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The Most Scrapped Cars In 2021 Revealed - And What It Means For Your Motor

By Birmingham Auto Break on 7 March 2022

Over one million cars are scrapped in Britain each year and 2021’s top scrapped car brands have recently been revealed…

Top 10 Most Scrapped Car Models In 2021

  • Ford Focus – 29,525
  • Vauxhall Astra – 22,143
  • Vauxhall Corsa – 21,717
  • Ford Fiesta – 18,034
  • Volkswagen Golf – 13,468
  • Renault Clio – 13,280
  • Vauxhall Zafira – 10,703
  • Peugeot 206 – 10,519
  • Volkswagen Polo – 9,108
  • Ford Mondeo – 8,303


Source: Revealed: the most scrapped cars of 2021 – Automotive Blog

What does this mean for your motor?

At first glance, you may be thinking this means the Ford Focus is a car to avoid, but that’s not the case. The managing director of Scrap Car Comparison, Dan Glick, commented on how the popularity of cars will always have a bearing on which cars are being scrapped the most. He said: “This is the fifth year running where we’ve seen the Ford Focus come out on top as the most scrapped car, and we expect to see it featuring highly in our most scrapped lists for many years to come yet.”

He then added: “2021’s results help to spotlight the enduring popularity of the Focus model, even if many do eventually meet the scrap heap.” So, in other words, cars that are at the top of the scrap car list simply reflect how popular they are amongst consumers. Every car has an end-of-shelf life.

Factors that affect the value of your car for scrap include how big and heavy it is. For example, the average payment for breaking down a small car like a Ford KA will be around half the amount you’d receive when scrapping a larger vehicle like a 4x4. The current market for scrap metal will also affect your scrap car’s worth. Cars commonly consist of copper, steel and aluminium, and these metals constantly fluctuate in price due to currency changes, and supply and demand. In other words, if you have a common car, it’s unlikely that you’ll receive a high price for its materials as there are plenty of its type around.

What happens to cars that go to the scrap yard?

Have you ever wondered where cars end up after they’re left at the scrap? Scrap car collection is an act of business where car parts are removed from the vehicle, assessed and then potentially sold on. When you scrap your car, it has to be legally scrapped by an Authorised Treatment Facility (ATF). All the hazardous materials are removed (such as the car’s battery), the reusable parts are sold, and then the rest is crushed and recycled.

Please note that in England and Wales, it’s illegal for anybody to pay you cash for your scrap car under the Scrap Metal Dealer Act 2013. Payment has to be made via bank transfer or PayPal. Also, before you scrap your car, you need to notify the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA). Otherwise, you could remain liable for any tax or traffic offences once the car is collected from you. After your vehicle has been crushed, the DVLA will send you a Certificate of Destruction, which is usually posted out within a week of you taking it to an ATF.

Birmingham Autobreak Recycling Is A Reputable Atf For Car Scrapping

If your car is ready to be scrapped, it might mean that it’s no longer running. Here at Birmingham Autobreak, we offer our local customers a free collection service that covers all areas within 20 miles of our yard in Birmingham.

We’re proud to offer competitive prices for scrap cars and we usually recycle around 85% of the metal from the cars we collect. This means you can minimise your carbon footprint while enjoying some take-home profit in the process.

Contact us today to find out more about our easy car scrapping service.

Article written by Birmingham Auto Break

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