How to Dispose of Your Old Generator for Cash

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Do you have an old generator that’s been sitting in your garage or storage room, collecting dust and taking up valuable space? Instead of letting it go to waste, why not consider disposing of it for cash? 

“As a generator repairer, I have been involved in the sale and purchase of thousands of old generators over the past few years. These include generators that are working fine, those that are not working properly, and those that are damaged but still have other essential parts that can be useful.”

“Getting rid of your old generator for cash can be a difficult and frustrating process if you don’t have much knowledge about the generator market. So, while it is possible to dispose of your old generator for money, it might not be an easy task for someone who is not familiar with the process.”

Hence, in this blog post, I’ll walk you through the step-by-step process of how to dispose of your old generator for cash.

The Condition of Your Generator Matters

old generac generator
old generac generator

It is important to note that the condition of your old generator is a crucial factor to consider before disposing of it for cash.

But what are the things/factors you should consider to be sure that your generator is okay and anyone you are disposing of the old generator to would know its value?

Some of those conditions you should watch out for include:

1. Physical Condition: It is imperative that you thoroughly inspect the generator for any visible damage, such as dents, cracks, or scratches, as well as any signs of rust or missing parts. Neglecting to do so could result in a significant loss of resale or recycling value.

A well-maintained generator with no visible damage, rust, or missing parts commands a higher price in the market. Therefore, you must prioritize regular inspection of the generator’s physical condition to maximize its value.

2. Operational Status: Apart from the condition of the generator, the way it operates matters a lot. you can start by inspecting the generator thoroughly to see if it is still in good working order.

Check the generator’s exterior to see if there are any visible signs of damage, such as dents, cracks, or rust. Then, open the generator’s casing to see if there are any obvious faults, such as frayed wires or damaged parts.

If you find that the generator is still working properly and can start up and generate electricity reliably, it may be more appealing to potential buyers. You can then proceed to clean the generator and make sure it’s in its best condition possible.

However, if you discover that the generator is not starting or it’s completely damaged, don’t worry. Some of its important parts can still be sold separately. For example, you can sell its engine, alternator, or other parts that are still in good working condition. This way, you can still make some money from the generator, even if it’s not in perfect working order.

3. Age and Model: lastly, what’s the age and brand of the generator? Is the generator brand demanding in the generator market? Are people searching for it? 

These are some of the questions you should answer when researching the age and model of your generator.

Newer models or brands of old generators with a strong reputation and high demand may fetch a higher price than older models. However, the price may vary depending on the buyer.

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How to Dispose of Your Old Generator for Cash

How to Dispose of Your Old Generator for Cash,

1. Online Marketplaces

In the recent and digital world, the online marketplace is one of the most popular and effective ways to sell your old generator. 

You can sell your generator through places such as eBay, Craigslist, or Facebook Marketplace (Generator Hacks has a Facebook community that allows users to post their generator for sale. Want to join? CONTACT US). 

These platforms mentioned provide a wide reach and allow you to create detailed listings with clear photos, thorough descriptions, and specifications of the generator. 

You don’t need to be stressing yourself by allowing the buyer to come over, you can video the generator or even mention any additional accessories or maintenance history to attract more potential buyers on the platforms.

2. Local Classifieds

This is the old fashion way of disposing of an old generator for cash and I won’t recommend it unless you are a generator mechanic with a whole lot of old generators.

In this case, you can consider placing an advertisement in local newspapers, community bulletin boards, or trade magazines. But most importantly, I prefer mouth-to-mouth advertisement because it’s one of the best methods I used to sell out all my old generators.

How did I achieve that? I always inform my potential customers if they need old generators working fine or if they have someone who needs them. That’s not all, I also inform my friends who also repair generators in case anyone is looking for the specific generator.

These targeted advertisements and word for mouth to mouth have helped me attract different potential buyers specifically those looking for used generators in my area to buy.

3. Garage Sales or Flea Markets

Thirdly, you can participate in a garage sale or set up a booth at a flea market that provides a more casual selling experience. 

However, not in all cases this can work, but if you think it can, fine. In such places like these, you often attract bargain hunters who may be interested in buying a used generator but I see it as they won’t buy the generator properly and you might feel cheated. 

But if you have no option, you can display your generator prominently, provide detailed information, and engage with potential buyers to maximize your chances of making a sale at the garage or flea market.

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4. Recycling 

Recycling has been the only option for years to dispose of old generators for cash, and that’s if the generator is in a state that’s totally damaged and can’t be repaired anymore. 

When it comes to recycling, you can decide to take it back to the manufacturer if where you start is closer, local scrap yards, or probably an electronic waste recycling center. 

Let me explain better;

1. Manufacturer Take-Back Programs

If you are in an area where you can locate your generator manufacturer, you can decide to take it back to them. Some generator manufacturers offer take-back programs where they accept old generators for recycling or proper disposal. 

You can contact the manufacturer customer care of your generator to inquire about such programs before going, and they are likely to offer incentives like discounts on new purchases.

2. Local Scrap Yards

Secondly, scrap yards are another option for disposing of your old generator. While they may not pay you directly for the generator itself, they often pay for the scrap metal it contains. You should contact local scrap yards and inquire about their rates for metal recycling.

3. Electronic Waste Recycling Centers

Old generators may contain electronic components that require specialized recycling. Electronic waste recycling centers can ensure that these parts are properly disposed of. 

If you are in the United States or any part of the world, you can research local recycling centers that accept generators by using Google and inquire about any potential fees or compensation for recycling.

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Tips for Maximizing the Value of Your Generator 

1. Clean and Maintain: Before selling or recycling your generator, ensure that it’s clean and presentable if it’s still working and not yet totally damaged. 

If it’s still working, you can remove any dirt or debris and wipe down the exterior surfaces and perform basic maintenance tasks such as changing the oil and filters.

2. Gather Documentation: Secondly, collect any documentation related to the generator, including the original purchase receipt, maintenance records, or user manuals. These documents can add value and provide potential buyers with confidence in their purchase.

3. Price Competitively: Research the current market prices for similar generators to determine a fair asking price. Consider the condition, age, and any additional features when setting the price. You must be realistic to attract potential buyers or to negotiate a fair deal.

4. Environmental Responsibility: Ensure that you prioritize environmental responsibility when disposing of your old generator. Follow local regulations and guidelines for proper disposal. Choose recycling options whenever possible to minimize waste and reduce the environmental impact.


When it comes to disposing of your old generator for cash, it doesn’t have to be a daunting task as there are many options available for you to try. 

Ranging from online marketplace places which is the best and easiest way to market the old generator to recycling and others. 

Therefore, regardless of the method you choose, always remember to clean and maintain your generator, gather relevant documentation, and price it competitively to maximize its value.

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