How Much is My Scrap Metal Worth?

Want to earn some extra cash? Selling scrap metal to an appropriate dealership is a great way of doing so. It can even be a lucrative enterprise if you go about the process properly. In order to help you along the way, Car Scrap Surrey is offering some handy hints and tips that will help you determine how much your scrap metal is worth, as well as get the best rates for your scrap. What will you spend the earnings on?

A rough guide to scrap metal prices

Prices for scrap metal depend on many variables, including the type of metal, type of scrap metal dealers you sell to, and current market prices. Just like the stock market, scrap metal prices are subject to fluctuation, so it’s sometimes difficult to give definitive price listings. However, according to a scrap metal article on eHow, average ballpark figures for different types of metal as at the time of writing are stated at:

  • £920 – £960 per tonne for aluminium
  • £500 – £550 per tonne for zinc
  • £150 – £180 per tonne for steel
  • £145 per tonne for light iron

On MoneySavingExpert.com, a scrap metal seller said, “I scrapped a few things recently. I got £26 in total. I had some aluminium and some steel. I got £170 per tonne for the steel and £700 per tonne for the aluminium. Well worth the trip to the scrap yard I thought.”

Three tips for taking advantage of the best scrap metal prices:

  • Choose the dealers offering the most competitive prices. Call a range of scrap metal dealerships and compare prices.
  • Make sure transactions are transparent. Visit scrap dealerships and take a look at their scrap metal price charts.
  • If you’re scrapping a car, choose a reputable ATF like Car Scrap Surrey, who will absorb the price of having your vehicle delivered. We offer a free car collection service.

Car scrapping: Join the conversation

So, have you recently sold scrap metal to a scrap yard? Well, now’s a time it’s permissible to talk about money! How much did your metals garner? Let us know on Twitter, or on Facebook. You can also get in touch with the Car Scrap Surrey team directly to see how your proceeds compare to our competitive scrap rates.

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10 Reasons to Scrap Your Vehicle

scrap-collection-surreyThinking about scrapping your car? There are a number of reasons to dispense with your vehicle through a reputable scrapyard, and today, Car Scrap Surrey is counting down the top 10!

You’re interested in car scrapping because…

  • Your vehicle is out-dated. You’ve fallen out of love with your old banger, which now sees more time gathering dust and dirt on your driveway than on the open road.
  • You want a shiny new vehicle. It’s time to upgrade and enjoy the mod cons of a contemporary car, (as well as some envious looks from your neighbours!)
  • Your car has been written off. The vehicle has been involved in a collision, and is now unfit for the road.
  • Your car failed its MOT, but you don’t want to have to pay the sky-high fees for getting it repaired.
  • You want to make some extra cash. Car Scrap Surrey, for example, offers its customers up to £150 for a family-sized vehicle and will come and collect it anywhere in Surrey including Banstead, Coulsdon, Wallington and New Malden.
  • You want to contribute to a greener environment. You want to scrap your old car responsibly, and minimise your carbon footprint in the process.
  • You know you’ll be backed up by official documentation. Authorised Treatment Facilities, for example, will issue a Certificate of Destruction for your and the DVLA’s records.
  • You’ll gain peace of mind. You’ve chosen a reputable ATF so that your vehicle doesn’t end up back on the road illegally.
  • You won’t have to deliver the vehicle yourself. You’ve chosen a helpful, customer-focused ATF like Car Scrap Surrey who will pick up your vehicle – at no charge – and at a time that’s convenient for you.
  • You know you’ll be able to liaise with seasoned professionals in the industry. Car Scrap Surrey, for example, has decades in the trade, and can guide you through every step of the scrapping process.

Car scrapping: Join the conversation

Recently scrapped your car in Surrey? Get social, join the discussion, and let us know why you decided to get rid of your vehicle! Tweet us on Twitter, send us a post on Facebook, or get in touch directly.

