Shame­ful scrap

Car Mechanics (UK) - - Dealer’s Diary -

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’

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