What happens to your car after it is scrapped?
Have you ever wondered what happens to your car after you’ve scrapped it? Or maybe you’re considering scrapping your vehicle but you want to take into account the environmental impact of your decision. The vehicle scrapping industry is huge – almost a million cars are scrapped worldwide every single day. That’s why it’s vital that all these vehicles are scrapped in a way that does minimal harm to the planet, and ensures that scrap parts can be reused safely and efficiently. Keep reading to learn more about how your car is disposed of, so you can have some peace of mind when calling a car scrapper.
Why are cars scrapped?
When we say that a car is being ‘scrapped’, we mean that the car will be dismantled by a car scrapper or car removal company for its metal. Cars are scrapped because they still have a lot of use in them, even after they’re deemed not roadworthy. A car’s primary use is to help people get from A to B, but we often hear a lot less about the next stage of a car’s life – using its scrap parts for new things! It’s a huge waste to let an old car sit in your backyard, so it’s important to ensure that your car can still be useful.
What happens to a car after it is scrapped?
When a car is scrapped, it goes through a vehicle depollution process in which all its hazardous parts and chemicals are safely disposed of, so that there’s no harm done to the environment or to human health and wellbeing. Things like oils, fuels, battery acid, coolants, anti-freeze, windscreen wash and refrigerants are removed in this process.
Tires, LPG (liquid petroleum gas) tanks and any airbags in the vehicle are also removed as these may explode while the car is being crushed. Batteries are also removed for recycling. Once glass, plastic and rubber is removed from the vehicle, the fun begins! The metal shell of the car is crushed flat or into a cube by a machine, and then the metal is sent to wherever it can be used. Sometimes this metal is then sent to a shredder or mill where the cubes are made to be even smaller – sometimes as small as your fist – for more economical transportation. Often the metal is then sold to large metal buying companies who either sell it off again to third parties or use it themselves.
Why should I scrap my car?
Car removal companies often offer very good prices for your old car. They can calculate the value of the parts of your car and then give you a reasonable sum to take it off your hands. Many of these car removal companies will come to your house to collect your car, so scrapping is a fuss free affair that’ll also help you earn a few extra dollars.
It’s also a good idea to think about the impact your old car has on the environment around it. When left out in your backyard for months and years, your car will likely emit toxic gases and chemicals that can harm the wildlife around it, as well as harm the health of the people living close to it. It’s best to get rid of any machinery as soon as you know that you can get no more use out of it, especially if it is old and rusty. An old or abandoned car is also just an eyesore, and sometimes it’s better to get rid of one to free up more space in your backyard or in front of your house.
Scrapping your car is also a responsible way to dispose of it, because it’s auto parts are being recycled. Car scrapping is part of the circular economy, in which products get reused over and over again so that nothing goes to waste.
Talk to someone from our friendly team for a free quote today. If you’re interested in scrapping your car, you can talk to one of our members at Viper Cash for Cars to learn more about how much you can get for your old car. Often, your unused car is worth a lot more than you think, so call 0402639249 for your free quote.
Often people think that when trying to get rid of an old car, there isn’t much of a difference between taking it to a scrap yard and calling a car removal company to pick it up. Because of this, many people bring their car to a junkyard and don’t get to reap the benefits of calling a company who specialise in buying old cars and using their parts. That’s why we want to talk about the differences between the two methods of car removal, so that you can make an informed decision when the time comes for you to let go of your old car. You’ll find that car removal companies are often less of a hassle, and save you money in the long run.
Which option takes less time and effort?
Taking your unwanted vehicle to a scrap yard means you have to go through a few steps before you can bring it over. You have to first remove the oil and fuel from the vehicle, and then flatten the tires. Only after you’ve completed these steps you can tow your vehicle to the nearest scrap yard to be wrecked.
Nowadays there are many car removal companies who will come to your location and remove your vehicle for you, without you having to do anything. All you have to do is call and they’ll come pick up your vehicle at the most appropriate time for you – and you don’t even have to remove the oil or flatten your tires.-
Which is more financially beneficial?
