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The top 10 reasons why Blackburn residents scrap their cars
Blackburn is one of the best towns in the UK to live in, and the 148,942 locals would agree. That high number of residents means that there are a lot of different reasons for local motorists to sell their cars to our scrap metal dealers in Blackburn. Here are the top 10 reasons Blackburn drivers are selling their cars for scrap.
The running costs are too expensive
Repeatedly voted as the most expensive postcode in Lancaster for car insurance prices, locals have seen a 6% price increase over the last two years alone. That means the current average for annual car insurance is around £1,027. In comparison, the average for Lancaster is (still high) at £790. It is not just insurance costs that are adding to the monthly cost of using a car in the town. Parking in the town centre is not cheap, and there have been parking price increases every year for the last three years. Then there are the fines for accidentally driving in the confusing bus lanes, which generated £2.7 million in fines for local and visiting drivers in just three years. All those costs add up, and so local motorists are sick of paying out regularly and are getting cash for scrap cars in Blackburn instead.
You're getting too old to drive
The town of Blackburn has a population that is considered a lot younger than the national average. The average local is aged 39, and there are fewer over-65s living in Blackburn than the national average. However, that older generation is also growing quickly, and over the last year alone, there has been a 1.5% increase in locals aged over 65. That means there are more older generations in the town than ever before, and the result is more of those Blackburnians realising that their driving skills aren't quite as excellent as they used to be. Although age itself is not something that prevents safe driving, age-related health issues can be. Rather than risking getting behind the wheel with failing eyesight or after surgery, locals are selling their cars to our scrap metal dealers in Blackburn. They aren't buying new cars either, and are spending that money on fun.
You find public transport preferable
From the canal to the M65, Blackburn's transport links are well established and see a high volume of use. Blackburn Council's goal of becoming a more sustainable town has seen massive investment in pedestrian and cycling routes. However, it's the public transport system that is seeing so many people leave the car at home and find cheaper ways to get where they need to be. The railway links can get you anywhere in the UK, while the Transdev bus service is regular, far-reaching, and cheap to use. With the council set to raise parking prices in the town centre yet again, it's not really a surprise that so many people are sticking to public transport to the point where they don't even need to own a car. Those locals are saving money on vehicle running costs and selling their cars to our scrap metal dealers in Blackburn instead. That means more money for their miles.
The car has failed its MOT
Although 31.2% of cars will fail their MOT in Blackburn every year, that's lower than the national average of 35%. Unfortunately, that number changes the older your car gets. Cars registered in 2007 will have a 36% of MOT failure in Blackburn, while those registered in 2003 have a 44% chance of failing their next MOT. That's a lot of cars that suddenly can't be driven without the need for expensive repairs. If you can't afford those repairs or you simply can't justify spending more money for that old car, then it's good to know that you have alternative options. We have made it easier than ever to sell a car without an MOT in Blackburn, and locals are benefitting just as much from our free car collection service as they are from our high prices. Don't keep spending money on that old car when you could be making some money from it instead.
You could use the money for other things
Although the current levels of unemployment are relatively low, the town still ranks as the 14th most deprived area of the UK. Only 48% of the local population is in full-time employment, and the 5000 students that make up the local population only add to the numbers of locals living to a tight budget. Despite some economic disparity, Blackburn has also been voted the best town in the UK for workers, thanks to low housing costs and comparatively high wages. For many locals, the arrival of an unexpected bill or the run-up to Christmas means making choices about how to spend their money. Often, emergency cash is needed quickly, and that means finding an alternative to payday loans. Rather than getting stuck with long-term debt, local motorists are selling their cars to scrap metal dealers in Blackburn and getting the quick cash boost that they need, when they need it the most.
Your car’s no longer safe to drive
The high number of cars on the roads of Blackburn that are going to fail their MOT means that a lot of drivers are behind the wheel of a dangerous car. When locals have to avoid essential maintenance costs, cars can become an afterthought, but that doesn't make them any safer to use. The more unsafe your car, the more likely that you will be involved in an accident. From worn tyres, after a car has been left unused for too long, cracked windscreens that limit visibility, or worn brake pads that affect stopping distance, all put drivers and others at risk. Paying to have an unsafe car repaired is often very expensive and involves multiple repair costs. By selling their unsafe cars to top scrap metal dealers in Blackburn, locals can use the money that they get to invest in a newer, safer car.
