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The top 10 reasons why Sunderland residents scrap their cars

From its roots as the largest shipbuilding town in the world to the thriving city that it is today, Sunderland is growing fast. Currently, 277,962 people live in Sunderland, and that means a wide range of reasons for those locals to sell their cars for scrap. Here are the top 10 of those reasons!


The running costs are too expensive  

Many drivers in Sunderland are paying well-below the national average for car insurance, that's not the case for everyone. Younger drivers, especially, are being hit by premiums that far outweigh the value of their car. When two-thirds of gen-Z Sunderland drivers are buying a used car and paying around £1,050 but are then paying £1,370 a year on insurance, it's not difficult to work out why so many are deciding to get cash from scrap cars in Sunderland instead. But it's not just younger drivers who are facing rising costs of owning a car in the city. Sunderland is the 10th most congested city in the UK, and local drivers are wasting 130 hours a year burning through fuel but getting nowhere. Frustration with the cost of owning and using a car in Sunderland is one of the top reasons why locals are choosing to sell their cars to scrap metal dealers in Sunderland.


Scrap a car if it's not being used  

Thanks to the great public transport links that can get you all the way to Newcastle Airport in less than an hour, or anywhere in and around the city quickly and easily, a lot of cars are simply not being used in Sunderland. Car ownership varies across the rural and urban parts of the city, but the average is around 60% of households with a car across the constituency. That means a lot of cars not being used, not being looked after, and slowly getting worn down by lack of use. The longer that car remains unused, the more it depreciates in value. Instead of watching money, just sit there going to waste, locals are getting cash for scrap cars in Sunderland. Even if that car has been SORNed, it's never been easier to get rid of because we even do all of your paperwork for you!


You find public transport preferable

Although the number of households with a car in the city drops, even in rural Sunderland there are still 25.5% of households without access to any kind of vehicle. Partly, that's down to the excellent public transport options. When you can spend less money on making the same journey, it's no wonder that locals are getting cash for scrap cars in Sunderland and simply not buying a new car with the money that they make. Instead, they are using the cash that they get for their old car to buy long-term bus passes, or for travelling on the fantastic Metro light-rail service. With direct access to anywhere in Sunderland, and even to Newcastle, there are simply fewer and fewer reasons to justify the high costs of owning a car. More people than ever are taking advantage of the fantastic public transport in Sunderland and lowering their travel expenses by vast amounts.


The car has failed its MOT

Cars in Sunderland have a high average when it comes to the number of MOT failures. Nationally, cars in the UK fail their MOT at a rate of 35%, but in Sunderland, that number creeps up to 36.4%. Lamp and reflector issues are the most commonly cited reasons for failing an MOT in Sunderland. However, faulty electrical systems also rank highly, that means expensive repairs before you can use your car again legally. An incredible 1.12 billion vehicle miles are driven on the roads of Sunderland every year, and that means local cars are getting a lot of wear and tear. Rather than paying out for repairs and yet another test, locals are finding out just how easy it is to sell a car without an MOT in Sunderland. Not only are they getting the top prices in the city, but they're also having their cars collected for free.


You could use the money for other things

Although employment figures continue to rise, there is still a high number of the Sunderland population claiming benefits. Living fortnight to fortnight is never easy, and it can be made a lot harder by the appearance of a sudden bill. Sunderland is in the top 15 of cities in the UK where residents are likely to fall victim to payday loans and loan sharks. Rather than facing the repercussions of these dangerous options, more and more local motorists realise that they can get cash for scrap cars in Sunderland, get paid immediately, and even have their car collected for free. If you're stressing about Christmas or you simply need some emergency cash to cover you until payday, selling your old car to a scrap dealer on the network is quick, convenient, and hassle-free. You don't have to worry about making repayments, and your money is sent to your bank account immediately.


You want a hassle-free way of selling your car

The city ranks at the top in the country for satisfaction and fourth in the country for happiness. Of course, you might not believe that research when it comes to selling a car privately. Selling a car is almost always a hassle. From dealing online with hundreds of potential buyers all asking the same questions, to those that show up to view your car but refuse to pay the asking price, buying a car always brings out the worst in people. To avoid the tyre-kickers and timewasters, motorists are finding that it's incredibly easy, convenient, and hassle-free to sell a car to scrap dealers in Sunderland. Not only are they getting the real value of their car, but they also don't have to deal with any last-minute haggling, and no hidden fees when it comes to free car collection. That means getting paid quickly and getting paid the right amount.


