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The top 10 reasons why Maidstone residents scrap their cars
One of the most historically significant towns in the UK, Maidstone is the county town of Kent and is just 32 miles away from London. Its population of 152,445 residents are selling their cars to scrap metal dealers in Maidstone for lots of different reasons. Here are the top 10 reasons why local motorists are scrapping a car in Maidstone.
You're getting too old to drive
There are a lot of over-60s living in Maidstone, and age is one of the top reasons for local residents to say goodbye to their cars once and for all. Breaking down the demographics sees that 6.6% of the Maidstone population is aged between 60 and 64, 9.2% are aged between 65 and 74, while 7.9% are aged over 75. Age itself is not a barrier to safe driving, and older drivers tend to be more experienced and more patient. However, as health issues start to make driving skills suffer, it starts to become more dangerous to use a car. When your eyesight isn't as good as it used to be, or your hands don't have the flexibility they used to, then every time that you get behind the wheel you are putting yourself and others at risk. Local motorists over the age of 60 are increasingly getting cash for scrap cars in Maidstone.
The car has high fuel consumption
On average, it costs £1.11 per litre to fill up a tank in the town, but locals are finding that those costs continue to spiral. That's because there are a high number of cars in the town that are older, and that means they are less fuel-efficient than they used to be. When you're filling up the same tank for the same journeys, but finding that you keep on spending more every time that you pull onto a petrol station forecourt, that's a good sign that your car needs to be replaced. It's one thing spending over the odds on fuel, but when you're then wasting that fuel while stuck in traffic on the A229, then you're just burning money needlessly. To save money, motorists are selling their fuel-inefficient cars to the top scrap metal dealers in Maidstone and investing in a car that's cheaper to fill up.
You find public transport preferable
Maidstone has some fantastic transport links, with just a short train ride getting you either deep into London or to the channel tunnel. The bus routes are incredibly comprehensive, and everywhere in and around the town is well-served by a frequent, reliable, and clean service. It's very cheap to use the bus as well, with options like the Maidstone PlusBus ticket meaning unlimited travel across the whole urban and rural areas of the town. It's no surprise then to find that local motorists realise that not only can they get away with not owning a car, but that they actually get a lot more miles for the same amount of spending. The quality of the public transport is seeing more local motorists than ever selling their cars to our scrap metal dealers in Maidstone and keeping hold of that money for more fun activities than paying for more car maintenance.
The car has failed its MOT
On the surface, Maidstone has an excellent average when it comes to the number of cars that fail their MOT in the town. The UK average is a 35% failure rate, but for most drivers in the town, that figure is slightly lower at 33.2%. However, that number gets a lot worse, the older a car is. Cars in the town that were registered in 2007 have a failure rate of 37.9% (higher than the national average) and the stats get worse the older the car is. For those cars registered back in 2000, the failure rate for an MOT is 52.3%, meaning that more than half all cars of that age that go in for an MOT in the town will fail. Local motorists, tired of paying out regularly for repairs, are finding out how easy it is to sell a car without an MOT in Maidstone.
Scrap a car if it's not being used
There are a lot of car-owners in Maidstone. Currently, almost 84% of all households in and around the town have a car, but those cars might not be seeing as much use as they used to. That's because the number of people cycling, walking, or getting the bus to work is slowly increasing every year. With so many people looking at alternative means of getting to where they need to be, a lot of cars are just being left at home. The problem with doing that is that you still have to pay for road tax and car insurance, and your car will slowly degrade through lack of use. That means it will be harder to sell at a reasonable price. Instead of continuously spending on a car that's not being used, locals are instead getting cash for scrap cars in Maidstone and using that money on other things.
Your car’s no longer safe to drive
When a third of all cars that go in for an MOT in Maidstone will fail, that's a good indication that there are a lot of older cars owned and being used in the town. All cars get less safe to drive as they get older unless you're willing to keep on spending on advanced maintenance. If those repairs keep getting put off, then cars start to be a lot more dangerous to use, and they become far more likely to get involved in an accident. Sometimes, when wear and tear are particularly bad, cars may even be illegal to drive. It's ageing cars that are leading local drivers to our scrap dealers in Maidstone. They are getting paid immediately for even severely damaged cars in Maidstone and using that cash to buy a vehicle that's considerably safer to use on the roads of the town.
