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Should I sell my non compliant ULEZ car?

Worried about Ultra Low Emission Zones? Wondering whether your car is compliant or not? Here are a few factors to consider if you’ve been thinking, ‘should I sell my non compliant ULEZ car?

Should I sell my non compliant ULEZ car?

The decision to sell an older vehicle due to daily charges in Ultra Low Emission Zones (ULEZ) in the UK depends on various factors. Consider the following points to make an informed decision. And should you decide to sell, why not contact The Scrappers on 01204 388488 and get the best price for a non compliant vehicle.

1. Cost Analysis:

Calculate the total cost of daily charges versus the value of the vehicle. If the charges significantly outweigh the vehicle’s worth, it may be financially prudent to sell.

2. Frequency of Use:

Assess how often you drive into ULEZ areas. If it’s a rare occurrence, the daily charges might be more manageable, and selling the vehicle may not be necessary.

3. Future ULEZ Expansions:

Check for any plans to expand ULEZ zones. If additional areas are expected to implement daily charges, it could influence the decision to sell the older vehicle.

4. Vehicle Replacement:

Explore the possibility of replacing the older vehicle with a more environmentally friendly option that meets ULEZ standards. This could be a long-term investment in avoiding daily charges and contributing to cleaner air.

You win some, ULEZ some!

5. Public Transportation Alternatives:

Consider the availability and convenience of public transportation in the areas affected by ULEZ. If viable alternatives exist, selling the vehicle might be a practical choice.

6. Future Resale Value:

Evaluate how the daily charges may impact the resale value of the vehicle. If ULEZ regulations are expected to become stricter, the resale value of non-compliant vehicles could decrease.

7. Environmental Considerations:

Factor in the environmental benefits of using a lower-emission or electric vehicle. In addition to avoiding daily charges, transitioning to a greener option contributes to sustainability and may align with personal values.

8. Financial Assistance Programs:

Explore any financial assistance programs or incentives offered by the government to support the transition to cleaner vehicles.


Ultimately, the decision should meet with your financial situation, driving habits, and long-term goals.

If the daily charges are preventing you from using your car  and the vehicle is not crucial for daily use, selling it and investing in a more environmentally friendly option may be a practical and responsible choice.

Always weigh the costs and benefits based on your individual circumstances.

If you would like to discuss selling a car that doesn’t meet ULEZ standards contact 01204 388488

Petrol cars that meet the ULEZ standards are generally those first registered as new with the DVLA after 2005, although cars that meet the standards have been available since 2001. Diesel cars that meet the standards are generally those first registered with the DVLA as new after September.