If your car’s on its last legs and it’s no longer fit for the road, the wisest move would be to dispose of it responsibly.
Yet you’d be amazed at the amount of vehicle owners who just leave their old bangers to rust away in the garage, on the driveway, or even worse, simply dump them wherever’s convenient. Every year in the UK, thousands of vehicles are abandoned on the side of the road or in derelict areas around the country.
The most probable reason that many owners leave their vehicles to rust away is because they can’t be bothered with the hassle of trawling around car breaker yards looking for someone to take it off their hands.
What many don’t realise is that scrapping a car is far easier than it used to be, and it also offers some surprising benefits. Here are just four benefits of scrapping a car you might not have considered.
It helps the environment
Many still think scrapping a car means leaving it at a ‘junk graveyard’ where mountains of vehicles are left to rust away or quickly crushed up. Those days are long gone. Today, car scrapping is all about lowering the carbon footprint by using responsible disposal methods to minimise the impact on the environment.
To legally scrap your car, you must use a registered and approved Authorised Treatment Facility (ATF) that’s strictly regulated by the Environment Agency. This ensures your vehicle is being disposed of in the most environmentally friendly way possible.
The process involves:
* Removing the battery which can then be reused or recycle
* Safely deploying air bags
* Removing the tyres to reuse or recycle if they’re too worn
* Depollution – the removal of hazardous fluids such as refrigerants, motor oil and brake fluid
* Dismantling the vehicle and removing any parts that can be recycled
* Shredding the remainder of the vehicle into small parts
Up to 80% of a scrapped vehicle can be recycled. Glass can be used to make bottles, concrete and even kitchen splashback tiles and countertops; tyres can be crumbled down and turned into asphalt for road surfaces; metal can be melted down and used over and over again; and plastic can be used to create components for new cars. All that from your old car!
The roads will be safer
Keeping an old, unreliable car on the road isn’t just costing you more money in maintenance and repair bills. Even if it’s managed to scrape through its MOT, it could still be a danger on the roads. An MOT covers a lot, but it doesn’t include engine, clutch or gearbox checks.
Older cars also lack essential safety features that come as standard on newer models such as electronic stability control, ABS brakes, re-enforced impact bars and cruise control.
Even if a vehicle has been well maintained over the years, there comes a time when it’s just not viable to keep it on the road. If your car is no longer roadworthy, you’re putting yourself, your passengers and other road users in danger.
New Scrappage Scheme Incentives
The good news for older car owners is that there’s never been a better time to trade up your vehicle for a cleaner, safer model. Over the last few months most of the major car manufacturers including the VW group, Renault, Toyota, Mercedes and Ford have introduced scrappage schemes similar to the Government’s initiative back in 2009.
In a bid to cut carbon emissions, reduce pollution and boost sales of lower emission vehicles, manufacturers are offering incentives to swap your older car for a cleaner, more efficient model. Some companies are offering up to £8,000 off the price of a new car.
To qualify for most of the schemes available, your car needs to be registered before December 2009, is between Euro 1-4 emissions standards and has been owned by you for at least 180 days.
It can help those in need
Scrapping your car can help some of the country’s most marginalised and vulnerable people re-build their lives.
Through their scrap car service partnership, Recycling Lives directly supports those in need, by providing accommodation, education, training and work experience, to help them find full time employment and a place they can finally call home.
Vehicles are scrapped responsibly via ATF facilities and the proceeds go directly to helping disadvantaged and homeless people. What better reasons do you need to scrap your old car than these?