You're going electric
Kent and Medway are working hard to break away from fossil fuels, and the high number of electric vehicles registered in Maidstone is testament to that. Across Kent, there has been a 40% rise in the number of registered electric cars over the last three years, and between 2017 and 2018 there was a sudden 43% jump. That means that there are currently around 423 electric vehicles now registered in Maidstone, and the town was also the first in the UK to install a 350kW EV charging station. As the UK government continues to encourage the shift to electric travel, more drivers in Maidstone than ever before are looking at ways to get rid of their old cars and make the change to a more environmentally friendly means of getting around. Selling your old gas-guzzler to our scrap dealers in Maidstone means having some extra cash in your pocket when you head to an electric car dealership.
You want a hassle-free way of selling your car
Maidstone is the 25th happiest place to live in the south-east and the 94th happiest in the whole of the UK. Every visitor to the town and there are 4 million tourists every year, gets to experience the welcoming friendliness of the locals. Unfortunately, if you're a local trying to sell a car, then there's a good chance that you won't get to experience any of that friendliness. That's because selling a car privately always brings with it some high levels of stress and a high chance of only dealing with stressed-out buyers who are certain that they're getting ripped off. Instead of dealing with timewasters who don't show up and hagglers who basically want a car for free, local motorists are selling their cars quickly and conveniently to scrap dealers in Maidstone. With a sales process designed around the customer, it's never been easier to sell a car hassle-free.
Your car is written off
Maidstone is a small town, and the roads can get very congested. In a list of the top 10 most dangerous roads in Kent, Maidstone has two that rank highly. The A229 that goes from Maidstone all the way to Tunbridge Wells is a notorious accident blackspot, while the A274 that takes drivers through the Weald is either badly congested or cursed with people breaking the speed limit. Accidents are always going to be common on those roads, as well as in the narrow lanes immediately surrounding the town. Although improvements are being made to those roads, there are still drivers being left with a wreck they don't think they can sell after it's been involved in an accident. Thanks to our high prices, those drivers are finding out just how much even the most damaged cars in Maidstone are worth. The money that they are getting is being put towards safer, more reliable cars.
You’re looking for a part-exchange
Using an old car that you no longer want as a part-exchange on a newer car is very common in Maidstone. That's due to the high number of older cars in the town that don't have a lot of resale value. Many customers think little about the impracticalities of part-exchanging, and they head to a car dealership with a clear goal in mind. The problem is that those car dealerships are all about making the maximum profit, and if that means that you get less than the true value of your old car, then that's on you. Now, residents are finding out how easy it is to sell a car for scrap in Maidstone and get the maximum value for their old cars. They are then able to make their way to a car dealership with the cash ready to spend, a clearer idea of their budget, and a lot more negotiation power.
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Maidstone scrap metal & scrap car prices
Demand for scrap metal is always high in the town. That means some high scrap metal prices in Maidstone when you sell a car to Scrapi.com.
Ferrous scrap metal per tonne
Iron is priced highly right now at £770 per tonne, while steel remains high too at £1780 per tonne.
Scrap metal prices by month
Stainless steel is at an all-time high this month at £620 per tonne. Aluminium is also selling for high prices at £810 per tonne.
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The types of cars we scrap in Maidstone
Lots of local drivers end up keeping a car for a lot longer than they want simply because they think they can't sell it, whether it's for legal reasons or simply because they think it's not worth any money. Here are some examples of the cars our scrap yards in Maidstone buy at top prices.
Selling a car declared as SORN
When you're not using a car, it's always a good idea to declare it as SORN. Not only does this mean that you don't have to keep on paying road tax and car insurance, but you might also even be able to get a tax rebate if you've paid in advance. However, while you can't legally drive a car that's been declared SORN, you are allowed to sell it. Thanks to our free car collection service in the town, you can quickly and easily sell a car in Maidstone even if it has been declared SORN and you can't afford (or don't want) to have that SORN removed.
