Declutter the garage – Remove dead cars

28 Oct, 2023

Declutter the garage – Remove dead cars

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If you are like the rest of us homeowners all over refusing to declutter the garage because that ‘thing’ might be of use one day, then read this blog. But if you are hoarding a dead care and losing a lot of garage space because one day your immovable car, your project might yield value think again. It is time to remove that dead car and any other space hogger.

Read our 7 actions to help you declutter and regain a lot of space.

Undrivable Car Hogging Space in the Garage?

We’ve all been there. The car dies whether on the road or even at home and it becomes a project that one day you’ll get around to sorting when you have time. Years pass and that space where the dead car used to be now hosts an old washing machine and possibly an ancient exercise bike.

Basically anything else you don’t need or is broken you shove in the garage, where you used to keep your main vehicle. Only your main car now sits outside on the drive. Hang on! Make an effort. You can regain all that space if you would only declutter, and find a discrete and perhaps profitable exit for your dead car.

Of course you may be aware of the space hoggers in your garage you just haven’t made the time to sort them out. Here’s how to get started.

woman sitting on the shell of an old care thinking how to declutter the garage
Don’t leave your plans to declutter the garage too long, it could become an overwhelming task

Declutter the Garage – Do These 7 Things

If the thought of an undrivable car taking up valuable space in your garage has you frustrated, don’t worry – there are solutions! Whether you are dealing with a major breakdown or just a time-consuming repair job that you can’t afford to tackle right now, reclaiming your much-needed space doesn’t have to be hard.

Here are seven useful tips on how to get rid of an unused vehicle without having to involve costly tow trucks and scrap yards. So why wait? Start freeing up your garage now by following these simple steps!

old red car abandoned in a field
Remember the day you had your dead car rolled in to your garage to protect it from the elements?

Assess the condition of your car and determine if it can be salvaged 

Your car has been with you through thick and thin. While it may have seen better days, it is hard to take a step back and evaluate its current condition. Is it time to say goodbye and start browsing for a new ride? Or can it be salvaged with some TLC? Determining whether your car can be salvaged or needs to be junked can be a tough call.

It may be easy to get emotionally attached to your four-wheeled friend, but sometimes letting go is the best option. By taking a critical look at your car’s mechanical issues, body damage, and overall value, you can make an informed decision on its fate.

Research local recycling centers and find out how much money you can get 

Recycling is not only good for the environment, but it can also be financially rewarding. If you have an old car that you are looking to get rid of, consider taking it to a local recycling center. Not only will you be doing your part in reducing waste, but you may also be able to earn some extra cash in the process.

With different rates depending on the make, model, and condition of your vehicle, it is worth taking the time to research your options. So before you let that old clunker sit in your backyard, do some investigating to see how much money you can earn by recycling it.

Look into donating your car to a charity organization

Donating a car to a charity organization is a great way to give back to your community and make a positive impact on someone’s life. The process is quick and easy, and you will feel good knowing that your vehicle is going towards a worthy cause.

Some charities even offer free towing services, so you won’t have to worry about getting your car to the donation center. Plus, you may even qualify for a tax deduction for your charitable donation. So take a look into donating your car and see how you can make a difference today!

Old VolskWagen car
If your car has value an external buyer might even come to collect it from you saving you the effort

Look into selling parts from your vehicle online or in person 

If you are looking for some extra cash or just want to clean out your garage, selling parts from your car can be a lucrative option. With the rise of online marketplaces, it is easier than ever before to advertise and sell your parts. You can reach a wider audience and potentially make more money than you would selling locally.

However, if you prefer the in-person approach, attending car shows and swap meets can be a great way to get your parts seen and sold. It is important to do your research and price accordingly, but with some effort and patience, you can turn your car parts into a profitable side hustle.

You can also consider selling it whole. You can now choose to sell clunkers for cash in Utah, California, and other states with ease. These companies will offer a fair price for your vehicle, regardless of its condition.

Turn your old car into a decorative feature 

Instead of hauling it to the scrapyard or trying to sell it for next to nothing, why not repurpose it into something fun and unique for your yard? Turning your car into a planter box, birdhouse, or other decorative feature can breathe new life into an eyesore and create a conversation piece for your neighborhood.

With a little creativity and some elbow grease, you can transform your old vehicle into a functional and stylish addition to your outdoor space. So, don’t let that old car go to waste – turn it into something beautiful instead!

Contact a tow truck service to move your car off-site 

If your car is undrivable and you are unable to move it yourself, calling a tow truck service may be your best option. While this can incur some costs, it may be necessary if the car is blocking access or creating safety hazards in your garage.

Be sure to research different companies and compare prices before making a decision, and always make sure to get a quote before agreeing to any services. By hiring a professional, you can ensure that your car is safely and legally removed from your property.

Check out online forums 

Instead of letting your car collect dust, why not try to make some money off of it? There is a wealth of online forums out there filled with valuable tips and tricks for maximizing profits on an undrivable vehicle.

From negotiating with scrap yards to finding the right buyer for your car parts, these forums can provide useful insights and strategies for making the most out of your old car. So if you are interested in turning your unused vehicle into cash, be sure to check out these online resources for some expert advice.

Final thoughts on how to declutter the garage and liberate a lot of space

As you can see, there are a number of ways to turn an undrivable car into a useful or attractive resource. Whether through creating a donation or recycling the parts of the vehicle to make some extra money, it pays to properly assess your car and be open to getting creative with its current condition.

Take these steps into consideration and you will be able to maximize the worth of your undrivable car without needing it on the road. So get out there and start researching local recycling centers, charitable organizations, tow truck services, and more – you might just find a diamond in the rough!


If you have a home and pets it is likely you will need housesitters at some point to care for your home and animals. Decluttering ahead of the arrival of housesitters is always a good idea. And ask them to keep your home tidy in your absence.

Find a housesitter

Well ahead of your next holiday you should consider why might I need a house sitter? And then think about how you will find a housesitter.

What are the responsibilities of a housesitter?

Within the protocols of there are several responsibilities of a housesitter. These responsibilities or duties will span a wide range of requests. They can include managing security in the property, so like a property guardian to pet care and tomato sitting! However, each housesitting arrangement will be unique to each homeowner and house sitter.


At Housesit we like to share useful blogs and practical advice about home maintenance and organisation and house sitting. We hope you find this small selection of our blogs useful.

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How to get organised at home

Home maintenance – How to fix hidden problems

Planning your holiday home and pet care

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What is House Sitting: Everything You Need to Know


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