Car scrapping is big business, but if you’re looking to get rid of your own vehicle, it can seem like a big decision. Where do you scrap your car? Is it a better option than simply selling for parts?
For many vehicle owners, there comes a time when they need to get rid of a car or two that has been sitting in front of their house for far too long. The easiest solution is car scrapping. Let a professional company pick up the vehicle and haul it for you, then they can take care of dismantling it and recycling the metal found throughout.
There’s a lot of usable metal on a vehicle and it can all be used to melt down and turn into new items made of the metal. From aluminium to steel, there’s plenty of metal to go around and it can all be reused. This is where car scrap dealers come in. They can make it very easy to get rid of your car in an environmentally friendly way.
Scrap Car Prices: What to Expect
When you scrap your car, you are essentially selling it for the metal that it contains. This is where the value lies, so the price will depend on how much usable scrap can be rescued from it. It’s also important to talk to the scrap company to find out what they offer for scrap. Some will have better buying prices than others, so it is worth it to check around a little.
There are a number of factors that will affect the final price of the vehicle. These include:
Timing: You’ll usually get a better price for your vehicle earlier in the month, but the price of scrap metal is also variable. Selling your vehicle when the prices are higher means a better amount for the car.
Model: The make and model of the car will affect the price, too. Higher priced vehicles tend to fetch more on the scrap market than cheaper vehicles.
Weight: The size of the car and how much scrap can be recycled from it will determine how much you can get for it. The heavier the vehicle, the more metal it probably has.
Distance: If you can’t drive your vehicle to the scrap dealer, they’ll probably need to pick it up, which can reduce the price you get for the car. The further from the dealer you are, the more it will cost to recover the vehicle.
Parts: You may be tempted to pull off some parts to sell separately, but this can actually devalue the car. Unless you know for sure you can sell the parts for more than you can get for the whole car, it’s best to leave it complete and sell the car for the full price.
Another thing to be aware of when selling off a scrap car is the Scrap Metal Dealers Act that came into play in 2013. This requires that no cash exchange hands when selling a car for scrap, so be sure that the dealer you select is able to pay via bank transfer or BACS.
How much can you expect to get for your vehicle? While it depends on the above factors, you can expect to see anywhere from £100-190 for the more popular makes and models.
When Should I Scrap My Car?
The big question when it comes time to get rid of a vehicle is whether or not you should scrap it. Is there a possibility of selling the vehicle or repairing it to bring it back up to a decent, drivable condition?
If your vehicle can be restored fairly easily or if there is a market for it as a car, you probably want to skip the scrapping. Older vehicles and less popular makes may not bring a good price as scrap, but for collectors, they could be valuable. It’s usually a good idea to do some research to figure out what your best option is.
Look at the condition of your vehicle and check online to find out what other cars of the same make, model, and year are going for. If repairs are needed, you will also want to find out how much it would cost to make the necessary repairs.
Another reason you may want to scrap your vehicle is if it is just taking too long to sell. If you need the money quickly, then you’ll want to scrap it, since this is usually the fastest way to get rid of a vehicle that isn’t in great condition. Stop leaving it in your garden and get some money for the old thing.
Signs Your Car Is Destined for Scrap
Still not sure if you should scrap your car or not? Here are a few signs that you will be better off getting a scrap dealer to pick it up.
Repairs aren’t worth it. If the cost of repairing the car is far more than the actual value, it’s time to get rid of it.
It’s not running. A vehicle that no longer runs is usually destined for scrap unless it’s a collector’s item or the fix is an easy one.
It’s no longer safe. You can check the safety ratings on your vehicle and determine whether or not you really want to be driving an unsafe vehicle.
It’s rusted out. Rust is nearly impossible to fix and requires a lot of replacement parts, so if your car is too rusty, you’ll probably want to scrap it.
No one will buy it. When it gets to the point that no one is interested in purchasing your vehicle, even at a ridiculously low price, you’re better off scrapping it.
It’s not roadworthy. Once a vehicle has reached the point where you’ll be pulled over if you try to drive it, you should consider getting it off the road and scrapping it.
It’s a mess. If you’ve crashed your car and can’t do much with it, you know it’s time to sell it for scrap.
These are just a few of the signs that you should probably call a scrap dealer for your car. Chances are, you’ll know if it’s time, but these tips will help you decide.
Choosing the Right Scrap Dealer
Not all scrap dealers are the same. In fact, you’ll find that there are a few unscrupulous ones out there who will offer cash for your car and very low prices. Some may even offer to take the car off your hands for a fee that you pay. So, it makes sense to do your research before you select a company to handle the disposal of your vehicle.
First, look for a dealer with a good reputation in vehicle scrapping. It’s fairly simple to do this type of research online and you can also talk to others who have scrapped their cars. You’re looking for a company that is professional and prompt.
Something else to look for is price. Which dealer will give you the best price for the car? You may need to call a few different companies before you get a price that you like. Many can give you an estimate based on the make and model of your car, particularly if it is a more popular vehicle. They will also need to know if you’ve removed any parts from it, as this can affect the price.
Check if the scrap dealer is equipped to handle any kind of pollutants, as well. Vehicles contain a vast amount of hazardous waste that needs to be properly disposed of. If you aren’t sure how they handle this, go ahead and ask. Scrappers will need special equipment to ensure the process is environmentally friendly, so be sure they are offering that service.
Finally, if your car is non-movable, you’ll need a company that can pick it up and move it. Some places will try to charge you for this job. A reputable company may discount how much they will pay you for the scrap, but they will not actually charge you for vehicle removal.
Vehicle scrapping is a good way to eliminate a car or truck that you no longer need and cannot get rid of in another manner.
Looking to scrap your vehicle? Contact Paul Riddel Skips Limited to get top price for your vehicle. We’ll even pick it up, so call today.