According to several studies, over one third of all cars currently on the road in the USA are older than ten years. Of those, just over a quarter are older than twenty years old, and a lot of them are in such bad shape they can be classified as ‘junk’. Although a lot of people think driving a 20-year old car is not dangerous at all, that’s not always the case.
Not everyone takes their car in for regular maintenance, and over the past two decades, that very same car might have swapped hands over a dozen times. Who drove the car and how they drove it has a lot to do with how safe the car is twenty years down the line. Have a junk car you need disposing of? Just give us a call and we’ll take care of everything else for you. If you’re still not convinced why it’s both irresponsible and dangerous to drive a junk car on the road, keep reading.
Rust is the silent killer for most cars. As with all things made of metal, rust slowly but surely deteriorates the car’s metal underside, eventually turning it into undrivable scrap. The worst part about rust is that it likes to attack the car’s frame and underpinnings, so you can’t always see it until it’s too late.
Unless a mechanic points it out to you, you’ll almost never be able to catch it yourself before it’s too late. Rust buildup on the doors or the quarter panels isn’t dangerous since those parts can be replaced and they’re generally considered not integral to the car’s structural rigidity. Unfortunately, rust likes to eat away at the underside since that’s usually the side exposed to all the road salt, snow, sand, and gunk. You can keep changing engines and doors forever since they can be easily replaced, but once your car’s chassis becomes too rusty, the scrapyard becomes your only option.
Maintaining a car is something not a lot of people think about when the car in question is brand-new. New cars have usually have a two or three-year warranty, during which the owners typically don’t have to pay for anything. Used cars, on the other hand, can be a real pain to deal with when it comes to repairs and replacing consumables.
As cars get older, more and more components will begin to fail or malfunction. We’re not talking about changing the oil or the filters either. Almost every part on the car has a shelf life, an expiration date if you will. Even large components made out of metal will eventually give out due to rust or typical wear and tear.
Suspension components are usually the first to go once a car passes a certain amount of mileage. Most suspension linkages and shocks have rubber bushings and seals, all of which are a ticking time bomb and will eventually need to be replaced. It’s the same thing with the axles and the wheel hubs which house sprockets and bearings inside.
At some point, you have to realize that maintaining your old junk car becomes more expensive than actually scrapping it and getting a new one instead. Just stop and think about it for a moment. If you’re going to spend thousands of dollars just keeping your old car running over the upcoming 12 months, doesn’t it make more sense to scrap it and use that same money to get something newer instead?
Old cars use old technology
A big advantage newer cars have over older ones are modern safety features. Cars built in the last five years or so typically come with safety features like lane keep assist, automatic emergency braking, and collision detection. Older cars didn’t even have these features as an optional extra.
Things like ABS and TC were relatively common ten years ago, but they weren’t as good as their modern-day equivalents. As cars have gotten smarter and cleverer, so have their safety systems. Modern ABS and TC systems are progressive and non-intrusive, so you can’t even sense them working.
Passing an inspection
Older cars are difficult to maintain but they’re also a liability. If your car is particularly rusted out or has completely blown shocks, it may be unsuitable to drive on the public highway. If that’s the case, you can easily find yourself getting a ticket the next time you get pulled over. And paying for tickets is something you definitely won’t be familiar with if you have a newer car.
Another big issue with older junk cars is just how often they break down. Whether we like to admit it or not, we’ve all been there. Stranded by the side of the road, the only thing you can do is call roadside assistance and wait to get a tow to the nearest shop. It’s not just time-consuming, but it ultimately ends up costing you a lot of money as well.
Imagine getting stranded once or twice a year. How much is that going to cost you? Now imagine getting stranded five or six times. See how these things can quickly add up? An older car is going to break down a lot more often than a newer car, and that’s backed up by plenty of statistics.
If you’re sick and tired of your old junk car and don’t want any more headaches, give us a call. We can give you an instant quote and we pay cash on the spot when we come to pick up your car. There’s never been an easier way of getting rid of your old junk car.