Since we can't all live out our dreams of driving in a demolition derby, here are eight safe ways to get the most use out of that old clunker taking up space in your garage until you decide to junk your car for cash. We have a feeling everyone's fantasized about number eight.
And of course, there's this...
1. Go On, You Know You Want To…
Admit it, you've always wanted to grab a baseball bat or golf club and go all Tiger Wood's Wife on a car. Don't hold back if you've got a scrap car on your hands. It's time for a little bit of Smash Therapy. Don't forget to yell, "This is what happens Larry!" as you do.
2. Exactly One Horsepower
If you drive in Pennsylvania, or anywhere in the Northeast, chances are you've had to pass an Amish buggy out on the road. Just because your engine died doesn't mean you can't have a little horsepower in front of the hood.
Source: Flickr user littledragonblue
3. Best. Fort. Ever.
A broken-down car on cinderblocks in your front yard is bound to attract some angry side eyes from your neighbors. But a super-awesome car-fort in your backyard will delight kids everywhere. Just look at these creatively repurposed car forts…
Source: Tiny House Talk
4. Redneck Drifting
Driving donuts in an empty field or parking lot is a great way to blow off steam, or ruin your tires. But if you've got a junk car on its last legs and access to a field or empty parking lot, then go ahead and go donuts.
Just remember: this video was taken by a trained
professional redneck drifter in a closed-course closed backyard. Drift at your own risk.
5. And While You're Out There…
Since you're doing donuts in the field in the country, why not use your old junk car for some good old-fashioned target practice? Oh, right, because this is a list of eight SAFE ways to have fun with a car, not a list of the best ways to start a fire and hurt your friends accidentally. Instead, live vicariously through these American heroes...
6. Paint a Masterpiece
Cadillac Ranch outside Amarillo, Texas, is a public art installation made entirely of junk cars stuck nose-first in the desert ground. These old Cadillacs are also the most painted cars in the world, and tourists come from all over to spray paint their names onto the old clunkers. While waiting to get rid of a junk car, break out the paint cans and have fun.
Just make sure you have the right car, unlike this unfortunate driver…
7. The Best Halloween Decoration In Town…
Source: Always the Holidays
Chances are you've seen the classically tacky fake hand dangling out the trunk of someone's car around Halloween. But a junk car can make the perfect improvised Halloween display come October 31. Unfortunately, some Halloween enthusiasts take the gruesome possibilities a little too far. Don't be this guy...
8. Parking Fail, Meet Parking Revenge
Now, to be perfectly clear, we do NOT recommend using an old junk car to take revenge on the horrible parking neighbor who lives down the street or any of the terrible parkers of the world. We do NOT suggest towing your junk car and do NOT advise you to leave it wedged right next to a double parking moron. No, that wouldn't be funny at all…
Do you have any other ways to put a junk car to use?
What is a Junk Car?
A junk car is an old car damaged beyond repair or otherwise undrivable and has no value except for its parts and scrap.
How to Extend The Life of a Junk Car?
Under the current market conditions, it is only natural to want to extend the life of your car. Buying a new or used car is expensive, while regular trips to the mechanic due to wear and tear on your old car will hurt your wallet.
Below are 10 tips on extending a junk car's life.
- Read the owner's manual
- Observe proper fluid maintenance
- Use high-quality fuel
- Use original, good-quality replacement parts
- Change filters
- Inspect your tires
- Stay on top of repairs
- Keep your car clean
- Store the vehicle in a garage
- Practice good driving habits