We have an older car (2001 Toyota Camry) that we bought as a spare car when our kids were in grad school so they’d would have something to drive when they flew in town. But they are married now and live a drivable distance from here.
Car has been sitting 2 to 2.5 years. Was completely dead but I put in a new battery and it starts fine, backed it up about 10 feet and drove it back into it’s parking spot.
Apparently it wasn’t a good idea to run a car that’s been sitting for years….
I am not planning on using the car. I am planning on selling it if we can get a few thousand out of it, if not we’ll donate to our local church and get the tax write off.
Need opinions on what to do next. Again, I want the car to work while I take it to the mechanic and a potential buyer test drive it, but I am not looking to do repairs that could wait a little.
Basically I want it do repairs that NEEDS to be done right now, but don’t want to do repairs that SHOULD be done soon, since we don’t plan on keep the car.
(1) Oil/filter change
Toyota dealership has the best price in town $45. I don’t have a jack to raise it or get into the mess, and $45 seems like a fair price plus they’ll inspect a few basic things (belts/hoses).
(2) Gas removal
Have a 1/3 tank of gas in the tank, the gas is about 2-2.5 years old. I think I can buy a cheap siphon and pump out the old gas and put in new gas and maybe add seafoam or heet. Hopefully this is enough. I”m not looking to drop the tank or remove the old gas from the lines.
(3) Spark plugs
Not sure if it needs to be done, repair shop quoted it as $400. Again, is this something that needs to be done for a test drive?
(4) Brake fluid
Again, I don’t know if it needs to be done, but if it does, can it wait for a potential buyer to do it?
(5) radiator fluid/coolant
Same thing, don’t know if it needs to be done, but if it does, do I need to do it, or will it be ok to wait for the buyer to buyer and have him to do it.
These are just items off a list I got, not sure if I am missing anything.
Basic question is obviously I don’t want to run 2 and half year old gas in the car, so that NEEDS to be done, I don’t mind doing the oil change since it’s cheap and they’ll inspect a few things and I can disclose those to the buyer. The question with the other things is, is it ok to run the car for a bit (i.e. have people test drive it) and just sell it to them knowing they might need to do some basic work (grade fluid, spark plugs etc). Or is there anything I listed or didn’t list that NEEDs to be done on a car that’s been sitting for 2 years.
has been seating, but runs, what to do next?