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When a car approaches the end of its life, it may not be possible to sell it via a traditional route, for example selling it privately on a classified website, to a dealer or to an online car buyer. The cost of owning and maintaining the car may just outweigh keeping it, as repair bills add up and potential mechanical or technical problems mount up. Does this sound like your car? It may have reached junk status and it may be time to scrap it.

Unfortunately, once a car reaches around 120,000 miles on the clock or more than 15 years of age (this varies on the model), the car has often degraded so much that it’s entirely lost its value as a sellable asset directly to another driver. As the car gets older and older, it may also be hit by taxes if it’s not compliant with Euro 6 standards for example, or it may have even been written off in an accident and become a category A, B, C, D, S or N write-off (often labelled simply a ‘Cat D’ or ‘Cat N’ vehicle). In these cases and in many others, scrapping it may be your best option, but you can still get money when you sell.

There are a number of options out there when it comes to scrapping your junk car, but which is the best one? Well, there are numerous websites and dealers offering car scrapping services or manufacturer scrappage schemes. Finding the right one can be an arduous task. 

Offers for scrap cars can vary quite dramatically. One option would be to drive to the nearest scrap yard, but selling your scrap car this way will not always guarantee a fair price. At Motorway, we work with scrap buyers like CarTakeBack and Car Converter. By comparing prices from online scrap buyers you can be sure you’re getting a great price for your scrap vehicle.

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How much is my scrap car worth?

Determining the value of a car that has reached the end of its life is no easy task. Many cars have sought after parts and components that can be used for spares, other vehicles will be eligible for car scrappage schemes that may entitle you to some serious money off a new car. Whatever the case, all junk vehicles will retain some form of value, even if it’s just their weight in metal.

If you are trying to maximise the amount of money you receive for your scrap car, and you have plenty of time to get your hands dirty and get stuck in with some hard work, a good option could be to break up your car into parts and sell each item privately on websites like eBay and Gumtree or to your local car dealer (as spare parts). 

This route will obviously take up a lot of your time and if you don’t have the relevant expertise you could end up wasting hours only to find the parts you recovered were faulty and in reality, absolutely worthless. Things like wheels and wing mirrors are relatively easy to take off your car and can fetch £50-100 online alone. Steering wheels for some makes can be worth £200+. But taking a steering wheel off? Things can get tricky if you’re not a mechanic.

For the reasons stated above, the value of a scrap car can vary significantly depending on the amount of effort you are willing to put in. If you just need to ‘get rid’ of your junk vehicle, then most scrap buyers will buy any car, and simply base the valuation of the weight of your car for scrap metal. This is the way to think about the value of your scrap car if it’s a standard, non-prestige vehicle from the likes of Ford, Vauxhall, Peugeot and Renault.

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Scrap any car for cash

If getting quick cash for your scrap car is a priority then Motorway can certainly help. We work with scrap buyers that will buy or recycle any car, no matter how damaged or unroadworthy. And they all pay fast with cash paid straight into your bank account. The traditional route to getting fast cash for a car was to take it to the local scrap yard, but doing it this way can mean less money for your car. That said, before proceeding with any online option, it’s certainly worth making sure you shop around any junk car buyers local to you, getting cash quotes from a range of different companies.

So how do you find the best cash deal? Do you take the risk and drive to your local car dealer before researching online? Or do you check prices from the many websites online offering “scrap my car” services first? Finding the best route to cash sale can be a confusing and time-consuming process. That’s why we created Motorway to compare your scrapping options online. 

With Motorway, you can compare offers for scrap cars from online scrap car buyers in seconds and get cash for your car within 24 hours. This means you can sell any junk car fast and have all the hassle taken out of the selling. All of our scrap buyers will come to your house and collect the scrap car on a trailer free of charge. You’ll have the cash paid directly into your bank account within 24 hours and there are absolutely no fees in most cases.

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A quick Google search for “scrap car near me” will throw up thousands of scrap buyer results – there are endless companies offering car scrappage services in a given area. Be cautious though, not all of them will be near you and even if they say they are, they may not be able to pick up locally if your car is not roadworthy.  But it’s always worth investigating. If you’re looking for the most local scrap buyer to your car’s location, be sure to use the ‘Maps’ feature on Google. This will show you all the business locations of scrap buyers in your area.

It’s important to remember that selling your car to the nearest scrap yard to your car’s location, will more likely than not, result in a lower price for your vehicle. This is because scrap yards know a lot of people just want to be rid of their old and useless cars and can therefore catch people off guard and offer a lower price in many cases. Though it’s not always the case, it’s always worth shopping around to find the very highest price for your much-loved junk wheels!

If you are looking for the fairest and most hassle-free way to scrap your car, then you can compare offers fast to scrap a car of literally any make and model on Motorway. Scrap buyers we work with will purchase any car and collect on the same day in many cases. Our top partner scrap buying companies have purchased thousands of scrap cars through our site since we launched in 2017 and all offer extremely fair pricing based on the make, model, weight, specification and features of your car.

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