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Your car’s battery provides the electrical zap that starts the engine, allowing your car to get going. But what happens when you want to switch it out? Whether you live in Birmingham, Bromsgrove or beyond, we’re here to help.

There are a few safety issues - and laws - around removing and disposing of a car battery, so it’s a good idea to have all the knowledge before you start.

Am I allowed to remove my own car battery?

You are allowed to remove your own car battery, though you will need to follow proper safety protocols.

Once you’ve found your car battery, locate the positive and negative terminals - marked with a + and - respectively.

Ensuring the car ignition is off, unbolt and disconnect the negative battery cable by wiggling and lifting it free with your wrenches. Once it’s out of the battery, place it away from you - you don’t want the negative and positive cables touching the wrench at the same time.

Then do the same with the positive battery cable. One disconnected, see if your battery is held in place with a clamp. If it is, release the clamp, then remove the battery from your car.

Is it safe to remove a car battery?

It is safe to remove a car battery if you follow the right protocols. However, if you’re unsure or worried, you can always take it to a professional!

Some safety procedures to follow include:

Checking for leaks

Shine a torch or light over your battery to see if you can spot any leaks before you touch it. A common place for leaks is around the cell caps, but any dents could also be culprits so ensure you check as much of the battery as you can see.

Common signs of leaks include the battery looking bloated or smelling of rotten eggs, so don’t be complacent just because you can’t see any liquid.

Common causes of leaks include extreme cold, overcharging the battery, or simply using a battery for too long - most need to be changed around the three-year mark.

If you think your battery is leaking, it’s best to take the car straight to a garage so professionals can handle it.

Wearing protective gear

One of the major factors in removing a car battery safely is the presence of battery acid, which can burn through clothes and even skin.

Wear protective clothing whenever you’re removing or handling your battery, in case of any leaks that you didn’t spot when you were checking the battery over.

Avoid knocking the battery

Once you have the battery out, secure it to try to prevent the battery from knocking against anything in transit, as this could cause damage to the structure.

Where to take a car battery once removed?

This is where the legal stuff comes in - you can’t just throw away a car battery anywhere. Because of the battery acid inside, it’s classed as hazardous waste.

This means it’s totally illegal to put them in your household waste, dump them at a landfill or fly-tip. The term fly-tipping actually originally meant chucking rubbish out of a moving vehicle - which is definitely not allowed! But nowadays it covers leaving your waste in any non-designated private or public area as well.

You can take your battery to an Authorised Treatment Facility (ATF) - which you probably know as your local scrapyard.

Here, they can not only drain the battery acid safely but also recycle the battery’s constituent parts. It’s an eco-friendlier way of disposing of your car battery.

An alternative to removing your car battery yourself

If you’re feeling a little wary of touching the car battery yourself, we don’t blame you - and there’s no shame in seeking the help of someone trained in the matter!

If you’re thinking of scrapping your car, you don’t actually have to remove the battery first at all - your local ATF will do so as part of their recycling process.

Equally, most mechanics will be happy to swap your battery out - and it’s not much more expensive than just buying a new battery yourself.

If you live in or near Birmingham, Solihull, Walsall, Sutton Coldfield, Tamworth, Redditch or Bromsgrove then we’ve got you covered when it comes to car battery disposal. Get in touch to find out more.

Your car has reached the end of the road, and, after some research into whether you should scrap or sell your car, you’ve decided to scrap it.

You’ve arranged a collection with a reputable treatment facility, and it’s off to the scrapyard in the sky. You’re pretty well informed on how car scrapping works. But when do you let the DVLA know that you’ve scrapped your car?

Do I have to notify the DVLA if I scrap my car?

First things first, you do have to tell the DVLA that you have scrapped your car - it’s actually a legal requirement.

This is your responsibility whether you’ve decided to have the car scrapped yourself or it was your insurance provider’s decision. There’s also a £1000 fine if you fail to tell the DVLA.

When should I tell the DVLA I’ve scrapped my car?

You should let the DVLA know that you’ve scrapped your car as soon as your chosen scrapyard has assessed the condition of your vehicle and loaded it onto their transport.

It’s worth waiting until after their assessment because there are instances in which treatment facilities turn down scrap cars - when they’re full of rubbish and personal items, for example.

