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The top 10 reasons why Crawley residents scrap their cars
Although it is a small town in terms of area, Crawley in West Sussex has a large population of around 109,550 residents. That means there are a lot of different reasons why local motorists are increasingly selling their cars to our scrap metal dealers in Crawley. Check out the top 10 reasons why locals are selling their cars for scrap to see if any sound familiar.
The running costs are too expensive
In the last 12 months alone, the price of getting insurance cover in Crawley has gone up by 6%. For the average driver in the town, that means an extra £47 a year, which is the fastest price increase the town has seen since 2014. Women and young drivers are the ones seeing the most price increases in their car insurance premium prices, but every resident with a car is noticing the steady rise in costs. It is not just car insurance that means high costs of car ownership in Crawley. The speed camera on Gatwick Road in Manor Royal has caught out too many locals for it not to be mentioned! Tired of paying out for steadily rising insurance prices and those unexpected speeding fines, locals are selling their old vehicles to scrap metal dealers in Crawley and earning some cash instead.
You're going electric
There are currently just over 3000 electric vehicles (EVs) registered in Sussex, and Crawley has also appeared regularly in the top 10 EV-friendly locations in the whole of Britain. There are currently eight charging points within easy reach of the town centre (including the town centre's four 22kW charge points and the Fast Charge locations at Crawley Railway Station and the Three Bridges Railway Station). It's clear that Crawley locals are keen on making the leap to EVs, but it takes time to save up for a new car when you're still having to pay for insurance, maintenance, and MOTs on the fossil-fuel car you're using right now. It's the shift to EVs that is leading so many locals to our scrap dealers in Crawley so that they can make some quick cash, which can then be used to put towards a car that's cheaper to run (and better for the environment).
You find public transport preferable
An impressive number of locals use the public transport system in Crawley. At last count, 106,000 people commute to work using the local bus service, which is higher than the national average of 11%. There are currently 116 local bus services from Crawley town centre, so it's not a surprise to find that one of the leading reasons for locals to sell their old car to our scrap yards in Crawley is because just don't need cars anymore. With Gatwick Airport such a key structure in the Crawley landscape, it's possible for locals to get almost anywhere in the world without needing to get behind the wheel. Rather than driving into town and dealing with the harsh penalties of overstaying in the Morrisons car park, or spending too long stuck at one of the level crossings, local motorists are selling their cars to the top scrap metal dealers in Crawley and sticking to the bus.
The car has failed its MOT
While the MOT failure rate in Crawley is consistent with the national average of 35%, the problem is that there are a lot of older cars in the town that are skewing the percentages. Cars that were registered in 2007 had a failure rate of 38.9%, and not only is that higher than the national average, but there were also 20,401 tests. What this means is that there are a lot of cars on the roads of the town that are either without a valid MOT or that are going to fail their next one. Lots of people in the UK think that you can't sell a car if it doesn't have a valid MOT, but this is incorrect, especially now. We have made it a quick, simple, and profitable process to sell a car without an MOT in Crawley, so you don't have to pay for frustrating repairs before using your car again.
You could use the money for other things
Although Crawley is the only spot in Sussex where people earn more than the national average, combined with the fact that the town has more jobs per working-age population than anywhere in the county, means many people are in full-time employment. Crawley also has the highest levels of personal debt in Sussex, while being the worst town for income deprivation among the elderly. That means the financial disparity is pretty wide in the town, and the result is many locals are living month to month. When an unexpected bill arrives, it can be hard to juggle finances to make the necessary payments. Instead of using payday loans or borrowing money from friends, local motorists are getting cash for scrap cars in Crawley. Without the need for any repayments, it's a quick, easy way to get the maximum value of your car, whether it's for bills, Christmas, or a night out in Moka.
You're getting too old to drive
An estimated 109,550 residents are living in Crawley. Of those, roughly 20,600 are over the age of 60. While those over-60s aren't paying as much in car insurance as their younger counterparts, they still have to deal with the heavy traffic, dangerous roads, and younger (more impatient) drivers. Those matters are made worse when health issues start to affect your driving skills. Age might not be a barrier to safe driving, but age-related problems can undoubtedly start to see driver safety suffer. Even minor conditions can make accidents more likely, with arthritic hands, failing eyesight, or even memory problems making it much more likely that they will be involved in some kind of accident. It's for safety reasons that we see a lot of older motorists heading to our scrap metal dealers in Crawley. They are getting paid, staying safer, and sticking to alternative (and cheaper) ways of getting around.
