5 Reasons you may need to sell your damaged car

In the name of auto entertainment, Jeremy Clarkson, James May and Richard Hammond – Top Gear’s notorious trio – may get away with setting cars on fire, crashing them into walls or pushing them off bridges. But in the real world, an accident-damaged car that is wrecked beyond repair is a serious liability. Instead of hoarding this ‘hunk of metal’ in your garage or backyard, or selling it off to an auto salvage yard for a minimal return, you can sell your damaged car to us for instant cash. (We handle all the paperwork and even tow it free of charge).

But let’s first outline some of the very real (and often traumatic) scenarios that can result in you having to sell your damaged car:

#1 Accident damage

According to stats from the AA (Automobile Association), 1 685 people died on our country’s roads just over the period 1 December 2021 to 11 January 2022. That is horrific! It is devastating for the grieving families who have lost loved ones and our sympathies go out to all who have experienced loss in this way. (This statistic does not reflect the daily accident stats in SA of serious car accidents where there are no fatalities).

Dealing with the aftermath of a car accident is likely to be fraught with further pain and frustrating logistics – from towing the car, police reports, insurance claims etc. In serious accidents, the vehicle is often written off or repair costs are so exorbitant that the best solution is to rather sell your damaged, non-running car.

#2 Rust Damage

Rust damage is usually caused by ongoing exposure to the elements (especially at the coast) and old age. The nature of rust spots is that they spread and eventually your car’s exhaust system and fuel tank can take a real hammering. Once rust has created a hole in the metal, you’ll need to replace the entire affected section. Selling a damaged car with excessive rust is your best option as repairing it is often not worth the expense.

#3 Fire damage

Whether the entire car has gone up in flames or just the engine is smoking hot, it is likely that the vehicle will be a total right-off. Fuel fires or electrical fires cause major damage – externally and internally. But your car still has some value and is worth selling on our reputable damaged car-buying platform.

#4 Flood or storm damage

‘Acts of God’ can wreak havoc with your car. Damage from a storm or flooding will often leave you no alternative but to sell your damaged car. Falling trees will do a piece of work on an unsuspecting vehicle – often beyond repair. And if your car has been submerged in water due to flooding, both the electronics and metal parts will be affected by water exposure. Fixing a flood-damaged car is usually not worth the investment.

#5 Mechanical/electrical issues

There is a broad range of mechanical and electrical issues that can affect the running of your vehicle, but there are a few big-ticket items that cost a fortune in parts and labour to fix – transmission issues, engine failure, differential problems, suspension issues, blowing a cylinder head gasket, electrical starter motor issues etc.

These are significant concerns and repairing them may be more expensive than what the car is worth, depending on the extent of the problem and the age of the car. When this is the case, your best course of action may be to upload your damaged car on our platform to get the best cash price and move on.

Unfortunately, selling your damaged car to Top Gear for destruction, or Wheeler Dealers for reconstruction, are not viable options. But there is a better solution –; the leading damaged vehicle specialists in South Africa. We will buy your non-running car – no matter how damaged – for the best price, as well as handle the paperwork and tow it for free. We know what your damaged car is worth and buy accident-damaged cars without shortchanging our sellers.


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