Every single thing we buy has a shelf life, and manufacturers do not build cars to last a lifetime, as it wouldn’t be in their interest, and while your car might last you 15-20 years, there will come a day when you have to draw the line and stop putting money into the vehicle. Some people develop an emotional attachment to their car, and this can result in spending much more money to keep it roadworthy than is practical.
End of Life Cars
So, what does one do when our car has seen its last MOT and is no longer roadworthy? Luckily, there’s a scrapyard in Hinkley that handles the DVLC certification that is necessary when you scrap a vehicle in the UK, plus they will pay you cash for taking the car away.
What Happens to My Car?
If you are thinking it goes straight into the crusher, think again, as there are many components that can be recycled or reused, and in the climate we live in, it makes sense to make the best use from everything. Professional technicians strip the vehicle down, with all usable components cleaned, inspected and catalogued, ready for sale.
Major Components That Are Reused
The following are typically salvaged if possible:
- Engine & gearbox
- Water Pump & radiator
- Indicator and headlight units
- Body parts – panels, doors, seats etc
These components are only reused if they pass a rigorous inspection, and the scrap dealer issues a warranty when reselling the parts.
The shell of the vehicle is put through the crusher, while components that are inferior get recycled, and if your old car has reached the end of its life, call your local scrap yard.