Scrap a car if it's not being used
Crawley is the only location in West Sussex to see a drop in vehicle ownership, and currently, only 77.6% of Crawley households have access to private vehicles. The number of people commuting to work in their cars has also dropped by 3.3%, while there has been an increase of 4.4% in the number of people getting to work by using the bus service. That means that there are a lot of cars just not being used in the town. The problem with that is that when you don't use a car for extended periods, it will start to degrade. The battery will go flat, as will the tyres. Deterioration is quick, to the point where you might not even be able to use that car when you finally decide to go for a drive. Getting cash for scrap cars in Crawley means no more paying out and making some cash instead.
Your car is very fuel inefficient
Fewer households have access to a car in Crawley, but many of these cars are older. Those old cars might have been a bargain on the dealership forecourt or when you bought it from your mate, but the cost-savings spiral into insignificance when it comes to how much fuel you need to use. While all cars will start needing a bit more fuel to make the same journeys that they used to, it can get very frustrating when you're spending a lot more money than you should be. There are just under 48,000 old cars registered pre-2007 on the roads of Crawley, and their owners are spending a little bit more every time they fill up their tanks. That steady increase in cost can be extremely frustrating (and expensive) and is one of the leading reasons for those that own older cars to use the top scrap metal dealers in Crawley.
Your car is written off
There are some very dodgy roads in Crawley, and it's not the most accessible town in the UK to drive around. Crawley Avenue, London Road, Brighton Road, and Horsham Road regularly appear in the top 10 lists of the worst roads in Sussex, and if you use them regularly, then you no doubt already know why. There's also a high number of roundabouts, which newbie drivers almost always use incorrectly (especially the excessively large roundabout at Furnace Green). Hazelwick roundabout is almost laughably famous for the high number of cars in the wrong lane! Dangerous roads mean more potential for accidents, and then having to pay out for repairs. If the cost of those repairs is so high that you could buy a new car instead, then it's pointless paying out but what can you do with your wreck? Luckily, we have made it simple and profitable to sell even severely damaged cars in Crawley.
You want a hassle-free way of selling your car
The high standard of living means that the locals are happier than ever. A recent survey revealed that the residents of Crawley are significantly happier than they were last year, and anxiety has dropped at the same time. While that's great news for those that are planning to move there, it never feels quite as relevant when you're trying to sell a car privately. It's almost always a hugely stressful experience trying to sell a car to a private buyer, with the combination of repeated queries and notifications. These aggressive hagglers seem to not actually want a car, to those that don't even show up to view the vehicle. Anticipating the high-stress levels, more local drivers than ever are choosing the fast, convenient, and profitable option of selling their cars to scrap dealers in Crawley. With immediate payments and free car collection, that's not really too much of a surprise.
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Crawley scrap metal & scrap car prices
As a former hub of the iron industry, the scrap metal prices in Crawley tend to be higher than expected and remain consistent all year round. Here's what to expect.
Ferrous scrap metal per tonne
Predictably, iron is always highly priced in Crawley, currently selling at £390 per tonne. Steel is currently selling at £1660 per tonne.
Scrap metal prices by month
Aluminium is a big seller in Crawley this month with prices of £180 per tonne. Stainless steel has also gone high at £560 per tonne.
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The types of cars we scrap in Crawley
We receive a high number of queries from locals in Crawley who think that they aren't allowed to sell their cars. There's a lot of misconceptions and confusing advice out there, so check out this list of common issues that we have helped resolve.
Selling a car declared as SORN
When you know that you're not going to be using a car for a while, it's always a smart decision to pay to have it declared as SORN. This is an excellent way of cutting your ongoing costs because it means that you no longer have to have car insurance or to pay road tax. You might even get a road tax rebate! Unfortunately, it also means that you can't use that car until you pay to have the SORN removed. That's why a lot of people think that you also can't sell a car that's been SORNed. However, because it can't be driven, our free car collection service is here to help. Now, you can sell a car in Crawley for top prices and not have to worry about getting it where it needs to go.
