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I have a challenge. For the past 2 1/2 yrs. a 1985 Toyota Corolla with apprx. 120K miles has been sitting in my garage. Not driven once, nor started once during this timeframe. Am interested in your opinion. Do I clean it up (wash and inside cleaning), no maintenance, and sell it as is? Would it be beneficial to donate it? Would you consider having the car 'repaired'? I quit dirivng it because I had knee surgery and it is a stick shift. The brakes needed to be replaced and I just didn't get them fixed and now it has sat far too long, I know. Will be interested in your thoughts. Since it is now more than 20+ years old, it will soon become a classic. I estimate about $2K worth of work needed to get it in good running order. Or has it sat too long to consider fixing? I appreciate your insight and time. Thank you.

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Patty Streeter,  at AskPatty.com The value of your Corolla as a classic will depend on which model it is. All cars become classics at twenty five years, so you have time to research if it and repair it before you sell. If it is 1985 Toyota Corolla GTS ( AE86 ) it may be valuable as a classic. If it is not this model it is most likely worth less than the $2000.00 you would spend on repairing it so it may be a waste of money to repair it. Put an ad in your local newspaper or www.autotrader.com and sell it to someone who is looking for a fixer upper or donate it. Do what is best for you.

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