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The top 10 reasons why Luton residents scrap their cars

It might not be a city (yet), but Luton is one of the most populated towns in the UK. With an estimated population of around 226,000 residents, there are a lot of different reasons why locals are choosing to sell their old cars for scrap. These are the top 10!


The running costs are too expensive  

If there's a single most popular reason to sell a car in Luton, it's because of the running costs. Luton is the second most expensive place in the UK to own a car, and only just falls behind Manchester when it comes to how much it costs just to keep a vehicle. Estimates put the total annual cost of owning a car in Luton to be around £2,743. Car insurance alone is, on average, £1,165 a year, which puts the town only slightly cheaper than Birmingham! Then there's the amount of fuel that's wasted in traffic jams, with research suggesting that Luton drivers waste around £1143 thanks to the average 29 hours spent in gridlock in the town every year. So it's not really a surprise to find that the most popular reason for getting cash for scrap cars in Luton is because of the huge cost of keeping those cars. Tired of spending more and more on your car every year? You're not the only one.


You want a hassle-free way of selling your car  

When you sell a car in Luton, you're not going to be able to retire on the money you make from it. Luton's used cars are the cheapest in the UK, and people even drive from big cities to come and find a bargain. So, not only do you have to deal with the car-buying public, but you also know that the price you get in Luton isn't going to be as high as it should be. Even if you're happy to get a lower price, you still have to plan your day around potential buyers who might not even bother to show up, or who do show up and want to haggle the price down even more! Selling a car in Luton is always going to be a major hassle, which is why so many local drivers are just refusing to tolerate it. Instead, they are selling their cars quickly, easily, and hassle-free to scrap dealers in Luton instead.


You find public transport preferable

Luton has gone through many positive changes since the 90s. The town's proximity to London has seen a huge boost in investment. Regeneration plans are transforming the town, and the public transport system is testament to those changes. From the comprehensive bus service that gets you anywhere you need to be, to the national rail system, and even Luton Airport, more locals than ever are realising that they don't actually need a car as much as they thought. If you're keeping your car for emergencies, you're still having to pay for insurance and road tax. By selling your car to scrap metal dealers in Luton, you get a cash boost that you can then use to pay for long-term public transport use that is reliable, clean, regular, and a lot less stressful than dealing with Luton's congestion issues.


The car has failed its MOT

Roughly 30% of all cars that go in for their MOT in Luton will find that their cars fail. The most commonly seen reason for an MOT failure in the town is lighting faults, but non-working electrics are also common. The main reason for this high rate of failures is because the average price of a used car is lower in Luton that anywhere else in the UK, but those cars also have the highest average mileage (over 65,000 miles). That means a lot of old cars on the road, and those cars are far more likely to fail an MOT. It's frustrating when a car doesn't pass its MOT, and car owners often have to make a hard choice of whether to pay for the repairs or to get rid of the car entirely. What local drivers are finding is that they can easily sell a car without MOT in Luton and use the money that they get to invest in a newer and more reliable vehicle.


You could use the money for other things

Money is tight in Luton for everyone that isn't a landlord. Luton is famously the best area in the UK to be a landlord, largely thanks to the large rents and the rising house prices. For everyone that rents a home in Luton, then you are very probably more than aware that it has been consistently voted the worst place in the UK to rent a property. With a higher rate of unemployment than the rest of the country as well, it's no wonder that the sudden shock of an unexpected bill can quickly become a huge source of stress. Whether it's an electric bill that's considerably higher than expected or even just the stress of Christmas, it's good to know that you have options that don't involve payday loans and high-interest rates. With immediate payments, more Luton locals are heading to scrap dealers in Luton and getting an emergency cash boost when they need it.


Your car’s no longer safe to drive      

There are a lot of old cars on the roads of Luton, and those cars have driven a lot of miles. Luton is famously the best place in the UK to buy a used car, with the average price of second-hand vehicles being the cheapest in the country. The high mileage is often an afterthought, but when you buy a used car that's already driven over 65,000 miles, then that car is going to have wear and tear. All cars degrade over time, and if you can't afford to keep up with repairs, then your car is going to become unsafe to drive. When local motorists sell their old, dangerous cars to scrap dealers in Luton, they aren't just making some quick cash. They are getting those unsafe vehicles off the roads, making Luton safer for everyone that lives and works in the town. It's never been easier to make some money from a car that's too unsafe to drive.


