Know What to Expect When Scrapping a Car

To be honest scrapping a car is not something we do every day but if you find yourself in the position of needing to scrap a car you want to make sure you get the best deal for your money. There are many factors to consider when it comes to getting the best price, and if you search on the internet, you will find many different opinions; you will frankly be even more confused. So here are a few things you need to be aware of before you scrap your vehicle…

Know What to Expect When Scrapping a Car

How is the Price Calculated

There are many different factors involved in the price you will be offered. The most basic calculation is ‘per ton’ meaning how much the car weighs. There is much precision in this method, but scrap deals have so many vehicles passing through they have a good idea of what value they can get from the weight. Thus, a large van is going to be worth more as scrap than a Ford Ka, as the valuable components are steel, copper, and aluminium etc. So, the next consideration is the make and model as this will determine how much can be recovered, and it stands to reason that an expensive high-end car will be worth more in scrap than something older and cheaper.

Now, of course, if you were to remove the engine, it would change the price, so the next thing that will happen is they will look at the missing or damaged parts of the vehicle. So if you want to get the best price taking things out isn’t going to help, in this case, you would have to weigh up the price you could get by trying to sell parts separately against the diminished scrap value. Then there is the issue of the location of the car and whether you are taking it to them or you wish them to collect. A lot of scrapped vehicles are non-runners, so often owners cannot get them to the dealer. Finally, the last consideration is the scrap metal prices and these to fluctuate. It is a supply and demand market, so if there is no demand or a surplus in the supply, the amount you are offered could well go down.

Overall you can see there is no easy answer to the value of a car for scrap, which is why we do the leg work for you. If you want to ask us for a scrap price, we will return you a list of quotations from scrap dealers so you can compare what you are being offered and make an informed decision rather than trawl loads of sites. If you do choose to scrap your car with car.co.uk, you will also be adding to the social value of our company. We support many different charities and organisations locally and nationally, with things like food redistribution, finding housing and HMP education to reduce reoffending rates. We are committed to this and will continue to do so, but every customer that uses our services is also directly helping our work.

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