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The top 10 reasons why Stoke-on-Trent residents scrap their cars

Stoke-on-Trent sometimes called Stoke and sometimes called The Potteries is a former industrial hub that's become the home to service industries and other new business models. With a population of 386,013 Potters, there are multiple reasons why those residents are selling their cars for scrap. Here are the top 10.


The running costs are too expensive  

One of the main reason’s drivers are getting cash for scrap cars in Stoke-on-Trent is down to the running costs of having a car in the city. Although Stoke-on-Trent is one of the cheapest places to live in the UK, the city has issues with poverty. More drivers in Stoke are deciding to avoid the high cost of vehicle ownership and selling their cars for scrap to save those ongoing expenses. Not only is petrol on the high end of the national average but Stoke also has the 14th most congested roads in the country. That means petrol costs alone are high, especially for those drivers that have to use Potteries Way junction or the Smallthorne roundabouts. That means more spending, even without getting much farther. More drivers are selling their cars to scrap metal dealers in Stoke-on-Trent and using the money more sensibly.


Your car's no longer safe to drive  

Even the quickest Google search will reveal a long list of headlines about drivers of dangerous cars being caught, and of dodgy car salesmen selling cars that they know are unsafe to drive. When Stoke-on-Trent residents can't afford to buy a new car, minor repairs on their existing vehicles is essential, but it's very common to find those repairs put off for longer than they should be. That means even more unsafe cars on the roads, and every time that you start a car with faulty brakes, cracked windscreens, rough suspension, or lights that only work occasionally, you are adding to the risks of the Stoke roads, even cars that are coming to the end of their lives are dangerous. When those repairs cost more than the car did, it's no wonder so many drivers are contacting scrap dealers in Stoke-on-Trent and arranging for the free collection of their dangerous vehicles.


You want a hassle-free way of selling your car

Stoke-on-Trent has multiple online platforms dedicated to buying and selling used cars. Add in social media buying and selling pages, and it's never been easier to advertise an old car for sale. The problem is that you then have to deal with the car-buying public. Selling a car privately can lead to massive headaches with people not turning up, and it can all be very frustrating. That's one of the main reasons why local residents are selling their cars to scrap dealers in Stoke-on-Trent instead. That's because they know exactly what their car is worth using our quote calculator, and they even get a free car collection too. It's simply the most hassle-free way of getting rid of an old car, whatever you need money for. No matter how old or damaged your car, you can get money for it immediately.


The car has failed its MOT

Although MOT regulations have become stricter in recent years, Stoke-on-Trent has some of the best pass rates in the country. One out three cars that go for their MOT in The Potteries will pass easily. However, the high number of older cars on the roads of the city means that there are demographics in the city who see a failure rate of 41.2%, especially for those drivers whose vehicles were registered in 2001 and earlier. That means it's the poorest in the city that has the most to worry about when it comes to MOT time, this is because if a car fails its MOT, then repairs need to be made, and it has to undergo another test. Those costs can be out of reach for many in Stoke, which is why we have made it so easy to sell a car without MOT in Stoke-on-Trent.


You could use the money for other things

It's no secret that Stoke suffered as the result of a triple economic crisis. From the days when the pottery, steel, and coal-mining industries were closed down due to de-industrialisation, to the more recent austerity, residents of The Potteries have watched their city suffer. Now, stoke on Trent residents have low levels of disposable income, and that means expenses like petrol are not a priority. Car insurance is particularly high in Stoke, and the average driver can expect to pay around £540 a year. This means a surprise bill or Christmas can cause high levels of stress. Stoke on Trent has the highest levels of unpaid debt in the country and more insolvencies than any other UK city. That's why we see more drivers choosing to get cash for scrap cars in Stoke-on-Trent when they need access to emergency spending money.


Scrap a car if it's not being used

Due to the high price of petrol, it's no surprise that drivers in Stoke will tend to only use their cars when they have to. That means there are a lot of cars that spend more time parked up than they do on the road. Of course, even if you're not using your car, you still have to pay for insurance and road tax. Many drivers in Stoke realise that they can SORN a car, which means they don't have to pay ongoing costs, and it can even result in a tax rebate if the road tax has been paid. Of course, it's illegal to drive that car on the road. Selling a SORNed car can be tricky because it costs money to get the SORN removed. However, thanks to our free car collection, it's easy to get cash for scrap cars in Stoke-on-Trent even if they have been declared SORN.