Cars without an MOT
When over a third of all cars will fail their MOT in Maidstone, it's no surprise to find that one of the most common queries that we get is about the possibility of selling a car without a valid MOT. When a car doesn't have a valid MOT, you're only allowed to drive it to a pre-booked test at an MOT centre.
If you get stopped by the police while driving a car without an MOT, then you can generally expect a £100 fine, although in some cases you may have to go to court where you could get fined up to £1000. So if you hear from a scrap yard that it's perfectly fine to drive your car to their place of business even if it lacks an MOT, then you're being misled. Not only do we pay the top prices when you sell a car without an MOT in Maidstone, but we also arrange free car collection too.
Proof of ownership
Proof of ownership is essential when you want to sell a car, and that rule remains the same even if you're selling it for scrap. In most cases, drivers simply show their logbook, but it all becomes a little more difficult when your V5 is lost or stolen. The good news is that losing your V5 (or your car keys) is no longer a barrier to selling your car. Thanks to our years of industry experience and specialised training, we can help you to identify alternative ways to prove that you own a car. If you're struggling to prove ownership, we can communicate directly with the DVLA to ensure that you get any replacement documents that you might need. That means we can help you every step of the way when you sell a car in Maidstone, even if your V5 has long gone.
Scrap car collection in Maidstone
Getting paid the highest price for your old car is always good news, but it's not just the top prices that have helped us to build our network of the best scrap yards in Maidstone. Our free car collection service is more important than ever.
Set your collection time
You don't have to book a day off work or rearrange your whole life just to have your car removed for free. We plan the entire sales and collection process around you, maximising convenience. Our recovery teams work seven days a week, so whether it's the weekend or midweek, you choose the best day to have your car picked up. All you have to do is choose the most convenient collection date and time, confirm it on the day and relax as we do everything else. Scrap car removal in Maidstone has never been easier.
No risk selling
You can avoid breaking the law simply because you don't have to use your car at any point. If your car has been SORNed or it lacks an MOT, we can still pay you the top prices when you opt for our free scrap car collection in Maidstone. Your car will need to be parked on stable ground, but it doesn't have to be parked on a public road. It doesn't even have to be parked at your home address either. Just let us know where your car is, and we'll do everything else.
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Average scrap car prices in Maidstone
With an abundance of towns within a 30-mile radius and the fact that London is close and easy to get to, the prices for scrap metal in Maidstone tend to be higher than most people expect. Local motorists are selling their old cars for a lot more money as a result.
The top prices for scrap metal in Maidstone
Maidstone has a thriving local economy and a high rate of businesses launching in the town. That means that demand is high for scrap metal, which is excellent news for anyone trying to sell a car for the maximum amount of cash. That's because when you sell a car to a yard that's part of the Scrapi.com network, we don't just have a good guess as to its value. Instead, we use real-world data and analysis of the current scrap metal prices in Maidstone. The result is that you get a data-driven quote and the highest prices for scrap metal in Maidstone.
Make and model
Knowing the exact current prices for scrap metal is essential because scrap yards pay by the weight. That means the bigger and heavier your car, the more it will be worth. However, because all of our scrap yards are Authorised Treatment Facilities, you also get additional value thanks to a dedicated focus on recycling. If your old car has lots of spare parts that can be used by other local drivers, then the price you get will be higher than just the prices for scrap metal in Maidstone. If there is a high demand for parts of your car because it's either a rare make and model or an especially popular one, then the price you're quoted will reflect that.
Average scrap car prices per vehicle in Maidstone
If you're not sure how much your car is really worth, then all you have to do is head to our instant quotes page. Give us a few details about your car, get your quote, and book your collection time. It couldn't be any easier.
The benefits to car recycling in Maidstone
Well-connected to the capital and with a good quality of life for its residents, Maidstone is a thriving town. Four million tourists a year flood the local economy (and the roads), and that means protecting the area is of vital importance. When you recycle a car in Maidstone with Scrapi.com, you get more than just the best prices in the town. You also get these fantastic recycling benefits as well.
