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When To Scrap A Car?

Published: 4 September 2023

Recognizing It’s Time to Scrap A Car

In many ways, owning an automobile is like owning a nice leather jacket or a pair of comfortable shoes: over time, you become so accustomed to that “perfect fit” that you just can’t bring yourself to part with the item! This accounts for closets full of ratty old jackets, shoes filled with holes, and garages filled with old scrap cars that should have been thrown out years, if not decades ago. When it comes to scrapping a car, practicality should trump emotional attachment- unless you have space on your property for a car museum. As well, your car will give you some not-so-subtle signs it’s ready to be scrapped, like habitual repairs that cost more than the car is worth, or an accident that has rendered your car undriveable. 

Simple Math: Scrap A Car ⇒ Repairs > Value

The average lifespan of a car is roughly ten years. The weather and road conditions you drive under, as well as the general wear and tear you routinely subject your car to, will determine how soon and how frequently in your car’s life you’ll consistently need repairs. For example, if you work from home in a temperate environment and rarely leave your house, your car should not experience problems until late in its lifespan. However, if you’re an UberEats driver in a city filled with snow and potholes half the year round, expect to be on a first-name basis with your mechanic. 

Although effecting repairs on your car is to be expected as an owner, if you’re visiting your mechanic more than the grocery store or your repairs are totalling more per year than your car is worth, you need to seriously consider scrapping your car. After all, at this point, your car is nothing more than a black hole sucking in time and money. It makes infinitely more sense to scrap a car and use the money for a downpayment on a new one. 

Scrap A Car When It Can’t Be Sold

There are several other reasons scrapping a car may be a car owner’s only option to get rid of it for a profit.

For one, scrapping a car is infinitely easier than selling it privately. Rather than spending time and money altering your car to have it look its best for ads, crafting the ad itself, and meeting with a slew of prospective buyers, simply log on to Scrapy‘s website, input the details of your car, receive your quote, and schedule your free towing date- it’s quick, easy, painless, and profitable!

Another reason to scrap a car may be the fact that it is damaged beyond repair. If you’ve been in an accident that has rendered your car undrivable, it makes good financial sense to sell it for scrap rather than keep it collecting dust in your garage. As well, your car may not even be worth enough to a prospective buyer due to age and/or condition. In that case, it’s better to sell it for scrap and make some money than to hold on to it for no reason at all!

Don’t wait any longer- contact Scrapy today to turn your scrap car into cash!