Sell My Damaged or Non-Running Car
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Selling your damaged or broken car fast couldn’t be easier. Non-running cars caused by accidents, MOT failures and natural disasters have all been known to ruin both your vehicle, and your day. Here at Scrap Car Comparison we don’t just compare prices for end-of-life and broken cars and vans which are destined to be scrapped for crushing. We also have a large network of trusted buyers who specialise in buying damaged and broken cars for salvage.
How To Sell A Damaged Car
There’s an array of different reasons which can cause a car to be classified as damaged, broken or a non-runner. However, the reasons often fall into one of the following three categories; bodywork, engine/parts or interior.
Because it is usually an element which is damaged, and not the entirety of the car, it means that the rest of the vehicle can often be sold as salvage and the car’s parts can be used to help repair other broken vehicles. For example; if you had two of the same cars in terms of make, year and model but one of them had a damaged engine and was a non-starter and one of them had a smash-damaged shell, a specialist would be able to use elements of each car to create one working vehicle. Fixing damaged cars can be time-consuming, expensive and often people don’t have the required expertise to be able to do so themselves, which is why vehicles that require a certain level of work, are often sold on as salvage vehicles.
How to Sell a Car for Parts
While it is easier and cheaper to sell your car for scrap, you’re likely to make more money if you break your car up and sell for spares.
In order to sell your car for parts, you’ll need to carefully dismantle the parts yourself. This means that patience, knowledge and the right tools are necessary. Once you’ve removed the parts you wish to sell, you can list them on secondhand sites like Gumtree and eBay. We recommend researching listings from other sellers to gauge appropriate pricing for each part. You can essentially strip your car back to the bare bones, but if you’re looking for the easiest ways to make money, the engine, gearbox, airbags and seats are most likely to be in-demand
Understanding a Vehicle’s Damage Levels
Selling a broken car can be a confusing time and you may find yourself wondering whether people will want it, especially if you’re selling an MOT failure, a non-runner or need to sell an insurance write-off, but salvage categories have made it easier for people to understand the differences between broken and damaged vehicles.
The salvage categories used to be classified as Category: A, B, C or D, however the Association of British Insurers (ABI) recently re-categorised these to make them easier for the general public to understand when looking into a vehicle’s history. As of the 1st of October 2017 the following categories will be used:
Category A – Scrap
Category A is the rating given to vehicles which are not suitable to be repaired. No parts of the car are allowed to be reused for salvage and the entire vehicle must be scrapped.
Category B – Break
Category B is given to vehicles which are not suitable to be repaired, however some of the vehicle’s parts may be used elsewhere.
Category S – Structural
Category S is the rating given to vehicles which have received damage to the structural frame or chassis. This rating is given for cars where the owner/insurer decided not to repair it, however these vehicles can be used for salvage.
Category N – Non-Structural
Category N vehicles do not have any structural damage and this category is given to repairable vehicles where the owner/insurer decided not to proceed with repairing the vehicle.
Damaged Cars For Sale
Our network of buyers at Scrap Car Comparison specialise in buying both damaged and broken vehicles for salvage, so whether your car’s head gasket has blown, you’ve crashed your van or you’re having issues with your vehicle and don’t have time to deal with the problems, our buyers can help you retire it whilst also paying you for doing so. Here are a couple of scenarios that explain the sort of damaged car or van our buyers are looking for:
If your vehicle was in a crash and the body sustained damage from the impact, this would classify the vehicle as damaged. Depending on the severity, the insurance company may weigh up the cost of insurance payouts, repairing the vehicle and hiring a courtesy car, and decide that the vehicle is uneconomical to repair. However, just because an insurance company has deemed it as uneconomical, doesn’t mean it cannot be repaired. In this instance whilst the shell may have sustained damage parts of the car can still be reused for spares and repairs in other vehicles. Read more in our Buy Back Hub. Read more in our Buy Back Hub.