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How to Get a Car Tax Refund When Scrapping Your Car

Car Recycling SurreyPlanning on scrapping your vehicle? You may be able to claim a car tax refund. So, check out this helpful, tried-and-tested advice that we’ve been given by gov.uk and obtain yours!

Six steps to claiming your car tax refund

  • Get a V14 form. You can do this here.
  • Check you’re entitled to a refund. You’ll be able to determine this by reading the small print at the beginning of the V14 form in section one. These conditions state, for example, that you’re the current or last registered vehicle keeper, and that you’re scrapping the end of life vehicle (ELV) in question with an Authorised Treatment Facility.
  • Fill in your details on the V14 form exactly as they’re shown on your vehicle registration certificate – your V5C form.
  • Return the V14 form to the DVLA with your tax disc enclosed. It may also be helpful to take a photocopy of your tax disc, just in case it goes missing in the post.
  • Fill out a V33 form if you’re not in possession of your tax disc. You can get this by contacting DVLA customer enquiries on 0300 790 6802. Alternatively, you can obtain this form from a DVLA local office.
  • Be patient, and receive your refund within six weeks!

What do people think of the car tax refund process?

Have you recently received a car tax refund? Let us know about your experience via Twitter, Facebook or by getting in touch with the car recycling Surrey team directly.

Gavin Merville of Croydon said, “Sending off for a refund was quicker and easier than I expected. The forms were all online, so I didn’t need to visit the post office, and there wasn’t much to fill in. Now I’m waiting for a cheque of about £80!”

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The Benefits of Replacing Your Car with a Newer Model

Scrap your old car and buy a new one!
Scrap your old car and buy a new one!

If you’re considering scrapping your old vehicle and replacing it with a newer model, there are a number of benefits to be gained.

#1. Financial reward

There are many financial incentives to scrap your old car. Reputable ATFs like Car Scrap Surrey offer competitive rates for End of Life Vehicles, and guarantee at least £100* for any family-sized car. There are also occasional governmental schemes that offer people even higher sums, such as the scrappage scheme of 2009-2010, which offered £1,000 per vehicle scrapped. As this scheme has now ended the main way of getting money for your old car is via a reputable car scrap dealer such as Car Scrap Surrey. It’s also generally cheaper to run a new car, because they’re less likely to break down, and for the few years, will be under warranty from the dealership.

#2. An eco-friendly decision

With environmental sustainability an ever-relevant concern, it’s good to know you can do your bit to help the planet by investing in a newer car. Unlike models from days gone by, new vehicles are typically more fuel efficient, and newer technology helps to limit harmful emissions.

#3. A safer alternative

As safety laws become more rigorous, car manufacturers need to ensure that their vehicles meet a number of required standards. In this way, investing in a new vehicle means that you’ll benefit from improved levels of car safety, which will serve to protect both you and your passengers when on the road.

#4. Aesthetics

A newer vehicle is frequently going to be more visually appealing than an aging one. As renowned symbols of status, you’ll impress friends and family alike, whilst also feeling better than ever in your new car.

Out with the old and in with the new!

So, with so many sensible reasons to get rid of your old banger, don’t delay in contacting Car Scrap Surrey today. We can be trusted to take care of your old car, by responsibly disposing of it so it doesn’t end up back on the road. We’ll even give you cash in return that you’ll be able to put towards a sparkly new model!

*payment value correct as of 23/06/2013

Car Scrapping Scams and How to Avoid Them

Avoid Car Scrapping Scams
Avoid Car Scrapping Scams

If you’ve been contemplating having your car scrapped, it’s vital you do so through an Authorised Treatment Facility. Recently, there has been a spate of car scams, which has seen unwanted vehicles being illegally dealt with by the disreputable scrapyards to which they’re sold.

What do car scrapping scams typically involve?

Instead of disposing with end of life vehicles responsibly, as an ATF like Car Scrap Surrey would, scammers are in fact retaining the vehicles to be used illegally. This means End of Life Vehicles (ELVs) may end up back on the road after being precariously repaired, sold on, and even used by other criminals.

