The Process of Scrapping a Car

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Ever wondered what happens to your car after it has been sold for scrap?

If your car has reached the end of its useful life and it will cost too much to keep on the road because of repairs and an MOT that is due, what are you options – scrap it or scrap it, there is nothing else you can do with it really.

Years ago, if you wanted to scrap a vehicle, you would contact a local scrap yard who would call when it was convenient for them to take it away, and then very likely charge you for the privilege.  They would sell whatever bits off it they could and crush the rest, fluid included.  It was not unusual for them to leave you the tyres because they had trouble disposing of them.

The only person to make any money out of you car was the scrap dealer.

It has changed so much

The processes are totally different today, and there are no difficulties at all in scrapping your car if you contact someone as reputable and ethical as National Scrap Car.

National Scrap Car is the UK’s premier market place, not just for scrap cars but for damaged repairable cars as well.  They will collect your old car from anywhere at all in the UK, at a time and place convenient to you.  They will pay you the price they originally quoted, and under no circumstances will they charge you for collection.  All the DVLA paperwork will be completed and a certificate of destruction supplied.

So far so good – easy for you to get rid of the old banger and you make some money out of it. But what happens to it next?

Much of the car will be recycled

As much as 85% of your car will be recycled.  The tyres for instance are recycled for all manner of things, such as childrens playground flooring, sound insulation, fuel in cement kilns, flooring and of course some are sold as part worn. Over 48 million tyres are disposed of each year in the UK, that’s an awful lot of rubber to be recycled.

Engines and gearboxes that do not have any problems can be re-used in other vehicles and will be taken out of any scrap cars we collect. The fluids have to be disposed of in an environmentally friendly manner because if they are allowed to leak into the water supply for instance the results could be catastrophic.

Apart from a few odd bits, that leaves us mainly with the metal, 65% of which is steel and 35% a variety of other metals.  Metal is one of the most sought after commodities in the world and it is far cheaper to recycle and re-use old metal than to make new.  It is also far more energy efficient, which apart from the costs, has to be good for the environment.

The metal from the cars are taken to a recycling factory where they deal with recycled metal from many other scrapped items as well, such as household items and old machinery.

So when you scrap your car with National Scrap Car you know that not only have you made some money, but also every bit of it will be put to good use in one way or another.  That has to be good in this wasteful world we live in.

If you want to know more about scrapping your car, or perhaps even get some idea of the scrap car price we will pay, call our freephone number, 0800 86 20 958 and speak to one of our friendly and helpful team of advisors.