14th Jun, 2019
You don’t have to be a petrol-head as such to enjoy a good vintage car. But there’s a big difference between having a vintage car that’s getting older and richer with age, and a worthless scrap car that’s just taking up space in your garage or driveway.
Now, we’re definitely not going to get all judgemental here at Scrap Car Network – there are all sorts of reasons why people might choose to scrap their cars. They could be sentimental, gifted from a friend or relative, or the owner could be waiting for just the right market conditions to scrap it. Some might even be planning a DIY restoration, a task which never quite seems to happen. We’ve talked before about the emotional attachments that people can form with their cars, which is why they can be a lot harder to let go of. But trust us – you must. Here are a few reasons why!
Now, this might depend on exactly what state of disrepair your car is in, but for most people this will be reason enough! A neglected car rarely looks fantastic, even if it’s not quite the rusting, decaying hulks you might see by some roadsides. It’s about more than aesthetics, though; scrap cars obviously require quite a bit of space to store, whether that’s on your drive or in your garage. If you own another vehicle, or you ever have visitors, it can prove itself quite the obstacle.
Nobody likes to see a dirty kitchen when they’re viewing a property for sale, and for the same reasons, nobody likes to see a neglected scrap car either – even if you’re taking it with you when you leave. The key thing to remember is that this could have a negative effect on not just your property, but on your entire local area. That means if any of your neighbours are trying to sell their homes, it could quickly make you highly unpopular, even if you’re planning on staying put!
This is quite a big one, especially with older cars or ones that have been involved in accidents. Old rusting cars can have seriously sharp edges, with big potential for causing serious injuries. If the injured parties are unlucky enough, these could require stitches or even a tetanus shot. Equally, peeling paint and leaking fluids can pose major health hazards, as these are extremely toxic when uncontrolled. Then there’s the fire hazard posed by leaking oils… really, it’s quite a long list! Not only do these present physical threats, but legal ones as well. This is because…
Though not a guarantee, leaving your scrap car in a state of disrepair for weeks or months at a time can open you up to Occupier’s Liability, under English Tort Law. Lots of people aren’t particularly well versed in tort law, which is understandable – it’s a civil law, which aren’t quite as clear-cut in the public’s mind as many criminal ones.
Basically, Occupier’s Liability rests upon the notion that an ‘occupier’ who invites others onto their private land – or who has trespassers – has a minimum duty of care. Yes, even to trespassers! It might sound ridiculous, but it’s an old law with very clear stipulations. If someone injures themselves on your property, for example by cutting themselves on a rusting scrap car, you could bear the responsibility. Obviously, it’s best not to give them the opportunity! And sadly, it’s a scenario that may be more likely than you think, as…
A scrap car left abandoned long enough, even if it’s right outside your home, can attract all sorts of undesirables. Most of these won’t be human – they can include insects, mice, rats, or stray dogs and cats. If you’re particularly unlucky, your scrap car might be targeted by vandals or thieves looking to snap up some easy pickings with car parts. The consequences aren’t quite as devastating as they’d normally be if you were still regularly using the car, but the fact remains that damaged or missing parts can have a serious impact on the vehicle’s final scrap car price.
Even with all these factors in mind, sometimes people can still put off scrapping their car for months at a time, purely because of the sheer amount of hassle that the prospect entails. Happily, that’s where we come in here at Scrap Car Network. We’ve made it as fast, easy and simple as possible to scrap your car. All you have to do is enter your car reg and postcode to see an instant online valuation of your car!