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How To Trade-in or Sell My 1994 Celica GT?

katiegrrlkatiegrrl Posts: 19
edited December 2016 in Toyota
I have a 1994 Toyota Celica GT that's been sitting in my garage for five years. I want to trade it in when I buy a new car. I'm considering cars under $20,000. Or, I'm happy to sell it. I want it out of my garage and I'd like to make a buck if that's at all possible.

I got it started. A jump was all it took. Ran it for about an hour-and-a-half. The driver's side rear wheel is stuck. It rolls back, but not forward. Took off the wheel, sprayed it with brake cleaner, but still wouldn't budge. I might just try to rock it back and forth to see if that frees it up. Suggestions? Nothing too difficult.

If that doesn't work, I don't know. It will drive, I know it, but I can't see how I'll trade it in or sell it if I can't unlock that wheel.

The car is black and the body is in fairly good shape. Rust on the bottom of driver's side door and a little dinged up over back wheel (not related to stuck wheel). Overall, though, The car looks good.

Mechanically, probably a bit of an oil leak. Rear struts need replacing. Other than that...I love this car.

Anyway...it's time for it to go. Suggestions on the back wheel? Suggestions on a trade-in?

Thanks

Comments

  • tbirdmarcotbirdmarco new yorkPosts: 3,838
    Break is locked up if I had to ges might have it towed to your Macanick to be fixed. Hope this helps have an grate night.
  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright Sonoma, CaliforniaPosts: 64,490
    Yeah Marco is on to something. If you applied the emergency brake when you parked it all those years ago, there's a good chance that is hanging up. If you trace the emergency brake cable to whichever wheel(s) it goes to, you may see a lever at the backing plate that could be lightly tapped and possibly freed up.

    I don't see this car as a viable trade-in. You'd be better off selling it privately.
  • fordfoolfordfool Western New YorkPosts: 240
    +3 I agree with the other replies. A mechanic should be able to release the emergency brake at your garage without the need for a tow. Selling privately makes sense to get the most bucks. A dealer doesn't want a 23 year-old car. Sell to a kid looking for a first car or someone looking for an errand car. You'll lose the trade-in sales tax break, but that would be very little on the Celica.
  • Yeah, I'm hoping it;s the emergency brake. I'm not expecting much from this car.
    I just had offer me $500 to tow it in sight-unseen.
    And, yes, I'd live to see some kid buy this thing and fix it up. It's an awesome car.
    Thanks
  • graphicguygraphicguy Edmunds Poster EmeritusPosts: 11,448
    katiegrrl said:

    Yeah, I'm hoping it;s the emergency brake. I'm not expecting much from this car.
    I just had offer me $500 to tow it in sight-unseen.
    And, yes, I'd live to see some kid buy this thing and fix it up. It's an awesome car.
    Thanks

    I'd take those greenbacks for that car right now, without hesitation, provided the new owner has it gone within 8 hours.
    2018 Acura TLX 3.5 SH AWD A-SPEC
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