For the benefit of the general public, I’m sharing the results of today’s research project, entitled Which Junkyard Will Take My Useless Old Car and What Will They Give Me For It?
There are several places that will take your car if you strip the gas tank off, drain all the fluids, etc.
If you want someone to take it as is, the closest place to Duluth is Calvary Auto & Salvage in the Rice Lake Township (4825 Rice Lake Road | 723-1294).
A little farther away is Chesney Auto Salvage in the Fredenberg Township (6250 Beaver River Road | 721-4874).
Both offered $50 for my 1990 Ford Taurus, on the conditions that I deliver it to them and bring the title.
My Taurus is somewhat notorious, but I thought it might make the 20-plus mile trip to Calvary Auto & Salvage. I came pretty close, but stalled in the left turn lane on Arrowhead Road at Rice Lake Road. A tow truck was required to finish the job.
An important note: If you’re driving a car with steam pouring out from under the hood on your way to a scrapyard, the best radio station to listen to is 92.9 FM WSCD, which plays classical music.
P.S. No, I’m not going to write a rap song called “My Taurus was Notorious,” nor will I ever use the word “noTaurious.”
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