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5 Things to Know Before You Scrap a Car

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You’ve had your car for several years and it’s run for thousands of miles. But now, it’s reached the end of the line and it’s time to scrap it.

If you’re hoping that scrapping your car, or even just selling some of its old parts, will help you make a little extra cash, you’re not alone. In fact, about 1 million cars head to the scrapyard every year.

Scrapping your car isn’t just a wonderful way to save money. Car recycling also does wonders for the environment.

Believe it or not, cars are actually the number one most recycled product in the world.

If you’re interested in finding a new way to go green, keeping your car on the road by replacing broken parts or scrapping it altogether is a great place to start. But if you want to scrap your car, there are a few things you need to know first!

Let’s check out a few of them below.

1. Make Sure the Car Is in Your Name

When you’re looking to scrap a car, the very first thing you need to do is make sure that you’ve established ownership of it. For most people, this isn’t something you need to worry about.

But if you aren’t listed as the owner of your car, scrapyards cannot buy the car from you. As a result, you’ll need to make sure that the car’s title is in your name.

Remember that the V5 documentation tells you who the car’s registered keeper is, not the owner. You’ll need additional documentation – even a receipt in your name could work.

2. Make Sure Your Petrol Tank Is Empty

Before you turn your car into the scrapyard, you can make sure you are not wasting money by ensuring there is no petrol left in your tank.

If your car is still able to run, then you can take it on one last joyride to get rid of the extra petrol. If not, you don’t have to worry too much as all reputable scrap yards have a ‘de-pollution’ area where all dangerous liquids are removed from the vehicle before the car is stored or crushed.

Keep in mind that the scrapyard will have to take the time to get all the petrol out of your car anyway. In the end, you’re just saving them time and doing them a favour if you deliver the car empty of petrol.

3. Check for any Belongings

We’ve seen it countless times!

Days after a car has been scrapped, it’s owner comes running back, wondering if it’s too late to grab personal belonging  left inside the old vehicle.

More often than not, it is too late.

While lots of scrapyards will do a basic inspection of the car’s interior, they’re most likely not going to look underneath every seat, go through every pocket, and look in every nook and cranny.

Especially since so many people store valuable things – and important documentation – inside the glove compartments, make sure that you thoroughly check everything before dropping your car off to the yard.

Additionally, if you want to keep your stereo system or CD player, it’s best to remove it before you drop your car off, or see if the scrapyard will be able to help you take it off.

4. Make Sure You’re Getting the Best Deal

In addition to getting your car ready, you’ll also need to do your research when you’re trying to decide on which scrapyard to take your car to.

In addition to checking online, reading testimonials and reviews, and comparing prices, there are many other things you’ll need to take into consideration.

To make sure you’re getting the best price, you’ll also need to make sure you’ve gathered as many details as you can about your vehicle. Often, yards will ask you several questions about the car’s history – especially if they’re considering re-selling it.

If possible, we suggest attempting to create a list of any past damages that were done to your car.

It’s also a good idea to let them know, if possible, the specific issues the car is having. They may be able to repair it and sell it, or it may be best to salvage it for parts. Being prepared will help you to earn more.

5. Payments are always made in to a UK Bank Account – Never in Cash

When it’s time to scrap a car, it can be easy to forget the littlest details! However, it’s very important that you know that we are obliged by law to only pay money into a UK bank account

If you are offered cash in hand, then you are likely dealing with an non-reputable company that isn’t following the strict laws governing vehicle recycling.

Save yourself a major headache by only dealing with us!

Where Can You Get Help to Scrap a Car?

Whether you’re ready to scrap your entire car, or if you just have a question about buying parts you need a company you can rely on to make the whole process easier.

When it’s time to scrap a car, you’ll need to ensure you’re working with a company you can trust.

That’s where we come in.

We can help you to save money buying car parts, and even assist you when you need replacement parts for a car that’s no longer manufactured.

When it’s time to get rid of your old car, we want to be the first person you call. To learn more about the wide variety of services (and vehicles!) we offer, spend some time on our website.

Feel free to contact us with any questions.

Author: Silverlake

At Silverlake, you can scrap your car, buy vehicle salvage, and purchase recycled car parts at affordable prices.