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Passionate about eco-frugality. I used to party hard, clubbing my way from pay-packet to pay-packet. Never getting ahead, just getting by. Then came our much wanted baby with no savings in the bank - only an old car. Changes were made to our lifestyle and we didn't turn back. In the past 6yrs we purchased a flat, found employment, lived below our means, built an emergency fund, purchased a reliable car and saw the financial benefits of our frugal lifestyle. Our only debt is our mortgage. Our aim is to manage our cash flow wisely, pay off our home quickly and eventually work for pleasure, not necessity. Join us on our journey, share insights, tips and tricks to help us and others to get ahead while having a good time.

Monday, April 2, 2012

Gone, One Car

At last it's gone...

Our car was sitting in the driveway gathering dust and taking our valuable shady car spot for a year and a half. Each time I arrived home it was the 1st thing I saw and it dragged me down increasing my feeling blue. The motor was fine. The only damage was the smashed back. A great project for a mechanic student, teen or even mechanic wanting to tinker on the weekend.
  1. I tried advertising it at an inexpensive price on 2 popular sites in my city (no interest).
  2. I tried calling the car part yards (only after specific models).
  3. I tried to offer it to mechanic classes in a high school and uni (liability issues).
  4. A friend offered it to the Fire Dept for practice - (I would have to get it to them costing me $$$).
  5. I tried to give it away on Freecycle, 2 people were interested (but no takers).
Last week I saw a small notice in a FREE newspaper - someone looking for cars of certain models and makes. So I called with car paperwork in hand rattling off brand, make, year and qualities. Two days latter our car was picked up. No drama, no hassle and gone in 10 minutes. Just like that. And.. the man was thrilled with our car which makes me very happy indeed.

We didn't make extra cash but we didn't have to hand any of our money to have it removed by a towing company which was to be my next move.

As I arrive home from work each afternoon - I smile because I see a shady empty space for the car we use each day. So my advice to you is wait it out if you can. Try your different avenues and take a few minutes to look at those wanted ads in you free newspapers. Someone may just be after the very something you have been trying to get rid of.

I see a week of success coming up. I am positive and making changes in my life :-)  I have been busy and taking a little time away from here to recharge and prioritise. But I'm back from my little Blog Holiday and hope to catch up with all of you this week on your blogs and through comments.

Have a Happy Day :-)

Stephanie at Frugal Down Under


  1. I have missed you Stephanie.

    Great post, I love a happy ending.

    Sft x

  2. I don't get it. Why did you want to get rid of it? If it ran and only had a smashed back, someone would have taken it and paid you eventually. The damage was not evident in the picture, so it must not have been much damage. That guy would have paid you! I am sure he was prepared to do so and was stunned you gave it to him. Unless there is more to this story, it makes no sense to me.

  3. Okay, I read about the accident. Over here, people get $200 for a car that will not start. Exbf just did that. Plus, I sold an engine for $800 in a station wagon that would drive but was just in horrendous shape, abused for years, just a work vehicle for me. the guy removed the motor and sold the rest of the car for parts. Your case baffles me. Like I said, there must be information I am missing.

  4. Glad you are ok,i was wondering where you had gone.

  5. Fairy from Organised CastleApril 3, 2012 at 1:37 AM

    I am glad to see you back. I was hoping all was well.

    I definitely agree with being patient. I have never tried to give away a car but I know sometimes if I get no responses to something on Freecycle I try again in a couple of weeks and often as not there is someone just waiting for my goodies.

  6. It's surprisingly hard to get people to take even things that have value off of our hands. Congrats on finding a way to do it for free! Are you staying a one car household?

  7. oh my gosh i can't believe nobody wanted to take your sweet little car! As nice as it would have been to give it to a person, it's better than having to pay to have it scrapped. My mom did that once and the mechanic sold it to someone!


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