Your car is costing you a fortune to maintain

With a below-average level of disposable income and a higher than the average number of MOT failures in the city, it's clear that locals are avoiding paying out for their essential vehicle maintenance. The problem is that without those repairs, you make it even more likely to fail an MOT, and your car will become increasingly dangerous to drive. If your car is getting worse and worse to drive, but you can't justify the expense of maintenance, it can be hard to know what to do. Rather than keeping that old car until the day you get a cash windfall, more than ever we are seeing motorists in the city come to us to get cash for scrap cars in Sunderland. The money that they get is then being used to put towards a newer, less expensive car that doesn't take as much to maintain.


Your car is very fuel inefficient    

Although petrol in Sunderland is cheap, there isn't a lot of value of being the 16th cheapest place in the country to fill up a tank if you're just sitting in traffic of the 10th most congested city in the UK, having a fuel-inefficient car can end up costly. Obviously, all cars start needing more fuel as they age, and the older the car, the quicker the cost of filling up a tank will start to rise. We are seeing that, more than ever, locals are selling their old and fuel-inefficient cars to scrap metal dealers in Sunderland and making the leap to electric vehicles. That's because Sunderland is a European centre for electric vehicle research and production, and the city is undoubtedly pushing the EV agenda. Using the money that they're getting from the best scrap metal dealers in Sunderland, locals are investing in a car that is either electric or a hybrid.


Your car is written off  

When there are 1.12 billion vehicle miles driven on the roads of Sunderland every year, and with a severe pothole problem it's no wonder that we are seeing so many local motorists asking us if they can sell a car that's been written off in Sunderland. In one year, Sunderland City Council paid out just under £3,500,000 of car repairs caused by pothole damage, but the problem is that if you don't get that pay-out, then you're left with the potentially high cost of making repairs that just aren't worth it. Selling a written-off vehicle has always been very difficult. Finding a buyer willing to spend immediately on repairs, or even just getting that wreck to where you need it to be can all get very complicated very quickly. That's why more locals than ever are enjoying free car collection and the top prices from our scrap dealers in Sunderland.


You’re looking for a part-exchange  

When MOT failures are common, and cars get used a lot in Sunderland, there are inevitably going to be a lot of vehicles changing hands in the town regularly. Unless you've got the time and energy to head from dealer to dealer for a part-exchange, you're rarely going to get offered the real value of your car, and that means you'll never be quite sure of your budget, and will inevitably end up with a new car that you don't actually want. Part-exchanging a car puts all of the power in the hands of the dealers and means that you lack any significant bargaining power. That's why so many local motorists are avoiding the stress of part-exchanging their old cars and getting cash for scrap cars in Sunderland instead. It's the quickest and easier way to ensure that you get the real value of your car.

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Sunderland scrap metal & scrap car prices

With strong ties to the manufacturing industry and its proximity to Newcastle, the scrap metal prices in Sunderland are always high. Here's what to expect.

Ferrous scrap metal per tonne

Always popular, steel is currently selling at around £1230 per tonne. Likewise, iron is selling particularly well at £930 per tonne.

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Scrap metal prices by month

This month stainless steel is especially sought after, so £420 per tonne remains level. Aluminium has risen slightly this month at £900 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 Sunderland

If your car is a wreck, you've lost your keys, or you've just failed an MOT, there's a lot of reasons why you might think you can't sell that old vehicle and make some real money from it. The types of cars that our scrap yards in Sunderland buy might surprise you.

Common misconceptions

From vandalised cars that can't be used anymore, to those that have been involved in a collision, keeping that old wreck is rarely worth it. While it used to be challenging to both sell and car and arrange for it to be moved, it's now never been easier. Even if your car has been declared SORN, we don't just pay you for the most damaged cars in Sunderland, but we also come to you and collect your car for free too. 

