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The top 10 reasons why Swindon residents scrap their cars
The modern town of Swindon is one of the finest in the UK and has a huge population of just over 222,000. Those high numbers mean that there are a wide variety of different reasons why locals are getting cash for scrap cars in Swindon. Here are the top 10!
The running costs are too expensive
Even though the price of car insurance in Swindon is one of the lowest in the country, those premium prices continue to go up. In the last year, those premiums have grown by a terrifying 8%, and that means local drivers are having to shell out around £615 a year to keep their cars legal. Even minor issues like the removal of free parking in key locations in the town is adding to the cost of running a car in Swindon, and it's leading many locals to wonder if they even need a car. When you're paying more to keep your car on the road than you did on buying the car itself, looking for something cheaper to run is a priority. That's why so many local motorists are choosing to get quick cash for scrap cars in Swindon and are using that money to buy a car that's significantly cheaper to keep on the road.
Scrap a car if it's not being used
From the lack of cheap parking to the convenience of the local public transport system, there are lots of reasons to leave your car at home. If the thought of wasting more time stuck in traffic causes you to leave the car parked outside your home, then you're not the only one. As more cars flood the market and pour onto the roads of Swindon every year, more locals than ever are simply keeping their cars for emergencies, and getting out and about in other ways. The problem with this approach is that cars will only degrade and lose value the longer they are left unused. As that value depreciates, it becomes even harder to sell. It's even more challenging if you've declared your car as SORN. Don't let a car sit there losing value or costing you money. Instead, sell that unused car to the top scrap metal dealers in Swindon and make some money that can go towards better, cheaper, and easier means of getting around.
You find public transport preferable
One of the most commonly cited reasons for the rapid and ongoing growth of Swindon is down to the public transport system. The buses have been one of the most popular services in the UK, with more locals using the bus service than ever before. Even as Swindon continues to grow, the public transport system is growing with it, and that means owning a car is no longer the essential that it used to be. Now that connections are possible to almost anywhere in the country, locals are avoiding the millions of pounds in fines issued every year by the council, and sticking to public transport. Of course, that means cars are no longer being used as much, so Swindon motorists are increasingly heading to scrap metal dealers in Swindon, getting paid for the cars they no longer need, and getting paid a lot more than they thought was ever possible.
The car has failed its MOT
The roads of Swindon can be very challenging to get used to. From the Magic Roundabout to the cars making the 1.27 billion traffic miles every year on inbound and outbound journeys, it's no wonder that cars have to go through a lot just to stay healthy in Swindon. It's the chaotic road conditions that lead so many cars in the town to fail their MOTs. Although slightly lower than the national average of MOT failures, there are still 34.7% of cars in Swindon that fail their MOT every year. Lighting issues are the most common fault, but suspension problems and worn brakes are also cited as regular issues. Cars that fail their MOT need to have money spent on them if the problems are going to be resolved, but paying out that much cash can be very limiting. That's why we have worked hard to make it easier than ever to sell a car without MOT in Swindon.
You could use the money for other things
Buying a car is expensive in Swindon. In the last year, the average price of a used car in Swindon has risen by an incredible 130%, so there is an influx of new cars on the market that are often out of reach for local budgets. With people coming from nearby Bristol, Reading, and Southampton to sell their cars, finding a car that's within budget can be very challenging. It's for this reason that many locals are choosing to sell their old cars to scrap dealers in Swindon so that they can boost their budgets to buy a new car. Even if you just need some quick, emergency cash, selling a car for scrap in Swindon is easier and quicker than taking out a payday loan, and you don't have to worry about ridiculous interest rates. Whether it's to cover a bill, pay for a holiday, or to boost your car-buying budget, it's never been easier to get cash for scrap cars in Swindon.
Your car’s no longer safe to drive
There are a lot of older cars on the roads of Swindon purely because so many people from outside the town take advantage of the high prices of used cars in the town. Those cars become part of the local community, and that means lots of cars trying to make their way around the Magic Roundabout that are older and more dangerous than they should be. Of course, all cars suffer from wear and tear as they get used more, but it's when those minor issues limit your ability to drive safely that there's a problem. Worn tyres and degraded brake pads make emergency stops slower, and even sightline issues like a cracked windscreen dramatically raise your chances of being in an accident. For drivers that want a safer journey, it's becoming more popular than ever to sell an unsafe car to scrap dealers in Swindon and using that cash to get a more modern, safer vehicle.
