How to save time and money getting rid of a broken down car

Having a car breakdown is never easy, especially when the cost of repair means you have to write it off. Hopefully it is not a newly bought car that broke down. If that’s the case, Sotera Anderson Law Office specialists know how to protect consumers who have unknowingly purchased a car that does not function properly. But when you’re a working mother it is even trickier as the process of finding a reliable scrap yard is time consuming and you can’t be sure you’ll get the best value for your car.

In addition the costs of sending your car to an unreliable scrap yard might well be more than you expect. Whilst reputable breakers will notify the DVLA of the change of ownership and give you a Certificate of Destruction on receipt of your car, others won’t.

Illegal scrap dealers have been known to do a number of dangerous and potentially costly crimes. Risks include selling on your number plates to another owner so that speeding tickets and other fines accumulated by the driver find their way to your doorstep. They will also take dangerous cars and put them back on the roads, posing a risk to the drivers and other road users.

The other risk is environmental, cars contain several hazardous substances, for example battery acid, brake fluid and oil are all poisonous, if a scrap car is left to rot then these fluids can leak into the ground. Similarly many cars have mercury switches fitted, which if broken can allow the highly toxic mercury to escape posing a risk to all around.

However there is good news. If you send the car to an Authorised Treatment Facility (or ATF the jargon for a legal scrapyard) then most parts of the car such as windows, tyres and the chassis will be recycled. In addition those parts which haven’t suffered too much wear and tear can be removed and reused. In fact it is now a legal obligation for UK scrap yards to recycle 85% of each car and in 2015 that will go up to 95%. ATF’s also ensure that all hazardous material is properly disposed of.

However a careful Google search should reveal agents who will take your car to a scrap yard and pay you for the scrap. However you should make sure that whichever agency you choose is licensed by the DVLA for car disposal and if it has been approved by one or more of the big car manufacturers. These measures should help ensure peace of mind, save you time and money and help ensure that the world your children grow up in is a greener and pleasanter one.

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