How to Scrap an Automobile?

Posted by Brad Parsons, 02-02-2013
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Every machine has a lifespan of its optimum performance, and an automobile is no exception to this rule. Your car may be the picture of efficiency during this lifespan, but if it is stretched beyond that, it could very well turn into a liability, or even worse, a junker. You might hold on to your car during its downhill phase, but eventually the sentimental aspect will be overcome by the expenditure incurred for its repair and maintenance that will surely pile up. So if you wish to hold onto the fond memories of a vehicle that has served you for many long years, it is best to dispose of it when the first signs of aging become evident.

There are two ways to dispose of an automobile; either it can be sold intact as a secondhand vehicle in one of the many renowned auto-trading websites, or it can be thoroughly dismantled and each part sold at the scrap yard. A suggestion is to exhaust the first option, and only if the car cannot be sold intact, put the second option into motion.

Once you have decided that scrapping your auto is the right decision, you can start preparing your automobile for scrapping in your backyard or any open space in close vicinity.

Scrapping of an automobile begins by unplugging all the electric wires and connections, then draining out hazardous liquids like oil, gas, transmission fluid, and so on. Parts connected to electric wires like motors, the starter, the alternator, and the battery are removed and set aside because the scrap yard treats them as separate entities. Next, the tires are removed, preferably after having been filled with air. After that comes the catalytic converter. Removing the catalytic converter might be a little tricky but it is nothing that cannot be achieved with caution and care. Last of all, you can remove the auto glass, and with this final touch, your automobile has been stripped of each and every useful part that can fetch a bit of cash.

When you decide to scrap your automobile, you must free yourself from the ownership of the vehicle. This is taken care of by acquiring a certificate of destruction (DVLA). When scrapping an automobile, it is important to conduct the process in an eco-friendly manner, ensure that the skeleton is recycled with responsibility, with a registered scrap yard selected for the purpose.

Contact our team at Matter Management for a free consultation to determine whether or not scrapping your car is the right decision!