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5 Easy Steps to Get the Best Price at Auction

With the Remove My Car auction, you can attract much higher offers for your scrap car. But to get the best price, you need to put a little effort into your listing. Remember, your auction listing is like an advertisement – it needs to stand out from the crowd in some way and attract the attention of potential bidders. 


Tell Us More. Bidders Like Info

Bidders want detail. If there’s a dent, they want to know where it is , how deep it is, has it broken through the metal? If there’s rust, they want to know how much metal has been eroded and where the rust starts and end. The more information you provide, the more likely they are to make a bid.

If you are not particularly comfortable writing about your car, please ask for help. We understand that some people struggle with writing, so if you prefer, you can tell us about the car over the phone and we can type it up for you.


Get Snapping. Photos Attract Bidders

Do you shop online? Would you ever buy a product that you couldn’t see? No, of course not. And neither will our ATFs. If you want to attract their attention and get them bidding, you need to upload some photos of your car. Not just any old photos either – you should think carefully about the lighting and the composition of your photos. For example, if there is a small scratch on the rear door of your car, it is no use taking a really close up picture of the scratch. Bidders won’t be able to tell how big the scratch is from a zoomed-in shot as there’s nothing else in the photo to compare the scratch to.

Try to give bidders as much visual information as you can. Don’t try and hide anything – they will be looking for a ‘warts and all’ photo that shows every blemish.


Give them More Time to Bid. Longer is Better

If you are desperate to get rid of your ELV or you are just an impatient so-and-so, you might be tempted to go for one of the shorter auction times. That’s fine, you can still get a good price with a short auction, but if you really want to attract the best possible offer, we recommend you choose the longest auction time. It’s simple really – the longer people have to bid, the more likely it is that the price will be driven upwards by competing ATFs.


Auction Early in the Month. It’s All About Timing

At some point, we all get a bit short of funds towards the end of the month, don’t we? ATFs are no different, so if you want the best price at auction, get your car listed at the start of the month. When ATFs are feeling flush and are keener to buy, you’re very likely to get a better offer. Leave it until the end of the month and you may not get an offer at all. It’s nothing personal, just a cash flow thing.


Don’t Ask for a CoD on Newer Vehicles 

At the risk of sounding like a broken record…you do not need a CoD for every vehicle that you sell to an ATF. The CoD only applies to vehicles that cannot be repaired and so will definitely go into the crushers and be recycled. So if you demand a CoD on a newer vehicle, guess what? Yes, the ATF are going to have to crush it, even though it still has a few adventures left in it yet. Consequently, the ATF is going to make less profit and so they will pay you less in the first place.

You don't need a CoD when you sell a car, simply return Section 9 on the log book or to notify them in writing. If they get that, they won’t fine you or chase you for a CoD. They are only interested in CoDs if the car is actually scrapped. And if your car is scrapped, we’ll send you a CoD as a matter of course.


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). 

Scrap Metal Prices Falling

Yet again theres been further drops in metal prices, 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 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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