Is the Cost of Road Tax and MOTs Causing More Good Cars to be Scrapped?

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Is the cost of Road Tax and MOTs causing more good cars to be scrapped?

In the current economic climate the cost of an MOT and Vehicle Excise Duty (Road Tax) can bite into your budget more than it used to, and if the cost of these comes to more than the value of the car, quite often, people are left with no choice but to scrap them.  Sometimes they are perfectly good cars that would run for a few more years, but the cost of keeping them on the road is prohibitive.

Another brilliant idea from the government

Back in 2006, the government decided to try and encourage people to buy more eco friendly cars by penalising the vehicles that have the higher CO2 emissions; they even made the very lowest emission cars free of road tax.

However, at the other end of the scale, if your car emissions are over 255g/km you will face a charge of £490 for a year, or £269.50 for six months.

The exception to this is cars registered before 1st March 2001; these are still rated under the old method of engine size, the lowest rate being £140 and the highest rate being £225.

If your vehicle was registered before 1st January 1973 you do not have to pay road tax, but still have to display a nil tax disc.

Add to this the cost of an MOT, particularly if some work needs doing, and you are talking a lot of money – and of course that’s without insurance or fuel.

No wonder more cars than ever are being scrapped


With the way all these costs are escalating its no wonder more cars than ever are being scrapped, and if they were all just piled up in scrap yards waiting to be crushed, then every street corner would need a scrapyard.

This is where vehicle recyclers come in


If you decide to scrap your car it should go to an Authorised Treatment Facility (ATF) where it will be ethically recycled, and wherever possible, reused for other things.

Here at National Scrap Car we will walk you through the necessary steps to scrapping you car, steps such as:

Arranging collection by one of our friendly collection agents at a time and place convenient to you.  We have a network of agents nationwide, no where is too far away for a car to be collected. Supplying you with a Certificate of Destruction (CoD) so that you are no longer responsible for the car, and you know we are doing exactly what we say with it. Help you fill out the V5 form you need to send to DVLA.

We do not charge collection fees, generally it is only the dodgy traders that do, and we will stick to the price we quote you, our prices are guaranteed.

You will find our operators to be professional and helpful, there to advise you and assist you all they can.

We aim to offer the highest quality customer service, we aim to make sure you get the best possible price for your car, and we aim to make sure the whole thing is as hassle free as possible.