Your car is costing you a fortune to maintain
Although Swindon was the first English council to ban the use of fixed speed cameras, mobile speed cameras are still very prevalent. Those unexpected speeding fines only add to the cost of using a car in Swindon, and when added to regular maintenance costs, the overall spending on a car is way over what's expected. It's easy to forget about how much needs to be spent on a car every year just to keep it safe and usable. But those costs still need to be paid, which means that local drivers are often left out of pocket even when they weren't expecting to be. If car maintenance costs are getting you down, don't panic. We have made it easier than ever to make some cash from scrap cars in Swindon so that instead of spending yet again on maintenance, you actually get to make some money instead. Don't keep spending on an old car when you don't have to.
Your car is very fuel inefficient
Last year, Swindon drivers spent an average of 16 hours in congestion. That's a lot of wasted time and money. Fuel efficiency is essential when you use your car on a daily basis, but as cars get older, they start needing a lot more petrol or diesel. That's especially a concern if you're one of the many local drivers who regularly drives miles out of the way just to avoid the magic (or tragic) roundabout. Congestion is even worse on match days, and that means spending even more money on not going anywhere. Fuel-inefficiency is a major cause of higher levels of air pollution, so it's not just financial reasons that are leading more local motorists than ever to head to scrap yards in Swindon to recoup some of the losses. With the high price of scrap metal in the town, your old and fuel-efficient car might be worth a lot more than you think.
Your car is written off
Car accident numbers are low in Swindon, and it's widely considered to be one of the safest places to drive in England. That is, until you count the Magic Roundabout. Unlike its BBC children's show namesake, the Magic Roundabout in Swindon is a nightmare of design, and it has been named and shamed as the second-worst junction in the entire UK. Dangerous to drive on and very challenging to navigate, tourists can even buy t-shirts with 'I survived the Magic Roundabout' on them. The much higher likelihood of a collision means that the multiple roundabouts designed around one large roundabout is something that's best avoided, but what happens if you do get involved in a crash that writes off your car? If repairs are going to cost you more than the car did, it's good to know that you can make some money from even very badly damaged cars in Swindon.
You’re looking for a part-exchange
Cars are expensive in Swindon. Not just to run and maintain, but just to get the keys in the first place! The average car prices in Swindon are higher than ever and rose by 130% in just 12 months. Of course, those high car prices mean that more people than ever are using their old cars as part-exchange on something newer, but that just means more people than ever are losing money. That's because part-exchanges rarely work out in the seller's favour. Going to a dealership or a private sale in the hopes of getting the real value of your old car is always a mistake, not just because you will inevitably get less than the value of your car. You'll also be at the mercy of the person selling you the new car. So if you want to go into a sale with more buying power and a clearer idea of your budget, getting cash for scrap cars in Swindon is the smart move, and we've seen more drivers than ever choosing this option instead of getting ripped off by target-focused car salespeople.
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Swindon scrap metal & scrap car prices
Being so close to Bristol means that scrap metal prices in Swindon are generally slightly higher than the national average. The high demand for scrap metal makes selling a car for scrap in Swindon a smart and profitable move.
Ferrous scrap metal per tonne
Always a good seller, steel is currently priced at £1540 per tonne. Iron remains high too, at £800 per tonne.
Scrap metal prices by month
Recent price increases mean that stainless steel is selling at £430 per tonne, while Aluminium is at £330 per tonne.
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The types of cars we scrap in Swindon
Don't keep your old car because you think it's not worth anything. Thanks to some common misconceptions and some bad advice from dodgy scrap yards in Swindon, many drivers think there's something stopping them from getting some good money for their old car.
Surprising outcomes for drivers
Our customers are always surprised when they realise how much their cars are worth. Using our instant quote calculator gives you a very clear of just how much value there is in your old vehicle. Old wrecks that would take more money to repair than the cost of buying a new car, cars that have been involved in an accident, or those that have been sitting outside in the wind, rain, and sun all year, can all be sold. We make selling even the most damaged cars in Swindon a hassle-free and profitable experience. Don't keep hold of an old car just because you think it's worthless, because it might be worth a lot more than you realised.
