Unfortunately, since valuing a scrap car depends on a lot of factors, a quick online search for 'scrap value of car' is probably only going to leave you with more questions. The good news is, at Scrap My Car Bootle its known what each of those factors is; so, we can share some inside knowledge, and explain exactly much your car is worth as scrap.
In this detailed guide, we’ll cover some useful information, including:
- What influences the value of scrap cars?
- Why catalytic converters are worth so much
- Whether or not you can accept cash for your scrap vehicle
- Some typical scrap car prices for popular UK models
- How to sell your car for scrap for the highest price
We’ll also cover some common questions people have about scrapping their car, including "Why is scrapping my car better than breaking it?" and "How can you get the price for your scrap car?" - and we'll help you avoid a few ‘tricks of the trade’ that some scrap yards have been known to use to knock your value down…
What influences scrap car prices?
Since we provide scrap my car Bootle customers with an instant price for their scrap car, you could be fooled into thinking that finding the value of a scrap car it’s a quick process, with a best price that simply comes from a car guidebook behind the scenes. In actual fact, working out current scrap car prices considers a lot more than might first meet the eye:
The size and weight of the car
Generally speaking, dismantlers will calculate scrap car value ‘per ton’ - based on the weight of your car.
This isn’t an exact science – but, since scrap car dealers have usually scrapped thousands of cars, they’ll have a good idea of the quantities of each valuable material they can recover from a car based on how much it weighs.
For instance, there’s going to be significantly more steel to recover from a car like a Range Rover Sport than there is from a Smart car. This is also likely to be true of other materials, such as copper, aluminium, and so on.
There are some exceptions to this. For example, if you’re planning to scrap a carbon-fibre bodied McLaren, it’s likely to weigh less than Ford Mondeo. Don’t worry though, in a case like this; we’d always try to help you find a specialist dismantler who’ll offer you more than just scrap value if you’ve got a high-value car.
Distance from the scrap car dealer
Some dealers will offer to collect your scrap car free of charge - but may reflect that in the price you’re offered. Others will tell you they plan to knock a little bit off the price they offer if they have to travel to get to your car. One thing’s certain, there are some costs involved with picking up a scrap car, and a dealer needs to cover those costs.
As such, you’ll find you’re likely to get a better price from dealers close to your car versus scrap car dealers who are further away. Again, some specialist car dismantlers will be willing to travel a little further, but for most cars, you’ll get a better price if you get a valuation from a company close by.
The make and model of your car (and sometimes the age)
In the same way that a new Rolls Royce will cost you more to buy than a pre-owned Volkswagen Polo; a scrap car value will reflect the make, model, and age of the vehicle too.
Often, higher-price cars simply have more valuable materials that can be recovered from them, so they’re more valuable when they’re dismantled. You’ll often find that a newer car is in better condition too – so, again, there’s a better chance that a dismantler will be able to recover more and better-condition materials.
Missing or damaged parts
Since we now know weight has such a significant impact on a scrap car’s value, you probably won’t be surprised to discover that missing parts will affect the price you’re offered.
As such, removing parts from the car to sell separately is likely to end up with you getting a significantly reduced value. The closer to original your car is, the more desirable it will be to a scrap dealer – as this means they know exactly what they can remove from the vehicle.
Scrap metal value
Metals are considered to be ‘commodities’ – the name given to raw materials that are bought and sold on markets around the world. Commodities’ prices go up and down depending on supply and demand – as well as a predicted future supply and demand.
All this talk of supply and demand might sound like something that would only concern city traders – but in much the same way that the ‘market value’ of cocoa can impact the price you pay for a chocolate bar; the market value of metals may have some impact on the price you’re offered for your scrap vehicle.
In reality, the market value of metal probably isn’t going to be something many people consider when you've got a car to scrap – but it may change the price you’re offered slightly, so, it’s a factor that should be mentioned.
“So, how much will I get when I scrap my car?!”
As you can probably tell from this list, there’s no simple way for an individual to work out their own scrap car valuation. However, we’re willing to do that hard work for you - completely free! When you request an instant quote using our service, we’ll connect you with a range of scrap car dealers – so you can compare prices.
It’s useful to have a comparison – so you get to find out whether there’s consistency across dealers – or whether a specialist is offering you more than just scrap value for a car they specialise in.