If you were selling a non-running car or van without an MOT certificate, the vehicle would be classified as broken as it isn’t actually working. But just because the vehicle is broken, doesn’t mean it’s unusable and can’t be sold. The body of a broken car may be perfectly fine, which means that it could be repaired if the parts which are broken, are changed or fixed.
In many cases broken vehicles can be timely to fix depending on the cost and time required for sourcing the parts, so it’s often easier to have an unwanted vehicle removed, not just because of cost or time factors but because sometimes an unused car can take up valuable space. This is especially the case in circumstances where the vehicle is damaged or broken, and a non-runner, as it may mean you have difficulty in removing it.
The salvage car buyers available on Scrap Car Comparison’s network specialise in damaged vehicles and, due to their many years in the industry, are experienced in moving almost any type of broken car or van. Which means that even if it is a little bit worse for wear, you can still sell your broken car for cash!
Differences Between Selling a Car as Scrap or Salvage
When using Scrap Car Comparison to sell your car there’s no difference in your user experience, as our buyers specialise in purchasing non-running vehicles for both salvage and scrap purposes. Salvaged cars or their parts can be returned to the road again once made roadworthy. If you are scrapping your car, however, it will often be considered an end-of-life vehicle and will be taken to a government Authorised Treatment Facility (ATF) where, following legal guidelines, it will go through a depollution process before being disposed of and recycled into something else.
If you’re not sure whether your vehicle is suitable for salvage, one of our experienced advisors will be able to help identify this for you.
What To Expect When Selling A Faulty Car
Price quotations for damaged and broken cars will vary on a vehicle-by-vehicle basis due to the individual differences. When selling a damaged vehicle you should always be up-front about the condition of the car as giving a completely accurate portrayal of both the positives and the negatives of your vehicle can help us to search our network and generate the best quote for your vehicle.
When looking into selling your broken, non-running vehicle, it can be a little disheartening to hear that the car you paid so much for is now worth significantly less for salvaged parts, which is why it’s important to remember that you are selling damaged goods.
In many cases damage such as an engine fail, an uninsured accident or an MOT failure can deem a vehicle as uneconomical to repair. The buyers on our network specialise in damaged and broken vehicles, which means that just because part of your car has shattered doesn’t mean your hopes have to be, because due to their industry knowledge our buyers are able to offer incredibly competitive prices.
Please note that when it comes to selling damaged cars, vehicles which have been unrepaired tend to achieve higher quotes. This is because the quality or safety of vehicles which have been self-repaired cannot be guaranteed.
What Salvage Information Do We Need From You?
If you haven’t sold a damaged, broken or non-running vehicle before the process can initially seem a little daunting, but it’s not as complicated as you may have originally feared. The process for selling a faulty vehicle will vary upon which company you choose to use but with Scrap Car Comparison selling your damaged car is a simple two-part process: you simply enter your car’s details and then we take care of the rest!
To enable us to get a more accurate understanding of the extent of the damage and to help source the best quote for you, we will need a clear picture of the condition of your car. This will include details such as; the vehicle’s mileage, MOT history and whether there are any known faults. This information is then analysed by our buyers network to provide you with an instant quote and if you accept, one of our buyers will collect your vehicle, free of charge, at a mutually convenient time.
How Do You Get Paid For Selling A Damaged Vehicle?
All payments are made via bank transfer or cheque however occasionally one of our buyers may pay for your vehicle in cash. Please note that whilst the Scrap Metal Dealers Act 2013 makes it illegal to sell scrap vehicles for cash, this only applies if the vehicle is destined to be depolluted and recycled.
Old processes meant that cash payments were often untraceable, so The Scrap Metal Dealers Act was bought in in 2013 as a way to create accountability in the metal trade and stop rogue traders from selling stolen materials. However, customer safety is our top priority, which is why we only use buyers with trusted reputations on our network. In addition to this when our buyers come to collect your vehicle they will always view your Photo ID and the V5 or a utility bill to ensure that the details match.