Good for the environment
With its wealth of green spaces, Maidstone is as rural as it is urban. Locals can enjoy the busy high street before heading to one of the 30 large parks, 80 neighbourhood green spaces, four green flag parks, and 68 play areas scattered across the length and breadth of Maidstone. There is an impressive 425 hectares of green space in Maidstone, and that's a lot of natural environment to protect. Over half of all locals use the parks and green spaces at least once a week, it's clear that residents appreciate and value those natural spaces, so ensuring that they are kept protected from harmful waste is essential. Using our salvage yards in Maidenhead means knowing that all of our team members are trained and experienced in the safe and responsible disposal of vehicle waste. So you get top prices for your scrap car while ensuring that air quality is improved and soil damage is minimised.
Protecting local wildlife
One of the UK towns with the highest levels of biodiversity means that Maidstone residents are never far away from the local wildlife. They know it too, with 69% of locals saying that the areas' wildlife is essential, and a further 91% saying that the town's wildlife areas need to be protected and enhanced. Vehicle waste does serious damage to green spaces and animal habitats and being in the south of England means a milder climate that attracts a variety of rare species. When those animal habits are destroyed by soil pollution caused by vehicle liquids, those animals either die off or struggle to find new homes. Thanks to our Authorised Treatment Facilities, you know that when you sell a car in Maidstone, it will be recycled and reused. That helps to keep the local wildlife safer, more protected, and more accessible for locals in the town.
A boost for the economy
Maidstone suffered during the financial crisis and subsequent recession in 2007/2008. However, the town rallied, and the growth of Maidstone has been in rapid recovery ever since. Private-sector job growth is now on the rise, so although the retail sector is still struggling somewhat on the high street, the town's economy is showing sharp improvements. As the town continues to attract new investors, the economy is vastly improving. Car recycling in Maidstone is vital for the economy not only because it reduces the amount of Landfill Tax that the town has to pay every year, but it allows other local drivers to spend less on making improvements to their own cars. That means economic benefits on both the town-scale and at a personal level. Using our salvage yards in Maidstone means benefits for every member of the local community and their wallets.
Job creation and employment benefits
Maidstone is the biggest centre of employment for the whole of Kent. It is distinctly traditional while also being the epitome of the 21st-century town. The local council have set a series of grand, ambitious goals to reach by 2030, one of which is to create even more of an appealing location for new businesses. Already the town is known for its innovative approach to entrepreneurial encouragement, which means more potential for job creation. When you recycle a car in Maidstone with one of our Authorised Treatment Facilities, you are ensuring that local businesses have shorter, less expensive supply chains for raw materials. That means lower costs, faster growth, and more potential for locals to find full-time employment.
Car scrap yards in Maidstone
With so many towns within just 30-miles of Maidstone and the fact that it is so close to London means that scrap metal prices in the town tend to be high. Unfortunately, that means a lot of unethical scrap yards have also opened and using them leaves you exposed to some risks.
Authorised Treatment Facilities
Every scrap yard that we partner with in the UK is an Authorised Treatment facility. That means they have the training needed for thoroughly safe recycling and have been recognised by the Environment Agency. What this means for drivers is more than just knowing that your car will help boost the local economy and protect the local wildlife. It also means that you get more money for your old car. Even the most damaged cars in Maidstone will have parts that other drivers are crying out for, so from the best scrap metal prices in Maidstone to the value of recycling, you know that you aren't getting less than your car is really worth.
Selling a car to a scrap yard in Maidstone that isn't part of the Scrapi.com network means getting paid based on what the scrap yard owner thinks they can get away with instead of that vital real-world data.
One of the biggest risks of using a scrap yard that isn't part of the Scrapi.com network is that you expose yourself to bad advice. Those yards either won't know the law or don't care enough to let you know if you are going to break it. Many will tell you it's perfectly fine to drive a car to their yard, even if it's been SORNed. Others will offer to pay you in cash for a better deal. In some cases, this is down to a lack of training, but any glance at local news headlines in the Downsmail or on kentonline will reveal stories of people being misled intentionally. Don't rely on a scrap yard if it isn't part of our national network of industry experts.