How do I tell the DVLA I scrapped my car?

Thankfully, it’s a really easy task to tell the DVLA about scrapped cars. Start by exchanging most of your vehicle logbook (V5C) with the scrapyard for a Certificate of Destruction - but keep hold of the yellow ‘sell, transfer or part-exchange your vehicle to the motor trade’ page.

Then, fill in this form on Gov.uk, which requires you to know the 11-digit reference number found in your V5C.

If they ask for the name of a trader you sold the vehicle to, put in the name of the authorised treatment facility or insurance company that scrapped the car, even if you didn’t make any money from it.

You’ll then get confirmation via post that the DVLA recognise you’re no longer responsible for that vehicle, along with a refund of any full months left on your vehicle tax.

How do I tell the DVLA my car has been scrapped without the vehicle logbook (V5C)?

If you don’t have the V5C, it’s a little bit more of a time-consuming process - but still pretty straightforward.

You’ll need to write to the DVLA via snail-mail and tell them that you’ve scrapped your car but don’t have the log book. You must include these details about the car in question:

To omit any of these risks the DVLA not accepting your notification of scrapping, which could land you in hot water and be fined for not telling them. If you know the VIN, that’s also a useful piece of information to include.

Scrapping a car isn’t as daunting as it seems. By choosing an authorised treatment facility, you’ll know you’re in safe hands.

If you have any questions about telling the DVLA or the rest of the car scrapping process, you can always check in with your chosen scrapyard, who will be happy to help.

Is it worth scrapping a car?

First things first, it’s probably not worth scrapping your car if it is still in working condition. If, however, it has broken down beyond the point of (affordable) repair, scrapping is a great option! Not only is it an environmentally friendly choice, but you also get some money in return. We’d call that a win-win! Not sure whether you’re ready to let go? Check out our blog on some warning signs...

How does the scrap metal industry benefit the environment?

Scrapping a car is, essentially, car recycling. Parts that are still in good condition are sold on to be reused, while the main body and any parts in bad shape are crushed and recycled. This prevents the need for more raw materials to be mined, preserving the Earth’s natural resources for future generations.

You might have heard that scrapping a car is toxic for the environment - that was true before regulations were introduced in 2003. Nowadays, any potentially harmful materials - including petrol, oil, and airbags - must be removed before a car is scrapped, meaning there is no damage to the environment.

As @shreyasshibulal says, “phasing out will also help in boosting the EV [electric vehicle] adoption”.

How much of a scrap car is recycled?

A whopping 85% of a scrap car can be recycled! The metal is separated into ferrous and non-ferrous metals, crushed and then shredded. From there, the pieces are melted in a fuel-efficient furnace, and finally poured once molten into moulds to embark on their new life. You can read a more in-depth description of what happens to scrap metal here.

How do I know which car scrapping facility to choose?

It’s really important that you use a properly licensed car scrapping facility - sometimes called authorised treatment facilities or ATFs. Look out for a city council, DVLA, and Environment Agency stamp of approval - all proudly displayed on our homepage - and ask if you can’t see one. It is illegal to use a non-licensed facility, even if you just didn’t think to check.

More than that, it’s worth making sure you use an ATF that you’re comfortable with.  Whether you’re buying or selling, our family-run service is all about customer experience and giving you the best price. We want to make sure you walk away happy!

What kind of condition should my car be in before I scrap it?

As a rule, car scrapping facilities won’t take stripped cars, so it’s worth leaving your car intact unless you’re a trained mechanic. Otherwise, we don’t mind whether it hasn’t driven for years or only just stopped working! We offer a convenient and free same-day collection service, so if the car isn’t roadworthy (or just plain doesn’t start), you won’t have to worry about getting it to us.

How can I be paid for my scrap car parts? Can I exchange my scrap car for cash?

Unfortunately since 2013 it has been illegal to pay for scrap in cash - but we can use PayPal, BACS, or even write you a cheque in exchange for your scrap cars. It’s your money, and we want to make life easier for you, so just let us know what you’d prefer.

Do I have to notify DVLA if I scrap my car?

