We’ve built our reputation in the Dulwich area on the quality of our metal recycling services. In more recent times, we’ve reinforced that reputation by offering a scrap car collection service across South East London. Correctly anticipating the price scrap metal merchants will pay for an end-of-life vehicle depends heavily on several factors, from the supply and demand levels of the sector itself to the rarity of salvaged parts that some scrap yards resell.
Most scrap metal merchants have basic criteria for determining the worth of non-runners, MOT failures and accident-damaged vehicles. Take the value of the scrap metal content as an example. A motorist in Dulwich with a smaller car, such as a KA or a Fiesta, will receive a lower payment than the owner of a larger model, like a Land Rover or an LCV.
This is because larger vehicles are heavier and ultimately have a higher scrap metal value.
The location of the chosen scrap metal merchants also makes a difference to the price paid for scrap cars. The further buyers have to travel to collect an end-of-life vehicle, the more they deduct from the scrap value to cover their costs. A seller in Dulwich, which is less than three miles from our yard in Sydenham, will receive a better price for a scrap car than somebody who lives further away – maybe outside of the South East London area.
Wherever possible, Sydenham Scrap Metals tries to beat other local dealers on price.
Our industry has an increasing number of buyers looking for scrap cars. Many of them are not traditional scrap metal merchants as such, but purchasers of new and end-of-life vehicles with multiple branches and dominant online presences. In our experience, we find that a small handful of these traders pay the lowest prices and have very little experience in the scrap metal sector. Ultimately, they pass ELVs down to companies like our own anyway.
By cutting out the middleman, motorists in the Dulwich area give themselves a much better chance of securing a higher price and getting more value for money from their scrap cars.
Our scrap metal merchants make payments in three different ways:
Due to changes in the Scrap Dealers Metal Act in 2013, we do not make cash payments.
Sydenham Scrap Metals makes the entire process of scrapping a car as simple as possible. To avoid complications, and to ensure faster payment, we require the following documents:
*Not essential but preferred.
Scrap metal merchants in Dulwich and the surrounding areas cannot scrap cars without a V5, which is verification of ownership. This prevents unauthorised sales and stops instances of car or metal theft – two major concerns our industry fights against tirelessly for the benefit of traders and the public. We advise that you always treat companies that accept scrap cars without the required V5 paperwork with more than just an element of caution.
You never know what’s going to happen with your ELV once you leave the yard.
On the subject of paperwork, we complete all required DVLA documentation on your behalf when collecting scrap cars for the Dulwich area. We even dispatch the completed forms to Swansea so you don’t have to. Before buying end-of-life vehicles, our scrap metal merchants ask that you provide us with a form of photographic ID such as a passport or driving licence.
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