How Scrap Vehicle Recycling Can Put Money in Your Pocket

Sometimes, we have a car for so long, it’s not worth selling it on anymore. But what do you do with it? In the current climate, making money from your old vehicle would be helpful. Maybe you need the money to put towards a new car, or maybe you just want that extra money in your back pocket. As well as this, allowing the various metals and materials that your vehicle is composed of to be recycled is much better for the environment than throwing them into landfill. But how do you dispose of your car sustainably, and how do you make cash for your wheels?

In this article, we are going to talk you through how you can make money from scrap recycling your vehicle. Let’s get into it!

Why should I scrap my vehicle?

Here are just some of the reasons why you may want to scrap your vehicle, rather than sell it on: 

To avoid high costs

If your vehicle has failed its MOT or has been written off and needs significant repairs, you might be better off by scrapping it rather than continuing to throw your money at it. 

If it is not safe for the road

If your vehicle is old and has significant wear and tear, it may not be deemed safe for the road anymore, making it difficult to sell on. As well as this, damage could be dangerous for yourself, pedestrians and other road users. It’s safer for everyone to scrap the car and put the money towards a new one.

If you want a quick disposal

If your vehicle has been taking up space for a long time, or you just want a quick and easy way of getting money for it. Scrap recycling your car or van is a sure way of making money for it, almost instantly!

To be better for the environment

By choosing to scrap your vehicle, you’re playing a crucial role in supporting a sustainable future. This eco-friendly approach is all about ensuring that no valuable parts go to waste. So, not only are you making a smart choice for your wallet, but you’re also making a responsible choice for the planet.

The scrap vehicle process

First thing’s first, make sure you take your End-of-Life Vehicles (ELVs) to a registered Authorised Treatment Facility, such as EJ Shanley. It is, by law, illegal to be paid cash for scrap metals or vehicles. By taking your vehicle to a reputable facility, you are ensuring that you get paid legally – via bank transfer or cheque. 

Once you have found an authorised treatment facility, your ELV can be recovered or recycled. You will need to provide your Vehicle Registration Document (V5) form and photo ID in order for the facility to dispose of your vehicle.

The recycling process begins with the de-pollution procedure. We use the most recent de-pollution technologies to minimise the harmful emissions released into the environment from the engine. 

Once each vehicle has been de-polluted, it is then put through a metal shredder, where it is shredded into small pieces. You will then be provided with a Certificate of Destruction for your vehicle. This certificate informs the DVLA that you have disposed of your vehicle correctly. 

How to get the best price for your scrap vehicle

Now we have run through why you might want to scrap your vehicle, and briefly explained the process of recycling your car or van, you’re probably wondering if there’s anything you can do to ensure that you get the best possible price for it. Well, luckily for you, there is!  Here are our top tips on how to get the most money for your ELV!

Don’t remove any car parts

Removing essential components like engines, wheels, or car batteries before recycling can seriously reduce the money you’ll get. To ensure you pocket the best possible price for your scrap vehicle, it’s best to leave it as it is. Otherwise, be prepared for significantly lower quotes.

Get quotes at the beginning of the month

While it may be tempting to get quotes for your scrap vehicles mid-month to top you up until payday, try and hold off until the beginning of the month. Scrap dealers often bump up their prices at the start of the month to attract more business for the weeks ahead. So, it’s worth getting a few quotes around the beginning and end of the month to spot any noticeable differences in rates.

Why is it illegal to pay for scrap cars in cash?

Since the Scrap Metal Dealers Act 2013 came into effect, businesses in the scrap metal and vehicle recycling industry, like us here at EJ Shanley, have been prohibited from paying for ELVs in cash.

Before this act, we weren’t legally required to gather information from those selling scrap vehicles or maintain accurate records, which created an opportunity for unscrupulous individuals to dispose of stolen vehicles or metal for cash, all while staying under the radar.

The new legislation, however, has made it extremely difficult for criminals to profit from scrapping stolen items or vehicles without detection.

How can E.J Shanley help

At E. J. Shanley & Son, we are able to recover and recycle End-of-Life Vehicles (ELVs) at both our Trowbridge and Warminster sites as they are both registered Authorised Treatment Facilities.

We also have a varied offering of other waste management services that can be used to dispose of your rubbish. Get in touch with us today to find a solution that works for you.

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