Scrap a car if it's not being used
In rural Blackburn, over 90% of households still have a car. However, in the more urban parts of the town, there are 34.8% of households that don't even have access to a private vehicle. That's a very high number, and much higher than the national average of 23%. For those that live more rurally, the exceptional bus service means that more journeys are being taken even while cars are being left at home. That means that they then deteriorate, and even when they do become needed, they may not be in a safe enough condition (if they even start!). Realising that they still have to spend money on a car no matter how rarely they use it, local motorists are getting cash for scrap cars in Blackburn. That means they are making money instead of spending it on a car they no longer want or need.
You're going electric
Blackburn has seen a 41% increase in the number of electric vehicles registered in the town. Not only are around 100 of those owned by households immediately within the borough, but there are also a further 1000 registered in the surrounding area. There are currently 16 charging points available for the public, with plans in place to build more over the next five years. The steady growth in the number of electric vehicles on the roads of the UK is a positive change, and Blackburn locals seem to be keen to make the change. Partly that's down to being able to pay much less on fuel. Local drivers, sick of paying for petrol and then burning it while stuck in traffic on the Blackburn ring road, are selling their gas-guzzlers to our scrap dealers in Blackburn and using the money to invest in an electric car that's considerably cheaper to use and better for the local environment.
Your car is written off
Being a big town with a high number of young, inexperienced drivers on the roads means there is a high potential for car accidents. This is made much more likely if you have to regularly use the A6078 Barbara Castle Way, voted once again as the most dangerous junction in the town and the fourth most dangerous junction in the whole of Lancaster. The Blackburn ring road that links King Street to the A6078 Montague Street isn't much better. Due to the number of older cars on the roads of the town, being involved in a collision that causes so much damage that the cost of repairs outweighs the value of the car, means having limited options. By far the most practical and profitable is getting paid by our scrap dealers in Blackburn, and using that money to get a newer, safer car. Free car collection and immediate payments only add to the benefits.
You want a hassle-free way of selling your car
Blackburn is ranked as the 114th happiest place in the whole of the UK. The result is that a lot of locals are happy, friendly, and welcoming. You probably won't get to experience any of that when you try to sell a car privately. Trying to sell a car in Blackburn means dealing with all of the traditional hassles of a car sale. You have to advertise it, deal with the same questions over again, then rearrange your daily schedule to wait in all day for a buyer who may not even bother showing up. Avoiding the stress of selling a car to members of the British car-buying public, locals in the town are selling their cars to scrap dealers in Blackburn. More popular than ever, those drivers are avoiding the stress, getting paid immediately, and even having their cars collected for free at the time and date that they specify.
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Blackburn scrap metal & scrap car prices
Just 20 miles from Manchester and 30 miles to Bradford, the scrap metal prices in Blackburn tend to be high. Here's what to expect when you sell a car for scrap in Blackburn.
Ferrous scrap metal per tonne
At £1130, steel is highly priced in Blackburn all year round. Iron is seeing high levels of demand, too, at £760 per tonne.
Scrap metal prices by month
Stainless steel is seeing exceptional demand this month with prices of £270. However, Aluminium is at a price peak, currently at £710 per tonne.
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The types of cars we scrap in Blackburn
Have you assumed that you can't sell your car at a high price? Whether it's badly damaged, lacks a valid MOT, or even if you've lost your car keys, our scrap yards in Blackburn can always help.
Selling a car declared as SORN
When a driver realises that they are using their car less, they can avoid carrying on paying out for car insurance and road tax by declaring their car as SORN. This is a Statutory off Road Notification, and it's a quick way to save some cash. Unfortunately, it means that they aren't legally allowed to drive it unless they pay to have that SORN removed. That can make selling a car very difficult because private buyers won't be able to drive it, and you'll have to pay to have the SORN removed if you ever do plan to use the car again. Not only can you now sell a car in Blackburn with a SORN, we even collect it for free.
