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How to Sell a Car with a Bad Transmission

Have you ever been driving down the road to have your car switch gears on its own? Have you ever noticed the check engine light on with a red puddle under your car? Chances are you have to learn how to sell a car with a bad transmission.

Tips To Sell Damaged Car Whole

Many people go to a dealership to sell a car or trade their old one in. When you have a car with a major problem like a faulty transmission, sell it yourself to get the most money you can. Just disclose everything wrong with it because it is against the law to withhold that information. Sell the car “as is” if you will not fix it.

When you are describing the car, all the issues with the car should be disclosed. Explain why the car is not functional at the moment. Don’t make it too negative though. Make sure you add in all major repairs you have done to the car up to this point. Find out what the price of your car is if it was functional. After that, find out what it would cost to fix the transmission and lower the price to sell it.

Tips To Sell Damaged Car Parts

Without a transmission, your car won’t be worth very much money to most car buyers. A lot of buyers like to test drive cars first, and they can’t. If you can’t find a buyer willing to take on the project car, a used auto parts garage might buy the car from you for parts. A company that gives cash for cars will buy a damaged car for parts. To sell the broken car this way also makes the faulty transmission moot.

Another option is to take your car apart and sell the parts yourself. This is a time-consuming process and you will need tools to take all the parts out. You can try to sell the parts at a used car dealership. They often pay higher for car parts and they just deduct the price of the transmission when buying parts. Other factors in the price include the make, model, and how many working parts you are selling.

Another palace to sell car parts at is a junkyard. You will want to know the prices of the parts you are selling because most junkyards will lowball their offer. You just need to think about towing costs versus cash for the parts. If a junkyard isn’t for you, you could sell the parts online on a site like eBay. You should have super high hopes on price, but it is a viable option. Just be on the lookout for vultures looking for a low price to resell your parts for their profit.


Remember that just because your car is making a clicking or buzzing noise doesn’t mean you can’t sell it. You now know how to sell a car with a bad transmission. As long as you are upfront about the problems, you have options. The best way to get the most money out of the situation is to sell the car or its parts yourself.

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