Yes, the only true idiot free solution is to take it to the scrap yard and sell it for whatever you can get. Don’t be surprised if you don’t get much. Some might take it away and not pay anything or even charge to take it away. Scrap is really low right now.
This is maybe a $500 truck for parts or repair if you sell it online. As mentioned, be prepared for idiots wanting to trade you their junk and just wasting your time and making you very frustrated with the process.
Here is what I do when selling something like this. I have several old riding mowers I bought to fix and resell before my business really kicked off and I no longer have the time or desire to do this type of thing. I have been slowly moving them along. I set a goal and put up ads for around 2 weeks and if it doesn’t sell, I send it off as scrap. Some sell pretty quick and it is worth dealing with all the idiots because it only lasts a few days. Others linger and end up in the scrap yard. I have no rhyme or reason for why some sell and others don’t. One of the cheapo brands sold fast and without hassle while a John Deere brought in nuts and ended up scrapped.
Something I do on my ads. On Craigslist you can make it so people can’t reply via e-mail. Most of the e-mails that come in are from nuts. Also mention that you cannot get texts even if you can or that you will ignore texts and only accept calls. It seems that most of the texts that come in are just a waste of time.
On Facebook you don’t have the option of turning off messages and other means of contact. Be prepared to be FLOODED with nutcases. The worst part is FB has enabled this behavior with their auto-reply buttons. “Is this available?” is the first one on the list but I think there are ones for “Will you take less?” and just “Interested.” If they are really interested, they can pickup the phone and call.
Put in your FB ad that you will only accept phone calls due to the scourge of idiots and that anyone who doesn’t read the ad and sends a message anyway will have it ignored and deleted. Most people will still message and those are not the buyers you actually want to deal with. All it takes is one decent person looking for this truck as a rebuild unit or for parts. Maybe someone crashed their truck like this but it still has a good engine.
I live in the country so the only person being bothered by a non running car or mower is me. You aren’t violating any codes or pissing off the neighbors by keeping something like this around here. I usually give the ad a certain time to run but I leave it up until the day I haul the scrap in or cut the equipment apart for future scrapping. You may have more of a deadline if you live in a more urban location. People aren’t going to want to see a broken truck just sitting around and may complain. If parked outside you will have to keep insurance and current tags on it.
You might try selling online and then use scrapping as a secondary option. You might also call a couple yards to see what the truck is worth to them. If you get more than $250, you might just call it a day and move it down the road. This is a common series of truck so that might work in your favor with either option.