Rust and be thankless

I have a 1992 FIAT Uno that I have owned for about 12 years. It failed its MOT a couple of years ago and has been SORN on our drive ever since, awaiting the rust remedy that never came. I rubbed my hands with glee at the prospect of it suddenly being worth £2,000 towards a new car but, as I read now, cars must have a valid MOT (and insurance - which it doesn't). Is it now only destined for the crusher? A friend mentioned that its number plate (J49 DGC) may be worth something - seems unlikely to me. As you can probably tell, my husband and I have been badly "credit crunched" and need any possible financial benefit from this old banger.

Asked on 1 August 2009 by

Answered by Honest John
If you can get it MoT'd then some dealers will accept it as a scrapper.
Unfortunately ridiculous late additions to qualify for the government’s £1,000 are that the car must be taxed and insured on the date the deal is struck, making it difficult for the seller to reclaim VED.
Dear Honest John,

Please help me choose my next car. I would like it to have:
    Select a few terms below
Similar questions
I am due to take my old car to a dealer in the next few weeks (under the government scrappage scheme) and until seeing a letter from a reader had assumed the unused tax disc amount could be claimed by...
I would like to replace my current car but want to keep within the low emissions band and also have a limited budget. I have been looking at the Hyundai i10 and KIA Picanto Chill, and would be grateful...
My daughter's car has been on a SORN for a couple of years and is not covered by any insurance. She wants to take it for an MOT in order to trade-in on Nissan's extended scrappage scheme (worth £2000 off...
Related models
Practical car for those on a tight budget, 'Fire' engines will run and run if looked after, tidy design, in a 1980s kind of way, lived on as Petit Taxis in Morocco


Value my car