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The top 10 reasons why Chelmsford residents scrap their cars

As one of the newest cities in the UK, Chelmsford still has a population of just over 174,000. It might have only been a city since 2012, but it has already grown significantly since then. That means there are many different reasons why locals are selling their cars to our scrap metal dealers in Chelmsford. Here are the top 10 of those reasons.


The running costs are too expensive  

While the majority of drivers in Chelmsford are grateful for the fact that they are paying some of the lowest car insurance premiums in the UK, that doesn't apply to everyone. Although the average annual car insurance premium in Chelmsford is just £423, there are still drivers paying well over the odds. That's because the city still ranks in the top 10 locations in the country for non-fault accidents in the first three months of owning a car. That means younger drivers in the city especially, are paying significantly higher levels of car insurance, and they're not getting any no-claims bonus at the end of the year either. It's those younger drivers we see the most, with many deciding that owning a car is too much hassle, so they're getting cash for scrap cars in Chelmsford instead. When car ownership isn't vital in such a small city, locals are saving themselves a fortune.


Scrap a car if it's not being used  

Although 84.3% of households in the city do own a car, the small area combined with the exceptional public transport means that most journeys see the car left at home. That means those vehicles are sitting outside in the harsh British weather or sitting in garages where the battery will drain, and the tyres will get flatter. If you haven't used your car in a while, you're still going to be paying out for road tax and car insurance, unless you pay to have your car declared as SORN. As cars sit still, they lose value, and that can make it very difficult to sell it privately. Luckily, our scrap yards in Chelmsford will pay you the top price for that old car, and if the battery is dead and it doesn't start anymore, we even come to collect it for free.


You find public transport preferable

At the last count, 262 local bus services cover the whole of Chelmsford and beyond. Just using the local bus service means that Chelmsford locals can get anywhere in and around the town, even to Stansted Airport or Southend-on-Sea. The train is also fantastic and one of the main reasons for the population growth in Chelmsford, because commuters can get from the city centre to London Liverpool Street in 34 minutes. When locals can get wherever they need to be without the stress of dealing with the Army and Navy flyover, it's not a surprise that the fantastic public transport services are one of the top reasons for locals to sell their cars to our scrap metal dealers in Chelmsford. Being able to get more miles for much less money, and without the stress of driving, more locals than ever realise that using public transport is a solution to travel that can't be dismissed.


The car has failed its MOT

Although the rate of MOT failures in Chelmsford is considerably lower than the national average, which is 35%, in Chelmsford, it's just 27.8%. However, that number is slightly skewed by the number of older cars in the city that have much worse pass rates. Cars registered in 2006 have a 36% chance of failing their next MOT in Chelmsford, and those from 2001 have a 41.3% chance. The older the car, the more likely that it will fail its next test. When that does happen, the only options are to try and pay for repairs or to try and sell your car. Luckily for local motorists with older vehicles, we have made it incredibly easy to sell a car without an MOT in Chelmsford. Not only do we pay high prices for a car without a valid MOT, but we also come to you and collect your car for free.


You could use the money for other things

Widely considered as an affluent city, the locals of Chelmsford have a lot of options when it comes to spending. The city was once the capital of England (only for a week though), and the high number of tourists every year boosts the economy and adds to the high number of jobs in the city. Currently, just 3% of working-age residents are unemployed, which is significantly better than the national average. That means a lot of potential for spending, even if it's just in one of the eleven Costa Coffee shops that the city seems oddly proud of. If you've got things that you'd rather be spending money on than your old car, then it's never been easier to make some cash from that ageing vehicle. Our scrap metal dealers in Chelmsford are the perfect option when you need some extra spending money for a holiday or for Christmas.


You're going electric

There were 289 registered electric vehicles (EVs) in Chelmsford in 2019, and that number has grown 16% since then. There are 20 charging stations in and around the city, with the local council planning to install many more over the next five years. Even the council itself is slowly replacing petrol and diesel vehicles for the cheaper to run EVs. As the UK government continues to offer incentives for motorists to make the leap to an electric or hybrid vehicle, Chelmsford continues to be ahead of the curve in terms of those that are deciding to go more electric. By selling an old car to our scrap dealers in Chelmsford, locals are using the money that they get to invest in a car that's more environmentally friendly and a lot cheaper to run. If your car is costing you more than it used to fill up the tank, then it might be time to go electric.


