I’ve scrapped a couple of cars lately. It broke my heart, but there’s no interest in older stuff, as I’ve documented here enough times.
The first one I reported on in the last issue – a tidy Punto Mk2 weighed-in for £130 as it needed a new clutch. The alternator was removed and sold on before it was cubed. The second was a Karmann Ghia cabriolet – a modern classic. Admittedly, the Megane wasn’t Karmann Ghia’s finest hour, but still, it looked good and drove well.
An electrical fault killed it off. Despite offering it to the owner’s club for less than scrap, there was no interest. It got me £135.
What surprised me was the scrapmen’s attitude, complaining about us living in a disposable society. That’s right, they were moaning about the high quality and volume of the stuff being weighed-in.
Naturally, there were Renaults up to the ying-yang, but also 10-year-old Scenics, 15-year-old Audis, and rakes and rakes of Corsas and Fiestas, all with MOTS. People these days either can’t or won’t take a punt on a cheap old car – or find cash to fix them.
It was sickening to see the quality of the cars and the lost opportunity they presented for cheap motoring. Again, you’ve guessed it, PCPS are taking the place of a Haynes manual and a weekend of fettling.
A 55-plate five-door Fiesta with alloys, taxed and tested, was brought in as scrap, while the owner took out an online PCP for a new Corsa at £149 down and £149 PCM with road tax and breakdown cover included. If you’re not interested in cars, why would you mess around?
I suppose choice is a fine thing and one that I never had – it was either a banger or a bus pass. Now that I’ve got the choice, though, I’m still a banger man.
‘People won’t take a punt on a cheap old car’