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San Diego Reader Article

San Diego Reader Article

Cash for cars

By Eve Kelly, March 6, 2013
The Blue Beast is dead. Our ’94 Chevy Suburban 1500 blew a radiator and maybe a head gasket. It had served us well, but we had poured enough money into it.

Dave Moore at Southwest Cash for Cars in El Cajon (619-328-2691; was friendly, and he advised against going for the tax-write-off charity route. “I’d only go for the write-off if you’re self-employed, and even then, it won’t give you much. You’re better off going for cash.” But, otherwise, he kept his own counsel. “How much I offer depends on what I’m going to do with the car, and I pretty much know what I’m going to do with it when I see it. I may part it out or recycle it or fix it and sell it.”

He quizzed me on the make, model, year, and condition of my old Suburban. His interest was piqued when I mentioned the relatively low mileage. “Did it blow a head gasket?” he asked. “I don’t know,” I answered. “That’s why I’m calling you.” “If it’s got engine damage, I can give you $350 to $375,” he replied. “If the engine is okay, it’s still a big gas hog, so maybe $500 to $600.”

Like the sign says, Moore pays cash for cars. “You should always get cash. Don’t take a check.”

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