You do have to notify the DVLA if you scrap your car. To do so, you’ll need to locate your vehicle logbook (V5C). This needs to be filled out and exchanged for a Certificate of Destruction, which will be issued by the ATF. You’ll then need to fill in this online form, and you’ll get confirmation in the post from DVLA that you’re no longer accountable for that vehicle.

Which areas do you operate in?

Our scrap yard, Birmingham, operates in a wide range of areas: Birmingham, Solihull, Redditch, Bromsgrove, Tamworth, Walsall, Sutton Coldfield. Give us a call to find out what we can do for you today!

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Once you have your estimate either have your car collected or bring your vehicle and we will get your payment sorted.

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We can buy scrap or used cars from the whole Birmingham area, including:

According to Car Magazine its estimated that over a million cars get crushed in the UK each year.

Did you know that it is illegal – in England and Wales – for anybody to pay you cash for your scrap car under the Scrap Metal Dealer Act 2013. It has to be a bank transfer or via PayPal.

We only give your cash VIA either Paypal or bank transfer

If you’ve owned your car a little while, maybe you’ve had a few issues with it. Deciding whether you should continue fixing your current car or purchase a brand new car can be a difficult decision to make.

There’s much to consider. Generally, the most important factor will be the cost implications, both short term, and long term. However, the worry of a constant need to repair, plus the effect your vehicle will have on the environment can be hugely important too, as it is for us.

The Impact on Your Bank Balance

The most significant consideration for the majority of people is the monetary cost of repairing a vehicle, especially if issues are occurring with increasing frequency. Another issue many people encounter, especially with older or more unique makes and models is the difficulty finding replacement parts.

Here at Birmingham Autobreak Recycling, we have new and used parts available for many makes and models. So, if you’re looking to repair your current car, we should be able to help you find what you need. Our car part sales team is easily reachable on 0121 3333381, please do give us a call.

Which is Better for the Environment?

Many people are becoming increasingly aware of the impacts their day to day decisions have on the environment. If you’re someone who is keen to minimise any negative impact your lifestyle is having on the environment, then it can be hard to know which are the best behaviours to employ.

Most people would assume that buying a new car would be the most eco-friendly move. But, is it?

Newer models will be more efficient and produce fewer emissions. However, the manufacturing and transportation of new cars can have a huge environmental impact, so it isn’t always as straightforward as it seems. When you also consider that even electric cars, with a need to recharge their battery, are likely to have a negative impact on the environment.

Therefore, for some people, it may actually be more eco-friendly to keep the car that you have. However, should you decide that the best option for you is to purchase a new car, Birmingham Autobreak Recycling is here to help. We pride ourselves on giving our customers high prices for their car, ensuring you get the price you deserve.

If your car is currently out of action, not to worry. We offer a free collection service for vehicles which aren’t currently running and is situated within 20 miles of our scrap yard in Aston, Birmingham.

Contact Us

If you do have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us and a member of our team will be happy to help you.

Car parts sales: 0121 333381

Vehicle collections: 0121 3333366

Out of hours contact number: 07929 709893

Email: team@birmingamautobreak.com

Although you may have heard of a scrap yard, you might be uncertain or even surprised at what services they can offer for you. They've been around for decades and the premise is simple: a scrap yard is essentially a place of business that’s main priority involves taking old, used, or unwanted scrap material with the intention of recycling it. If you are unsure of the process of disposing of scrap metal, or what kind of solutions your scrapyard can provide, read on.

Scrap metal recycling is a huge business. In the UK alone, 12 megatons of scrap metal are recycled every year, providing an employment rate of 15 thousand in the scrap metal industry. It's not only a convenient way to make a little extra money, but the recycling process is beneficial to the environment and also sustainable, with 60% of copper produced since the 1900’s still in use. The metal recycling industry is a significant net contributor to UK balance of trade and also supplies a higher amount than any other sector for ‘end of life targets’ in the UK. This includes vehicles, batteries, and electronic equipment.

In brief, the UK scrap recycling industry is protecting the environment as well as supplying a huge workforce of around 10,000 people. Almost all metals have the scope to be recycled and new quality metals created. Reused scrap metals are often referred to as secondary raw materials, ensuring that precious natural resources are not unnecessarily used to create new metal compounds. The fact that you can recycle your scrap is a huge benefit in the sense that taking it to landfill means it is of no use to anyone. In total, scrap metal recycling yards and recycling centers divert 145 million tons from going to landfill.