Cars without an MOT
With such high rates of older cars failing their MOT, many Blackburnians are refusing to pay out for expensive repairs. Unfortunately, that means they are left with a car they can't use. You're only allowed to drive a car without a valid MOT for very specific reasons, and none of the reasons includes driving it to a scrap yard.
It's a common misconception that you can't sell a car unless it has a valid MOT, but this is very much, not the case. Not only have we made it easier than ever to sell a car without an MOT in Blackburn, but we also ensure that all of your paperwork is filled out for you and that you don't have to worry about breaking the law by getting that car to us. From immediate payments to free car collection, selling a car in Blackburn has ever been easier or more profitable.
Proof of ownership
If you want to scrap your car in Blackburn for the top price, then you need to be able to prove that you own it. This isn't often a problem, but we see a surprising number of local motorists who have either lost their car keys or can't find their V5 (the logbook). That can make it a little more challenging, but thanks to our years of experience and the highest levels of industry training, we always know how to help. Not only can we let you know some alternative options to prove that a car is yours, but we can also even liaise directly with the DVLA to get any replacement paperwork. So if you're keeping hold of an old car because you think something is preventing you from selling it, contact us today to find out just how easy we have made it to sell a car in Blackburn, even if your logbook has been long missing.
Scrap car collection in Blackburn
It's not just the high prices that our scrap yards in Blackburn pay for old cars in the town that sees our customers recommending our services to their friends and family. Our free scrap car collection service is also highly valued and makes it easier than ever to get rid of a car you no longer want.
Set your collection time
When you try and sell a car privately, you tend to have to wait around all day and hope that the buyer shows up. That's why our free scrap car collection in Blackburn is so popular. All you have to do is set your collection date, confirm it on the day, and we'll arrive on time ready to remove your car for free. Our collection teams work seven days a week, so you can have your scrap car removal in Blackburn on the day that best suits you. All you have to do is confirm your collection on the day you've chosen, and we do the rest.
No risk selling
Your car doesn't have to be parked on a public road to qualify for free scrap car collection in Blackburn. It only needs to be parked on stable ground, and our recovery vehicles do need to be able to get access to wherever it is parked. Your car doesn't have to be parked at your home address, because we know that vehicles can break down anywhere. Just let us know where your car is, and we'll collect it.
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Average scrap car prices in Blackburn
With Manchester and Bradford so close, combined with the economic growth of the town, the scrap metal prices in Blackburn remain consistently high. However, it's not just those high scrap metal prices that will determine how much your car is worth to the best scrap yards in Blackburn.
The top prices for scrap metal in Blackburn
There's a lot of investment happening in Blackburn, and that means that demand for recycled materials has gone through the roof. For those locals that are thinking of selling their cars for scrap, that's good news. That's because when it comes to determining how much your car is worth, we don't just rely on guesswork. Instead, we analyse the real-time fluctuations in price and demand for scrap metal. That means the accuracy of your instant quote is based on local and national scrap metal prices. It's that commitment to accuracy that allows us to pay the highest prices for scrap metal in Blackburn.
Make and model
Don't just assume that it's the weight of your car that will be the only factor that will be considered when working out how much your car is worth. While the size and weight is the most crucial factor, it's not the only consideration. Specific makes and models have a higher demand for spare parts, and because all of our scrap yards are Authorised Treatment Facilities that specialise in recycling and reusing car parts, your car could be worth a lot more than you think. Even if your car is a foreign-made vehicle that's only just been registered in the UK, we can make sure that you only ever get the best price to scrap a car in Blackburn.
Average scrap car prices per vehicle in Blackburn
If you're curious about how much your old car is worth to our scrap yards in Blackburn, simply head to our instant quotes page. All you have to do is give us a few details about your vehicle, and you'll get your quote immediately. It couldn't be any easier or more profitable.