Your car is costing you a fortune to maintain

Second-hand cars might be cheap in Luton, but filling them up isn't. It is estimated that Luton is paying some of the highest petrol prices in the country, with some figures putting annual petrol spending in the town at £2,743. That's not even taking into account the high number of potholes and minor collisions that happen on the busy roads every day. When you're spending more on keeping your car safe to drive than you did on buying the actual car, then you know that there's a problem. It's the maintenance costs that are leading more locals than ever to get cash for scrap cars in Luton. Some use that cash to get a vehicle that is cheaper to maintain, while others are investing in alternative forms of travel. From public transport to bicycles, Luton locals are slashing their car maintenance costs and still getting where they need to be.


Your car is very fuel inefficient    

As a car gets older, it starts needing more fuel to make the same journeys. While those increases in spending might go unnoticed in other cities and towns, in Luton, fuel-inefficiency is a huge issue. Luton has very real problems with traffic congestion, with the average local driver spending 11% of their driving time stuck in a traffic jam. That's the equivalent of 29 hours a year spent with a motor running but going nowhere. It costs the average Luton motorist £1143 to sit burning petrol in Luton gridlock, and the older the car, the more expensive it becomes. Those traffic jams aren't costing money either, because the fumes caused by Luton gridlock have led to the town being named the UK's air pollution capital. So if you're spending more money on sitting still in your car than you are on moving forward, selling that fuel-inefficient car to scrap metal dealers in Luton means that you're not just making money, you're also helping clean the air of your town.


Your car is written off  

With the town of Luton being the 7th most congested place in the UK, that means a lot of drivers getting frustrated in traffic jams. The inevitable result is more accidents on the roads of Luton. Getting into a vehicle collision is always a major source of stress, even if everyone involved has managed to avoid injuries. The problem is that cars are often left unusable after any kind of collision, and that used to mean simply sending it to a landfill site. That means saying goodbye to your car and the money you've spent on it, with no hope of making any cash back. That's why so many local drivers are instead getting paid for even the most damaged cars in Luton by selling those wrecks to scrap dealers in Luton. Nobody wants to throw money away, so being able to make some immediate cash for a car that you can no longer use is the smart option.


You’re looking for a part-exchange  

Used cars are cheaper in Luton than anywhere else in the country. That means the rate of cars changing hands is exceptionally high, and that means a lot of part-exchanges. Of course, although part-exchanges are common, most people are aware that it's not the best way to get rid of an old car. When you have to rely on getting a good deal from a car salesperson, you never know what your budget is, and, often, you lose all of your bargaining power. Most people know that you can always get a better deal on a car if you have money in your pocket and a clear budget in mind. It's that awareness that is leading more locals than ever to avoid part exchanges and get cash for scrap cars in Luton instead. That way, they can head to car showrooms or private sales knowing they've got the true value of their old car, a clearer idea of their budget, and a lot more power to negotiate.

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Luton scrap metal & scrap car prices

There are 400 towns within 40 miles of Luton, and that means a lot of demand for scrap and recycled materials. As a result, scrap metal prices in Luton are slightly higher than the national average.

Ferrous scrap metal per tonne

Steel always sells well in Luton at £0.08 per kilo. Iron remains at £0.08 per kilo.

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Scrap metal prices by month

Stainless steel is always in demand at £0.70 a kilo. Copper is higher than ever at £4.20 per kilo.

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 Luton

You should never assume that you can't sell your old car to scrap yards in Luton. Lots of locals are keeping hold of old cars that they no longer want because they think those vehicles are unsellable.

Common misconceptions

You might have paid the lowest prices in the country for your old car, but that doesn't mean that you can't sell it. Very often, local motorists tell us they are happily surprised by how much their car is worth after using our instant quote calculator. Even badly damaged cars in Luton can be collected for free, and that means you get that unsightly wreck off your drive or out of your garage, and get paid for it too. Get your quote today, find out how much your car is really worth, and let us do the rest!

