Much as I agree with the comments about cars that sit neglected by the side of a house or in a driveway; still you have to think, they would be sitting somewhere else if they weren't at the side of the house or in the garage. Point is, if they are not being driven, then they will sit. Either they sit in junk yard and get stripped or someone holds them...no matter how badly - which means you or someone else can have a possibility of finding, buying the car at a latter date. Even if it isn't you that catches them when they are finally ready to sell. At least, for a while, the car has a chance of being brought back. Once it is melted down into the next Toyota, then and only then is it truly "lost".
I would much rather see one in a garage catching dust, or sitting in a driveway, catching a little rust...etc. It better that it get a little care, than be used by the neighborhood kids for target practice in some field or the roof, trunk or hood as a trampoline...even worse - a farmers chicken coup.
Don't mis understand, I am not trying to start an argument. I am just saying there are more sides to the issue than moaning about the car being wasted. If the car has value, then offer a decent price for it; better to pay a little more tha you think its worth, instead of thinking about getting a "deal" or stealing it. Just because the owner is destitute, doesn't mean they don't know that it is worth something more than just a tow-away and a $20.
Heck, I've seen people give away a decent project car...if you treat them with a little dignity and maybe just promise them a picture and a ride when the car is finished. Cars have a way of becoming a part of the family. You don't just give away a faithful dog or horse because it got old, same with an old car, just because you can't spend a lot on it. You do what you can until you can do better.
However, I do agree that hoarding can be a disease, especially as people get older. They want their "things" around to keep them company, even if they know that they will never be able to afford to put them in good shape. One of the worst things I had to do was move a aged relative from her home and put away, finally sell, her "things".
Like you said...be very, very careful how when you tell people the truth...they’ll hate you for it!
"Your role may be thankless, but if you are willing to give it your all ... You just may bring happiness to those that outlast you."-- Sacrifice
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