Cars without an MOT
When so many older cars in the town are either about to fail an MOT or have already failed, it's not that much of a surprise to find that one of the most consistent questions that we get asked is about how to sell a car without an MOT in Crawley.
Like having a SORNed car, if your vehicle does not have an MOT, there are only a few scenarios where you're allowed to use it. That can make it very hard to sell privately, and you can, no doubt, expect to get paid a much lower price. It's a lack of MOT that is one of the top reasons for locals to want to sell a car in Crawley, especially at the high prices that we pay and the fact that we collect those cars for free as well.
Proof of ownership
You will always have to prove that you own a car before you sell it. If you go to a scrap yard that isn't part of the Scrapi.com network and they don't ask to see any official paperwork that proves the car is yours, then they are breaking the law. However, if your logbook and all of your receipts have long been missing, can you still sell a car in Crawley? Thanks to our years of training and industry experience, we know all of the best ways to help you prove that a car is yours. If we can't help to find alternatives, we'll instead liaise directly with the DVLA so that you can get quicker replacement documents. With Scrapi.com it's easier than ever to sell a car in Crawley, even if your V5C is long gone.
Scrap car collection in Crawley
Although we're well known in Crawley for the high prices that we pay for cars, it's not just those payments that ensure customers recommend us to their friends and family. Our free scrap car collection in Crawley takes the hassle out of selling a car.
No risk selling
While we can't collect a car from the scene of an accident, we can collect your vehicle from anywhere in Crawley. The car needs to be accessible to our recovery vehicles and parked on stable ground. It doesn't have to be parked at your home address, and it doesn't even have to be parked on a public road. If you can't arrange to be there to meet our recovery team, then simply make sure that someone you trust is there with the relevant paperwork. Free scrap car collection in Crawley is making it easier than ever to make some cash from that old car you don't want anymore.
Set your collection time
We make sure that everything is designed around you, which means that you don't have to take days off work waiting for a prospective buyer, and you don't have to risk getting behind the wheel of a car that's dangerous or illegal to use. Available seven days a week, our scrap car removal in Crawley means that you choose the day and time for your car to be collected, and you can even change that collection slot if you need to. Selling a car in Crawley has never been easier.
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Average scrap car prices in Crawley
It doesn't feel like that long ago that Crawley was one of the UK hubs for the iron industry, and the town still has the signs of that long history (Forge Farm and Furnace Plain being obvious examples!). That history, combined with the fact that London is so close (and Brighton), means that scrap metal prices in Crawley tend to be higher than expected.
The top prices for scrap metal in Crawley
Largely due to the proximity of Gatwick, Crawley sees very high levels of investment and growth. While that's good news for every local, it's brilliant news if you're planning to sell a car in the town. That's because the demand for scrap metal is at a peak, which means your old car will be worth a lot more than you think. At Scrapi.com, we continuously monitor the latest changes to the prices for scrap metal in Crawley. So, when you get your instant quote from us, it's not a number pulled out of thin air. Instead, it is a data-backed valuation that reflects the current scrap metal prices in Crawley.
Make and model
While it's essential to know the scrap metal prices in Crawley, it's not just the current levels of demand for that metal that will play a part in your car's valuation. Make, and model will also be a key factor. That's because all of the Scrapi.com partners are Authorised Treatment facilities, so recycling is always a priority. So, if your car is part of a fleet, or even if it's a foreign make and model, we will always get you the best price to scrap a car in Crawley.
Average scrap car prices per vehicle in Crawley
If you've got no idea what to expect when it comes to the value of your car, all you have to do is use our instant quote calculator. Input a few details about your vehicle and get your quote. It's really that simple. If you're pleased with the quote, then all you have to do is choose your collection slot, and we do everything else (even the paperwork).
The benefits to car recycling in Crawley
Crawley might be named after a 'crow-infested clearing', but it's come a long way since its Saxon roots. It is now one of the most resilient and well-performing economies in the UK and is in the top 10 UK spots for the number of patent registrations. Recycling a car in Crawley is essential if the town is to continue its growth, so when you use a Scrapi.com Authorised Treatment Facility, you are getting some additional benefits that you may not have considered.
