Whenever you take your car into the repair shop, it’s natural to think about upgrading to a new one. After all, sinking more money into an automobile that seems to be on its last legs is a discouraging prospect. One day, you’re forced to replace a failing alternator. The next day, it’s the catalytic converter. Next week, you might need a new transmission. Is it finally time to retire your vehicle?

One of the reasons I have been able to buy and sell so many junk cars is because I know what to do, and you know the old saying… “Knowledge is power.” One of the keys to being in the junk car removal business is this: having a list of people, or businesses that you can call on, which, for a fair price, will buy your junk cars for sale in a minute. Over the years I have built a relationship with various people and businesses that do just that.

Differential, axle, CV Joint, and drive shaft failures are a VERY rare occurrence. So I don’t have much info on their failure limits. On street tires, it would be almost impossible to break any of these components at ANY power level. The tires would spin before they would put the driveline under that kind of strain. The tires act sort of like a circuit breaker. If you run drag slicks, this does not hold true of course, yet they have proven themselves to be 10 and even 9 second capable.

ADDITIVES – Also sadly, we are told by ‘authorities’ that some of the many gasoline additives are in the mix to increase performance; but because of its current overly-complex molecular structure, the real built-in function of the gasoline formula is to slow down the combustion so that only so much is actually consumed in the cylinder, and the liquid balance goes to the recycle catalytic converters converter. As a further insult, the additives are also there to clog and prevent the use of the Pogue-style carburetors, designed to get 200-300 mpg.

Absolutely. Unless you don’t mind sitting in your car while it idles down every single time you need to turn the car off. A Turbo timer keeps the engine running for a preset time once you turn off the ignition. So you can remove your keys, and lock up the car and not have to worry about it, it will shut off on it’s own. This is important for the life of the turbos. If the turbos are not given time to cool down, it can overheat the oil and cause coking which will block oil flow to the turbos and damage bearings and cook seals.

But the comparison doesn’t end with the counting of moving parts. The engine and transmission of a conventional car also need lubricating oils, filters, coolant, clutches, spark plugs and wires, a PCV valve, oxygen sensors, a timing belt, a fan belt, a water pump and hoses, a catalytic converter, and a muffler — all items requiring service, and all items that aren’t needed in an electric car.

A lot of junk car companies will give you a price for the car, and then when they show up, they deduct the price of towing from the final cost. This is another trick. If they were going to deduct the towing from the price, then they should have told you that over the phone. So tell them no, and that you will only sell for the price agreed upon.