Deciding to get rid of something is never easy, and with your dear old motorcar, it can be something you have truly grown attached too over the course of its lifetime. So if you are thinking ‘how to scrap my car…’ read below to find out everything you need to know.
Cars are more than just another means of transport; they allowed us to escape the clutches of our parents on Friday nights, they carried our belongings to ventures new in hope of striking gold, and they ferried the family down to the seaside during the unpredictable summer months. Forming a bond with our beloved old motorcar seems an inevitability when so many memories have come about thanks to its unwillingness to let us down, however as time has passed your car may have become redundant, economically unviable or perhaps a little unsafe. Thankfully, Giveacar is here to offer you a respectable and responsible means of disposal should you decide to finally let your car go. So it find out how to scrap your car, please continue reading.
Scrapping Your Car – The Facts
Thanks to low priced car leasing deals and high tax costs for high CO2 emitting vehicles, older cars (especially ones over 15 years old) are plummeting on the used car market now. It’s not just scrap cars; a 10-year old vehicle might have been worth thousands a decade ago, but you’ll be lucky to get a few hundred pounds for the modern-day equivalent.
If the vehicle has also run out of MOT, has a fault, or has body damage, there’s a good chance it’s boarding a one-way ticket to the scrap yard.
So How Much Is My Scrap Car Worth?
There’s a lot of conflicting information online; various websites mention values of £40-150 for a scrap car. The problem is, these articles are outdated, and the price of scrap metal moves daily. If they were right at time of writing, they certainly aren’t now. Giveacar works closely with our scrap partners, therefore making sure we are getting the maximum out of your vehicle.
Typically we raise £90-£120 for a scrap car, however we also get values as high as £150-£160 and also as low as £10-£20. It really depends on the amount of metal in your vehicle. Sadly your banging radio and new tyres don’t make a difference to the sum we are offered. Location is the second variable, so the closer you are to one of our Authorised Treatment Facilities the more money that will be offered for your vehicle.
How it All Works
Giveacar is a not-for-profit social enterprise which proudly raises money for any UK registered charity. Submit your details here or call us on 0207 736 4242 and we will organise the collection and donation of your old car free of charge and at a time that suits you.
Our scrap partners are all ATF registered meaning they are regulated by the Environment Agency. This ensures your car is processed in accordance with the law and all the necessary paperwork is produced. If you so wish, you can request your cars Certificate of Destruction by getting in touch with the Giveacar team. To find out more, please click here.
It’s not just scrap cars we take however! Giveacar always puts charity first, and so if we feel more money can be raised for your nominated charity by auctioning your car, then we’ll happily arrange for our auction partners to collect your car instead. However if for the sake of sentimentality you would rather see the car off the road, then we will make sure to have your car scrapped.
On your chosen day of collection, we request that you remove and complete Section 9 of the V5C with the Registered Keepers details. Please also ask the collection agent for their Business Name and Business Address (VAT Number NOT REQUIRED), and once complete send Section 9 off to the DVLA’s Swansea Address. If you prefer, this can be done online. Some collection agents may wish to see and take a copy of your Identification as proof you own the vehicle. Please click here to see details of ID requirements.
If you are ready to donate, you can find a local charity near you here. Every donation makes a huge difference, so even though your car has come to the end of its lifetime, it is still able to help change someone else’s.
The Scrapping Process
Once the car leaves your home, it’s taken by our licensed collection partners to an Authorised Treatment Facility, where it can be safely processed in line with all current vehicle and environmental legislation.
One of the first things to be removed from your car will usually be the battery. If it can’t be repaired and sold on as an individual part, the lead and plastic components will be removed and recycled separately.
Car Tyre Removal
The tyres will be removed from your car and assessed for wear. If they are found to be in good, roadworthy condition, they can be sold on as part-worn tyres. More often than not, however, the tyres on your scrap car will need to be recycled.
Car tyres have been a problem in the past, with companies struggling to find environmentally friendly ways to process them. We work hard to find alternatives to landfill, however, work towards a 100% reuse and recycling rate – shredded, ground or crumbed rubber from tyres can now be used in a variety of applications, and they will always aim for these rather than disposal.
Remove Hazardous Materials
Depollution centres are covered buildings designed specifically for the processing of scrap cars. The staff who work on your scrap car are trained to be able to handle the hazardous processes and materials involved in car recycling safely, which is another reason you should always ensure you scrap your car with a company that uses an Authorised Treatment Facility.
