Scrap Car Dealers - Sneaky Tricks Exposed
At Remove My Car, we hate to hear of customers suffering due to bad practice in the shadier corners of our industry. So to help you avoid the dodgy dealers, we’re going to reveal 3 common tricks that unscrupulous companies use.
1. Promise Great Prices, But Never Turn Up
This trick is a little bit like fishing – the scrap dealer puts out the bait and waits to see who bites. In this case, the bait is an advertisement in a local newspaper or on a web site, claiming “We will pay £150 Minimum for Any Car”. But the dealer has no intention of paying £150 for your old Nissan Micra or Rover Metro. The chances are that they won’t even come to collect your car at all. Why? Because they are only interested in certain types of car (cars that have a higher scrap value) and that’s what they are ‘fishing’ for.
So if you have a car with a high scrap value, such as a Vauxhall Vectra estate, then you probably will get that £150 and they will collect it quickly. But if your car’s not worth much to the dealer, you’ll probably be left waiting for a collection that will never happen – there’s not enough profit to be made from your car, so they just forget all about you.
Collecting low value scrap cars is not a problem for Remove My Car. Our national network of members means we can deal in high volumes and we also price cars individually, based on weight and the value of salvageable parts. So you get a great price for your car and a collection service you can depend on.
2. Offer Vague Prices. Haggle on the Doorstep
Beware the company that won’t offer you a definite price for your car, because it invariably means they will try to barter with you on your doorstep.
Sure, they may have said £100-£150 on the phone or offered a minimum of £100 in the local paper, but when it is face-to-face, they will use every trick in the book to try and reduce the price, including:
1. Emphasising faults with the car
2. Pointing out faults that have no impact on the scrap value of the car
3. Complaining about missing paperwork
Changing the price because of missing paperwork (V5C), is a well-known tactic and one that you need to know about. Because the paperwork should have no effect on the value of your car – you can contact DVLA in writing instead of using the V5C. (DVLA Swansea, SA99 1BD).
We hate haggling at Remove My Car – if we wanted to negotiate prices, we’d have opened a market stall or applied to go on The Apprentice. For us, the best deal is one where everything is clear and up front from the start, and everyone sticks to the agreement. That’s why you’ll see we always offer a fixed price for your car.
3. The Outrageous “Turn Up Early” Trick
When you agree to sell your car to RMC, please be careful about revealing information to anyone who asks about your car. Remember, if something doesn’t feel right to you, please call Remove My Car to confirm the details.
For sheer audacity, it is hard to beat the ‘turn up early’ trick. This devious little plan has been used by a few companies that have crossed our path, and it can result in you selling your car to a completely unknown party. What is this cunning plan and how does it work? Let us explain.
Some of the companies that you contacted before RMC may contact you to see if you have sold your car. This is where you need to be careful. If the dealer asks you for details about who bought your car, how much they paid, or the date of collection, please politely decline to answer. There’s a good reason for this – getting information about the price and delivery time is crucial to the ‘turn up early trick’.
Once a company has your agreed price and collection date, they can pose as Remove My Car and re-arrange your collection date before we get to you. If you are very lucky, they will pay you the same price we agreed, take your car without any fuss, and recycle it correctly. But really, what are the chances of that? It is more likely that they will haggle over the price and you will have no idea where the car is going to end up – and it could very well end up back on the road, even if it has serious faults. And then the cycle starts again, as the new owner has a scrap car to sell.
Just to make matters even worse, the company that actually collects your car could be unregistered dealers and may present you with a call-out charge!
How to Scrap Your Car without the Hassle
When you are looking to sell a scrap car, you just want the best price, a hassle-free collection, and peace of mind that your car will be disposed of correctly. Which is exactly what you will get with Remove My Car. We will buy pretty much any car that is made of metal (sorry, we do not handle fibreglass cars), and we always collect, so you don’t have to worry about us not turning up. Read our How to Find a Reputable Registered ATF