The scrap metal recycling process

The process of recycling scrap metal involves several phases. Metal is placed into two categories, ferrous and non-ferrous. The former is a combination of iron and carbon. Some of the most commonly used ferrous metals include carbon steel, alloy, wrought iron and cast iron. Non-ferrous metals include aluminum, copper, zinc and tin. The first step in this process is collecting the scrap metal. The metal items are processed into various categories and transported for sorting. The next phase includes crushing and shredding into compactors - this can be handled easier on the conveyor belt system. A hammer mill will then shred the metal into small pieces, around the size of your hand.

A separation process then takes place which involves shredding the metal and placing it into magnetic drums that separate ferocious and non ferocious metals. The non-metallic materials such as paint or plastic are decreased by a process of blowing hot air through the shredded metal sucking up the impurities through a vacuum. The next step is to melt the various metals in a large furnace. The furnace will have a fuel-efficient regenerative burner to reduce the levels of energy burnt. The furnace is equipped with jet stirrers that ensure there is an even temperature by circulating the metal inside the furnace. This creates a stronger quality end product. While in a molten state, the metals are poured into moulds, depending on the metal, and cooled. Regardless of the energy costs involved in scrap metal recycling, the energy used is much less, compared to creating new raw material.

What is involved in scrap car collection?

Unfortunately, in some cases, getting your car fixed can cost more than its actually worth. At which point, the decision is made to say goodbye. Most components of a vehicle can be reused in some capacity. EU legislation requires that 95% of scrap cars are recycled, so it's no wonder that many people are choosing to recycle their old cars. You may have found yourself wondering, how should I scrap my car for cash? There is a wealth of information on the internet regarding scrap metal, although it can be a little overwhelming if you don’t know where to begin.

Authorised Treatment Facilities (ATFs) are the only facilities which are legally able to to dispose of scrap cars as they are able to deal with hazardous parts like oil and batteries. Only take your car to a facility that has the Certificate of Destruction (COD). Recycling your car anywhere else can qualify as a criminal offence. The next step is to find your V5 ownership document, and pass it on to the relevant section of the DVLA which will be a confirmation that you are no longer liable for the vehicle. The scrap yard will then be able to send you a Certificate of Destruction and inform the DVLA that you don’t legally own the car anymore.

Finding a reliable scrap yard near me

As previously highlighted, it's certainly not advisable to sell your used car to anyone without the necessary licensing - just because a facility may claim to take scrap, doesn’t mean that they are legally able to do so. Not only are you following appropriate legal measures, but you are also much more likely to get a better price from a registered dealer, not to mention a better quality service. Without doubt, the best way of ensuring that you are selling your scrap in a legitimate fashion, and for the best price, is to find a reputable and fully licensed scrap yard that’s local to you. Some scrap metal facilities will require you to take the vehicle down to the facility yourself, others offer a scrap collection pick-up service. If you are uncertain of the process involved in scrapping your car for cash, It's also important to consider that you can’t physically accept cash for the vehicle. In accordance with the Scrap Metal Dealers Act 2013, its against the law to pay cash for scrap. Taking a cheque is pretty commonplace now, as is receiving an electronic payment directly into your bank account - for added convenience! Without doubt, the best way of ensuring that you are selling your scrap legitimately, and for the best price, is to find a reputable and fully licensed scrap yard local to you. Some scrap metal facilities will require you to take the vehicle down to the facility yourself, others offer a scrap collection pick-up service.

What do I need to bring with me?

