A while ago I was loaned out to work in a different region for 8 months. This meant my commute was 202 kms per day. While I was getting paid for the commute, I didn't want to foot the gas bill for my F150. So, I bought an '88 Corolla for $1500 and drove it roughly 50,000kms over the past 14 months only changing the oil twice. She wasn't pretty but she ran like a champ.
Finally it was time to retire the Corolla as loads of little maintenance and mechanical issues were starting to show. It still ran well, but I wouldn't have felt okay selling it as road worthy, and probably would only have gotten a couple hundred for it. While considering how to get rid of the Corolla, I came across the Scrap It Program http://www.scrapit.ca/ .
Today using this program, I got $1200 for a new bicycle in exchange for taking my car to the crusher! It's a BC initiative to get older higher emission producing vehicles off the road. A bike is one of several options through the program.
I'd been commuting on my road bike this summer, and wanted to buy a proper bike that could take saddlebags etc. Now I can, and kind of for free!
There are a few qualifiers, but the process was totally painless.
So, if you've been driving a old bagged out POS for a while and are considering an upgrade, check it out!