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The top 10 reasons why Brighton residents scrap their cars

The coastal city of Brighton is famous for its alternative lifestyle, its piers, and its beaches. The population of almost 230,000 residents is younger than most other cities in the UK, and that means there are a variety of different reasons why those locals are scrapping their cars. Check out the top 10 reasons why more Brighton motorists are selling their old cars for scrap.


The running costs are too expensive  

Brighton is the 14th most expensive city in the UK to get a car insured. The average overall cost of keeping a car in Brighton is £2385 a year, and those costs keep on going up. Parking charges are already high in the city, but regular price increases and more on the way means that it's becoming just too expensive for many locals to even own a car in Brighton. Brighton has also been named as the second most expensive city for families (falling just behind Chelmsford). It's the running costs of keeping a car that are leading more drivers to sell their cars to scrap metal dealers in Brighton. Some are using that money on alternative means of transport, while others are investing in electric cars that help to slash running costs. If you're spending more money on your car more than you're spending on driving it, then you're not the only Brighton resident looking for solutions.


You're getting ahead of car-less plans  

There's no argument that Brighton is one of the greenest cities in the UK. Famously home to one of the only Green Party councils in the country, there are a huge number of initiatives and green schemes in place and more on the way. One of the most discussed is the plan to turn Brighton into a car-free zone. Councillors have voted to approve the plan, which will see a ban on all cars in the central part of the city within just three years. Although there will be a transition period where cars with low-emissions will be able to use the middle of the city, there are already locals planning ahead and selling their cars to scrap dealers in Brighton. Being such a young, progressive, and vibrant community, it's no surprise that there are so many people thinking ahead and hoping to improve the Brighton environment. Getting rid of an old car now means getting the top prices too.


You find public transport preferable

When it comes to city sprawl, Brighton is very compact. Generally, you don't need to use a car to get around the city, and it's very easy to get anywhere you need to be simply by walking. However, for those that have to travel a little further, or those who have mobility issues, public transport is excellent. The bus service alone is more than good enough to get wherever you have to go, and the costs are low enough to justify the bus journey if you can't be bothered to walk. Of course, the less said about Southern Railway, the better, but even they provide just enough services to justify scrapping a car in Brighton even if you have to commute to London every day. More locals walk to work in Brighton than in any other UK city (20.6%!), but cycling and using the buses is also very popular. If you're sick of paying to keep a car, scrap dealers in Brighton will make sure that you get the top prices, meaning that you can afford much more miles for your spending.


The car has failed its MOT

The MOT failure rate in Brighton is higher than the national average. Across the UK, cars fail their MOT at around the 35% rate, but in Brighton, that is noticeably higher at 37.2%. Usually, cars fail their MOT in Brighton because of faulty headlights, worn wiring, and suspension issues. It's not made any easier by the fact that there are so many older vehicles on the roads of Brighton, even if a small number of those older cars are classics. Of course, when your car fails its MOT, it generally means paying out more money to have it repaired, and if funds are low, then paying out more cash is often frustrating (or sometimes not even possible). MOT failures are one of the top reasons for locals to scrap cars in Brighton, especially now that we have made it so easy. Now, you can sell a car without MOT in Brighton, and we'll even collect it for you for free.


You could use the money for other things

Brighton is a thriving, vibrant community, and there's always something going on that locals want to get involved with. Even when it comes to just eating out, Brighton has more restaurants per person than anywhere else in the UK, and there are more than enough pubs and clubs to keep even the most avid party-goer happy. However, having such an abundance of activities and dining out options means that money has to come from somewhere. Brighton is the sixth-highest city in the country when it comes to debt, and payday loans are commonly used by local residents. What's changing is that motorists in the city are finding out that they can avoid high-interest rates and added credit card debt by simply getting cash for scrap cars in Brighton. When emergency bills need paying or there's a new restaurant that has to be tried, selling a car for scrap in Brighton has never been easier or more popular.


Your car’s no longer safe to drive      

Whether you've bought an old banger just as a runaround, you've left your car unused for too long, or even if you've been involved in a car accident, unsafe vehicles are prolific on the roads of Brighton. All cars deteriorate over time, and the longer you keep a car the more likely that it will develop issues that make it unsafe to use. Driving a dangerous car with worn tyres, faulty wiring, or worn brakes puts everyone in your car at risk, as well as pedestrians and other road users. It can be very challenging to sell a car that's unsafe to use, which is why our scrap dealers in Brighton are being used so regularly. When you can sell even the most damaged cars in Brighton for real money that's sent straight to your bank account, it's no surprise that wanting to upgrade to a safer vehicle is one of the top reasons for selling a car for scrap in Brighton.