You're getting too old to drive

It might be a small city, but Chelmsford does still have a population of just over 174,000. Of those, an estimated 33,879 are over the age of 65. That means a lot of older drivers on the roads. While getting older isn't itself an issue when it comes to driving, specific health issues, or even just the wear and tear of life, is. That's because when your eyesight starts to go, your joints are too stiff to change gears, or your memory isn't all that it used to be, driving ability inevitably starts to fade. One of the most common reasons for locals to sell their cars to our scrap metal dealers in Chelmsford is due to driving safety. Those older drivers are making the decision to stay safer and are selling their cars for high prices. The money that they get doesn't have to be spent on a new car.


Your car is very fuel inefficient    

That means the cost of driving steadily ticks up. While this is all part of the cost of owning a car, and natural degradation is to be expected, locals will start to resent all of the time they spend stuck in traffic when they're already paying more than they used to on petrol. With the calamitous Army and Navy flyover, Springfield Road, and Baddow Road all being terrible for stop/start traffic and long waits, it's no wonder that so many locals are just getting frustrated with continually paying more for their fuel but still going nowhere. If it costs you more than ever to fill up your tank, but you're still spending too much time stuck in standstill traffic on the Springfield Road, then getting cash for scrap cars in Chelmsford is one of the fastest ways to get some cash to put towards a more fuel-efficient car.


Your car is written off  

While the Army and Navy flyover is the dangerous road that everyone in the city thinks of, it's not the only dangerous road in the city. Springfield Road isn't just one of the busiest roads in the city, it's also one of the narrowest. That means congestion levels are always high (especially during the school run), and accidents are extremely common. Even the junction with Victoria Road is one that most locals try to avoid thanks to the fact that it's just not wide enough. If you get involved in a car accident, the vehicle that gets banged up will usually need repairs before it can safely be driven again, but if money is tight, then those repairs may be out of reach. Rather than spending more money on repairs than on the value of the car, locals are getting cash for scrap cars in Chelmsford, and making some money instead of spending it.


You want an automatic  

It's probably not that Chelmsford residents are lazy, but there sure are a lot of automatic cars in the city. There are more automatic cars on sale in Chelmsford than anywhere else in the UK, and out of all of the cars currently on sale in the city 61.4% of them are automatics. Driving manually might make you feel a bit more Fast & Furious, but there's nothing quite like the ease driving of an automatic. They're more fuel-efficient, and they're significantly easier to drive than a car with a manual gearbox. The problem is that automatics tend to be slightly more expensive than manual cars, which is why those looking for an upgrade are selling their manual cars to our scrap dealers in Chelmsford and using the money that they get from us to put toward a car that easier to drive, cheaper to run, and a lot more fun to use.

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Chelmsford scrap metal & scrap car prices

With a strong economy worth £3 billion and an impressive 8000 businesses across a wide range of sectors, the scrap metal prices in Chelmsford tend to be higher than most people think. Here's what to expect.

Ferrous scrap metal per tonne

Steel always sells for a high price in Chelmsford, so £1340 per tonne remains the standard. Iron is also highly valued, so expect £730 per tonne.

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Scrap metal prices by month

Aluminium is exceptionally high this month at £770 per tonne, while stainless steel remains level at the high price of £620 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 Chelmsford

Lots of drivers in the city think that they can't sell their old vehicles to our scrap yards in Chelmsford. They think that something is preventing them from making some quick cash, so they keep those old cars for longer than they want. Here are some examples of the kinds of cars we pay top prices for.

Selling a car declared as SORN

It's always a smart idea to declare a car as SORN if you know you're not going to be using it. Although a SORNed car means not having to pay for car insurance or road tax (and can even get you a tax rebate if you've already paid your annual road tax), you can't actually drive it. Just because a car has a SORN, it doesn't prevent you from selling it though, and our customers are often delighted that even SORNed cars are bought for cash in Chelmsford. Thanks to our free car collection service, you don't have to stress about transporting that car legally either.

