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Old 07-11-12, 03:40 PM   #1
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Can I legally Destroy my own car?

I bought the thing in full ten years old. When it comes time to get a new car, can I theoretically destroy it? Smash the windows, slash the tires, fun stuff like that. Maybe blow it up like Walt did from Breaking Bad. I would drive it out to an abandoned lot to do this of course.
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Old 07-11-12, 03:43 PM   #2
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Re: Can I legally Destroy my own car?

Probably not blow it up due to the risks associated with such a thing but I don't see why you couldn't hammer it all to heck and cut it up or whatever. Just need to clean up your mess!
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Old 07-11-12, 03:44 PM   #3
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Re: Can I legally Destroy my own car?

I would think the biggest issue is finding a place to do carnage to your car. Blowing it up is a whole other can of legal worms. That would be unlikely unless you make your living blowing things up professionally and have all the proper documents and stuff.
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Old 07-11-12, 03:44 PM   #4
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Re: Can I legally Destroy my own car?

If Saul Goodman is your attorney you can.

It won't be cheap, and you better give him an 'atta boy' for his legal efforts or he will complain a little.
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Old 07-11-12, 03:45 PM   #5
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Re: Can I legally Destroy my own car?

As long as you don't abandon it after you trash it, I don't see why not? Be prepared for bystanders calling the cops and answering a lot of questions. Make sure you have the title with you. You might get some grief if you let oil/gas leak out it.

And actually blowing it up might be a bad idea. Just take a sledgehammer to it and put that shit on youtube. If you climb on the roof and fall off while sledging the windshield, you might even end up on Tosh.O
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Old 07-11-12, 03:45 PM   #6
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Re: Can I legally Destroy my own car?

Some brides are trashing their wedding dresses nowadays. Is this your attempt to tailor this trend to your tastes?
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Old 07-11-12, 03:49 PM   #7
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Re: Can I legally Destroy my own car?

Charge people a dollar a hit with a sledgehammer.
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Old 07-11-12, 03:52 PM   #8
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Re: Can I legally Destroy my own car?

Or sell it piece by piece on eBay. Let us know in 10 years how that's going..
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Old 07-11-12, 04:07 PM   #9
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Re: Can I legally Destroy my own car?

If it's not complete junk you could donate it and get a tax deduction.
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Old 07-11-12, 04:09 PM   #10
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Re: Can I legally Destroy my own car?

Get a friend to dress in white pajamas. You dress in red pajamas.

You then have 30 seconds to smash the car as quickly as possible, in a homage to Street Fighter II. Film the whole thing on YouTube.
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Old 07-11-12, 04:12 PM   #11
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Re: Can I legally Destroy my own car?

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Get a friend to dress in white pajamas. You dress in red pajamas.

You then have 30 seconds to smash the car as quickly as possible, in a homage to Street Fighter II. Film the whole thing on YouTube.
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Old 07-11-12, 04:24 PM   #12
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Bring it to a demolition derby
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Old 07-11-12, 04:31 PM   #13
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Re: Can I legally Destroy my own car?

The real answer - you have to drain all fluids (oil, freon, etc). Then, you have to clean up your mess. You can't just leave glass and shit everywhere. Consider that lighting it on fire, or shooting it may be illegal if you're somewhere that you're not supposed to be starting fires or shooting guns.

After the enjoyment of shooting it with a shotgun, lighting it on fire, etc, call a tow truck and have it hauled to a scrap yard. A 3000 lb hunk of dirty steel (dirty meaning full of stuff like seat cusions, hoses, etc) should bring around $350 right now.

If your car is shit, don't pawn it off to donation. It'll end up getting sold second-hand somewhere, minimal funds will be "donated", and some poor bastard will end up with a used piece-of-shit car that breaks down all the time. I'm in the used-machinery business and HATE it when people sell broken junk to eachother (happens all day on eBay). I call them "3rd World Transactions".

And totally Youtube it. I'm thinking one shot. Do something terrible, dangerous, fun to it, the beat the shit out of it. Seems like it would make a good video.
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Old 07-11-12, 04:37 PM   #14
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Re: Can I legally Destroy my own car?

No, man, tie a brick to the accelerator and send it off the cliff into a huge quarry. Be sure to film from both top and bottom.
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Old 07-11-12, 04:39 PM   #15
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No, man, tie a brick to the accelerator and send it off the cliff into a huge quarry. Be sure to film from both top and bottom.
That sounds less complicated and more cool than my idea.

But no brick. Just jump at the last minute.
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Old 07-11-12, 05:20 PM   #16
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Old 07-11-12, 05:23 PM   #17
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Re: Can I legally Destroy my own car?

Do you want to destroy it because it's actually an evil car like Christine? Can I use your car for my bidding first before you destroy it? *Jules rubs his hands maniacally*
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Old 07-11-12, 05:27 PM   #18
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Re: Can I legally Destroy my own car?

There are so many things that you can do with a car that are more fun than breaking the windows with a hammer.

Do donuts. Practice drifting. Drive off-road at high speeds. Try to catch air.

After all that, drain the oil. Then see how far you can go on the freeway before a huge cloud of black smoke bursts out from under your hood. Have a friend in another car catch it on video. Then call a junk yard and have them come pick it up from the side of the highway.
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Old 07-11-12, 06:23 PM   #19
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Re: Can I legally Destroy my own car?

If you really want to see it burn (FIRE! FIRE!), contact a local volunteer fire department. They'll trash it good, in a controlled environment, and you can watch if you ask nicely.
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Old 07-12-12, 11:06 AM   #20
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Re: Can I legally Destroy my own car?

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Charge people a dollar a hit with a sledgehammer.
Back in college we did this as a fund raising event for a group I belonged too.

To the OP as long as you have permission to be on the property you destroy it on, and you don't try to make a police/insurance claim based on the damage, I don't see what the problem would be.
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Old 07-12-12, 11:21 AM   #21
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Re: Can I legally Destroy my own car?

Do you have a local scrapyard? See if they'll let you come in and demolish it, and then they can keep the rest.

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No, man, tie a brick to the accelerator and send it off the cliff into a huge quarry. Be sure to film from both top and bottom.
I think at this point we all know he's versatile.
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Old 07-12-12, 11:41 AM   #22
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Sell it to some high school kids making a movie
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Old 07-12-12, 01:21 PM   #23
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Re: Can I legally Destroy my own car?

Trading the car in, getting a few hundred dollars, and being fiscally responsible is too much work right?
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Old 07-12-12, 01:26 PM   #24
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Re: Can I legally Destroy my own car?

Stephen King bought the van that hit him and bashed it.
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Old 07-12-12, 01:57 PM   #25
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Do you want to destroy it because it's actually an evil car like Christine? Can I use your car for my bidding first before you destroy it? *Jules rubs his hands maniacally*
I think it's just the opposite. mhg83's car knows too much and must be dealt with accordingly.
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