Scrap yards have been around for much longer than car removal companies, and most people tend to go for the former option because they’re used to it and feel more comfortable going for something they already know. This unfortunately means that they often miss out on getting the best deal for their car. Conventional scrap yards will usually pay you a few hundred dollars for your old car or truck. Most people think their old car isn’t worth much so they believe that this is a good deal without any knowledge of the value of the parts of their vehicle. A good car removal company will pay you accordingly for the amount of metal they can recycle from your vehicle. This means you can get more than a few hundred dollars – some cars even fetch up to $1000.
Which option is better for the environment?
It’s important to consider the environmental impact of any decision you make – not just for peace of mind, but also for the health of your community. Letting your old car sit in your backyard is bad for the environment, as old cars emit hazardous fumes and chemicals – such as oils, coolant liquids and chemicals from batteries – to the soil which can affect the health of your plants. Getting rid of your car as soon as possible is thus one of the best ways to combat soil pollution. But which option is better for the planet?
Scrap yards park their vehicles in landfills, which in themselves aren’t environmentally friendly. By letting them sit in lots for long periods of time, scrap yards let your car constantly release toxins into the air and environment. Car removal companies ensure that most of the car is recycled, as soon as possible, so you don’t need to worry about the hazardous chemicals that your car emits. Cars bought by car removal companies aren’t thrown in landfills – so you can be rest assured that this is the best option for the planet.
Contact Viper Cash for Cars to get rid of your unwanted car today
There’s no doubt that making use of a car removal company is much better than taking an old car to a scrap yard for your wallet, your energy, and the planet. Viper Cash for Cars will give you the best price for your unwanted car, and will pick up your car from home at the best time for you. We’ll also ensure that we use and recycle your car in the most environmentally friendly way possible.
Contact someone on our team on 0402 639 249 to talk to us and see how much you can get for your old car today.
Has your car been acting up lately and isn’t as reliable as it used to be on the road? A common dilemma owners of old cars face is whether to get rid of their car by either scrapping it or selling it, or whether to take it to a mechanic to get it repaired. It’s understandable how difficult this decision can be, because it’s almost impossible to guess as to how much your repair bill will be, and whether you’ll need to continue paying ongoing costs as your car experiences more wear and tear.
As a general rule, the decision about whether or not to scrap your car should depend on three important variables; how old your car is, the condition of your car, and whether you feel safe driving it. Once you’ve considered everything, the decision is entirely yours – there are benefits to both repairing and scrapping your car. Read on to learn more about both options.
Scrapping your car
Scrapping your car nowadays is an easy, fuss-free affair, as there are plenty of car scrappers who will take all kinds of cars, no matter how old or in need of repair they are. If your car has extensive problems – such as engine, head gasket or electric problems – then your repair bill will be very high. Problems such as these mean that you should consider whether repairing your car is worth the cost, as your car will probably incur significant maintenance fees in the future as well.
Think about your car’s history. Have you had to perform regular maintenance on it? Has it been in accidents? Things like these will lower the trade-in value for your car or vehicle, meaning that scrapping your car is the best option for you. If you want to get rid of your car as quickly as possible, you could use some extra money as soon as possible, or your car is unsafe to drive, then scrapping is the way to go.
Fixing your car
Repairs are expensive, but so is getting a new car. However taking your car to the mechanic to get full repairs can still sometimes cost you more in the long run than biting the bullet and scrapping your car and buying a new one. You may want to consider opting for fixing rather than scrapping your car if you had an idea in mind for when you wanted to purchase a new car, however your old one broke down earlier than expected. This option also might be better to avoid hastily buying a new car without properly doing your research about which car is best for you. Some experts say that cars made after 2005 and do not have any major mechanical issues are worth repairing.