Cars without an MOT

With the high rate of MOT failures in Luton, local drivers are choosing to not waste money on expensive repairs. Instead, they are finding out just how easy it is to sell a car without an MOT in Luton. Lots of locals keep their cars after failing an MOT even though they can't legally drive it anywhere. That's because they assume that it's not worth anything. Not only is it easier than ever to make some money from your MOT-less vehicle, but we'll even come straight to you and collect it for free.

That means you don't have to risk breaking the law getting your old vehicle to a scrap yard in Luton. So if you're worried about the fact that you know your old car isn't going to pass its next MOT, or you think that it's impossible to get a good price for a car that's been wrecked in an accident, check out our quote calculator now and get ready to be surprised.

Proof of ownership

If your car has been broken into and all of the paperwork has been destroyed, or you've lost your car keys after a night out in Luton, that's not the barrier to selling that you might think. Although the process is slightly slower, we have made it as hassle-free as possible to sell your car, even if you're struggling to prove that the vehicle is yours. That's because we do all of your paperwork for you. We even sort everything out with the DVLA, which means you don't have to waste a day being left on hold. When we say hassle-free, we mean it. So if you're one of those motorists who thinks that there's something preventing you from being able to scrap your car in Luton, you might be very happily surprised when you find out just how much that car is worth.

Scrap car collection in Luton

Don't waste time and money trying to sell your unwanted car to a dealership or private buyers. Our scrap yards in Luton don't just pay you immediately what your car is worth; they also do free collections too.

No risk selling

Don't assume that just because you've made the smart choice of declaring your car as SORN that you can't sell it. When you can't drive a SORNed car legally, it's good to know that our collection team will come and collect it for you. When it comes to location, the only essentials are that your car is accessible to our transport vehicles and that it is parked on stable ground. So don't put off your free scrap car removal in Luton. Wherever your car is parked, we can collect it for free. Just let us know the postcode of where your car is, and we'll make sure that the most suitably located scrap yard in Luton will come to your location. With no hidden fees, even seriously damaged cars or those with a SORN can be collected for free, and the price you're quoted is the price you get!

Set your collection time

The process couldn't be easier. Simply get your instant quote and book your collection time. We work around you, and we collect seven days a week, so you don't have to take a day off work or hang about waiting all day for a buyer who doesn't bother showing up. If you can't meet our collection team, that's not a problem either. We know how hard it can be to organise daily life, so we just need someone you trust to meet us there with the right paperwork. Even if you have to reschedule your collection time, just let us know and re-book for a more convenient time and date.

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Average scrap car prices in Luton

Luton has a long history of having some of the best scrap metal prices in the country. That means that you know you're getting not just the best scrap metal prices in Luton but some of the best in the UK.

Average scrap car

The top prices for scrap metal in Luton

One of the reasons why the scrap metals prices in Luton are higher than average is simply down to demand. Local businesses have a constant need for raw and recycled materials, and that helps to keep scrap metal prices in Luton higher than generally expected. All of the scrap yards in Luton that make up the network monitor the current value of scrap metal, which means that you always know that you're going to get the top prices in the town.

Make and model

Of course, the heavier your car, the more it will be worth. When it comes to the make and the model, it's all about weight.

Scrap metal is bought by weight, so the bigger and heavier your vehicle the more it will be worth. However, recycling potential also adds to the value, so if you have a rare car with many spare parts, such as your number plate, that can be purchased by Luton locals to improve their own vehicles, then the price will go up. All of the yards are Authorised Treatment Facilities, and that means recycling and responsible waste disposal are a priority. If you decide to use a scrap yard in Luton that isn't part of the network, then you're more likely to get a lower payment, and many unscrupulous yards will send your old car to a landfill site. Don't settle for less, and make sure that you scrap your car in Luton for the best price.

Average scrap car prices per vehicle in Luton

To find out how much your vehicle is worth today, simply fill in your details on our instant quote to receive an accurate figure.

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 Luton

You might think that getting the best car scrap prices in Luton is the only reason to use However, because all of our yards are Authorised Treatment Facilities, you also get some important recycling benefits as well.