The benefits to car recycling in Blackburn
Formerly a mill town that focused on textiles, Blackburn has evolved into a manufacturing hub that grew tremendously during the industrial revolution. That focus on manufacturing has remained vital for the town. When you sell a car for scrap in Blackburn to one of our Authorised Treatment Facilities, you know that your car will be recycled. That means some fantastic benefits for locals and for the town itself.
Good for the environment
The 2019 Making Your Mark Campaign in Blackburn highlighted just how much locals appreciate and value the local environment. That shouldn't be a surprise because Lancaster is 80% rural land. The area in and around Blackburn itself is home to over 300 different types of bird, deer, otters, and an abundance of insects and lizards. Witton Park in Blackburn is one of the single largest urban open spaces in the whole of the UK (and at 480 acres is more significant than all of the other parks in town combined). With such a commitment to sustainability and an appreciation of the value of a natural environment, recycling a car in Blackburn needs to be a priority. Getting old cars off the roads helps improve air quality, and other locals can get cheaper spare parts to help cut their own harmful emissions, protecting the environment for generations to come.
Protecting local wildlife
Thanks to some serious restoration work on the town's river network, the wetland and river wildlife in the town is exceptionally high-quality. From barn owls to a huge number of bat species, Blackburn is home to a wide variety of animal species that need to be looked after and protected as much as the environment is. There are a range of community-driven schemes for animal and wildlife protection, all of which are doing good work to rejuvenate and improve the habitats of local species. Recycling a car in Blackburn with one of our Authorised Treatment Facilities means less waste being sent to landfills where they will continue to cause toxic emissions that pollute both the air and the soil. To keep animal life thriving, car recycling in Blackburn is vital.
Energy use and creation
Harmful emissions are lower in Blackburn than ever before, largely due to the changing ways that electricity is generated. Energy efficiency drives are transforming usage across the region, and Blackburn locals are generating 30% less waste than they did in 2006. However, recycling rates for households remain some of the lowest in the UK, and that means more waste being sent to landfill sites and not being used for energy creation. When waste can be incinerated and turned into energy, everyone that lives in Blackburn benefits. The goal is to encourage recycling to the point where 65% of all waste gets further use, and 70% of all recycled material is sent to an Energy from Waste plant rather than a landfill. When you recycle a car in Blackburn, you are helping the town to become more energy-efficient and more likely to reach its energy targets.
Job creation and employment benefits
The goal of the Blackburn and Darwen Council is to turn the region into a carbon-neutral living space by 2030. At the centre of this mission statement are the emissions caused by production and business consumption. As a town with such a strong focus on manufacturing, the need for raw materials is always high, and that means recycling a car in Blackburn can help to reduce the running costs of those businesses. The result is lower operating costs, and that leads directly to business growth and the need to create more employment opportunities. The result is more businesses opening in the town, more jobs for locals, and more money in the pockets of every resident.
Car scrap yards in Blackburn
There are a lot of scrap yards in Blackburn, but many of them lack the training and experience to become part of the Scrapi.com network. Instead, they are only out to make a few extra quid at your expense.
Authorised Treatment Facilities
Every scrap yard in Blackburn that is part of the Scrapi.com network is an Authorised Treatment Facility. That means that they don't just have all of the necessary scrap metal permits from the local council but have also been recognised by the UK Environment Agency. They focus primarily on recycling, and that means that they are more able to pay the best scrap metal prices in Blackburn. Not only do you get an instant quote based on the recycling options for your old car, but you also know that the scrap metal prices in Blackburn are monitored so that you always get the top possible price. We real-world data to give you the true value of your old vehicle.
When you use our salvage yards in Blackburn, you know that you're getting our industry expertise along with a commitment to paying only the highest prices in the town.
Many of the scrap yards in Blackburn that don't belong to our network will give you low prices and bad advice. They will value your old car based on what they think they will get away with rather than on facts and data, and they may even encourage you to break the law. Examples that we see a lot in the town are scrap yards offering to pay in cash for a scrap car (this is against the law), or drivers being told that they don't need their car collected because it's fine to drive an MOT-less car to a scrap yard. Stick to using the professionals, and you'll get more money sent to your bank account and the certainty that our salvage yards in Blackburn have the skills, training, and experience to help you every step of the way.