However it’s important to note, that despite how many repairs your car undergoes, it can’t be made to be like new. You should always be aware of the fact that your car could start experiencing problems again, at any time, and you should always be prepared for any problem should it arise, especially if your car starts breaking down while you’re driving. We understand that some people need a car to go about their everyday life, but just because you are driving your car doesn’t mean that you should – some cars are not roadworthy and need either very extensive repairs or a trip to the scrap yard.
I still don’t know what to do, what should I do next?
At the end of the day, the best way to decide whether to scrap or fix your car is to get a quote for both. Contact a car scrapper to see how much your car will fetch, and then go to your local mechanic to see how much upfront repairs will cost you. It’s completely up to you as to which option you choose to go with, but you’ll probably be surprised to see just how expensive fixing and maintaining an old car can be.
For a free quote, call our friendly team at Viper Cash for Cars on 0402 639 249 so you can discuss your car scrapping options. We can come pick your car up so that getting rid of your old car is a convenient option for you.
It’s pointless looking for a great price to scrap your car if the company you’re scrapping it with isn’t following government legislation. Avoid the hassle of legal troubles and know the laws before you scrap your car. Laws in Australia vary from state to state, so it’s important to be aware of the things you should do when scrapping your car. That’s why we’ve put together a handy guide on everything you need to know about scrap laws in New South Wales, so that you can scrap your car with a clear conscience.
A few pointers
You can’t drive a car considered ‘scrap’. If you are scrapping your car because it’s been written off, you can’t drive it on the road anymore. This means you need to find a scrap service provider to collect the car from you at a convenient time.
Ensure you have information about your vehicle’s registration. Car scrappers cannot trade vehicles without proof of registration under the law. The reason for this may be obvious – to help combat car theft. You’ll need identification as well to prove vehicle ownership, as you can only scrap a car that you have a right to dispose of.
Don’t leave your scrap car at home. Scrap vehicles can some of the time be hazardous of contain toxic matter. If left sitting for a long time, these can often leak and not only cause environmental damage, but also health problems. Whilst there aren’t laws surrounding leaving scrap vehicles at home, it’s a good rule to follow – it’s not just safer, it’s also best to get rid of something as soon as you know you will no longer be using it. Ensure that your scrap car is picked up by a registered business so that you know down the road your car will be disposed of and recycled safely.
Get proof of destruction. Once your car has been scrapped, ensure you get paperwork from the car scrapper to show that your vehicle has been disposed of and recycled appropriately.
Cancelling your registration
In all states, you must cancel your registration when you scrap your car, because you’re no longer the owner. The rules for cancelling your registration vary across different states.
In New South Wales, to cancel your registration, you need to go in person to a service centre and bring with you:
- Your proof of identity
- Your ‘Certificate of Registration’ for the vehicle
- A completed and signed ‘Number Plates and/or Cancellation of Registration form’. If it’s registered in joint names then only the signature of the primary registered operator is needed.
- The number plates if you still have them. It’s illegal to keep your number plates if you’ve cancelled the registration of your vehicle. If you really want them, you can enquire at a service or registry centre and you should be able to put them in reserve by paying annual reserve fees.
- Payment for cancellation costs
When you cancel your registration, make sure to check if you can get a refund for any part of it that has been unused.
Can you get cash for scrap cars?
New laws banning cash payment for scrap metal were implemented last year in New South Wales (and Victoria) due to growing concerns about organised crime, car theft and the undocumented trade of scrap cars. Ensure that the car scrap provider you choose to scrap your car with doesn’t give cash in exchange for your car, as this may be an indicator for other ways in which that company is evading the law.
Call or message us for a free quote
Our team will dispose of your car safely and legally. We make our payments via electronic transfer and cheque only. We’ll pick up your car from your home on the same day that you contact us so that you don’t have to worry about driving an old and probably unroadworthy car. We operate out of Fairfield, but we service a variety of areas, including the Western suburbs, Eastern suburbs, and the Sydney CBD.
Call us on 04 0263 9249 to see just how much your unwanted car is worth.