Your car is costing you a fortune to maintain

With the number of older cars on the roads of the city, it's no surprise that one of the main reasons why drivers are selling scrap vehicles to scrap metal dealers in Stoke-on-Trent is simply because they can't afford the ongoing maintenance costs. High insurance rates don't help either! When you could be spending the money that you're wasting on maintaining an old car on something exciting, it's no wonder that we are seeing more people than ever deciding to get cash for scrap cars in Stoke-on-Trent. Some of those drivers are simply using the money for other things, but many are using high scrap metal prices to help pay for a new car that needs less maintenance time. Of course, one of the significant road issues in Stoke-on-Trent is the potholes, and the local council has paid out more compensation for car damage than any other.


Your car is very fuel inefficient    

While the high petrol prices in Stoke-on-Trent are bad enough, that cost becomes much more prohibitive when your car is getting older. As cars age, they become less efficient, and that means drivers in Stoke-on-Trent end up spending more and more every time that they pull into a petrol station. While drivers in other cities have the option of upgrading to an electric vehicle, stoke is very slow to build a reliable charging network. That means there remain price issues when it comes to filling up your car. When you realise just how much you are spending on petrol or diesel, it is no wonder that drivers in the city are deciding to just get rid of that old, fuel-inefficient vehicle and selling it to scrap metal dealers in Stoke-on-Trent and using the money to buy something that is a bit more modern and fuel-efficient.


Your car is written off  

Local drivers already know how terrifying it can be to drive on the A500, and it's not the only car accident black spot in the city. The high number of accidents on the roads of The Potteries is one of the reasons why insurance rates are higher than in other cities. When a car is involved in an accident, it's not always completely destroyed, but when the costs of repairs outweigh the value of the car, then it's technically a write-off. In those cases, it can be hard to know what to do. It surprises a lot of drivers in Stoke that they can still sell a car for scrap, no matter how severe the accident was. We have made it easy to sell even the most damaged cars in Stoke-on-Trent! Of course, many cars that are involved in an accident can't even be driven, which is why our free vehicles collection service is essential.


You’re looking for a part-exchange  

The problem with using your car as a part-exchange when you upgrade to a newer vehicle is that you're never quite sure of the price value that you'll be given for that older car. Car dealerships and private sellers will always try to pay less for your car so that they make a higher percentage. That makes it very challenging to have a set budget, and it's common to see drivers make hasty decisions when the pressure is on to get something newer to drive. The older a car, the more faults it will have, and that means buyers will want even more of a deal. That's why so many owners are choosing to get cash for scrap cars in Stoke-on-Trent. With an instant quote from, you know exactly what your car is worth, and you'll be able to head to the dealership with a lot more power to negotiate.

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Stoke-on-Trent scrap metal & scrap car prices

With its history of coal and steel mining, scrap metal prices in Stoke-on-Trent are higher than the UK average.

Ferrous scrap metal per tonne

At £400 per tonne, steel is always a good seller in Stoke, iron is sought after and remains priced at ££540 a tonne.

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Scrap metal prices by month

Stainless steel sells for £400 per tonne, while copper is at £3210 for every tonne. Aluminium is at a high, selling for £200 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 Stoke-on-Trent

Stoke drivers are often surprised to find that they can get paid for their old vehicles. There are a lot of misconceptions about what cars can be sold for scrap, so never assume that your old vehicle isn't worth anything.

Old cars can be worth money

Keeping a car until it's old and dangerous is very common in the UK, and Stoke-on-Trent is no different. Many drivers in the city think that something is stopping them from selling their cars, and we've seen queries ranging from asking about SORNed cars to clarification about selling a car that's been vandalised. It's often a relief to find that even the most damaged cars in Stoke-on-Trent can be sold for the top scrap metal prices in the city. So, if you're worried that your old, damaged car isn't sellable, it might surprise you just how much it's really worth.

