Can I get cash for my old car?

If you sell your car as scrap in England, Wales or Scotland you will be paid by cheque or electronic transfer.

You may still be paid using cash in Northern Ireland, although many recycling centres prefer the security of paying by cheque or electronic transfer.

If you have a preference, you'll have the chance to discuss this before you hand over your car.

The restriction on paying cash is due to The Scrap Metal Dealers Act in England and Wales and The Air Weapon and Licensing Act in Scotland.


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