Guide: How to get the best price for your scrap car
“How much is my scrap car worth?” – You’re not the only one in UK with that question! However the answer depends on different factors like the car model, age, milages etc. But if you would like to maybe narrow the field a bit, feel free to read this guide about DO's and DON'Ts when you need to scrap your car.
DONT: Instant Quote
Do not do instante quotes, for the sole reason that instant offers often are 10-30% lower than the actual value of the car. They're computer generated and therefore gives less pounds to ensure the bidder doesn't have a lose. Our purpose is to provide you with the best price that reflects the actual value of your car. All our bids are made by car dealers, scrap dealers and brokers that are bidding on you car. Most often you will even have the price within 4 hours.
Factors that influence your price
- Car age and milages
- Conditions of the car
- Weight of the car (iron)
- Steel and iron prices
- Spare part prices
- and many more...
TIP: Get offers from 2-4 dealers, and always get an offer from real people.
How can I get the best price for scrapping my car?
Start your search local
The best way getting a high scrap price for your car it probably to offer the vehicle to more than one scrapyard. When that said, searching local is playing a really important role here – not many people realize how their location will affect the offers they are able to get for their scrap vehicle. The further your buyer must travel to pick up the scrap car, the smaller they offer to cover their costs in the end. Conclusion on that matter - if you want to get the maximum offer for your scrap car, you are best off checking out the closest scrapyards and car breakers first.
Scrapyards can be busy places. Normally the scrap dealers are fully booked by the end of the month. Which means, when they see a big supply of scrap cars, they lower their prices. Again, means that you would get the highest offers for your scrap vehicle within the first 2 weeks of the month. Have that in mind you are eligible to get the highest possible price in your area.
Do not sell car parts only
If you feel tempted to remove any parts from your car and sell them separately, then do not! The vehicles with all their original components will always be the cars with the most scrap value. And left as intact as possible, of course. The buyer (Scrap car dealers and car breakers) will often subtract the value of any missing parts from the total price they are willing to offer you for your scrap vehicle. Here is an example: Removing the engine from the scarp car can reduce the scrap value with almost £70, and the catalytic converter could "eat" between £30 and £85 from the total scrap price. Taking into consideration that UK scarp cars are valued between £100 and £300, it’s not worth the risk and effort.
Use scrap4more.co.uk free online auction service
Here at Scrap4more we only partner with Authorized Treatment Facilities – they are all trusted, regulated professionals with a proven track of excellent records and standards of service known throughout the nation. Therefore, it makes it so much easier to find a decent scrap yard or car breaker trough us.
What factors will influence my scrapping price?
A question we hear almost daily will be: “how much can I get for my scrap car?” As mentioned earlier in this guide, there is not a quick, simple, nor correct answer. The offer you will get for your own scrap car really depends on a lot of factors and variables. Some of these you can influence, and some of which you cannot. These factors can include:
The vehicle size really matters
Directly down to the point: The heavier the vehicle the more the value. The bigger the scarp car is, the more scrap metal it will hold. And normally the bigger car parts there will be to salvage. The daily scrap metal prices determine the value of the car, so of course, in the end of the day, the car size matters.
Vehicle brand, model and age
As make and model always affects the purchase price of your vehicle, it also affects the price when the car gets dismantled and scrapped, too. Cars that are more expensive to buy can often be worth more when they get scrapped. The reason can be that the newer the car parts, the more "life" they will have left, and the more money they will bring to the business. Age can also come into play – a model from 2015, for example, could be worth more than one from 2001. But again, supply and demand also have a great impact in how scarp cars are valued today.
Your distance from the scrapyard
Collecting a scarp car can be a costly affair. Especially if the distance plays a big role in the deal. The longer the driver must drive to get to your car and back, the more he will probably reduce his offer in the end. That is logical. Here at scarp4more.co.uk we tempt to find the best value for you. So, we are looking for the closest car breaker who are willing to pay the most. As simple as it seems, there are a bit work to it.
Sell your scarp car within 24 hours
Through our network of more than 500 scrapyards, car dealers and car breakers throughout the nation we are currently processing 3000 scrap vehicles a month. Here is how you get your scrap car listed for free in our online scrap car auction i 4 simple steps:
- Fill in your registration number, and our system will automatically fetch the details of the vehicle. We do that to ensure that the details are correct, so the dealer have the possibility to offer the right price.
- Next you need to fill in the rest of your information’s. Name, address, e-mail, phone etc. We will not at any circumstance misuse these informations. We only need them to get in contact with you.
- After registration, your car will now be listed in our auction. Within the next few hours, the bids will add up, and we will send you the best offer we have got
- Now, if you like the offer, and you wish to proceed, just click accept, and you have yourself a deal.