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How to get Cash for Junk Cars

Geoffrey Chaucer once said that all good things must come to an end. From amazing vacations to life, eventually everything reaches its conclusion. Even your relationship with your good old reliable car. When this time arrives, the time when you know your car has seen too many road signs and has too little life left in it to take you where you need to be (a less poetic way to put this: you know your car is junk and has got to go), your farewell need not be full of forlornness. It can actually become a bittersweet affair. Bitter because of the goodbye, but sweet, oh so sweet, because of the money you can get from your car.

How to Get Cash for Junk Cars
Yes, ‘tis true. But how to get cash for junk cars?

How to Get Cash for Junk CarsThere are several ways for a person to procure money with his/her old junk car. All of these methods involve selling parts of your car or your car as a whole package. Sometimes it doesn’t even matter if the car still runs, doesn’t run or is damaged beyond repair.

The first and most self-sufficient method is doing all the work yourself; that is to say, taking your old car to the junkyard through your own efforts. Before bringing your car to the junkyard, you must first drain all of the fluids it contains, make sure that the tires are in good condition (do not include the spare tire because most car junkyards only allow four per vehicle), have your title handy (although some junk car buyers are willing to buy cars even without a title) and when everything’s a-okay, tow your car to the junkyard of your choice.

Another way is parting out your car. Sell old car parts that still function – car tires, engines, batteries and catalytic converter online or to friends and colleagues. The problem with this is waiting for viable takers.

The last and, dare I say, easiest way to get rid of your junk car is by using a junk car removal company. These companies give you cash for junk cars, no matter what shape they are in. All you have to do is contact them, schedule a tow and get paid.

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SEMA Boosts Scholarship Funds

Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) is an automotive aftermarket trade group. This group produces performance and racing components, cosmetic and functional accessories, wheels and tires, mobile electronics, safety products, restoration parts, handling equipment, and drive train parts. SEMA offers educational and professional development as well as market research and industry publications for its employees. Furthermore, SEMA provides scholarships for students pursuing careers in the automotive industry.

The SEMA Memorial Scholarship Fund provides assistance for career paths in the automotive industry including: accounting, administration, advertising, design/graphics, engineering, manufacturing, race car driver/crew, photo/ journalism, sales/marketing, technicians, and transportation.

Scholarships for as much as $4,000 have previously been awarded to top college students following career paths in the automotive industry. In 2013, however, SEMA has raised the grant an extra $1,000, for a total of $5,000 to be granted to the top college student studying an automotive-related field. Other eligible students can be granted up to $3,000 this year–an amount that has also been boosted by $1,000.  A full-tuition scholarship, valued up to $29,400, will be granted to one student from Ohio Technical College

Receiving the SEMA Memorial Scholarship Fund is an award that can be listed on a resume, and if a student decides to work with a SEMA-affiliated company, SEMA offers a $1,000 loan for a financial boost, if needed.

To be eligible for the SEMA Memorial Scholarship, you must be a U.S. citizen enrolled in a full-time program of study at a university and have 25-50 college credits, depending on if you are enrolled in a 2-year or a 4-year college.  Furthermore, you must have a minimum grade point average of 2.5. High school seniors are not eligible to apply. You must be currently attending a post-secondary program.

The SEMA Memorial Scholarship Fund applications are now being accepted and can be filled out at:

Driving a Vehicle is a Luxury Nowadays

Hurricane Sandy has made it evident that owning a vehicle is truly a Luxury today. To simply drive a vehicle is expensive and is indulgence, so to speak. It is becoming something that only the rich and comfortable can enjoy.

Many vehicles were damaged during Sandy. In zone A and B areas, hundreds of vehicles were flooded, and if you were fortunate to have a vehicle that survived a flood, chances are that your vehicle was hit by a fallen tree. Many people were, therefore, left with no vehicle and no form of transportation post-Sandy. Many of these people have resorted to renting vehicles, which is very expensive, not to mention the extra cost (and hassle) to put gas in the vehicle.

Before Hurricane Sandy, many people complained about gas prices. Now, post-Sandy, not only have gas prices remained at an all-time high, but gas is scarce and limited. Gas lines now extend for blocks and blocks, leaving drivers with no other option than to wait on lines for hours at a time. This is not to say that if you wait on the line for hours, that you are guaranteed gas. Take for instance, Jon Deresnio from Howard Beach New York. He waited on a gas line for four hours to only be thrown off the line because the gas station ran out of gas. There are plenty of stories where drivers have waited on lines (for even longer than four hours) to only be told that they are out of luck because there is no more gas left.

Not only do gas prices and the scarcity of gas prove that driving is a luxury, but there are many other expenses that come with owning a vehicle. There are registration and insurance fees as well as fees having to do with the up-keep of the vehicle. If you can afford driving a vehicle nowadays, consider yourself lucky.