How to Avoid Fines When You Decide to Scrap an Old Car

car scrapping in process

The vehicle scrappage scheme introduced by the government in 2009 served as a crackdown on waste crime as it related to the continued use of old vehicles. Sanctions against pollution and inefficiency increased because of the need to tackle the adverse effects that carbon emissions were having on the environment.

Avoiding Fines

There are easy, environmentally friendly ways of getting rid of your old car. There are, for instance, plenty of companies that offer services for car scrappage. Remember that you should only bring your old cars to authorised treatment facilities (ATFs) to ensure that they are properly licensed and avoid the possibility of a fine.

You could get into trouble for selling your car to unauthorised scrapping companies as they do not have the environmental permit required to operate. These places will often patch up and sell cars instead of recycling them.

You also need to properly transfer the legal ownership of the car as soon as you can. Ensure that the paperwork is done properly. Otherwise, you will continue to be responsible for the fines and taxes associated with the car.

Continuing to use an old car

When deciding whether to continue using an old car or buying a new car, keep the car’s fuel efficiency and maintenance in mind. Old cars are generally less fuel efficient than new cars, and this will drive up your fuel expenses and increase carbon emission.

However, buying a new car isn’t always more environmentally friendly as they take up production resources and they might not be efficiently built.

Although maintaining an old car is usually cheaper than buying a new one; the older a car gets, the more likely it is that maintenance and repair costs will increase.

It is important to weigh the costs of buying a new car with those of maintaining an old one. As well as the financial considerations, which are of primary concern to most people, there are the environmental factors. Choosing to scrap your car and upgrade to a later model may initially prove costly. However, over time, benefits include increased savings from efficiency and lower maintenance and a substantial contribution towards a greener environment.