What to Do with Cars that Have Been Severely Damaged in an Accident

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Accident damaged cars are not always worth repairing. Even just body damage can cost more to repair than a car's actual value. If you have been involved in a recent accident that has left you with a severely damaged car, you may be trying to figure out what to do with the wrecked vehicle.

What to Do with a Damaged Car

If you have an automobile that was totaled or severely damaged, you may have several options as to what you can do with the vehicle. What you can do will depend on whether your car was covered by an insurance policy and any restrictions they impose on you. Consider the following options for your severely damaged vehicle:

  • Take a payout from your insurance for the total value of the car and sign the vehicle over to them so that they can sell it to a wreckage yard which will sell off the parts;
  • Sell it to a wreckage yard yourself (you probably will not get much money for doing this, but it may be an option if you just want to get rid of the car);
  • Inquire with a local school that has an auto body or mechanical repair garage whether they want to use the vehicle for practice and donate it to them;
  • Donate it to a charity who will either repair it or sell it to a wrecking yard;
  • Sell it to someone who wants to repair it or use it for parts;
  • You can repair the vehicle yourself or pay to have it repaired by a professional; or
  • Depending on what type of vehicle, if the parts are of value, you may be able to sell the parts on-line.

Other options may be available to you depending on your situation, your insurer and the type of vehicle. Before you decide what to do, you may want to discuss your case with an attorney who can advise you of your rights or ask your insurance company what your options are. Find out before accepting a settlement what your rights to the vehicle will be if is totaled.

Getting Legal Help

If you need help with your auto accident claim, an experienced attorney can assist you with all aspects of your case from discussing settlement with an insurance company to filing a lawsuit for damages and injuries. Having an attorney handle your settlement negotiations can help ease your mind and make sure you get what you are entitled to as far as damages.