During the first quarter of 2020 scrap car prices were negatively impacted. As you may have expected, they dropped more dramatically during the first national lockdown period, but as restrictions eased in the summer, prices increased and continued to do so for the remainder of the year.
The average scrap car value in 2019 was £134 and despite the dramatic drop in Spring 2020, the year’s average rose by 19% to a value of £160.
A similar trend can be seen from January to February in both years, with a slight drop to prices month on month. From March, 2020 obviously didn’t follow the same trend until the last quarter of the year when, as in 2019, prices rose to the highest they had been all year by December.
More 15 year old cars were bought for scrap than any other age, with the overall majority being aged between 12 and 18 years, as we would expect.
We scrapped more Ford vehicles in 2020 than any other makes, with Vauxhall and Peugeot in second and third positions respectively. The top five models scrapped were Ford Focus, Vauxhall Corsa, Ford Fiesta, Vauxhall Astra and Peugeot 206. Being popular cars on the road, there’s no major surprises here.
More silver cars were scrapped than any other colour vehicle. As you can see, grey has come in at number 5 and demonstrates the popularity of this colour paintwork that started around 10 years ago.
Of the vehicles scrapped in 2020, 71% were petrol and 29% were diesel. Interestingly we did see more hybrid and electric vehicles recycled, at around 1% of our total figures.