Blown Head Gasket

One of the fist things people think about when their car breaks down is “How much am I going to have to pay to repair this?” Sometimes, the problem is very minor, while other times the car may need major repairs to start running again. Goodwill accepts donated vehicles that are running and non-running so if you find out that your car needs major repairs, donating the vehicle to Goodwill may be a great option for you.

One common problem that makes people consider donating their car is when the car needs a new head gasket. The head gasket is a part of the engine between the engine block and the cylinder head that seals the cylinders of a vehicle’s engine. It is important that the cylinders of the engine be sealed for two main reasons.

  1. The first reason is to maintain the engine’s compression because if the engine’s compression is low it will be difficult to start your vehicle and the engine will not run efficiently.
  2. The second reason is that sealing the cylinders prevents oil and coolant from leaking in to the cylinders.

Fixing a blown head gasket can be a very expensive because the repair can take about 7-9 hours. Including parts and labor, the repair job can end up costing $1200-$1600 depending on the type of vehicle and the shop you bring the car to.

Rather than paying for an expensive repair job, many people prefer to donate their vehicle to Goodwill when they find out it has a blown head gasket. Goodwill will arrange to have the vehicle picked up free of charge to the donor and the donor will receive documentation for a tax deduction. Plus, when you donate your vehicle to Goodwill, you will be helping to support a charity that helps community members by providing job training and employment programs.

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