefits of ditching your car is the extra exercise you will get by walking around town to get to appointments, see friends, or even get to the nearest subway stop.
- It’s “nickel and diming” you. If you don’t know much about cars, but you know that you’re shelling out more than you want to for frequent repairs, you will be glad to be unburdened of the old jalopy.
- Weather woes. If you get snow in the area where you live, you know how fun it is to clean your car off and dig it out every time a storm passes. Stay inside where it’s warm and wait for your Uber driver to show up instead.
- Gas prices are always rising. Those occasional drops in gas prices are always much appreciated, but in general, the cost of fuel is always going up.
- Parking is an issue. Unless you live in the suburbs or out in the country, where you have a garage and plenty of space to park, you’ll appreciate not having the stress of searching for a parking spot close to home.
- Insurance eats up your budget. Car insurance is not cheap, and most drivers hope never to need to use it, anyway. If you don’t use your car a lot, why keep this huge monthly expense?
If you work from home and choose to sell your car, you have many options available. You may choose to advertise and sell your car privately, try selling it to a dealership, or even donate the car to charity in exchange for a tax deduction that can substantially increase your return. If your car is older, has many miles on it, or needs work, you may find that the best option is to sell it to a scrapyard that will sell the parts to others who need repairs. If you want to know more about selling your car for scrap, contact Wrench A-Part today at (512) 501-6946.