should I scrap my car? 5 signs its time to scrap your car

Scrapping a car can feel like a pretty big decision to make. Making the call that your vehicle is at the end of its lifespan and is no longer worth running is not a choice that is usually made lightly.

If you’re considering scrapping your car but are still on the fence about whether or not it’s the right action for you, we’ve put together this blog to help you make your decision.


What to consider when scrapping your car

How much your car is worth

If your car is in a good condition and has a low mileage, you’re likely to get more money for it by selling it on to a new owner than scrapping it.
Make sure you get offers from both potential buyers and scrap dealers to compare prices before settling on a decision.

How much time you have

You might get more money if you sell it on but if time is of the essence, it’d be much faster to sell your car for scrap.

Selling your car privately can be a long-winded process. You’ll need to take photos, list it online, negotiate with potential buyers and wait for the sale to go through. Selling your car for scrap can happen on the same day. Here at A&L, we can provide you with a free, instant quote and collect your car the same day.


Signs to scrap your car

These are some of the most common signs that let you know that it’s time for you to scrap your car.

  1. Repairs cost more than the car

If your car needs costly repairs or you’re finding it in the garage more and more frequently, the invoices for all the repairs are probably starting to pile up. It’s time to start questioning whether these costs are worth it, or if it might be the better financial decision to scrap your car. 

  1. Written off

If your car has been written off in an accident, there is very little that can be done for it in terms of repairs. Scrapping is usually the go-to plan for anyone in possession of an insurance write off.

  1. Time for an upgrade

Most people choose to upgrade their car every 3 to 5 years. If you feel like it’s time for you to upgrade your vehicle but your current car is an old model or isn’t in great condition, you may get more money by scrapping your car than trying to sell it to a new owner.

  1. No longer running efficiently

Old cars are often very fuel inefficient, so it may be more fiscally responsible to invest in a new car. Old cars with lots of previous issues may also cost more to insure, especially if they’re so old they don’t have many of the security and safety features that are standard in newer models. Investing in a new car is very often the most financially efficient path to take.

  1. Unsellable

If your car fits any of the above categories, you could be considering selling rather than scrapping. However, not every second-hand car can be sold, and it’s very possible that you will get more money from scrapping than selling. Why not get a free quote today to find out how much you can get for your old vehicle?

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Benefits of scrapping your car

There are five reasons listed above suggesting when it might be time to scrap your car – here are some reasons you may want to scrap your car.

  1. Environmentally friendly

A&L Vehicle Recycling are dedicated to responsibly recycling your vehicle – if you decide to scrap your car with us, we will do everything we can to do it in the most environmentally friendly way possible. We always follow a strict depollution process before stripping down the car, and we recycle and reuse as much of the car as possible.

If you want to learn more about the scrapping process, check out our infographic What Happens to Scrapped Cars?

  1. Cash in hand

If your car is a financial strain, for example, it needs lots of costly repairs, choosing to scrap your car gives you a bit of extra cash in your pocket that you can use to buy something new.

  1. Convenience

Many people choose to scrap their car with A&L Vehicle Recycling because it’s the most convenient option when dealing with an unwanted old vehicle. We offer same day pick up from various locations across South Wales and same day payment (depending on the time of your call and location). It doesn’t get more convenient than that!

  1. Get a free quote

If you’re not sure whether scrapping your car is the right step for you, get a free no-obligation quote today. Simply enter your reg number and your postcode to get a quote in seconds.

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