Scrap a car if it's not being used

More car owners than ever are leaving their vehicles at home in Brighton. On average, there is a 6% drop in people using their cars for the commute every year, and that means there is a growing number of cars in Brighton that are sitting on driveways and in garages, used only for emergency trips or the weekly shop. Unfortunately, even if you're not driving your car, it's still going to be costing you money. Not only do you still have to pay your road tax, but your vehicle will also be losing value for every month that it remains undriven. Sometimes, motorists declare their cars as SORN so that they can avoid paying insurance and road tax, and can even get a road tax rebate. Of course, that means that their cars are then illegal to drive. This is one of the top reasons why locals are not just getting cash for scrap cars in Brighton but also taking advantage of the free collection service.


Your car is very fuel inefficient    

Brighton is the third most congested city in the UK, with London Road the most complained about by locals. Congestion only gets worse when the summer begins, and swarms of tourists descend on the city. Due to the younger population and the high numbers of students, more people are driving older cars in the city than newer models, and that means fuel-inefficiency is common. When cars age, they need more petrol to make the same journeys, and that means steadily growing costs every time you fill up with petrol or diesel. If you're getting tired of paying increasingly more money every time you pull onto the petrol station forecourt, then it's time to join the hundreds of local drivers who are selling these older, more expensive to run vehicles and getting cash for scrap cars in Brighton instead. Most drivers citing this reason for scrapping their car say that they will use the money they get from their old car to put towards something that's more fuel-efficient.


Your car is written off  

If the one-way system wasn't enough to put you off driving in Brighton, the 11 million tourists that descend on the city every year might. Many of those tourists drive to the city, meaning that congestion rates can be horrifying. Brighton is already the 44th most populated district in England, and that means a lot of cars on the road, even without the tourists. The average age of locals is 20-44, and that means a high proportion of Brighton motorists are young and inexperienced. All of these factors combined means a high number of accidents. While being involved in a car collision is never good news, the fact that you can quickly and easily sell even severely damaged cars in Brighton can help ease the stress. More than ever, locals are realising that they don't have to keep hold of those old, damaged cars, and are using free scrap car collection services and saying goodbye to their battered motors.


You want a hassle-free way of selling your car  

Used cars change hands every day in Brighton, and although there are fewer car sales annually, the local vehicle trade continues to thrive. Partly, that's because of the wide range of online selling platforms. The problem is that selling a car is almost always a hassle. People that are late to view a car (if they show up at all), time wasters who have no intention of buying, or tyre kickers that want the world's cheapest car, all add to the frustrations of selling privately. Even selling to used car dealerships means getting less for your old car than it's worth. This is one of the major reasons for local motorists to sell their car to scrap dealers in Brighton. That's because our scrap yards all monitor the real-time fluctuations of scrap metal prices, so you get the true value of your old car, plus free car collection and immediate payments. Quick and easy, selling a car for scrap in Brighton has never been more popular.

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Brighton scrap metal & scrap car prices

Brighton is a prime location for selling scrap metal. Brighton is a thriving tech hub, and the large scale manufacturers help to push prices of scrap metal higher than most cities in the UK.

Ferrous scrap metal per tonne

Steel is £1880 per tonne in Brighton, while iron is at £860 per tonne for iron, so now is a good time more than ever to scrap your car.

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Scrap metal prices by month

Stainless steel is a big seller at £930 per tonne this month. Aluminium is steady at £520 per tonne.

Change date range

Last 12 month
MonthPrice per tonne
October 2019£55.00
November 2019£70.00
December 2019£77.50
January 2020£87.50
February 2020£72.50
March 2020£55.00
April 2020£50.00
May 2020£55.00
June 2020£67.50
July 2020£70.00
August 2020£82.50
September 2020£91.00

The types of cars we scrap in Brighton

It's all too easy to keep hold of an old car for the simple reason that you don't think it has any value. Never assume that you can't sell a car for scrap, as you might be surprised by just how much it's really worth.

Vandalised cars and SORN

Whatever reasons you think it's impossible to sell your old car in Brighton, there's a good chance that you're keeping your vehicle for no reason. We don't just make it easy to sell damaged cars in Brighton; we also pay immediate cash for cars that have been declared as SORN. Even if your car has been vandalised by roving bands of stag-do party-goers on a Friday night, we can make sure that you get money for that car. Free collection of your car only makes it more convenient than ever, and you don't have to worry about hidden fees either!