Cars without a MOT

Although the average MOT pass rate is considerably higher in Chelmsford than the rest of the UK, there are still a lot of drivers with older cars that fail their test. Of course, unless those drivers pay-out for the necessary repairs (and then pay more for another test), then those cars can't be used on public roads.

That can be very disruptive if you use that car every day. One of the most common queries that we get is about whether it's possible to sell a car without an MOT in Chelmsford. Not only is it possible, but it's easiest than ever, and your old car might be worth a lot more than you think, even if it doesn't have a valid MOT.

Proof of ownership

When you want to sell a car in Chelmsford, whether it's to a private buyer, a car dealership, or to one of our scrap yards, you will always need to prove that the car is yours. Proof of ownership is essential, but it can be hard to know what to do when you've lost your logbook. Thanks to our years of experience and industry training, we have helped hundreds of drivers prove that they own a car. If alternative documentation can't be sourced, then we will even contact the DVLA on your behalf to get any replacement documents you might need to prove that the car you want to sell is yours. So if your logbook went missing after your last MOT, or even if you've lost your car keys and can't justify the expense of getting replacements, we can help you every step of the way.

Scrap car collection in Chelmsford

We don't just pay the top prices in our scrap yards in Chelmsford. Our free scrap car collection in Chelmsford is a service that's highly valued by locals because it makes selling an old car a convenient and hassle-free experience.

Set your collection time

We let you plan the best time to pick up your car. Rather than you sitting at home all day for a buyer that doesn't show up, or rearranging your week so that you can be in on the day of collection, you simply set the collection date and time, and then confirm it on the day. The fact that we do scrap car removal in Chelmsford seven days a week means that you have total control over when your car is collected. Even if your plans change, you simply rearrange the collection time to better suit you. When it comes to scrap car collection in Chelmsford, you have total control and the maximum convenience.

No risk selling

Without the need to drive a car that lacks an MOT or has been SORNed, there are no risks of breaking the law. When you book your free scrap car collection in Chelmsford, all you have to do is make sure that our recovery vehicles can access it, and that the vehicle is parked on stable ground. It doesn't even have to be parked on a public road or at your home address. Just let us know where it is, and we do the rest.

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Average scrap car prices in Chelmsford

With London being so close, combined with the fact that Chelmsford sees such high volumes of investment, the demand for scrap metal is always high in the city. That means your car might be worth a lot more than you ever thought.

Average scrap car

Make and model

The reason why it's so important to continuously monitor the prices for scrap metal in Chelmsford is that scrap yards pay by weight. The bigger and heavier your car, the more it will be worth. However, the scrap metal prices in Chelmsford are not the only indicator of your car's value. Different makes and models will also vary in how much they are worth because we recycle as much of your old car as possible. That means you benefit from the high level of demand for spare parts, whether those cars are rare or exceptionally popular. The result is always going to be the best price to scrap a car in Chelmsford, even if it's damaged, part of a fleet, or even a foreign car that's only recently been registered in the UK.

The top prices for scrap metal in Chelmsford

Due to the economic growth of the city, prices for scrap metal in Chelmsford tend to be on the high side, and that's why your car will be worth more. We only partner with scrap yards in Chelmsford that are Authorised Treatment Facilities, so you know that those yards have access to our monitoring system that relies on real-time data analysis to keep up to date with price fluctuations. The result is the highest prices for scrap metal in Chelmsford you can find.

Average scrap car prices per vehicle in Chelmsford

If you're not sure how much your car is worth, simply head to our instant quotes page. Input a few details about your vehicle, and you'll get your quote. Thanks to our transparency, the price you're quoted will never be undercut at the last minute, and there are never any hidden fees. If you like the price you're quoted, simply book your collection time, and we do everything else.

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 Chelmsford

Charles Dickens might not have thought much of Chelmsford, calling it "the dullest and most stupid spot on the face of the earth", but the city is the perfect balance of rural living and urban city lifestyle. When you sell a car for scrap in Chelmsford, you aren't just getting the top prices. You're also going to enjoy some additional recycling benefits too.


