Are Cars Getting too Costly to Run?

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Is keeping your vehicle worth the cost and hassle?

It would appear that in the recession, car drivers are cutting corners to try and save money.  Recent surveys suggest that:

  • Owners are delaying their MOT test because of the fear of how much it will cost for a pass.
  • Drivers are switching from fully comprehensive insurance to third party, and more than ever can’t afford to insure their cars at all.
  • They are more likely to have their mate down the road carry out repairs than take the car to a garage.
  • Road Tax seems to be a thing of the past for many drivers, some even make a SORN and then carry on driving the vehicle.

These problems seem to be at their worst among 18-24 year olds, and it is estimated about one fifth of them are driving on the UK roads illegally.

The problems this creates

Motorists have been hit hard by the spiraling cost of keeping a car on the road.  It is worrying how many of them are cutting corners to save enough to be able to still drive.  Repairs not carried out properly, if at all, can make the car more unreliable, and sometimes more likely to be involved in an accident.

How many, young drivers in particular, realise that if they do not have a valid MOT and road tax, their insurance is invalid.  If they are involved in an accident that was their fault they might not only lose their car, but they could be prosecuted for driving illegally and face a personal injury compensation claim if the other party was injured.  On top of all this they would have the repair bills to pay for the other persons car.

It seems silly that they don’t just do it properly in the first place.

Is the car worth it?

Drivers need to consider if the car is worth the money they are going to have to spend on it.  In some situations it is still better than having to buy another car, but if a vehicle is worth no more than say £300, what do you do when the insurance comes in at £1200?  A dilemma many drivers find themselves in, especially younger ones.

Scrap the car?

Years ago the car might have been scrapped, but if the driver was struggling financially, he may not have been able to afford to pay to have it taken away.  Seeing abandoned cars in fields, country lanes or just by the roadside was nothing unusual.  Local councils would arrange for scrap dealers to collect them and the council would pay the fees.

Now things are different.  Now we will pay you for your scrap car.  We will collect it from wherever you want at whatever time you want.  The price we have quoted you will be paid on collection, in full, no deductions for collection fees.  We will provide you with a certificate of destruction so that DVLA are aware the car has been taken off the road and you are no longer responsible for it.

Your car will be taken to an Authorised Treatment Facility where up to 85% of it will be re-used or recycled, which is much better for the environment.

We will do all of this in a friendly, professional and polite manner, as speedily and efficiently as possible.

All you have to do is contact us either by phone, on 0800 86 20 958, by email at, or complete the ‘Get a Quote’ details on our home page.

Your quote will be free of obligation, but if you decide you want to use National Scrap Car, all the arrangements will be made to suit you.