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Before Disposing Your Car’s Pieces, Try These DIYs

Buying a brand new car costs you about $30,000 from the get-go, then has an average life expectancy of 8 years or 150,000 miles. The time has come for you to give up your two-decade old car for a more modern model.  It’s only right for you to get some of that hard-earned money back somehow. After serving its purpose for years, how do we go about disposing our old car and its parts?

The most obvious way to rid yourself of old car parts is by having it weighed and selling it as scrap metal. Car owners will also be willing to buy your second hand car parts.  Don’t just let your car rust and gather dust in the garage.

descAside from remodeling it or completely replacing it with a new one, turn its parts into new furniture and unique interior decoration pieces instead. Car parts are just as recyclable as plastic, old clothes and wood. A few of these ideas may need some serious manual labor, advanced carpentry skills and lots of patience. Along with a new look for your interiors, recount memories of countless road trips and vehicular milestones with these revamps.

First, familiarize yourself with parts that can be reused. Make sure that these are safe for reuse and pose no toxic dangers.  Used engine oils are debatable, even though they can be cleaned and reused; they have to be done by certified collection centers. Filtering it on your own may not clean it thoroughly making it hazardous on skin upon contact.

People might look at you weirdly for cutting off the seat belt piece and wanting to keep it. Old car seat belt buckles make great key holders. If seat belts can keep you secure, it can do the same for your set of keys.

Little boys obsessed with toy cars and playing driver will love this vintage car hood headboard with extra storage space.  Further touch up the room with bits of traffic and road paraphernalia like street signs and homemade traffic lights.

This DIY is better off being done by the men or electricians in the family. Turning old headlights into a lamp is a project worth the labor. There’s no option of turning on the high beams, though. Projects like these are much more appealing if the parts used are vintage.

descSuper old cars that have reached the point of rusting and breakage can still be turned into a container garden. You don’t even need to have a green thumb to keep this project going. Let nature take its course and leave the flowers to bloom however they want.

Used tires and rims are two of the most reused and remanufactured vehicle parts. Tires are the most versatile parts of any car. With just a bit of paint and some cushions, you  can turn a pile of tiles into a classic tire swing, furniture set (for indoor and outdoor use), an ottoman, a stool,  a sofa, container garden, an umbrella stand, coffee table, dog bed trash bins and many more.

Who said remodeling and upgrading furniture required a trip to IKEA? It is possible for a car to transform from a mode of transport into a house furnishing or accessory.

Nowadays recycling is the new “new”. Thrift stores and recycling centers are now definitely getting the attention and profit they deserve. You can even sell some of these pieces for profit. Or better yet, revel in the fact that you’re the only one in the neighborhood who owns a unique piece.

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Ayah Granada is currently a content writer and editor for Scoopfed.com. She is a former student journalist, part time bibliophile and TV series hoarder-slash-enthusiast. You can also find her on Twitter @ayahgranada.

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