Cars without an MOT

With MOT failure rates slightly higher than average, and the chances of failing those MOTs only growing as the tests become more robust, we get a lot of people asking if they can sell a car without an MOT in Sunderland. Of course, if your car fails an MOT, you aren't allowed to drive it, unless you're literally driving it to a pre-booked MOT. If you get caught driving a car that doesn't have a valid MOT, then you'll get a fine, and may even get points on your license as well. 

While selling a car with an MOT to a private buyer is possible, it also means that you'll be getting far less than the value of the vehicle. That's why we have made the process of selling cars in Sunderland as easy as possible even if they lack a valid MOT. With our free collection as well, you don't just get paid for that car, you don't even have to try and get it to us because we come straight to you.

Proof of ownership

Changes to the law in 2013 have made it much harder for car thieves to sell a car for scrap. While this is excellent news for both sellers and scrap yards, it does mean that proving that a car belongs to you is essential. Usually, proof of ownership is easy. You just produce your logbook, fill out some paperwork, and you're done. But what happens if your V5C has been lost or damaged? While getting replacement documents from the DVLA is possible. It can take a long time to even get through to them, and then you still have a lengthy wait for those official documents to be sent to you. Thanks to our years of experience, industry training, and expert knowledge, we can help you prove ownership quickly and easily, and we'll even deal with the DVLA too! Even if you've lost your car keys, it's never been easier to sell a car in Sunderland.

Scrap car collection in Sunderland

It can be a lot of hassle to sell a car, especially if you've lost the keys or it's so damaged that it doesn't start. We take the hassle out of making some money from your old vehicle, thanks to our popular free car collection service.

Set your collection time

We make sure that the collection of your car is planned around your life. Simply let us know what day is most convenient for you and the best time of day. On the day that you've chosen, you'll be asked for confirmation. If you realise that the day you've chosen isn't suitable, simply rearrange it to suit you. Our scrap yards in Sunderland make it that easy for you. Even if you can't be there to meet our vehicle recovery team, you can leave someone else to meet our team, making free scrap car collection in Sunderland the personalised and professional service that is designed around your needs.

No risk selling

It's the challenges of getting an old car to us that makes our free service of scrap car collection in Sunderland so vital. You don't even have to have your car parked at your home address, because we know that cars can break down absolutely anywhere. Just let us know where it is, and we can arrange a collection. The only specification is that your car is on stable ground and that our specialist car recovery team can access it. You don't even have to have parked your car on a public road!

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Average scrap car prices in Sunderland

From its roots as a giant of the steam age, Sunderland has come a long way. Once again forging its way as an economic powerhouse, manufacturing is now one of the dominant industries in the city. That's good news for those locals checking out the car scrap prices in Sunderland.

Average scrap car

Make and model

Although the rate of demand will clearly play a part in how much your car is worth to our scrap yards in Sunderland, other factors will also have to be considered. Size and weight is the main determiner, simply because all scrap yards pay according to weight. That means you get paid more if your car is large. Make and model play a part too, because some spare, recycled parts are in higher demand than others. Cars that are part of a fleet can be used a lot for spare parts, cutting costs for fleet operators, and that's great news if you're trying to find the best price to scrap a car in Sunderland.

The top prices for scrap metal in Sunderland

Fast local regeneration, investment, and the demands for physical resources all mean that scrap metal and recycled materials tend to have a high price in Sunderland. However, scrap metal prices do change, with some seeing higher demand over specific periods of the year. All of the partners in Sunderland have access to the continuing price changes of scrap metal, not just in the city but across the country. That means you only ever get the absolute top prices for scrap metal in Sunderland. 

Average scrap car prices per vehicle in Sunderland

To find out exactly what your car is worth today, have a look at our instant quotes page. Use that page to let us know a few details about your car, and you'll get your quote. Of course, those prices can change depending on the rate of demand for specific materials in the city, so the price you're quoted today may be different tomorrow. If you're happy with the quote, simply book your free car collection time and let us do the rest.

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 Sunderland

The Sunderland of today is a manufacturing powerhouse, and it has a comprehensive global presence. It's also the base of the biggest (and most productive) car plant in the UK, where Nissan has encouraged the development of the city as a centre for electric vehicle research. When you recycle a car in Sunderland with's professional network, you don't just get the best prices in the city, you also get some other fantastic benefits too.


