If you decide to move on from your nearly new car then there are lots of different options when it comes to selling or part exchanging. But what if it’s an old banger that you want to get rid of?
One option that’s worth checking out is scrapping your old car. Approximately 1.8 million cars a year are scrapped in the UK, the majority being between 10-16 years old. Most have reached the end of the road – they have either broken down or failed their MoT and need repairs that are too expensive given the age of the car. Then there are vehicles that the owner simply wants to get rid of – either because they’ve decided to upgrade or because the car belongs to a family member, such as an older person or student moving away from home who doesn’t need it any more.
“Disposing of a banger can be a complex business,” says Kathryn Byng, spokesperson for CarTakeBack.com, a scrap car recycling firm. “When a car is no longer roadworthy or doesn’t have tax, insurance or a valid MoT, the owner can worry about how to get it to the scrap car recycling centre. But it’s now possible to sort everything out online. By entering the postcode and the registration number of the car you’d like to scrap into our website, you’ll be given an online quote. You’re then offered the option of either delivering the car to a local centre or having it collected for free.”
Scrap car prices vary depending on the vehicle and its location, but currently averages £60 for a medium sized car. When disposing of your old car it’s vital to use a reputable company. Official scrap car recycling centres, known as Authorised Treatment Facilities (ATFs), recycle cars responsibly and meet the 95% recycling target set by the government. They also handle legal issues correctly. When scrapping a car the DVLA needs to be notified using a Certificate of Destruction (CoD), which can only be issued by an ATF. Without the correct paperwork the DVLA will assume the car is still in the possession of the last owner and it will continue to send demands for road tax – followed up by an £80 fine if it’s not paid.
“Motorists need to be wary of unlicensed scrap car recycling centres run by dodgy dealers. These operators don’t have the legal authority to issue CoDs, though some try to trick customers by offering a fraudulent ‘Certificate of Disposal’ or ‘Destruction Certificate”, says Byng. “One way to spot a dodgy dealer is if they offer cash for your banger. That has been made illegal in England, Wales and Scotland in an attempt to cut down on scrap metal theft. With the exception of Northern Ireland, any payment for a scrap car should be made by made by cheque or bank transfer.”