Can You Scrap A Car With Parts Missing?

If you tried to count the number of individual parts on a car, you’d very quickly run out of fingers and toes. There are hundreds, or even thousands, of individual components that make up a vehicle, and almost all of them need to be present and accounted for to get it rolling under its own power. However, we understand that sometimes cars can end up without certain parts. Perhaps you’ve disposed of an old tyre and not had a chance to replace it, or maybe the car lost a few bits to an accident? Allow us to tell you what happens next if you wish to scrap your car.

Want to get straight down to business and earn some money? Give Scrap Car Comparison a call on 03333 44 99 50 or use our car value calculator and let us price up your car or van in around 30 seconds! We work with registered scrap and salvage specialists positioned all over the UK, meaning that we can find you a cracking quote no matter where you are, with free collection included for every customer and every vehicle! Don’t let your old, unwanted or broken car rust away – sell it with Scrap Car Comparison now!

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Do You Need To Scrap The Whole Car?

You are well within your rights to sell your car for scrap bit by bit, but here at Scrap Car Comparison, quotes are based on the entire car as a whole as we don’t deal in standalone spare parts. We’ll still make sure to find you the best price, whilst saving you the hassle of having to strip apart your own vehicle, clutter up your driveway or garage, and finding buyers for each bit individually.

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Can You Remove Parts From The Car Before Scrapping?

Yes, you can remove components from your vehicle prior to sending it off to the scrap heap, but bear in mind that doing so will impact the price you’re offered by any Authorised Treatment Facility (ATF) that’s prepared to buy the car from you. If you choose to do this, you will also need to notify us ahead of receiving a quote of the parts that are missing to ensure you’re given an accurate valuation.

While our prices are indeed guaranteed, if a collector arrives to pick up your car only to find it’s not in the condition that was initially described, the offered sum of money will be adjusted appropriately.

What To Take From The Car Before Scrapping

Possibly the most important things to remove from your car before selling it as scrap are your own personal belongings. We all leave stuff in our cars, sometimes expensive items that should probably be removed each night. Things like phone chargers, sunglasses, shoes or jackets. Old-school drivers might even still have CDs or SatNav devices lying around, while others might have dash cams installed that most definitely won’t be much use after they’ve been through a crusher.

There’s also the matter of personalised licence plates, which can be removed from your vehicle, but will need to either be transferred immediately to another vehicle or put ‘on ice’ so to speak, with the use of a Retention Document. This allows you to hold on to the rights for your plates instead of allowing them to be sold on to someone else.

Which Parts Of The Car Should I Scrap?

If you want to make the process as simple as possible, requiring minimal effort, while still acquiring a healthy sum of money, then scrap the whole thing with Scrap Car Comparison. However, if you’d prefer to take a chance on the spare part market and have the skill and resources required to carefully break down a car, then there are certain components that are worth a pretty penny on their own:

How Do I Maximise My Car For Scrap?

Squeezing every last penny of worth from your car is the goal of every driver who’s preparing to scrap it and there are a few things you can do to achieve this.

First of all, selling with Scrap Car Comparison will get you the very best price in your area. We compare the prices offered by local buyers so you don’t have to, providing you with the best quotes that will make you the most money.

As we’ve already mentioned, it’s important to keep your car in one piece and not remove anything if you want to maximise your earnings. Removing anything will impact the price, with certain components being worth a lot more than others.

Once you’ve scrapped your car, you’ll also need to inform the DVLA. You can be fined up to £1,000 if you fail to do so, but once they realise you no longer need to pay tax for the car, you could also end up with a rebate, in the form of a cheque.
Feel ready to scrap your car now? Allow Scrap Car Comparison to find you the best price possible for your vehicle, offered by professional scrap and salvage specialists positioned all over the UK. Thanks to our nationwide network of collectors, we’ve even able to arrange for your car or van to be picked up and taken away free of charge. So, get a quote today in under 60 seconds and you could bank some serious cash before you know it!

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