In the Scrap Metal Dealers Act, it specifies that all buyers of scrap metal, including mobile dealers, must request a copy of your photographic ID that includes proof of your address, which also must be dated within three months. For most people a valid UK driving licence is probably the best option, but other acceptable options include:

●    Valid UK passport

●    Valid EEA passport

●    Valid UK biometric immigration document

●    Valid EU National ID card

If the documentation does not contain a current address, it must be accompanied by a piece of documentation that does. This can include:

●    Bank or building society statement

●    Credit or debit card statement

●    Mortgage statement

●    Council tax demand letter or statement

●    Council rent book/Benefit book

●    Council/Housing Association agreement

●    HMRC correspondence

At Birmingham Autobreak, we pride ourselves on offering a variety of services to meet the needs of our customers. Whether it’s vehicle collection, breaking vehicles, or scrapping cars. We aim to provide a range of solutions at our scrap metal yard in Birmingham.As part of our recycling facility, we buy a range of scrap metal from cars in Birmingham. We pay beyond average prices for an assortment of vehicle parts. We also accept parts from all types of vehicles, so regardless of the model of your car you can always consider getting some quick cash in exchange for your old car or car parts.

While there are a few options when it comes to selling your scrap metal, the team here at Birmingham Autobreak have extensive experience in the industry, so you can guarantee that we understand the fundamentals of dealing with scrap metal. We pride ourselves on a quality service to make sure our customers have the best possible experience. When you come to Birmingham Autobreak, we also provide a range of payment options, including bank transfer, cheque and PayPal, for your added convenience. So if you are looking for a friendly and reliable scrap yard, get in touch with us today.

Buying used car parts is a cheap alternative to buying parts from a dealer. However, when buying parts that you’re going to reuse for another car, there are some things you should consider before doing so. Read on to find out more.

Make Sure You Know What You’re Looking For

The last thing you want when visiting a scrap yard is to not be 100% sure what you need. You could end up spending hours and hours sifting through the inventory and end up with something not quite right. With that in mind, it’s always worth knowing exactly what you need, right down to the registration number of the car you’re using the part for. It’s a good idea to bring the old part with you so you can match it exactly.

Find Out The What The History of The Part In Question Is

Before buying anything, it’s imperative to know exactly where it’s been. If a part has been in a major accident, then it might not be worth the purchase and might only be in working order for a few further miles. It’s important to find out the age of the part, the mileage and if it’s being sold as used or repaired. If it’s been repaired, double check how damaged it was before the repair.

Look For Matches

If the part you’re looking for is an external piece, then it’s especially important to look for an accurate match. Otherwise, you might end up spending more money on painting the used part. If there is no way of finding a matching colour, then you might have to settle for something different, but it’s definitely worth spending a bit more time whilst you’re there on the search.

Buy Your Spare Parts from Birmingham Autobreak Recycling

If you’re in the Birmingham area and looking for spare car parts, look no further than Birmingham Autobreak Recycling. We also offer a free collection service so, if you’re looking to recycle a car, there’s little else you need to worry about. To find out more, contact us. We’re located at 3-5 William, Henry Street, Birmingham, B7 5ER

The sad truth is that cars are not made to last forever. Virtually everyone buys a car that they hate to trade or scrap, but it happens. The goal of owning and driving a car is to have reliable transportation, especially when no other form of transportation is available.

If you own a car that has let you down too many times by breaking down or requiring more repairs than it is worth, it could be time to consider scrap car removal services. It is better for the environment to scrap your car knowing that it will be recycled into something new someday.

Before you consider scrapping your car, make sure your car is not a classic or rare vehicle. Scrapping something as valuable as a rare or classic car is not beneficial when you can sell it for a large profit.

There are guidelines and rules to follow when scrapping your old car. Be sure to read this in its entirety to ensure you get the full picture. If you are unsure about a step or a process for selling your car to a scrapyard, ask a professional in the industry.

Why should I scrap my car?

Just because your vehicle is not a rare or classic car does not mean you should just give it away. You can get cash for scrap cars regardless of their condition as long as they are not stripped in most cases. Most scrap cars will go into the car crusher, so why not get something out of it? You should scrap your car because it is the right thing to do for the environment and for your pocketbook.

Just make sure the car scrap yard you choose participates in honest and ethical business practices of recycling to ensure environmentally friendly car scrapping. Birmingham AutoBreak Re-Cycling is dedicated to honest and ethical business practices.

Where do you take your scrap car?

You will take your car to a vehicle recycler in your local area to scrap your car. Vehicle recyclers in the Birmingham area will gladly take your old car off your hands and recycle it for you. You can get some cash out of it to help pay some bills or to use to buy another car. When choosing a car scrap yard, make sure they have the proper licensing and credentials.