Cars without a MOT

Although the MOT pass rate in Stoke-on-Trent is higher than the national average, there are still a lot of old cars on the roads that are failing those tests. It's frustrating when your car fails its MOT, especially if you've already spent money on repairs. It's important not to keep wasting money on a car that keeps failing its MOT, especially when you have profitable alternatives. Now, you can quickly and easily sell a car without a MOT in Stoke-on-Trent.

If you drive your car without a valid MOT, then both technically and legally, it's unsafe to drive, and you will face a penalty if caught. That's why our free collection service is so highly valued by drivers who can no longer justify paying for more repairs on an old car.

Proof of ownership

Most drivers will have their logbook handy when they want to sell a car, but what happens if it's been lost? The good news is that, although it will take slightly longer to get your payment, we make it easy to sell a car in Stoke-on-Trent even if you lack all the paperwork that proves it's yours. That's because we can do all of your paperwork for you, and we'll go through the DVLA to ensure that your car's owner is who you say it is. What this means for you is that you can sit back and relax as we gather and fill out all of the official documentation that you need. So even if you can't' find your V5C, you can still scrap your car in Stoke-on-Trent and get paid for it too. 

From cars with a SORN to cars with lost keys, never assume that you can't sell a car to the best scrap yards in Stoke-on-Trent. With fast payments, professional customer service, and all of your paperwork done for you, it's never been easier to get rid of your old car, get paid, and use the money in whatever way you want.

Scrap car collection in Stoke-on-Trent

Free car collection useful and convenient. Sometimes, it's the only way to ensure that your car can get removed legally.

We can collect 

If your car lacks a valid MOT or it's been SORNed, then you aren't allowed to drive it, and that can make selling it challenging until you pay out the extra costs. With our free scrap collection in Stoke-on-Trent, you don't have to worry about breaking the law. Instead, simply get your online quote, let us know the best time to pick up your old car, and we do everything else. With no hidden fees and no haggling over prices at the last minute, it's no wonder that so many Stoke drivers are choosing free scrap car collection in Stoke-on-Trent.

My car is not at my home address

We make it easy to collect your car from anywhere in Stoke-on-Trent. Just let us know where your car is parked and let us do the hard work for you.

Does my car have to be on a public road? 

Your car doesn't have to be parked on a public road for us to be able to collect it. Let us know where your car is parked, and make sure that the ground is both stable enough and accessible enough for our transport vehicles. The more information we get about accessibility, the easier it is for us to arrange your free scrap collection in Stoke-on-Trent.

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Average scrap car prices in Stoke-on-Trent

The history of coal and steel mining in Stoke-on-Trent means that scrap metal prices in the city are higher than you might think. Blue-collar industries are also on the rise, boosting the local economy.

Average scrap car

Get an instant quote

To find out how much your car is worth to scrap yards in Stoke, simply use our online quote calculator. This will give you a clear idea of what your car can be sold for. Thanks to our free car collection service in Stoke, the price that you're quoted is what you'll get paid, because there will never be any hidden fees involved. All of the car scrap merchants in Stoke-on-Trent that are part of our network monitor the real-time price changes of scrap metal, and that means you will always get the top prices available for your car, even if it's a foreign car that's been registered in the UK, or if it's part of a fleet. Don't settle for less when it comes to scrapping your old car in Stoke-on-Trent. Using means that you'll get the best prices and immediate payments straight into your bank account.

We give the best prices 

The city is famed for its pottery, but that's not the only manufacturing business in Stoke. The high number of manufacturers in the city means that demand for scrap metal is high, and that means strong prices. The key factors when looking at the car scrap prices in Stoke-on-Trent and how they affect the value of your old car are the size and weight of it. The heavier and bigger your car, the more money it will be worth on the scrap metal market. Recycling essential car parts means that you can earn more money for your car when you use the car scrap merchants in Stoke-on-Trent that are part of the network.

Average scrap car prices per vehicle in Stoke-on-Trent

With scrap metal prices for steel at an average price of £1.66 per kilo, and a typical car containing 770 kilograms of steel, an average price could be over £1200. However, it depends on the make and model.

