Backstory: My father became extremely concerned about the condition of our secondary vehicle and decided we need a different one. He used this as an excuse to buy my mother a brand new car and sell us her "old" car (2007 Taurus in excellent condition) very cheaply. I'm not going to pass that up.
The problem: What to do with the poor condition 1998 Mitsubishi Montero Sport with 200,900 miles on it? It runs, has 4WD, a great heater, and the power windows and locks work. Everything else, especially the AC, radio/sound system, and tires, not so much. The inspection expires in 2 weeks, and this vehicle usually needs $50-$300 of work done in order to pass. Neither DH nor I have ever sold a vehicle, but is it worth the time and money to try to sell this one when I'm not sure I would give $500 for it?
The easy alternative would be to donate it to the local PBS station in exchange for warm, fuzzy feelings and renewal of our membership. While we could technically deduct it, I don't think our potential itemized deductions exceed the standard one yet.