Cars without an MOT

With so many cars failing their MOT in Brighton, it's no surprise that this is one of the most common queries that we get. Lots of motorists are under the impression that they can't sell a car without an MOT in Brighton. The fact is that not only is it possible to sell your car even if it's just failed its MOT, we also collect the car for you as well. That means that you not only avoid paying for costly repairs and further tests, but also stick to the letter of the law and don't have to drive your car without an MOT. 

Remember, if you get caught driving a vehicle without a valid MOT then you face high fines. So if your car has failed its MOT, check our instant quote calculator to find out just how much you can get for it.

Proof of ownership

Perhaps it's the party mentality of Brighton that results in so many lost car keys. Whether you've lost your car keys in Club Revenge on a Saturday night, or you've misplaced them during your weekly pub crawl, lost car keys can be a nightmare, especially if you're trying to sell the car. Not many people are going to hand over money for a car they can't get into! If you have lost your car keys, you can still sell a car in Brighton quickly and easily. All you have to do is let us know this is the case, so when our transport vehicle shows up, they can access the car. Even major issues like the loss of your official paperwork is not a problem, because we'll help ensure that you get replacements if needed, or take over responsibility for the car.

Scrap car collection in Brighton

Free collection of your scrap car in Brighton isn't just convenient. Very often, it's also the safest way to legally get rid of your car, and with our collections services available seven days a week, more drivers than ever are benefiting from free scrap car collection in Brighton.

Places we can collect your car from

As long as your car is accessible and on stable ground, we can collect it. It doesn't even matter if your car isn’t at your registered home address. However, we can't collect a car if it's been left at the scene of an accident. When you add your details to get your instant quote, simply let us know the postcode of your car's location for free scrap collection in Brighton from, and we'll do the rest. That way, we can ensure that you get the nearest scrap yard, and that means getting the best prices in Brighton.

Keeping you safer

If your car has failed its MOT, it's dangerous to drive, or you've declared it as SORN, you simply shouldn't drive it. That's why our free scrap car collection in Brighton is so important. By avoiding having to drive your car to a scrap yard, you are avoiding the risk of high fines and potential points on your license. Protecting you is our priority, so from the moment you get your instant quote to the moment you get paid into your bank account, everything is as convenient and hassle-free as possible. Don't fall for bad advice from dodgy scrap yard operators who will tell you it's fine to drive your car to their yard.

Scrap car collection in 3 simple steps

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Average scrap car prices per in Brighton

Scrap metal prices in the south of England are constantly higher than in the north, and Brighton is as south as you can get. That's just one of the reasons why the car scrap prices in Brighton are always higher than you expect.

Average scrap car

Size and weight are key factors

There are a lot of tech firms establishing their base in Brighton, and the shipping sector is also very prolific. That means that there is a consistently high demand for raw materials. It's that growing level of demand that sees such high car scrap prices in Brighton. Of course, the price that you will get for your old car will depend on how much of it can be recycled, as well as the size and weight of the car. After all, the heavier your vehicle, the more you can benefit from the top prices paid by the professional car scrap merchants in Brighton. The reason why we can pay such high prices is because we study the changing price of scrap metal nationwide, so we're always up to date on what gets you the best prices.

Get your instant quote now

If you're wondering how much your old car is worth at the current prices of scrap metal, all you have to do is type in a few vehicle details on our instant quotes page. It's worth remembering that when you get your quote, that's the amount that you can expect to get paid into your bank account. That's because it is our goal to make your experience of selling to our scrap yards in Brighton as convenient as possible. If you contact a scrap yard in Brighton who offers to pay you cash-in-hand for your old car, then they are breaking the law, which is why our payments are made immediately straight into your bank account.

Average scrap car prices per vehicle in Brighton

The price of every vehicle is different, but when you type in your details, you will receive the best possible price for your car, and it will not change.

Ford focus
Ford Focus


Vauxhall Corsa
Vauxhall Corsa


Ford fiesta
Ford Fiesta


Peugeot 206
Peugeot 206


Volkswagen Golf
Volkswagen Golf


Vauxhall Astra
Vauxhall Astra


Renault Clio
Renault Clio


Volkswagen Polo
Volkswagen Polo


Nissan Micra
Nissan Micra


Toyota Yaris
Toyota Yaris


Honda Civic
Honda Civic


Fiat Punto
Fiat Punto


The benefits to car recycling in Brighton

Brighton is a very green-focused city. That is why you should only use car recyclers in Brighton rather than those yards that will just send your old car to a landfill. Here are four of the main benefits of recycling your old vehicle while getting the best car scrap prices in Brighton.


