Sell My Damaged Car or Van2020-08-12T13:12:57+01:00

Time to Say Good Bye to Damaged Cars

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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.

Sell A Broken Or Damaged Car

There’s an array of different reasons which can cause a car to be classified as damaged or broken. 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 vehicle can often be sold as salvage and the car’s parts will be used to help repair other 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.



Selling a broken or damaged 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 B – Break

Category S – Structural

Category N – Non-Structural

Expectation When Selling 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 damaged 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.


Who Will Pay Me?2020-08-11T13:05:19+01:00

The purchaser of your vehicle will be the one paying you. Once you have accepted a quote from our site we will send you the details of the company purchasing your vehicle. They’ll then be in touch to arrange the collection of your scrap car and once the vehicle has been inspected, and is in the process of being collected, they will proceed with your payment.

How My Cars Value Calculated?2020-08-11T13:04:29+01:00

As mentioned above, it is dependant upon the intentions the purchaser has for your vehicle. If your car is purchased for salvage purposes the vehicle’s worth will be valued based upon; overall mileage, interior condition, exterior condition, the condition of the engine and whether the vehicle has any additional extras such as alloys.

How Much Do I Get Paid?2020-08-11T13:03:14+01:00

The price you receive for your vehicle will be dependant on a variety of factors, for example; whether your car has been purchased as a salvageable vehicle or as an end-of-life vehicle for scrap. To find out the value of a scrap vehicle, simply fill out the quotation form at the top of this page and our website will generate you a no obligation quote, instantly.

Will You Pay Me In Cash?2020-08-11T12:59:33+01:00

Unfortunately it is illegal to do so. This is because scrap metal dealers must be able to convey a named cheque or printed receipt of the transaction which was made. There must also be a record of the person who made the transaction. If no proof can be shown in the relation to the transaction then it will be rendered as incomplete and considered an offence under section two of the Scrap Metal Dealers Act (SMDA). This was bought in as a way to combat scrap metal theft and rogue traders, and as a result paying for scrap vehicles in cash has been illegal in the UK since the 1st of October 2013. If a particular trader is willing to break the law by offering or making untraceable payments in cash, you have to ask yourself what else they could be doing which is illegal. Using trusted traders is paramount to your safety which is why we strictly adhere to the law and ensure that all of our buyers operate with the appropriate payments for your vehicle.

When Do I Get Paid?2020-08-11T12:58:45+01:00

All payments are made on the day of collection. Once the collector has inspected your vehicle to ensure that the condition of your scrap car matches the details given to us during the quotation stage, you should call us to confirm the details and once this has been done, payment will be made.

How Do I Contribute To Charity?2020-08-11T13:34:31+01:00

If you would like to contribute to one of our chosen charities we have enabled donations to be made for as much, or as little, as you would like. You can make a charitable contribution in one of two ways; either over the phone with one of our dedicated advisors, or online through our website.

Do I Pay For Your Service?2020-08-11T13:31:44+01:00

No, our service is 100% free for users of our site. There are no hidden costs or fees and all collections are free; so the quote you accept, is the price you will be paid!

Should I Need A Bank Account?2020-08-11T13:30:45+01:00

Yes. Cash payments are illegal due to the Scrap Metal Dealers Act 2013 and so all payments are made via bank transfer or business cheque, which must be paid into a UK bank account.

What I Need To Get Paid?2020-08-11T13:29:43+01:00

If you already have a scrap car which you have accepted an offer for, you’re almost there! The only things you need in order to get paid once the aforementioned is done, is to wait for your buyer to arrive and collect your vehicle. Oh, and have a bank account for the payment be made into of course!

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