Car Disposal the Best Way to Cash In your Old Car

Car Disposal the Best Way to Cash In your Old Car

They Buy, They Pay, They Take it Away

When your old car has reached the end of its useful life, use an approved disposal company to get the best price and avoid potential disaster.

These days, you probably have four or five different bins for different types of waste. Glass, paper, metal and plastic can all be recycled to reduce landfill and turn your waste into something useful.

When it comes to larger items, like fridges or televisions, there are special areas at your local tip where you can leave them, and they will be similarly recycled. But when it comes to car disposal, the options are not quite so obvious.

Selling your car for scrap

If you have something very old and unusual that has been slowly rotting at the back of the driveway for 20 years, you might find a collector or enthusiast who would be willing to buy it to strip off any useful parts to keep their own classic car running.

In the vast majority of cases, however, we are talking about a run of the mill, everyday car that is probably about 15 years old and has simply come to the end of its useful life. Hundreds of cars like these are scrapped every day, and a quick look online will yield pages of results. This search, for example, showed that if you are looking for a pre-2007 Ford Focus for £200 or less, there are more than 50 to choose from on Gumtree alone. Many of those are actually roadworthy, so it becomes immediately clear that if yours has no MOT and needs work to get one, nobody is going to offer more than scrap value.

Professional disposal

There is good news, however, and that is in the word “value.” A few years ago, scrap metal was practically worthless, and disposal companies would come and collect your scrap vehicle, but they would charge you to take it away.

Today, the process is quicker and easier than ever, thanks to the wonders of the internet, and you will not only get rid of the car easily, you will get some money back for it, too.

All that is involved is filling out a simple form, giving some basic information about the car, including its mileage, condition and whether there is any outstanding finance. The company will come back to you with a quote based on the market value, and if you are satisfied, they will transfer the funds to your account, and send someone to collect the car.

Benefits of using the professionals

The cost and hassle of trying to sell privately should not be underestimated. Even if you take out a free ad, like the ones on Gumtree, you need to be prepared for a flood of chancers knocking at your door. The truth is that those who are in the habit of buying cars privately in the sub £200 bracket are often not the easiest to deal with.

There are strict government rules regarding vehicle disposal, and you could face a fine of £1,000 if you do not inform them that the car has been scrapped. Not the ideal result if someone gave you £100 cash for it and took it away. A reputable firm will deal with all the DVLA paperwork on your behalf, so you know there will be no come back.