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Abandoned cars, thing of the past - stokie
Remember a few years ago when abandoning a car was the most cost-effective way to dispose of it? Some streets in London were favourite dumping grounds IIRC.

Has the high value of scrap reduced that problem? Are those streets now tidier?

On a similar theme last time I visited an auction the cheapest car was £25 for a Sierra with 2 months MOT. What's the cheapest any of you auction regulars see now?
Abandoned cars, thing of the past - L'escargot
......... the cheapest car was £25
for a Sierra with 2 months MOT.


Wow! I paid that much for my first car, a 20 year-old Wolseley 14, way back in 1956!
Abandoned cars, thing of the past - nick
Surely at £25 it's worth more as scrap?
Abandoned cars, thing of the past - pendulum
Surely at £25 it's worth more as scrap?


You probably have buyers fees on top. I have seen cars sell at auction for £40 or so but by the time you have added all the fees it is nearer £150.
Abandoned cars, thing of the past - Victorbox
It is only about 4 years ago it would cost you £50 to scrap a car now you can get £50 - £100 to scrap it. Around here the local yards seem to be dragging all sorts out of barns & ditches. I've seem some very mossy green 1960's Austin 1100's & the like going into the local yard that look like they've been in the wood for years.
Abandoned cars, thing of the past - nick
Even a farmer I know has been dragging old rusty machinery out and calling the scrap man, prices must be good.
Abandoned cars, thing of the past - Niallster
Niall takes his scrap vehicle to the scrapman.

Scrapman sucks teeth 'well I'll take it off your hand, can't give you anything for it, no demand you see'.
Abandoned cars, thing of the past - normd2
my local scrappy will pay £120 to collect or £160 if delivered to him - that's where the Rover is going if no-one buys it. :(
Abandoned cars, thing of the past - defender
£150 per ton at local scrappie ,but take the catalyser off and sell it seperately ,
it is worth another £50 ,you must however take the tyres back to get the best price
Abandoned cars, thing of the past - Hamsafar
At work, we have an old rotting Skoda Felicia van which a scrap yard will pay us £30 for and collect, there are no parts on it worth anything, it's all made of bakerlite and rust. About 8 years ago, I think they would have charged £30 to take away.
Abandoned cars, thing of the past - ifithelps
Seen two cases of pinching lead from a roof at the court in the last month - haven't seen crimes like that for years.

Also stories of road signs and manhole/drain covers stolen for scrap.

Metal values are high partly due to ever rising demand from China, apparently.

Reassuring to know the criminal fraternity keep a watchful eye on international commodity prices.

Abandoned cars, thing of the past - Ian (Cape Town)
Our local villains are nicking anything metalic, even if it IS nailed down...
The latest trick is to nick a tractor, or similar, and pull out 500 yards or so of of underground cabling, then selling it to unscrupulous dealers for the copper content.
Motoring link to this? Try driving home at night with no street lights or traffic lights, due to 'cable theft'.

Also, our local airport was closed down for 24 hrs a while back after tealeafs nicked cabling which supplied the landing light system.
Abandoned cars, thing of the past - Pugugly
I was shooting today with a guy (some clays not little birdies) today who is a manager at a fencing company - two things were discussed the doubling of steel prices in five months and the company's contract to supply fencing of a particular type to new-build South African prisons which are popping up like mushrooms !

Edited by Pugugly on 25/06/2008 at 19:57

Abandoned cars, thing of the past - ifithelps
Aah, fencing, that's another one to add to lead from roofs.

The Tyne and Wear Metro is struggling to replace fencing fast enough that has been stolen for scrap.
Abandoned cars, thing of the past - L'escargot
I still see lots of evidence on rural roads of cars having been abandoned and then set on fire resulting in a burnt/melted patch on the road surface.
Abandoned cars, thing of the past - martint123
I still see lots of evidence on rural roads of cars having been abandoned and
then set on fire resulting in a burnt/melted patch on the road surface.


I think that's more to destroy evidence in a nicked car rather than getting rid of an unwanted one.

Unless they were Renaults and then it could be spontaneous combustion.

Edited by martint123 on 25/06/2008 at 13:53

Abandoned cars, thing of the past - SpamCan61 {P}
There's a regular ad. from a scrappie in the Bournemouth Echo these days advising they will pay 1100 quid a ton for 304 stainless steel (not a lot of that in cars I guess - De Lorean?) and 900 quid for aluminium.

Nice to think the bangernomics Omega on my drive is now appreciating in value ... slowly.
Abandoned cars, thing of the past - JH
S
that's just the value of what's in the tank going up! :-)
JH
Abandoned cars, thing of the past - John S
Going back more years than I care to remember a car was dumped outside my technical college in SE London The students stripped it to the shell in days. Very little left for the council to remove. These days, would they have been praised for recycling?

JS
Abandoned cars, thing of the past - Pebble
I live in a street that is perfect for people looking to abandon a car--short (two blocks long), quiet, little traffic, out of the way. Thus, in the year and a half I've lived here, there has been at least one abandoned car moldering away at all times, sometimes more than one. Latest one was a white Chevy Cavalier coupe. And, if you go out in the desert outside of town there are many more, just left at random, many of them burned.
Abandoned cars, thing of the past - oilrag
Seen yesterday, old car parked up just off an M1 roundabout. `Scrap cars wanted` on the side and a mobile phone number. Never seen that before.

Edited by oilrag on 13/07/2008 at 16:39

 

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