Only use an authorized scrapyard or ATF that is licensed by the Environment Agency to take your scrap car. Ask if they are licensed because it is illegal to take your car to a facility that is not authorised or licensed. It is actually a criminal offence that is not worth the trouble. Birmingham AutoBreak Re-Cycling has the proper credentials to handle the process of scrapping cars.

Do you need any paperwork?

Like any transaction, there is paperwork involved and it is important to get it right. For instance, once you scrap a car, notify the DVLA that you are no longer accountable for that car. Keep your yellow slip (V5C/3) from the V5C and make sure to get your receipt from the Authorised Treatment Facility (ATF).

A V5C (vehicle logbook) document needs to be filled out and exchanged for a CoD. You cannot scrap your car without this document. This will also go to the DVLA so you can receive any refunds due to you for unused road tax. You need the appropriate paperwork for that step, and it will be emailed or posted to you within a week.

If you fail to inform the DVLA that you have scrapped your car you could be fined £1,000.

Do not forget to inform your auto insurance provider as you may have a refund on your policy, and you do not want to maintain cover on a car you no longer own.

Does your car need to be completely intact to scrap it?

You can take your old car in when it is deemed mechanically unsound by your mechanic, or you can get a little extra out of it by selling certain parts to the scrap yard. You cannot scrap a working vehicle.

Before you start dismantling your old car, keep in mind this is a difficult undertaking unless you are a mechanic or have experience taking cars apart. Most scrap yards will not accept a stripped car, so consider that factor as well.

Whatever you do, make sure it is legal, honest, and ethical to prevent problems.

How do you make cash scrapping your car?

A few years ago, you could not make money from scrap car buyers. You usually had to pay someone to come take it away. Nowadays it is against the law for scrap car dealers to accept money for vehicles thanks to the Scrap Metal Dealers’ Act of October 2013.

Scrap metal values have risen and that will be to your advantage. Keep your eyes out for scrap metal values to ensure you get the most for your car.

Some people remove parts and sell them to scrapyards, but it is best to take in the old car to scrap. Copper wiring is one of the most common pieces of scrap taken out of old cars and sold to scrap car buyers.

You cannot drive a car that is no longer mechanically sound. You also cannot honestly sell it. It is easier and better to scrap it and be done with it. Depending on where you live, there could be regulations about keeping a car around that is mechanically unsound.

How much you get for selling your car for scrap depends on several factors mostly set by the scrap car buyer. You can also call or request an online quote from an authorised scrap metal car buyer before you drag it to them or have them pick it up.

A car scrapping dealer that provides multiple ways to issue your money makes the transaction flow better and faster. Some of the ways you can get paid may include PayPal, cheque, or bank transfer.

Same-day car collection is another earmark of a quality scrap car collection service, so you will not have to wait to get rid of your old car.

Should you be aware of scammers?

Everyone knows that scammers do their business in virtually every industry. The car scrap industry is no exception. You do need to be aware of those companies that partake in unscrupulous business practices.

While their websites may appear legitimate, but buzz words like Certificates of Collection or Destruction Certificates can be mistaken for a CoD (Certification of Destruction). Watch for links on the website that do not work or that offer unusually higher cash offers for scrap cars as these are clues that they are not legitimate. Watch out for scammers.


Scrapping your car is generally a simple task that does not take much of your time. Remember to choose an authorised car scrap yard or the ATF to avoid legal troubles. These are the main takeaways for taking an old car to scrap.

Birmingham Auto-Break Recycling offers same day car scrapping services in and around Birmingham. The free collection service makes it easy to recycle your old, unwanted car. They accept written off, MOT failures, and damaged cars and provide competitive compensation for them. As a local authority approved vehicle centre, they help you with the process, paperwork, and issue the appropriate certificates.

Here at Birmingham Auto-Break Recycling, we ensure you get fair compensation for your old vehicle. We safely dispose of your vehicle and ensure that 85% of the parts are recycled. You can rest assured that our process is environmentally friendly. Feel free to book your vehicle collection today and scrap your car the right way.

Saying goodbye to a vehicle you might’ve owned for years can be tricky, and deciding where it should go next is difficult if there are many issues with the functionality of the vehicle.