Why are car scrapping scams so dangerous?

In many cases, consumers do not receive the money they’ve been promised for their “scrapped” vehicle. But even more worrying, the original owner continues to be legally responsible for the vehicle, despite believing that it’s been professionally scrapped, and therefore expecting to be no longer accountable for it. This means that victims of the scam can be liable for a long list of expensive or lifestyle-disrupting penalties, including:

  • Motoring offense fines
  • Parking fines
  • DVLA fines for failing to have the vehicle taxed or insured
  • Penalty points

How can consumers prevent falling prey to a car scrapping scam?

Do your homework, and ensure that the scrapyard to which you plan to sell your vehicle is explicitly classified as an Authorised Treatment Facility. There will be a number of procedures a reputable ATF will carry out as standard protocol that guarantees that you’re no longer responsible for your scrapped vehicle.

An ATF will issue you with a Certificate of Destruction (CoD) within seven days. This legally states that the vehicle has been destroyed, and that you carry no legal responsibility.

For reputable car scrapping, trust Car Scrap Surrey

So, don’t get caught out by car scrapping scammers. To ensure that your ELV is dealt with by a professional and responsible Authorised Treatment Facility, call Car Scrap Surrey today on 020 8406 4181. We offer excellent rates for scrapped cars, as well as providing all the necessary paperwork that assures your vehicle has been properly scrapped.

Car Scrap Surrey: A Company Profile

In this week’s blog entry, we thought we’d tell you a little more about our company – Car Scrap Surrey. So, read on for the Who, the What, the When, the Where, the Why and the How! And remember, if you have any questions after you’ve had a read through, don’t hesitate to contact a member of our friendly team for more information.

WHO we are

Car Scrap Surrey is a reputable scrap dealership, which buys scrap metal from customers in London, as well as the surrounding areas.

WHAT we do

We provide a number of associated scrap services. From our cars for cash service, to our general unwanted metal collections, Car Scrap Surrey can be trusted to assist with a range of consumer scrap requirements. We also offer customers a professional vehicle recovery service.

WHEN we began

Car Scrap Surrey has built up over 30 years in the scrap metal industry, with our business being established in the early 1980s. Five years after offering customers our expert scrap metal services, we started vehicle recovery, too.

WHERE we do it

Car Scrap Surrey’s scrapyard is based on the Brighton Road in Croydon. However, as a scrapping centre, we typically frequent a wide range of locations in the county of Surrey and beyond.

WHY we do it

As a business, Car Scrap Surrey’s profits are made from buying, and responsibly recycling, consumers’ unwanted scrap metal. We can then sell these on for future use.

The scrapping industry offers participating parties a number of benefits, in that the scrapyard, our customers, and the people who buy the smelted metals can all take advantage of competitive rates.

In addition, the scrapping industry is great news for the environment, as recycling your scrap metals with reputable treatment facilities means that pollution is limited, natural resources are protected, and the chance of hazardous materials ending up in landfills is minimised.

HOW we do it

Car Scrap Surrey is known as an Authorised Treatment Facility or an ATF. This means we’re regarded as a reputable scrapyard that can be trusted to responsibly recycle all the scrap metals that are brought to us. So, when you sell your metals to Car Scrap Surrey, you can be confident that we’ll always offer you a fair price for your unwanted scrap, as well as recycling it in accordance with ever-relevant environmental concerns.

Get in touch

If you have scrap metal to dispose of, pay our Surrey scrapyard a visit today. We look forward to offering you competitive rates for your scrap, and to helping the environment together.

The Art of Car Scrapping

It turns out that it’s not only the Authorised Treatment Facilities of the world that are involved with car scrapping. A number of international creatives have been contributing, somewhat unconventionally, to the artistic landscape, by recycling old cars into dramatic works of art. Whilst this is not a new phenomenon, with Amarillo’s famous Cadillac Ranch having been around since the early 1970s, newer artists are also getting involved, pushing the boundaries of modern art forever.

