Scrapping vs selling: which should you do?

When your time with your car has naturally run its course, you'll need to decide what to do with it. Leaving your old motor sitting in the driveway isn't usually an option, which leaves you with two choices: sell your car, or scrap it.

Scrapping your car isn't always the right decision. If you've just upgraded to your 2016 Tesla to the latest 2020 model, you're probably going to want to sell. But scrapping is a fantastic choice for drivers with older vehicles keen to move on to their next car. Let's take a look at a few key considerations you should make before deciding whether to scrap or sell.

How old is your car?

Most people with relatively new cars likely won't be thinking of scrapping - and fair enough. However, if your car is an older model or it's run up a lot of miles on the clock, think about whether selling your car is really worth it. These days, secondhand cars are very easy to come by for just a few hundred pounds, and buyers are reluctant to part with cash for a vehicle they don't know much about. Scrapping an older car can often be the more sensible decision.

Time vs money

Selling your car might make you slightly more money, but it can also take much longer. You'll either need to go via a third party seller - who will take most of the profits or in some cases refuse your car altogether - or sell it yourself, sourcing customers and negotiating a sale. This also means cleaning your car and keeping it looking its best for, potentially, months, while you try to find a buyer.

How badly do you want it gone?

If you've got extra space in your garage and you don't feel stressed out by the need to sell, then perhaps this option is for you. If you're the type of person who prefers to have jobs ticked off your 'to do' list, then scrapping may be the best choice. Scrapping your car gets it over and done with, with no dragging out. Even if you do manage to sell your car, there's always a concern your buyer could come back within a month and demand a refund. Selling is never as simple as it sounds, whereas scrapping is done and dusted straight away.

Get in touch

If you're looking for a car scrap service that will take your old car off your hands and recycle its parts for future use, you're in the right place. Simply get in touch with us at Motorwise and let us have a chat with you about how much you might get for scrapping your old car.


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