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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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