UK Scrap Cars

About the average scrap car in the UK...

Scrap cars in the UK

Our network of car recyclers have scrapped over 7.5 million vehicles, so we know a thing or two about scrap cars! Since we were established in 2005, the average scrap car has changed. Here’s all the latest stats about the average scrap car…

How many cars are scrapped in the UK?

On average in the UK, close to a million cars are scrapped each year! When a car is scrapped a Certificate of Destruction is issued by the recycler, this process notifies DVLA that the car is no longer on the road. Data from DVLA shows that in 2023 over 880,000 vehicles were deregistered.

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What is an average scrap car in the UK?

The below is based on data from cars scrapped with CarTakeBack in 2023

Scrap car age

Cars scrapped in the UK are on average 17 years old

Scrap car colour

Over a quarter of all cars scrapped in the UK are silver

Scrap car model

The most frequently scrapped car in the UK is the Ford Focus

Scrap car fuel

60% of cars scrapped in the UK are fuelled by petrol

Average scrap prices throughout 2023

What is the average price of a scrap car in the UK?

In 2023 the average price for a scrap car was £316 with CarTakeBack.

2023 saw strong scrap car prices throughout the first half of the year, with a high in April of almost £350. Then followed a gradual decline in prices, with the last few months of the year levelling out and averaging £270.

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