Good for the environment  

The compact design of Luton's town centre is the main reason for it to be named as the UK's air pollution capital. Traffic fumes linger, so getting rid of old cars that are fuel-inefficient is vital. However, it's everyone's responsibility to limit the damage that we do to the planet. With nationally important open spaces, ancient woodlands, parks that have been granted Green Flag status, and chalk grasslands, it's important that scrap cars in Luton are disposed of safely and responsibly. All of the scrap yards that are part of the network are Authorised Treatment Facilities, which means that they have been officially recognised by the Environment Agency. So you know that you are using responsible and professionally recognised car recyclers in Luton. When you use scrap yards that are not an ATF, there's a good chance that your car will just be sent to landfill. That means it will continue to cause serious harm to the environment long after you have been paid.


Better for the economy    

The largest demographic in Luton is the young professional. That's because the cost of living in the town is substantially less than living in London but close enough for an easy commute to the capital. Ongoing investment in Luton means that more investors are heading to the town in high numbers as well, and these two factors are proving highly valuable to the Luton economy. Over £4 billion has been invested in Luton after a long period of post-recession economic restructuring. As recycled materials become such an important part of business costs, blue-chip companies are heading to Luton, and in the last seven years, there has been an influx of more than thirty high-profile brands setting up their bases in the town. Recycling saves the council a lot of money, especially considering that it costs £89 for just a single tonne of landfill waste. Luton already recycles and reuses 38,141 tonnes of waste, and when you scrap a car in Luton with us, you are helping to give the local economy a boost.


Protecting local wildlife    

The biodiversity of Luton has to be protected, including the number of wild plants and a variety of animal species. Many of the species in and around Luton are rare and/or protected, including the Great Crested Newt, muntjac deer, kingfishers, and woodpeckers. When you use a scrap yard that sends everything to a landfill, you are ensuring that dangerous substances pollute the soil, further helping to destroy the natural habitats of the local wildlife. Luton may be very densely populated and urban, but there are also a huge number of open spaces and parks. The animals and plants that you can find in any of the 19 country wildlife sites in and around Luton need to be looked after, which is why it's so crucial that you only use official Authorized Treatment Facilities when you recycle a car in Luton.


Job creation

It's a fact that unemployment levels in Luton are higher than the national average, and the council have confirmed that job creation is a core goal in terms of the town's growth. By recycling your old car, businesses have access to a higher source of usable materials, and that's very appealing for brands looking for a new base. Luton is perfectly placed geographically for both business and commerce and is seeing a rapid rate of business growth. The potential to turn Luton into a business hub will only become a reality if businesses are able to cut their running costs by heading to the town, where they also have access to the rest of the country (and the world). Job creation will further boost the living conditions and quality of life for every Luton resident, so recycling a scrap car in Luton is one of the best things that you can do, not just for your wallet but for the town as well.

Car scrap yards in Luton

Not all of the scrap yards in Luton are part of the network. Many will try to pay you less than your car is worth, and they might even charge you for car collection too. Using the network means working with professionals who want you to be happy.

Authorised Treatment Facilities

It's important that you only use a salvage yard in Luton that is an official Authorised Treatment Facility. That's not just because you know that your car will be disposed of responsibly, but because it ensures that you will be getting the top price for your old car. Every yard that makes up the network will be monitoring the scrap metal prices in Luton on a consistent basis. That means you get the top prices as the value of scrap metal goes up. When you add in the fact that you will never get any hidden fees either, it's easy to see why so many locals are heading to our car breakers in Luton to make some quick cash for the highest possible prices.

It's terrifying to find out how easy it is to break the law when you try and sell a car to a scrap yard in Luton who isn't a part of the network. We have seen high numbers of customers come to us to check that they can drive a SORNed car to a scrap yard after being told by dodgy scrap metal merchants that it's fine. We've even seen motorists being offered cash-in-hand for their old cars, which has been illegal since 2013. When you use a salvage yard in Luton that we have partnered with, we make sure that you get the professional service that keeps you on the right side of the law. All of our payments are made immediately, with the money being sent straight to your bank account. If your car has been SORNed, or you've lost the keys, our free collection service means that you can sit back, relax, and we'll do everything for you (even that frustrating paperwork).