Cadillac Ranch

Created in 1974 by Chip Lord, Hudson Marquez and Doug Michels, part of the art group ‘Ant Farm,’ Cadillac Ranch is a vivid public art installation and sculpture, set against the backdrop of the arid Texan desert in Amarillo. Consisting of a number of upturned junk Cadillac cars, the artwork represents the evolution of the brand’s design. It’s a real must-see on Route 66 if you’re a fan of scrap cars and stunning artwork.

Sci-fi film star sculptures

More recently in 2013, an artist in the Far East has also been getting involved with car scrap creativity. BMWs, Mercs, Nissans, Hondas, Toyotas and Isuzus are the cars of choice for Bangkok-based Mai Sudjai, who collects carburettors, chains, exhaust pipes and more from this range of scrap cars, to convert them into iconic sci-fi characters. These imposing metal sculptures started off as a hobby for the Thai artist, but now form the basis of his lucrative business, with his creations selling for as much as £5,000 a piece.

Metal works down under

Australian artist James Corbett has also been making stunning sculptures out of scrap car parts, which he salvages from various scrapyards. His pieces command high prices, with a ram, made from many spark plugs, reaching a staggering £14,000. The artist meticulously cleans and welds gears, radiators, spark plugs, exhausts, etc. together in order to make these arresting pieces.

Corbett cites his inspiration: “I was working at a wrecking yard and a guy I know who races in stock cars showed me a trophy he had won that was made of car gear sticks. I looked at it and thought that I could do a much better job so began making my own sculptures”

Get in touch

If you’d like to recycle your own Surrey scrap metal closer to home, count on Car Scrap Surrey, who buy and recycle scrap metal for competitive rates, in accordance with environmental concerns. And who knows, your old car scrap just might contribute towards the next piece of home-grown modern art!

How Scrap Metal Helped Win the Second World War

Today, scrapping metal has many benefits. From its many environmental advantages, to cars for cash, prudent individuals have realised the value of scrapping their unwanted metal with reputable Authorised Treatment Facilities like Car Scrap Surrey.

In the 1940s however, the scrap metal industry took on an even higher level of importance, with countless scrap metal drives directly contributing to the war effort.

The importance of scrap

To build tanks, ships, planes, and weaponry during the Second World War, an unprecedented amount of metal was required. For example, a single tank needed around 18 tons alone. Iron could easily be melted down into munitions, and because of this, recycling metal was encouraged in order to keep up with high demand. From chicken wire to pots and pans, farm equipment to car parts, many people on the home front organised – and donated in – scrap metal drives across the country.

Donating for victory

With schools and community groups organising scrap metal drives, the level of metal collected throughout the war years was a resounding success.

At a 1941 aluminium scrap drive, for example, a massive 70,000 tons of pots and pans were donated. And another campaign garnered 5 millions tons of steel in just three weeks. People competed to see who could collect the most scrap metal, and celebrities even got involved, with Rita Hayworth once announcing that she was “harvesting a bumper crop for Uncle Sam” and “setting an example by turning in unessential car parts.” The real challenge however, would be translating these scrap metal items into valuable munitions.

Propaganda?

In more recent times, it’s been suggested that scrap metal drives were less effective in generating physical weaponry than initially thought. Aircraft, for example, could only be manufactured from virgin aluminium. Many people got so swept along with the patriotism associated with scrap metal donation that they gave up items that were later missed, including historic monuments and canons. What historians have speculated however, is that these scrap metal drives were invaluable in boosting morale, with civilians coming together and pitching in to help.

The bottom line

Whether scrap metal drives were more beneficial in generating weaponry, or simply in stirring patriotic belief on the home front, there’s certainly no doubting their positive contribution to the war effort.

In 2013, the benefits of metal recycling long continue. So, if you’d like to take advantage of the financial and environmental incentives of scrapping, get in touch with Car Scrap Surrey to find out more.