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 Stoke-on-Trent

Scrapping a car with doesn't just mean that you have free car collection and the top car scrap prices in Stoke-on-Trent. Recycling is a priority for our scrap yards, and that means a variety of benefits for you and for The Potteries.


Good for the environment  

Although the mines of Stoke-on-Trent have been long closed, the city still has the scars of coal mining. Even the old slag heaps are still visible, although they are now covered in flowers. Stoke sits right in the middle of green belt land, and for that reason, urban sprawl is very limited. That's good news for the local environment. When you use car recyclers in Stoke-on-Trent, you are ensuring that old cars are not just taken off the roads, you are also making it easier for the city to manage its waste. Harmful emissions caused by old cars, as well as the emissions that are caused when dodgy scrap yards just send an old car to landfill sites, are drastically cut too. That means recycling your old car in Stoke helps to improve the sustainability and living quality of the local environment.


Protecting local wildlife

The city council in Stoke have launched a variety of local initiatives intended to help protect the local wildlife. The Greening for Growth program that links up the green spaces of the city, and the £3.6 million investment in urban greenspaces, are helping to boost the biodiversity of Stoke-on-Trent. From wetland creation and river restoration projects to improved woodland management and grassland enhancement, the local wildlife in Stoke is being looked after more than ever. Landfill sites cause massive damage to the habitats and living conditions of the local animal species, so when you use our car recyclers in Stoke-on-Trent, you are helping reduce reliance on those landfills and helping to protect the wildlife and the soil health of the city.


Using finite resources

Residents of Stoke are more than aware of the damage caused by excessive mining, and that's one of the main reasons why there has been continued growth in recycling rates in the city. Current research suggests that a third of all waste in the city is recycled, and a further third is being used for energy creation at the Hanford Waste to Energy Plant. The final third is then sent to landfill sites. That puts Stoke-on-Trent in the top five cities in England for recycling, and those rates are only growing every year. By recycling, you are ensuring that local manufacturers have access to finite resources that would otherwise prove costly. You are also helping other drivers to find the essential parts that they need to make improvements to their own cars. Car recycling in Stoke-on-Trent means that you're helping improve vehicle quality in the city, and that can only be good news for The Potteries.


Jobs and the economy

With over 9000 businesses registered in the city and the fact that Stoke has been declared as the most cost-effective place to launch a new business, recycling is very highly valued as an economic boost. The low rates of employment are an issue, though, and the work/life balance for Potters is very disproportionate. It is estimated that 75,000 Stoke residents are living in hardship, and that means job creation is essential. Recycling your old car means that you are giving new and established businesses access to materials that they would otherwise have to ship from elsewhere or pay to have mined. So, when you sell your scrap car in Stoke-on-Trent to our recycling-focused yards, you are helping to keep those materials close to hand and more affordable. That means more jobs, fewer business costs, and faster business growth.

Car scrap yards in Stoke-on-Trent

With such high scrap metal prices in Stoke, it's no wonder that there are so many scrap yards to choose from. Unfortunately, not all scrap yards are the same, so choosing the right one is vital when you are choosing the salvage yard in Stoke-on-Trent that will pay you the best price.

No hidden fees

When you get your instant quote from, we scan the areas closest to you and select the car breakers in Stoke-on-Trent that will pay you the right price for your old car. All of the yards that are part of our network will have access to the real-time changes in scrap metal prices, so you know that you're always going to be getting paid what your car is worth right now. Our immediate payments go straight into your bank account too, which is often critical. Always use a scrap yard that prioritises recycling, and who is officially registered as an Authorised Treatment Facility, and your car-selling experience will be more enjoyable and more profitable.

Use authorised scrap yards

Not all scrap yards in Stoke-on-Trent are the same. All of the members of our network fully Authorised Treatment Facilities, but they also have professionalism that you won't find anywhere else. That means no bad advice about when you can drive your car, all of the help you need when it comes to proof of ownership, and the free car collection that makes selling a car for scrap a hassle-free process.