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Why is the Scrap Values of Cars so Different? 


The value of a scrap car is based on the vehicles weight and the current metal prices in your current location.

For example, on the Remove My Car website a 2002 Ford Focus may be valued at £117 if you enter a post code in Aberdeen, but the same car could be worth £144 if you enter a Liverpool post code.
The car weighs the same, has the same salvageable parts, and yet its value is different? 
This is mainly because of either, local competition, your location or the current fuel prices. If your fortunate enough to have a local breaker who specialises in your make of vehicle then you should receive a higher value because of the parts they'll re-sell, as well as the Engine Scrap Value.

Logistics and the High Cost of Fuel


You won’t need us to tell you that the cost of petrol has risen quite dramatically in recent years, and this has a direct impact on all types of collection and delivery services. The high cost of petrol means that dealers have to balance the cost of picking your car up against the potential value of the car as scrap or salvage. It’s not just the cost of collection either – there is also the cost of transporting the processed metals after your car has been recycled. (The web site shows the trends of petrol prices since 2007 and it’s not a pleasant read!).

Rising fuel Costs
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Some parts of the UK have to be more aware of logistics and fuel prices than others. For example, more remote areas like the Highlands of Scotland will involve longer journey times and higher transportation costs. In these types of areas, it is difficult for any scrap car company to offer benefits that other areas enjoy, such as free collection. 


Competition Between Scrap Car Dealers


If you are lucky enough to live close to a town or city that has a lot of scrap car dealers, you are much likely to get a better price. The scrap car industry is very competitive, and in towns where there are many dealers and used car parts specialists, that competition can be fierce. Which is good news for you, because it means you will get that bit extra in your pocket. 

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If you do your research, you may be able to use your location to your advantage. For example, if you live between Reading and Swindon, you will usually get a better price from Swindon dealers than those in Reading, simply because it is more competitive in Swindon, and dealers will fight tooth and nail to get scrap cars through their doors.


Is it Worth Moving your Car to Another Location?

We’d have to say no, unless you can get the car to a more competitive location without incurring many costs. It is unlikely that there will be a large difference in the prices you are quoted in different areas, so the transportation costs would be more than the extra money. 

Getting the Best Price for Your Scrap Car Locally

Delivering Scrap Car

To get a good price for your car, you can do your own research, looking at the amount of dealers in your area, calling around getting prices and trying to judge whether the dealer is reputable. That’s one approach. But a far easier way is to sell your car to Remove My Car, because we have already done the research for you.

Remove My Car has spent years seeking out the most reputable, reliable and competitive operators in areas all over the UK. Whether you are in a major city, close to two large towns, or in a more remote location, we can get you a fantastic price from a local dealer who meets our very high standards of service. If you are close to multiple scrap car companies, we will aim to match your car to the RMC member who offers the highest price. Or if you want an even better price, you can use the RMC Auction, which allows scrap companies from other areas to bid on your car too. You can’t lose at auction, as you can still take the price we originally offered. 


Cash Ban Due to SMDA 2013

The Scrap Metal Dealers Act 2013 replaced all previous legislation, but the big change was car breakers as well as scrap metal dealers weren't able to buy any scrap metal for cash, including vehicles. Companies also now have to take copies of the persons Photo ID and a recent utility bill. Want to know more? Read more HERE

Recycling News

Vehicle recycling specialist Remove My Car has had its ELV recycling target service recognised by the Government’s Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS). 

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If you dispose of your car through us, you'll also benefit from our payment guarantee for added piece of mind. Find out more at Why Choose Us

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Scrap Metal Prices Falling

Its hasn't been the best start to 2015 for metal prices. The fall in scrap metal prices means it's now the lowest in 6 years since the last crash in 2008/2009. Slowing economic growth in China is the biggest contribution for the fall in demand and its not looking to increase anytime soon!

New Road Tax Laws

From October 1 2014, motorists have no longer needed to display a paper tax disc in their windscreens. Instead they are asked to pay their road tax online, via the DVLA Website

Paper License to be Scrapped

Its now been confirmed as part of the government’s Red Tape Challenge initiative to remove unnecessary burden burden by Ministers, from 8 June 2015 DVLA will no longer be issuing the paper counterpart to the photocard driving licence. Existing paper counterparts will be no longer valid and drivers are advised to destroy their counterpart after 8th June 2015. 

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Latest Metal Prices

As of February 2015, prices on average are £70 Per Tonne for light Iron. Lowest being around £50 Per Tonne and the highest being around £80 Per Tonne. Further drops are expected over the coming weeks.

Top 5 FAQs

Q. Does RMC collect FREE of charge?
A. Yes, we collect FREE of charge
Q. Are there any costs what so ever?
A. Its a 100% FREE service
Q. How long does it take you to collect?
A. On average, within 48 working hours
Q. How do I get paid for my car?
A. Cheque Payment or Bank Transfer
Q. Are the payments Guaranteed?
A. Yes, you are protected by the Remove My Car Payment Guarantee

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