Good for the environment  

With over 20 parks available to the public, Chelmsford is the ideal city for those that love the great outdoors. Packed with parks and nature attractions, green spaces like Hyde Hall and Hylands Park are extremely popular among locals and tourists alike. Even a short stroll along the River Can or River Chelmer is filled with stunning views and amazing, historical architecture (the 18-arch Victorian railway crossing is a local favourite spot). Protecting those green spaces is vital for the ongoing development of Chelmsford. Car recycling in Chelmsford protects the environment in many ways. When you use our Authorised Treatment Facilities, you are ensuring that the harmful waste that makes up your car is disposed of safely and responsibly. Landfill use is then limited, and local motorists can get cheaper car parts that improve the fuel-efficiency of their own cars.


Protecting local wildlife

There are 172 registered Local Wildlife Sites in Chelmsford, with some being based on the east bank of the River Chelmer, while others are more woodland and dry meadows. From water voles and kingfishers to lizards, dormice, and bats, there are a lot of species that call Chelmsford home. Protecting those habitats is essential for the continued benefits that the natural world provides. But if you use a scrap yard that isn't part of the network, then there's a good chance that your car will never be disposed of professionally. Oils and antifreeze will be left to destroy local soil, and even the metal and plastic in your car will continue to produce harmful emissions. Recycling a car in Chelmsford with our partnered scrap yards is vital if the local wildlife is to be kept protected.


A boost for the economy

Throughout the campaign to grant Chelmsford city-status, massive levels of investment took place, and those investments are continuing even now. The original goal of creating 15,000 new jobs and building 8,500 new homes by 2021 hasn't just been achieved already, it's being exceeded. The modernisation of the city is ongoing, and that's been great news for the local economy. However, while Chelmsford has what's been called the 'most comprehensive recycling scheme in England" it is still performing less than ideal in terms of recycling rates. That costs the city council money because they have to keep on paying high levels of Landfill Tax. That means less money on local investment, or on making improvements to the city. By selling your old vehicle to our car recyclers in Chelmsford, you are ensuring that less waste is sent to landfill sites, boosting the cash resources of both local residents and the council.


Job creation and employment benefits

Both before and after being granted city status in 2012, the Chelmsford council have been exceedingly proactive in embracing its prosperity. There has been ongoing and significant investment in the city, and there is a clear-cut plan to improve employment options for locals. Chelmsford has become a retail haven, and the retail sector is one of the fastest growing in the city. Although Chelmsford already has higher employment stats than the UK average, there is still more work to be done. By recycling a car in Chelmsford with one of our Authorised Treatment Facilities, you are ensuring that local businesses have easier access to the materials they need, cutting costs and ensuring the growth that will help more locals find the full-time work that they need.

Car scrap yards in Chelmsford

Many of the scrap yards in Chelmsford lack any kind of formal training and are out for nothing more than making a few quid. When you use our salvage yards in Chelmsford, you know you're using the best.

A professional service

Every scrap yard that we partner with in Chelmsford is an Authorised Treatment Facility. That means that they focus on recycling as much of your old car as possible. This doesn't just mean that the environment, wildlife, and the local economy is more protected. It also means that you only ever get the top prices for your old car from our salvage yards in Chelmsford. That's because we won't just value your car based on its weight or the current scrap metal prices in Chelmsford. You also get the full recycle value of your vehicle as well. When you use a scrap yard that isn't part of the network, then the price you're quoted for your car will tend to be either guesswork or (even worse), a price as low as possible. Our commitment to a professional service means that we always pay the maximum value of your car, and even the most damaged cars in Chelmsford can be sold for high prices. 

It can be a risk to use a scrap yard that isn't an Authorised Treatment Facility. Not only will you get lower prices for your car, but you also stand a much higher chance of getting worse, or even criminal, advice. That's because those scrap yards in Chelmsford that we haven't partnered with will have little training and no experience. They will tell you it's perfectly normal to get paid in cash, not knowing, or not caring that is illegal. They might even tell you it's fine to drive a car without an MOT to their yard, simply because they don't care about you getting fined and don't have the resources to offer free scrap car collection in Chelmsford. Using a partner means getting professional advice, expert guidance, and the highest price possible for the car you don't want anymore.