Good for the environment
Crawley locals produce less household waste than the UK average, at just 286kg per person. That means the basic recycling rates are a lot higher than the UK average as well. That's excellent news for the local environment, of which there is much more in Crawley than you might think. Blessed with multiple green, open spaces, Crawley is home to the Broadfield Park Local Nature reserve, Crabbet Park, Ewhurst Wood, and Waterlea Meadow Local Nature Reserve, to name just a few. Those natural spaces need to be kept safe from environmental damage, and old cars that aren't recycled will only ever continue to cause harm to the local green spaces of the town. Recycling a car in Crawley with our Authorised Treatment Facilities means your old vehicle will be disposed of safely, minimising the harmful impact on Crawley's natural environment.
Protecting local wildlife
Home to an estimated 80 protected species, Crawley has an abundance of diverse habitats for local wildlife. From chalk grasslands and heathlands to forests and nature reserves, as much as 16% of Crawley's land area is protected due to the need to keep the local wildlife safe. As well as the 80 protected species, Crawley is also home to a further 495 species that have been declared recognised as conservation priorities. Protecting those animals and their habitats are essential, which is why car recycling in Crawley is so vital. When cars are scrapped by amateurs, they will just be crushed and sent to a landfill. There, they will continue to pollute the air and the solid of the town, destroying natural environments, causing untold harm to local wildlife, and ruining the natural space that Crawley locals love so much.
A boost for the economy
Although it is located within the beautiful countryside of Sussex, Crawley is also a highly connected town with Gatwick playing a leading role in the local economy. It's mostly thanks to Gatwick that the town is the most critical driver of commerce and industry in Sussex. However, manufacturing and the service industry are also of vital importance to the local economy and are seeing high levels of growth and expansion. That's excellent news for the Crawley economy. As the council continues to invest in the town and are working hard to attract external investors and new business owners, recycling a car in Crawley is more critical than ever. If you use a scrap yard in Crawley that doesn't prioritise recycling, then your old car will just be sent to a landfill, meaning higher rates of Landfill Tax that the council has to pay. That means less cash for town development and regeneration.
Job creation and employment benefits
With over 3,400 active businesses that include some global brand names like Virgin, Nestle, and Harwood Jaguar Land Rover, Crawley is a unique location for businesses. With these businesses come new jobs, which can only be of benefit to both the economy and to the people that live in the town. Currently, the success rate for new businesses is at 15.5%, putting it in the top tier of towns and cities for entrepreneurs in Britain. By recycling a car in Crawley, you make it much easier for new and established businesses to access resources, which leads to lower business costs. That alone makes car recycling in Crawley a vital necessity.
Car scrap yards in Crawley
Due to the high scrap metal prices in Crawley, there has been a dramatic surge in the number of untrained and inexperienced scrap yards in and around the town. Using those scrap yards could have a lot of repercussions that go far beyond getting paid less than your car is worth.
A professional service
Unprofessional scrap yards don't just pay lower prices than professionals, they also do all that they can to make a profit. That means using those yards will leave you exposed to some potentially dangerous risks. Those yards will give you bad advice, such as it being perfectly legal to drive your SORNed car to their yard. They do this because they either lack the training to know the law or because they don't have the equipment necessary to offer free car collection in Crawley. Following their advice will leave you vulnerable to significant fines, especially if you're stopped while driving a SORNed car or a vehicle without a valid MOT. With Scrapi.com's scrap yards, you know that we can help you every step of the way. So even if you've lost your car keys, we make sure that you can still sell your car, get paid the maximum value of it, and even have it collected for free, all without any risk to you.
Authorised Treatment Facilities
We only partner with trained and experienced scrap yards. That's why every scrap yard on the Scrapi.com network is an Authorised Treatment Facility that has been officially recognised by the UK Environment Agency. So not only do you get a higher price for your old car because we focus on recycling, but you also get your instant quote based on the exact current market value of scrap metal. We continuously monitor the scrap metal prices in Crawley so that your quote is not based on guesswork. Instead, it is based on real-world data, and that means you get paid more than if you use a scrap yard that's just out to make some extra cash at your expense. Using professional, qualified, and trained salvage yards in Crawley is a priority if you want a more convenient service and the highest price possible for the car you no longer need.