Frequently Asked Questions: Certificates of Destruction (CoDs)

When you scrap your End of Life Vehicle (ELV) with an Authorised Treatment Facility (ATF) like Car Scrap Surrey, you’ll be issued with what’s known as a Certificate of Destruction (CoD). Today, we’re going to be addressing some of the more commonly asked questions associated with this document, as advised by the DVLA. If you have any queries of your own, don’t hesitate to give Car Scrap Surrey a call today. As always, we’ll do our best to help.

What is a Certificate of Destruction?

A Certificate of Destruction essentially does what it says on the tin. It’s a formal document issued by the ATF where you’ve chosen to have your vehicle scrapped, which states that you’re no longer responsible for the vehicle. This prevents less reputable scrapyards from putting your car back on the road in your name, which could incur you fines.

What information will a Certificate of Destruction contain?

On your Certificate of Destruction, you should find the following details:

  • Specifics of your scrapped vehicle.
  • Your personal details, including your name, address, nationality and signature.
  • Information concerning the ATF and the Environment Agency Licensing Authority that issued the ATF’s licence.

When will I be issued with a Certificate of Destruction?

You should receive your CoD immediately. If that’s not possible, the ATF will send it to you in the mail, or advise when you can come to collect it.

If you don’t get a CoD immediately, you should fill out the ‘Selling or transferring your vehicle to a motor trader, insurer or dismantler’ (V5C/3 section of your V5C form) and send it to the DVLA. This will state you are no longer responsible for the vehicle.

How much does a Certificate of Destruction cost?

A reputable ATF cannot charge you anything for a CoD. However, you may incur fees for having your car scrapped there.

Do I need to keep my Certificate of Destruction?

Yes. You should keep the CoD on file to prove you are no longer responsible for the scrapped vehicle.

What should I do if I lose my Certificate of Destruction?

You won’t be able to obtain another CoD. However, if you fill in a ‘Request by an individual for information about a vehicle’ (V888 form) you’ll receive a letter from the DVLA confirming that a CoD has been issued.

Remember, if you have any other questions regarding your Certificate of Destruction, don’t hesitate to contact Car Scrap Surrey today on 020 8406 4181.

5 Reasons to Scrap Your End of Life Vehicle with an ATF

If you’re considering having your unwanted vehicle scrapped in Surrey, there are a number of reasons to do so with an authorised treatment facility. And so today, Car Scrap Surrey is discussing the top 5 reasons to scrap that unwanted vehicle!

Money

Where car scrapping could once in fact cost you money, today, it can have its financial incentives. Car Scrap Surrey, for example, offers up to £150 cash for every family-sized vehicle. And what’s more, choosing an ATF that offers free vehicle collection will mean you won’t even have to pay transportation fees.

Peace of mind

When you scrap your End of Life Vehicle with an ATF, you’ll be given the peace of mind to know that it won’t end up back on the road illegally. After dealing with a reputable scrapyard, you’ll be issued with a Certificate of Destruction, which proves you’re no longer responsible for the scrapped car.

Environmental friendliness

When you scrap your car with an authorised treatment facility, you’ll know that you’ve done your bit to protect the environment. Responsible car disposal saves on landfill space, minimises the leakage of hazardous materials, and protects natural resources.

Flexibility

Many ATFs work flexible hours, so that they can accommodate your timetable and work at your convenience. Car Scrap Surrey is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year! So however busy your work schedule or social calendar may be, you’re sure to find a time that suits you.

Wide-ranging services

Authorised treatment facilities will be able to accommodate a range of vehicles. Whether you’re wishing to dispose of a car, a van, a three-wheeled motor vehicle, or something larger, a reliable ATF will know the correct protocol to ensure it is dismantled properly. In addition, you may well find that it also deals with other types of scrap metal, accommodating all your scrapping needs.

Car scrapping in Croydon

If you’re looking to benefit from your End of Life vehicle, get in touch with Car Scrap Surrey today. Perhaps you’ve just had your car scrapped? Let us know what you thought of the experience – join the conversation with us on Twitter today @CarScrapSurrey!