On average, a UK car has a roadworthy lifespan of around 7 years. Even if you stay on top of the maintenance and keep it in good condition, you may still have a car in the end that reaches its natural conclusion.
Regardless of the reason, you need to think about the options open to you at this point. Your best option if your car does not start, is to scrap it.
If you are interested in increasing the value of your car when it is scrapped, we have some great tips for you.
Start Research Towards The Start of The Month
Most companies base the price they offer on what the current value of scrap metal is. If they base it on the value of the weight of scrap metal, then the amount they offer will only change if the industry set value for metal changes. It is common though, for many companies to reduce their prices as the month draws to a close. This is a way many car scrappers manage their workload and as a way of avoiding over-committing to their customers, to be less attractive.
So by researching as early in a month as possible, you are going to get a better price from a car scrapper.
Avoid Removing Parts
In order to get the best price for your car, avoid removing any parts. Even if you think you may be able to get money for separate parts, you could put off some car scrap firms from taking your car to scrap. It also will obviously effect the final quoted price you are given.
Consider Using An Auction
One of the best place to find buyers for scrap cars is online. A great option is to put it up through an auction company. The price you are given is based on different aspects and not the weight.
Always Make Sure The Price You Are Given Is Guaranteed
You need to ensure you sell your car to a car scrap company that is reputable and one that offers you a price with a guarantee.
There should be no need for you to haggle with the driver when they come to collect your car for a better price. Just make sure that you give them as many details as accurately as you can when you are arranging for a quote.
Remember To Get A Tax Refund
When you arrange for your car to be collected and scrapped, it is wise to contact the DVLA to apply for a tax refund, before collection day. Do this before the end of the month, or it might mean that the DVLA will not include the next month’s worth of tax in the refund.
Don’t Be Sucked In By The Missing Log Book Trick
One of the most popular methods car scrap companies try to con you out of the value of your car is by suggesting that they reduce the price they are offering if you do not have the log book or V5C. Don’t be sucked in by this because the DVLA do not even require that owners should still have the log book to legally scrap their car. It makes the whole process a little easier, but it is not necessary and any company that suggests a price reduction based on this should not be trusted.