Thinking of scrapping old cars? Are you the unproud owner of an old car and you would like to know more about scrapping? Some of us may remember a time when you had to pay someone to remove your old banger off your drive. However, for several years now, it has been legal to get money for your scrapped car instead. In fact, it is estimated that over one million cars are crushed each year, and almost all are being paid for it. But scrapping your car has everything to do with the recycling market - if the market for recycling has slumped, you may not get anything at all!
However, you'll see that there are numerous scrapping sites that have popped up online over the years. You can input your car make, model, etc. and they tell you how much they are willing to give you for your car.
That wasn’t always the case. Back in the 1990s and early 2000s the price of scrap metal was so low that abandoned vehicle numbers peaked at around 350,000 a year, because people had to pay to get rid of them.
Then, in 2005, the EU End of Life Directive was brought in. This meant that car manufacturers became ultimately responsible for ensuring that vehicles were recycled properly and that, regardless of any fluctuations in metal prices, cars could be disposed of for free.
These days scrapping your car isn’t just free – it can possibly leave you with money to put towards your next vehicle. Around two million cars are scrapped in the UK every year, most between 10 and 16 years of age.
Depending on make, model and location, motorists can get between £100 and £300 for their scrapped vehicle.
On some 'car scrapping websites' you simply enter your registration number of the vehicle you want to recycle, together with your postcode, and get a quote for your car from one of Cartakeback's national network.
They can then either have their vehicle collected free of charge or deliver it to the recycling centre themselves.
We still tend to think in terms of ‘scrapping cars’, but the emphasis is now much more on recycling them. Traditionally only metal was recovered due to its value, but now the glass and plastic material which used to end up as landfill is also separated for recycling.
Hazardous materials such as oil and batteries, which could cause serious damage to the environment, have to be disposed of correctly.
Cars should only be scrapped at a car recycling centre with an Authorised Treatment Facility (ATF) licence – the licence requires businesses to invest in the necessary equipment and buildings needed to recycle cars properly.
If you don’t want be responsible for any unpaid road tax once the car has been scrapped or recylces, we advise you to inform the DVLA. Ensure you complete the relevant paperwork. Scrapping old cars does have to be done above board, by abiding by the governmental rules and regulations.
Also remember, if they sound dodgy, they probably are: the Scrap Metal Dealers’ Act October 2013, makes it against the law to pay cash for scrap cars in England and Wales, so be wary of anyone offering to do so.