Of course, there are benefits to both selling and scrapping. Here’s some information to help you decide on what might be best for you:


When it comes to selling your car, of course, the main thought you might have is ‘How much will I get for it?’. Selling a car purely depends on the amount of money a buyer is willing to pay.

There are many online platforms on which you can sell your car for free these days, so if the car has mechanical issues, you’re probably better off using a free website or online auction site rather than paying someone to sell it for you and ultimately eating into your profits. It’s good to be upfront and honest about the car, especially when it comes to mileage and repair history.

Bear in mind that selling takes a lot of time and effort. If your vehicle needs substantial work done to it or hasn’t passed its MOT it might take longer to sell.

Be aware that some buyers will also try and negotiate, so what you might have in mind for your vehicle might not be what buyers are necessarily willing to spend.


It can be tricky to sell a car if it is deemed unroadworthy or if it has mechanical issues preventing it from running before being seen by a professional.

Having the vehicle scrapped ultimately takes the responsibility off your hands. Perhaps your car has been sat on the road or on a driveway while you debate what to do with it? Perhaps you’ve spent weeks trying to sell it?

A reliable scrapping company takes the responsibility and stress of selling your vehicle away.

Scrapping is also a good way to turn your disused vehicle into easy cash. Most scrap yards will offer you a very reasonable price, and will also pick it up from you.

With a reliable car recycling company, you can rest assured that your car is disposed of in an efficient and environmentally conscious manner.

Birmingham Auto-Break Recycling: Same Day car scrapping services in Birmingham 

Here at Birmingham Auto-Break Recycling, we help ensure that you get fair compensation for your vehicle. We not only safely dispose of your vehicle, we ensure that 85% of its parts are recycled; so you can be sure that the process is completed in an environmentally friendly manner. Book your vehicle collection today.

It can be a sad realisation when you’re told you’re better off scrapping your beloved car, particularly if you’ve owned it for many years. You might have many memories of road-tripping or travelling abroad in it, or relied on it as a trustworthy commuter vehicle. Sadly, the time often comes when it’s better to admit defeat and have your car scrapped, so that its parts can be reused.

If you’re struggling to decide between selling it on, keeping it parked in the garage or getting it scrapped, here are a few signs that might make the decision easier:

1. You’re spending more money on it than the car is worth

Over time vehicles devalue. Your car might have had a fantastic fifteen, twenty or more years on the road but perhaps you find that lately you’re running back and forth to a car garage to get parts fixed every few months. Perhaps its MOT has failed repeatedly, making it illegal to drive and costing money for more repairs.

The truth is you might be spending more money on getting parts serviced than what the car is worth. If the cost of repair is significantly more than the cost of your vehicle at resale value, consider scrapping.

You might be able to find another, better functioning vehicle for the price you would’ve paid for the repair.

2. You’re worried when you take long-distance journeys

An unreliable vehicle can be dangerous, especially if you’re travelling long distances. Safety comes first and if you’re constantly anxious that your car won’t make it from A to B, it’s time to have a think about how well it’s performing and if the money you’re spending on insurance, repairs and fuel costs is really worth it.

3. It’s been parked up for too long

Has your old or broken vehicle been sat in the driveway or on a road for months on end while you decide what to do with it? Cars which are accumulating rust are simply an expense, costing you tax and insurance whilst simply sitting there.

4. Your engine light is constantly on

If you’re finding that the engine light never disappears, it might be time to get your car scrapped. Engine lights are a sign of a fault in the engine and repairs can often be costly. If you’re selling your vehicle on, buyers might ask for answers as to why it is. Get it checked over by a mechanic before making a decision.

5. You can’t find a buyer

You might have had your vehicle up for sale for many months, but are yet to get it sold.

Issues with the car’s performance and rust corrosion might be off putting to buyers. Rust can significantly impact the performance of a vehicle and therefore its ability to function smoothly.

If your car is taking months to sell, it might be time to think about getting it scrapped.

Have you got a vehicle that needs scrapping?

As a leading car scrap yard in Birmingham, we at Birmingham Autobreak can help you get the most money for your old, broken or damaged car. 85% of your old vehicle will get recycled, making our service both environmentally friendly and safe.

Book your vehicle collection today by contacting us.

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