Good for the environment  

An incredible 40% of Brighton & Hove is designated as a National park, and that means that there's a lot of natural land to protect. Fortunately, Brighton is on track to become carbon-free and continues to find ways to reduce harmful emissions. That's why the city is planning to become a car-free zone within just three years. When you use car recyclers in Brighton, you are ensuring that your old vehicle is being disposed of safely. Local motorists will also have access to spare parts that make their own cars more fuel-efficient, and there is a major reduction in the amount of waste material being sent to landfills. When cars are sent to landfill sites, it doesn't just cost the council money in Landfill Tax. Those cars continue to emit harmful substances into the air and into the soil, devastating the natural environment of the city and affecting everyone who lives there. When you recycle your car in Brighton, you are benefiting everyone around you.


Prevents landfill    

As the only designated urban biosphere in the whole of the UK, Brighton is also part of The Living Coast recognised by UNESCO. Protecting the local wildlife and maintaining high levels of biodiversity is clearly important to those that live in the city. Nature conservation investment is at an all-time high, and sustainable development always means research on the environmental impact of new builds. Brighton also employs a huge number of city park rangers and gardeners, who manage the woodlands, parks, and open spaces in the city. Being on the coast also means managing the wildlife found in the waters of Brighton! Scrap cars can cause a lot of harm to local wildlife, especially when it comes to the damage that scrap metal and waste oils and antifreeze can have on the soil. Using our car recyclers in Brighton means you are using Authorised Treatment Facilities, registered with the Environment Agency, and who always manage waste responsibly.


Using finite resources

Being a coastal city means that Brighton is at high risk of climate change repercussions. That's why the city has been so proactive in finding ways to become more sustainable. One of the keys to this is reducing reliance on both mining for raw materials and the excessive carbon footprint of large scale material shipping. Car recycling in Brighton is important for local growth because it ensures that those materials are not just easier to source from local scrap yards, but also helps to keep environmental impact down (and the costs too). That means locals aren't just helping to keep Brighton more of an eco-friendly city, but helping the whole planet make better use of its resources. Steel, copper, and iron are expensive to mine and devastating for the environment, and shipping causes pollution on a grand scale. By recycling your car in Brighton, you aren't just improving the economy and the environment of the city, but reducing carbon emissions across the globe.


Jobs and the economy

Brighton is famous for many reasons, but it's investment strategies are proving to be a huge boost to the city. Major investment in renewable energy, green infrastructure, and carbon reduction are all having a positive effect on the living conditions in Brighton. The city is already taking big steps to become a world leader in green technology, and that means improvements to air quality, waste management costs, and the living quality of local residents. By recycling a scrap car in Brighton, you are helping to create jobs and keeping the running costs of local businesses lower. That means lower prices, and making the city even more appealing to the high number of trade fairs, exhibitions, and conferences that take place in Brighton every year, boosting the local economy even more. Our car recyclers in Brighton are playing a major role in economic growth in Brighton.

Car scrap yards in Brighton

Being in the south of the country means that there isn't just one scrap yard in the city. Unfortunately, many of the scrap yards in Brighton are unprofessional and just as likely to provide bad advice and low prices.

Our professionally recognised yards

We have taken years to identify and partner with only the best car breakers in Brighton. Our professional network of scrap yards are all officially Authorised Treatment Facilities, which means that we only add a salvage yard in Brighton to our network if they have the relevant credentials. What that means for local motorists is that they aren't just going to get the maximum value of their old car, but will also be able to sell that car knowing that it will be disposed of in a way that causes the least amount of environmental harm. Even if you have lost your car keys or declared your car as SORN, we make sure that you only ever have the positive experience you've been hoping for when you decide to sell an old vehicle to a car breaker in Brighton.

In order to benefit from the high scrap metal prices and the free scrap collection in Brighton, all you have to do is get an instant quote from us. Often, Brighton drivers are amazed to find out just how much money they can get for that car that they no longer want or need. Once you know how much your car will sell for, simply book your collection time, confirm it, and let us do the hard work for you. If you need any official documentation to prove vehicle ownership, we can do that for you as well. Don't get stuck trying to sell a car to the general public and having to deal with dodgy scrap yard owners who don't monitor the current scrap metal prices in Brighton. Stick to the professional car breakers in Brighton, knowing that you're dealing with the best of the best.