Feb 212014

ScrapOver 25,000 UK motorists sold their car for scrap in 2013, receiving an average of £147.54 each.  In light of this, a scrap metal expert is revealing top industry tactics that will help motorists get a higher price for their end-of-life vehicles.

Remove My Car which works with a network of Authorised Treatment Facilities (ATFs) throughout the UK, has experienced a fall in the national average for scrap car prices over the past 12 months compared to the previous 12 months. One of the most important things to do when getting your car scrapped, according to Remove My Car, is to ensure all of the parts are still on the car. Motorists who remove wheels prior to obtaining a quote will be faced with having £10 knocked off the final figure for each wheel that it is missing and risk not having the car collected at all, due to a different recovery vehicle required to collect a car without wheels. Most scrap car companies will even refuse to pick up a vehicle that hasn’t got its wheels as the transport of it will be made that much more difficult.

End-of-life vehicles missing an engine will fetch £67.50 less than those with the engine still intact, which is almost half of the average value. Removing a catalytic converter will see £30 taken off an average quote. Furthermore, a car without its battery will fetch £10 less and if the shell is missing the car has no scrap value at all.

Remove My Car has revealed that it has been known for some scrap car dealerships to reduce the value of their quotes towards the end of the month as a way of managing their workload, with many dealers being fully booked or close to fully booked due to road tax expiring. A way of preventing themselves from over-committing to customers is to reduce their competitiveness at this stage, so motorists who do their research early in the month when the dealers may be offering competitive prices are likely to receive a higher quote.

Another handy tip from Remove My Car is to remove the tax disc from the car and send it to the DVLA for a refund, though it’s better to do this before the end of a month, otherwise the next month will not be included in the refund. Avoid a dealer that claims their value includes the tax disc, as this is simply not the case as tax discs have their own value.

As a consequence of the recent cash ban introduced late last year, car breakers as well as scrap metal dealers are now required by law to obtain a copy of photograph identification and a recent utility bill less than three months old from the car seller, when collecting a car for scrap.

Steve Queen, owner of Remove My Car, is keen to educate motorists about the scrap car process to ensure that they always receive the very best, honest, fair price for their end of life vehicle. “What we’re trying to get across is that it’s so easy for you to get extra money for your end-of-life vehicle, you just need to be made aware of how it’s possible. We don’t want to short-change our customers because not only is it unethical it also means they probably wouldn’t use us again.”

May 232008

ScrapChancellor Alistair Darling controversially backdated VED increases to 2001 in his March budget.  Shadow Transport Minister Justine Greening has obtained documents from the treasury showing that the overall vehicle emission reduction of the VED changes is expected to be just one tenth of one percent.

The ABD suggests that even this miniscule saving in emissions from the changes will come almost entirely from the purchasing decisions of new car buyers and that the backdating element is likely to increase overall CO2 output.  The backdating is clearly a tax raising scam dressed up in green foliage that will have the opposite effect to that claimed.  Even within the government’s unjustified framework where plant food gas is seen as evil this cannot make sense.  Surely even the few left who believe the man made global warming myth cannot think this is a good idea.

ABD spokesman Nigel Humphries explains:  “The new rates impact owners of less efficient vehicles built since 2001.  Owners of such cars face a choice: Either they sell their car at a drastically reduced price, sometimes scrap value for older, high mileage cars that nobody will want to pay £270 – £440 pa to tax, or they keep them and pay the higher taxes.  If they keep the car then there is no impact on emissions. However many drivers may choose to sell. Ultimately and inevitably this will lead to such cars being scrapped far sooner than under the old VED regime, often when they are still perfectly serviceable.  Now, clearly as inefficient cars get older they are very unlikely to be used by high mileage drivers who choose more efficient models. They tend to be in the hands of low mileage drivers.   Therefore inefficient old vehicles are rarely great emitters.  But encouraging their replacement with newer stock means CO2 is produced in production of the new vehicle.  Put simply, the replacement of the cars affected that generally do low mileages with new cars will produce more CO2 than it saves.”

ABD chairman Brian Gregory said:  “Alastair Darling must now quantify how the backdating of draconian VED increases on family cars to 2001 can possibly reduce emissions.  If he cannot justify these increases then the tax that is hammering poorer families and the elderly must be scrapped.  The government claim they are now listening.  Let’s see some evidence”