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Is mine a scrap or salvage car?

Get cash for your salvage car or scrap car

Do you know whether yours is a scrap or salvage car when you want to sell it to The Scrappers?

This is not a silly question because lots of people do not understand the difference between a scrap car and a salvage car.

Sometimes, people will say they have a scrap car that needs picking up where in reality they have a salvage car.

Usually, a salvage car is worth more, so let’s look at the difference between the two terms.

What is a scrap car?

If you are asking, ‘What is a scrap car?’, then this is a car that has reached the end of its life and they tend to be quite old.

In most cases, these cars may not have any usable spare parts that are worth recycling and selling onto others but for newer scrap cars then they have a better scrap value because the parts can be reused.

It’s important that if you do have a scrap car that you use reputable car breakers such as The Scrappers because they are an authorised treatment facility.

This means they are licensed to operate by the Environment Agency and your scrap car will be properly depolluted so the dangerous chemicals and fluids will be removed.

Also, most of the parts will also be removed so they can be repurposed for other industries, for example the car tyres can be recycled for use on roads and playgrounds.

What is a salvage car?

Firstly, if you want to know, ‘What is a salvage car?’, then you need to appreciate that there are several salvage categories to determine what type of salvage car you have.

So, a salvage car with a Category A is a car that is only fit for scrapping. It cannot be driven on public roads again.

A Category B salvage car can have some parts salvaged but the car’s body must be crushed.

It’s important to appreciate that a salvage car is one that has been written off by the insurance company but the vehicle may still have a financial value or even a practical purpose to another potential owner.

This means that some salvage cars can be repaired and put back on the road which makes them a valuable consideration – and this depends on their Category.

Why you should use The Scrappers

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Not everyone understands the difference between a scrap or salvage car, but there could be a big difference in the price being paid.

As mentioned earlier, it’s important that you use a reputable car scrap yard regardless of whether yours is a salvage car or a scrap car and this means dealing with The Scrappers.

With years of experience, this is a family-run business that has established an excellent reputation for itself and has even starred in a BBC documentary series!

Not only will The Scrappers pay the best prices but they will also offer a free collection service at a time and place to suit you. This could mean picking up your scrap or salvage car at work or at home or even at the garage if that’s where it’s located.

When it comes to dealing with scrap vehicles, you will be given a certificate of destruction for your scrap car to show you have illegally disposed of it.

Only an authorised treatment facility can give these certificates and The Scrappers will take care of the paperwork for the DVLA so you don’t worry about this.

For a free instant quote, you can either call the team on (01204) 388488 or use their online quotation form and if you need to know more about whether yours is a scrap or salvage car, then speak with the team and they will explain more.