Addressing Common Concerns: FAQs About Scrapping Your Car

When the time comes to say goodbye to your vehicle, the process of scrapping can seem daunting. Many car owners have questions and concerns about how to scrap their cars responsibly and efficiently. To help navigate this process, we’ve compiled a list of frequently asked questions about car scrapping, with insights tailored to how Motorwise operates, ensuring you have all the information you need for a smooth transition.

1. When should I consider scrapping my car?

A car becomes a candidate for scrapping when it's no longer economical to repair, has failed its MOT test significantly, or is simply too old to be safely driven. Environmental concerns, such as wanting to upgrade to a more eco-friendly vehicle, also prompt owners to scrap their old cars.

2. Is my car too old or damaged to be scrapped?

Absolutely not. Motorwise can arrange for the collection and scrapping of any vehicle, regardless of its age or condition. Whether your car has been in an accident, failed its MOT, or is just old and worn out, it can still be scrapped.

3. How much will I get for scrapping my car?

The value of a scrap car depends on various factors, including its make, model, age, condition, and the current prices of scrap metal. Motorwise offers competitive quotes, ensuring you get the best possible value for your vehicle based on the latest scrap metal market rates.

4. How does the scrapping process work with Motorwise?

Once you decide to scrap your car with Motorwise, the process is straightforward. You can get a quote online or over the phone. If you accept the quote, Motorwise will arrange for a licensed recycling operator to collect your vehicle at a convenient time. The car will then be taken to their Authorised Treatment Facility (ATF) for environmentally responsible dismantling and recycling.

5. Do I need to prepare my car for collection?

Yes, but only minimally. Ensure all personal belongings are removed from the vehicle and it is accessible for collection. You don't need to remove petrol or other fluids; the ATF will take care of that.

6. What happens to my car after it's scrapped?

Your car will be taken to an ATF, where it will be depolluted, dismantled, and recycled in line with environmental regulations. Usable parts may be salvaged for reuse, and the remaining materials will be recycled to create new products, reducing waste and the need for new raw materials.

7. Is car scrapping environmentally friendly?

Yes, when done correctly. Motorwise works exclusively with ATFs that comply with the latest environmental regulations. These facilities ensure that as much of your car as possible is recycled, significantly reducing the environmental impact.


Scrapping your car is a significant decision, but it doesn’t have to be complicated or fraught with uncertainty. Motorwise strives to make the process transparent, straightforward, and environmentally friendly, ensuring that scrapping your car is a hassle-free experience that contributes positively to the circular economy.

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