Good for the environment  

An impressive 57% of Sunderland is considered as green space or open countryside. A large part of those green spaces is considered to be green belt land, and that's something that needs to be protected. It's not just the green spaces that need protection either, with the beaches and natural coastline, as well as the river estuary and the Magnesian Limestone plateau that makes Sunderland such a unique and biodiverse location. The council has set a goal of being carbon-neutral by 2030, so when you recycle a car in Sunderland you aren't just helping protect the environment, you're also helping your city meet its targets. All of the scrap yards that make up the network are Authorised Treatment facilities, which means that they recycle as much as possible, and have a responsible approach to waste disposal. That means fewer harmful emissions and the first line of defence against harmful pollution in Sunderland.


Protecting local wildlife

Sunderland is a growing city, and that means more urbanisation and pressure on the local environment. Sunderland has a diverse ecology, with many common and not-so-common species calling the city and its surroundings their home. If you use a scrap yard that is not an Authorised Treatment Facility recognised by the Environment Agency, you're increasing the chances of your car simply being sent to a landfill site. There, it will continue to cause harmful emissions, ruining air quality and harming the soil for generations. That means the natural habitats of squirrels, foxes, hedgehogs, and bats will come under threat. Recycling doesn't just help to improve air quality because local drivers can access the spare parts that they need to improve the efficiency of their car. It also means that when you recycle a car in Sunderland, you are improving the protection of the local wildlife.


A boost for the economy

As more money is being spent both on the city and within it, that money is being used to boost the local economy so that it speeds up its goal of reaching pre-recession levels. As more jobs are being created by new and relocating businesses, that means more money flowing through the local economy. The result then is improved quality of life and more prospects for families. When you recycle a car in Sunderland, you are ensuring that the economy gets a boost and that the city council does not have to spend as much on Landfill Taxes, meaning more money to invest in local schemes, businesses, and economic drivers.


Job creation and employment benefits

Sunderland is a beautiful city for businesses and is currently home to over 80 internationally-owned companies employing over 26,000 people. More recent international links have resulted in £45 million of investment. The city is changing and changing rapidly. Now, it is a vibrant, modern city responsible for vast amounts of manufacturing and home to a wide array of digital technology firms. As a result, the demand for recycled materials is high. That means when you recycle a car in Sunderland, you are ensuring that those local businesses have access to the materials and resources they need without the cost of mining and shipping. The end result is more money being saved, more money being spent on the city, and more jobs being created for local residents. Car recycling in Sunderland only improves the environment, too, making the city even more attractive to investors and businesses.

Car scrap yards in Sunderland

With such high demand for scrap metal in Sunderland, there are how many scrap yards in the city for you to choose from. Unfortunately, not all of those scrap yards will pay you the best prices, and some may even get you into trouble with the law.

A professional service

With so many scrap yards in Sunderland, the chances of using a dodgy operator are, unfortunately, very high. It's essential to only use professional Authorised Treatment Facilities because we will only give you the best advice and the best prices. By using a scrapyard run by someone inexperienced (or just out to make a few quid quickly), you are making it very likely that you will have problems. We have seen many drivers being told that they can legally drive a car to a scrap yard even if it's been SORNed, or it has no valid MOT. Shockingly, we are still seeing some scrap yards breaking the law outright by offering cash-in-hand payments for scrap cars. That's been illegal since 2013! So, if you want the best prices, the satisfaction of being environmentally friendly, and a hassle-free car sale, then the network of Authorised Treatment Facilities is your go-to choice.

Treatment Facilities

All of the salvage yards in Sunderland that make up the network are Authorised Treatment Facilities. That means they have access to the constant changes in scrap metal prices in Sunderland so that you will only ever get the best prices for your old car. It's not just the financial benefits either, because you also get to receive that money while knowing that your car is being disposed of in a way that helps boost the city economy, creates jobs, and limits environmental harm. Also, because you know that you're dealing with experts in the industry, that means a professional service that ensures you walk away with your immediate payment more than satisfied. With no hidden fees at any stage in the process, you simply get your quote based on the latest scrap metal prices in Sunderland and book your collection time.