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How Does Our Car Scrapping Service Work?

Founded in 2008, Scrap my car or van was one of the country’s first scrapping websites for scrap vehicle prices. Since that time, our independent website has been offering free, instant scrap and salvage quotes for all UK residents, simply by providing your car registration. We have also grown and developed a nationwide network of reputable scrap car breakers, collectors and dedicated buyers. We work with government Authorised Treatment Facilities (ATF) and approved buyers nationwide to provide you with a friendly and impartial service, whilst removing the hassle of the sale and disposal of your scrap or salvage vehicles.

What is an insurance write-off?

Insurance write offs can happen because of a crash, the car is inundated with water during a flood or even because of accidental damage. The lid coming off a tin of paint one the way home from the DIY store could write-off your car. If your insurer considers the cost of repairs to be uneconomical your car will be classed an insurance write-off. Uneconomical can mean repairs would cost 50%-60% of the vehicle’s value, but this could be even lower for a brand new vehicle. The car will then be kept by the insurer and you will receive a cash payout for the loss, usually the vehicle’s ‘market value’. This is the price your car would have sold for at a trusted dealership before it was damaged or stolen.


If deciding against insuring your vehicle, you may want to look at selling your written-off car. At Scrap Car Comparison we have a UK wide network of specialist buyers who not only purchase scrap vehicles, but buy Cat S or Cat N insurance write-offs too as salvageable vehicles. The new changes from category C and D to S and N won’t make the roads any safer – they will simply give a clearer understanding of how the structure works and system works to the public. At the end of the day, if a vehicle was declared a write-off, those rated Category C and D in the past had to pass a Vehicle Identity Check (VIC) so that it could be returned to the roads. But this was abolished in 2015 due to the costs associated with it leaving potential buyers at risk of buying a badly-repaired vehicle. The new classifications of S and N just give a clearer understanding of those categories – but they won’t give you any clear assessment of how well or badly a repair has been undertaken and put back on the roads.

Vehicle Collection And Payment

Once your details have been passed on the buyer of your vehicle will be in contact to arrange a collection date for your vehicle with you. This will be arranged for a date that is convenient for both of you, with a delivery window given for that day. Unfortunately delivery windows vary and exact times cannot be given. This is because there are often multiple collections booked in per day, and each collection takes a different amount of time to complete depending on the vehicle’s individual requirements. Collection windows are given, as if a collector was to run to an exact schedule, delays could occur which would throw the whole day out of sync. Each collector will ensure that you are updated when they are on route so that you have enough time to travel to the vehicle if it is stored elsewhere.

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