If you want to have your car scrapped, there are two basic options. You can either post an add on a site like Gumtree, or you can reach out to a car recycling website. Though it’s entirely possible to have a positive experience through Gumtree, it isn’t altogether likely. Here are just a few important reasons to go through an authorised website.
Let’s go ahead and start with the most compelling benefit that comes with using a professional scrapping service. You’ll go onto their website yourself, enter the relevant details of your vehicle, and then receive a quote instantly. When you go through Gumtree, you’re often going to need to haggle, and, frankly, the person trying to pick up your vehicle will probably try their best to get it for much less than it’s actually worth. Unless you really know your way around a vehicle, you’re going to get more money by using a professional service.
People tend to think scrapping is easier than it is. However, many steps need to be taken for a vehicle to be recycled efficiently and effectively. For example, all fluids must be properly drained. When you go through an online scrapper, you’ll be able to check out their credentials to ensure they follow the right steps. You never know who’s going to contact you on Gumtree, so you don’t know they’ll scrap your vehicle properly.
Additionally, you might not be able to check whether whoever contacts you is properly licensed. Since 2005, the law has stated that any car to be scrapped must go to an Authorised Treatment Facility and that all scrapyards must have a licence from either the Environment Agency or the Scottish Environment Protection Agency.
Finally, keep in mind that going through Gumtree is going to be a bit of a hassle. Whoever contacts you may want to see the vehicle before they take it away, and they may even make you bring it in yourself. A car recycling website gets pretty much all the information they need from the answers you provide, and they’re usually able to send someone out to collect the vehicle on the very same day you get in contact.