Have a 1998 Mercury Tracer sedan. Blue. Automatic. It was totaled by insurance because airbags deployed. No other damage to car but according to insurance co. airbags cost more than car. Bought back from insurance and have totaled title. Never did put in new airbags. (Unattractive split open vinyl at wheel and glovebox where bags deployed) Otherwise, car ran and was used just fine until recently sat for several months. Now won’t start. Probably needs new battery, possibly some fuel line or air cleaning from sitting unattended with mice and chipmunks(?) Good tires, also own studded tires for this vehicle. Paint is peeling like that model does but no rust. Could maybe possibly be some issues with exhaust line.
Question is, I have two soon-to-be teen drivers (2 and 4 years off yet). It is not a consideration of mine that they might not care much for the Tracer’s appearance or lack of CD player (it has cassette). Is is economically feasible/wise to fix up this vehicle for them to use (and if I fix up should I put in new airbags for their safety?) or do I abandon all hope of this being their learn-to-drive vehicle and sell this (what would I get as a tow-away? Or if I pop in a battery to let 'er start to drive away what would I ask for it?) or junk it/donate it?
Please don’t base your answers only on personal leanings toward charitable giving, I already give well to charity, could actually use some $ toward another vehicle if this one is to be abandoned. Just don’t where to start to assess this situation.