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After the ignition switch is ripped out of an old car, is it pretty much worthless?

My youngest son has a 2001 Chrysler Sebring with about 116,000 miles on it. We have already spent a ton of money on it fixing things like the air conditioning, the power windows, new tires, struts, starter, alternator, battery, radiator, water pump, etc.

Last month, after the police recovered it, it’s pretty much trashed on the dashboard. The radio and other parts were removed. i’m thinking we could sell it as a fixer-upper for about $300 to a private party on craigslist. But my wife is thinking the junkyard is probably the best way to get rid of it.
toddr13 · 46-50, M Best Comment
My friend actually had a Buick station wagon back in the day, that was stolen in Detroit, and they popped the ignition. The car was recovered and she drove it with a screwdriver because her father was too cheap to get it fixed, despite living in a nice suburb on the lake. LOL I don't know that you could do that today, but in the 90s, she did for many months.

You might try to sell it and see if anyone wants it for a parts car, but perhaps see if there's a Mopar forum where it might be better to advertise it as opposed to Craigslist. If not, I'd donate the car to charity, since you can get a tax write off for the minimum value, and they can sell it at auction for parts or whatever.

Picklebobble2 · 56-60, M
If it were me i'd probably advertise it as 'spares or repair'.

Price up the component parts. That'll give you some idea of total value, then figure out if its worth having it cannibalized for parts on the driveway bit by bit or whether to just offer the whole thing at a cheaper price if buyer collects.

Surprised the insurance company didn't right it off
ScottR · 51-55, M
[@448576,Picklebobble2] We only has basic liability insurance and we’re probably not going to receive restitution because the perpetrator is poor and homeless.
Picklebobble2 · 56-60, M
[@1202599,ScottR] In that case probably best to scrap it.
Annoying though it sounds.

Out of sight out of mind. At least that way it's not a constant reminder every time you look in that direction.
wildbill83 · 36-40, M
switch can be replaced, but considering the age and model, not really worth fixing up
olderuncle944 · 61-69, M
sell it on graigs list ask 450 those cars were junk when new im sure the water pump was very expensive i hate working on them bad engines
[@7768,olderuncle944] Would it be worth doing the ignition first, though???

I'm thinking that it might be worth more intact... 🤔
ScottR · 51-55, M
[@7768,olderuncle944] Yes. Our previous mechanic (now retired) said working on the engine was hard. It’s not designed well.
olderuncle944 · 61-69, M
[@1202599,ScottR] if you can fix the ignition cheap then its worth fixing i know where there are several of those same cars in nc all with bad engines reason was poor oil pump design pumps were weak and oil pans too small
Try "Vehicles For Veterans". They'll tow it away for free, scrap it and use the proceeds to help disabled vets. It's a non-profit charity and may mean tax deductions for you, plus you get to help others.
Beatbox34 · 26-30, M
Two options.

Either get parts from another junk car or scrap the car for parts. The latter would be a viable option.
Someone might want it for the engine or some of the panels...
ScottR · 51-55, M
[@421598,Becksta] thanks. The car still starts and drives, but you need to use a screwdriver to turn the ignition over.
[@1202599,ScottR] I have to admit that I was leaning more towards what [@1019539,mysteryespresso] said myself.

It doesn't look too bad for it's age, aside from the problem with the ignition - and my soon to be ex drove around starting a car with a screwdriver for almost a year (key snapped in the barrel) with no problem... even after that, he could still use it around private property.

So it could be worth looking into how much it might cost to get it repaired again.
olderuncle944 · 61-69, M
[@1202599,ScottR] try and sell it as is or just drive it
checkoutanytime · 41-45, M
Some damages are instruments of diag-knows'ed failures, but experts only study numbers not the facts
hunkalove · 61-69, M
That's sad.

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