What Is So Environmentally Friendly About Scrapping A Car?



All cars, we have to face it, have a point in their life where it simply becomes uneconomical to keep them on the road. You can keep vehicles going with a bit of work from mechanics here and there, but ultimately scrapping a car makes sense if you keep being forced to spend money on it. Even if you have been on one of the many car maintenance courses available and can keep the car going yourself, the time will come to find an environmentally end to the vehicle’s life. It can be tempting, sometimes, to think about driving on regardless without conducting the appropriate maintenance, but this is rarely advisable as your car may become unsafe. Whatever you temporarily save, by not taking the right action, you could lose if you have an accident resulting in a subsequent rise in your insurance premiums.

The trouble with the idea of scrapping a car, for many people, is in the term itself. Cars that have come to the end of their days rarely, if ever, are truly scrapped. Rather, they are recycled. If you drive a model of vehicle with a noted reputation for reliability, like a Honda Civic Type S for example, then there going to be plenty of parts which will have a residual value and which will be desirable for the maintenance of similar models that are still on the road. Indeed, many so-called scrapped cars, may have only failed an MOT for a single reason and every other aspect of the vehicle is perfectly roadworthy. By scrapping a car that is costing you money to maintain, you can generate some cash income and feel good about yourself in the knowledge that your – often much-loved – vehicle is going to have a future life being used for spares.

The idea that all cars are simply crushed for their metal value, once they have been scrapped, is wrong. Professionals work on scrapped vehicles, dismantling them to ensure that any useable parts are retained for potential customers. Remember that glass, plastic and engine components can all be recycled. If you are scrapping your car, ensure that you are issued with an End of Life Vehicle certificate. These ELV certificates are awarded to specialists by the local authority and mean that they are qualified to dispose of your car in an environmentally appropriate way. Remember that some vehicles may not see the road again but can still be used for driving. Some scrapped cars going to have a life in stock car racing events, for instance.

If your car is still roadworthy, simply costing you increasing amounts to keep it that way, it is likely to have a higher value than one that is off the road. Although this depends on the age and the model of your car, trading it in for scrap sooner rather than later can mean you get more for it. In cases where your old car is off the road and it is not possible to drive it any longer, look for a scrap and recycling specialist who can pick the car up for you and take it away. You really shouldn’t be paying for this service as most reputable salvagers will do it for free in the majority of locations.