Failed MOT’s don’t stop us
When almost 35% of cars in Swindon fail their MOTs, there are a lot of households living with a car parked outside their home that can't be driven. If your car recently failed its MOT and you can't afford the cost of repairs, it can be hard to know what to do next. It can take a while to save up for those essential repairs, and your car can't be used until those repairs are made.
You can't even drive your vehicle to a scrap yard legally! That's why we have made it easier than ever to sell a car without an MOT in Swindon. Now, locals can find out how much their MOT-less car is worth using our instant quotes page, book a collection time, and get paid immediately. That money can then be used to buy a car that can be used!
Lost keys or documents? No problem
It's very easy to lose car keys, and trying to sell a car when you can't even get inside it, let alone start it, is always going to be tricky. It's little things like proving that a car is yours that can sometimes make it harder to sell a car, and a lost logbook is one of the top reasons why some motorists in Swindon keep hold of their old cars for longer than they'd prefer. The good news is that, thanks to our years of experience, we know exactly how to help. We liaise with the DVLA, get any replacement documents you need, and make sure that you are fully compliant with the law. And when we also do free car collection too, you know that you can relax as we do all of the hard work. If you want to sell a car in Swindon but you think it's impossible, contact us today and get a quote you won't believe.
Scrap car collection in Swindon
Selling a car is rarely fun, and it's made even more stressful in Swindon by the high number of people who come from outside the town to take advantage of the high sales prices of used cars. We take the hassle of selling and turn it into a convenient and fast experience with the best scrap yards in Swindon.
Our free service is ideal
If your car is dangerous to drive, it's failed its MOT, or you've declared it as SORN, then you can't drive it on the Swindon roads. If you do, you will be breaking the law (although you can drive without an MOT in specific cases). Our free scrap car removal in Swindon means that you don't have to risk driving because we come to you instead. That means no risk of being on the wrong side of the law. Also, because our car collection service is totally free, there will never be any hidden fees or last-minute valuation changes. Your car does not have to be parked on a public road either. It only needs to be parked in an accessible location, and the ground does need to be stable enough for our recovery vehicles. No matter where your car is parked or where it has broken down, we can collect it for free. When you book your free scrap car removal in Swindon, just let us know the postcode where your vehicle is and let us do the rest.
Set your collection time
It's never been easier or more stress-free to get rid of your old car and make some money from it. Head to our quotes page and put in a few details about your car. You'll then get your instant quote. If you're happy with it, simply book your collection date and time, and we do everything else. You don't have to drive it to us, and you don't even have to be there yourself when our vehicle recovery team arrives (although someone will have to be there with the paperwork). If you book a time and then realise you can't make it, simply reschedule, and our team will rearrange your free scrap car collection in Swindon around you.
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Average scrap car prices in Swindon
As Swindon continues to grow, and demand for recycled materials from local businesses and those in Reading and Bristol increases, scrap metal prices in Swindon also grow. That means drivers are getting a lot more for their old cars than they thought possible.
The top prices for scrap metal in Swindon
There are a few reasons why we pay the prices that delight our customers in Swindon. The first is because all of our scrap yards in Swindon are Authorised Treatment Facilities. That means they focus very specifically on recycling and on reusing as much of your old car as possible. That means more money for that car. They will also monitor in real-time the constant price fluctuations of the latest scrap metal prices in the town so that you will only ever get the best (and highest) car scrap prices in Swindon.
How is it worked out?
Of course, it's the weight of your car that will have the most impact on how much you'll get when you sell it to our scrap yards in Swindon.
All scrap yards buy used cars by their weight, so the bigger and heavier your car, the more it's worth. However, make and model is also important because there are some car parts that are in high demand. The more of your car that can be reused and recycled, the more it will be worth.
When you use a scrap yard in Swindon that is part of the Scrapi.com network, you can rest easy knowing that you aren't just getting the professional service that we're so proud of, but the best car scrap prices in Swindon too. There won't be any hidden costs, and we certainly won't try and haggle at the last minute! The price you're quoted is a price you can rely on, and we'll even do your paperwork for you too.
Average scrap car prices per vehicle in Swindon
If you want to scrap your car in Swindon at the best price, then it's simply a matter of heading to our instant quotes and page and typing in a few details. If you like the price, then just book your free collection and get paid.
The benefits to car recycling in Swindon
You don't just get the best car scrap prices in Swindon when you sell an old car to Scrapi.com. You also get the additional benefits of recycling because all of our partners are Authorised Treatment Facilities, and that's good news for the town and for everyone that calls it home.
