Until you have a damaged car or van, or an insurance write-off, you may never have had to ask, ‘What are salvage cars?‘
Put simply, a salvage car is a term used to describe a vehicle that has been damaged and can no longer be used on the UK’s roads.
This does not mean that it’s a scrap car because a salvage car has not been damaged enough for it to be dismantled and recycled.
The aim of a salvage car, and the reason why they are worth more than scrap cars and vans, is that they can be fixed and be made road legal once more.
There is a strong demand from potential buyers wanting salvage cars because they are much cheaper to buy and the cost of repairs will vary to make them roadworthy.
Selling a salvage car
However, for anybody selling a salvage car, you need to appreciate that there are four categories that cover damaged cars in the UK.
Two of these categories focus on salvage cars and two describe scrap cars and you need to be aware of which category that your car will fit into as this will affect the price.
- Category A: This is the category for those cars that have sustained lots of damage and are only suitable for scrapping. No parts will be salvaged from Category A scrap cars.
- Category B: While a Category B car or van will have also sustained lots of damage, some car parts can be recycled, unlike Category A, so they can be reused in other cars.
- Category S: This is for those salvage cars that can be repaired and returned to the road, but the cost of the repairs will be much higher than the vehicle is worth.
- Category N: These cars and vans will be non-structurally repairable and can be returned to the roads. They will still need lots of repairs, which can prove costly, but the repair costs will be lower than the vehicle’s value.
Tips for selling salvage cars
If you are confused about which of these categories your car may fall into, or you need tips for selling salvage cars, then you should contact the Compare My Scrap Car team.
That’s because they have years of experience in the car scrapping and salvage industry and with a network of more than 120 agents, they can find the best price for you.
Their service is free and easy to use and in just a few minutes you will be able to find out how much your salvage car is worth to a potential buyer.
Once you accept the price, then the agent will arrange for a free collection and you will be paid directly into your bank account.
For more information about ‘What are salvage cars?’, then you need to contact the experts at Compare My Scrap Car or use the free online no-obligation quoting service.