Your car contains, or may contain, a variety of hazardous materials including lead, mercury, cadmium and hexavalent chromium, which need to be removed and isolated.
This process is followed by the draining of fluids from the vehicle, including coolant, oil, petrol or diesel, and air conditioning fluid. These are removed into sealed tanks via a depollution rig, then reused whenever possible – often on the vehicles used to transport people and equipment around the treatment facility.
Car Part Removal
Once the fluids and hazardous materials have been removed from your scrap car, it’s time for the glass and large plastic components to go. The windows and windscreen will be removed for processing, followed by the bumpers and plastic fascia.
Any specific parts that can be re-sold are salvaged at this point and taken away for repair or restoration; many car-owners seek out these parts on platforms like eBay.
Scrap Car Processing
After all that, what you’re left with is a relatively empty shell – certainly, things like the seats are still there, but much of what can be reused before processing has been taken away.
The carcass of the vehicle is now taken to be shredded – sometimes a piece of equipment called a fragmentiser is used to do this, resulting in the various materials still present being sorted into separate channels more easily, and made ready for recycling.
So, if you ever wondered how to scrap a car and achieve up to a 100% recycling rate, that’s how!
Giveacar is proud to be working closely with nearly 2000 charities across the United Kingdom. We are excited to be able to offer every donor a charity that meets their donation requirements, be it a local cause or a larger charity focusing on a national issue.
Rainbow Trust Children’s Charity
Rainbow Trust supports families who have a child aged 0-18 years with a life threatening or terminal illness and need the bespoke support we offer.
Today there are an estimated 49,000 children and young people in the UK living with a life limiting or life threatening condition who may require palliative care (University of Leeds, 2011). Many of these children and their families are able to cope or are not in a ‘crisis situation’. However, thousands of families have to face the very real possibility that their child may die and struggle to cope on a day to day basis.
We support these families who have a child with a life threatening or terminal illness and are in the greatest need. Our Family Support Workers provide a life line to these families and children. We support the whole family including parents, carers, the unwell child, brothers, sisters and grandparents. They bring support and help to families who so desperately need it at home, in hospital and in the community. Any family can receive support from the moment of their child or young person’s diagnosis.
Trees for Cities
Trees for Cities is the only UK charity working on an international scale to plant urban trees and create greener cities. We get stuck in with local communities to cultivate lasting change in their neighborhoods – whether it’s revitalising forgotten spaces, creating healthier environments or getting people excited about growing, foraging and eating healthy food.
Since 1993, we have engaged over 80,000 volunteers to plant over 1,000,000 trees in urban settings. Planting trees in cities improves the air quality, provides habitat for wildlife, give us shade, protect us from flooding and make cities safer. Research has also found that spending time among trees can improve our mental health and make us happier!
Our Edible Playgrounds program transforms school grounds into vibrant outdoor teaching gardens that inspire hands-on learning and get children excited about growing and eating healthy food. They help improve health and well-being, open up access to nature, and provide a fun outdoor learning environment that supports cross-curriculum teaching.
Dogs Trust is the UK and Ireland’s largest dog welfare charity and we care for around 16,000 stray and abandoned dogs every year at our 18 rehoming centres. Most find homes quickly but those who need extra care are always safe with us because we never destroy a healthy dog.
Our neutering and microchipping work helps change attitudes and encourage responsible dog ownership. It helps prevent unplanned litters saving dogs that may otherwise be put to sleep.
We have Education Officers across the UK and Ireland. They deliver free workshops to help children learn about responsible dog ownership and staying safe around dogs.
We run 2 specialised Outreach Projects; the Freedom Project provides a free fostering service for pets belonging to families fleeing from domestic violence. Our role is simple – to provide a temporary foster home for the dog until the escaping family can leave a refuge and get back on their feet again. Dogs Trust’s Hope Project provides free preventative and emergency veterinary care for dogs belonging to people in housing crisis or sleeping rough. Just because a dog belongs to a homeless person does not mean it doesn’t deserve the same level of care as a family pet.
We also draw on our extensive experience to help dogs around the world and have developed successful ongoing welfare programmes in Romania and Ireland and in 2009 launched a new project in Malta; we’ve launched a 5 year plan dedicated to dog neutering, youth education, veterinary care and rehoming, supported by staff and volunteers of SPCA Malta.