Good for the environment
Green spaces are abundant in and around Swindon, and those spaces need to be protected if Swindon wants to continue attracting new residents and new businesses. With a stunning array of Victorian parks, multiple wildlife reserves, and three Areas of Outstanding Beauty, the environment of the town is hard to beat, but there is still work to be done. Currently, the air pollution in Swindon is causing more deaths than any other town or city in the south-west, and that needs to change. Already the council is working to become carbon-free, and you can help by getting your old, fuel-efficient car off the road while making some money from our car recyclers in Swindon. As those old cars are scrapped and disposed of responsibly, the air quality of Swindon can only improve. Access to nature is one of the most important things that locals reported as making Swindon a good place to live, and that needs to be protected.
Protecting local wildlife
It's not just the air and the green spaces that need to be protected in Swindon. The town and the surrounding areas are packed full of unique and glorious wildlife, and that needs to be kept safe too. House sparrows, tortoiseshell butterflies, hedgehogs, and local pond life all need to be protected from the ravages of development and waste. When you use a scrap yard that isn't part of the Scrapi.com network, you will have no idea what's going to happen to your old vehicle. Often, it will simply be sent to a landfill site and forgotten. There, it will continue to emit toxic fumes and harmful liquids that will cause long-term damage to the air and the soil of Swindon. That harms habitats, causes animal deaths, and kills off the potential for wildflowers to grow. When you recycle a car in Swindon with Scrapi.com, you know that your vehicle will be broken down, recycled, and reused and that the remainder will be disposed of in a way that is responsible and causes the least amount of harm to the local wildlife of your town.
Using finite resources
Mining causes an incredible amount of damage to the world, and it's not cheap either. When businesses are forced to rely on freshly mined materials, they have to pay considerable amounts of money on both the mining operation itself and the shipping costs. Those can be considerable, but when you recycle a car in Swindon, you are providing much easier and cheaper access to those materials. That means local businesses no longer have to go far to find what they need, and that means costs can be dramatically cut. While this has the bonus of boosting the local economy and reducing harm to the environment and the local wildlife, it also ensures that those businesses can grow faster. As local success stories for Swindon startups continue to dominate local and national news, more businesses will be drawn to the town, only helping the redevelopment and regeneration targets being set by both the council and by local residents.
Jobs and the economy
Swindon council have been very proactive when it comes to regeneration and the implementation of growth plans. For a more positive future that continues to see such rapid growth, it's vital that new businesses are attracted to the town. When you scrap a car in Swindon with a Scrapi.com partner, you aren't just improving the overall recycling rate of the town (which is becoming a primary motivator for business relocation), you're also making it easier for those businesses to access vital resources. That means their operational costs drop, which results in faster business growth. With that growth comes job creation, which can only mean more money circulating in the local shops and businesses, and the development of a more self-sustaining economy that will make the growth plans of Swindon easier and faster to achieve.
Car scrap yards in Swindon
Thanks to the high scrap metal prices in Swindon there are quite a few scrap yards in and around the town. The problem is that many of these yards are not professional and have little experience of how to provide the right level of service.
Our scrap yards are Authorised Treatment Facilities (ATF’s)
If your car is simply scrapped and sent to a landfill site, then it costs the council money in Landfill tax and causes serious harm to the environment. All of the car breakers in Swindon that make up the Scrapi.com network are officially registered Authorised Treatment Facilities. This means that they will always recycle what can be recycled and reused in your old car. That means that you're not just getting the highest scrap metal prices in Swindon, you're also getting that sense of community by helping to keep your town as sustainable as possible. Our partners will also be continuously monitoring the changing value of scrap metals in the town, which results in you getting the absolute highest price when you use one of our Swindon scrap yards.
It's easy to get confused about the process of selling a car for scrap. It's not made any easier by the high number of chancers in the industry, who are just as likely to rip you off or give you bad advice that can have long-term repercussions. We have seen lots of local drivers who have been told by scrap yards in Swindon that aren't part of the Scrapi.com network that it's perfectly fine to drive their SORNed vehicles to the yard. That means they are convincing you that it's ok to break the law. With our professional teams of car breakers in Swindon, you know that we have the years of experience and the industry knowledge to keep you safe and protected, and all while giving the hassle-free service and top scrap metal prices in Swindon.