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At what point do you scrap a car?

Discussion in 'Motors' started by Bounce, 23 Sep 2020.

  1. The Running Man


    Joined: 18 Oct 2002

    Posts: 36,264

    Location: block 16, cell 12

    Not with auto gearboxes they wont
  2. vanpeebles


    Joined: 22 Aug 2004

    Posts: 7,606

    Also there will be no engine, and two oxen pulling it.
  3. fonzee


    Joined: 23 Jun 2005

    Posts: 5,297

    Location: Cornwall

    You forgot about the 1.9 xud.

    Rumour has it not a single one died.:p
  4. Tinders


    Joined: 1 Jul 2003

    Posts: 5,516

    Location: There's a voice that keeps on calling me.

    Is that the original MK1 yaris then, that auto box was also the MMT, ie manual with actuators. The MK1 was reliable but it feels a really really old car, we have a MK1 and a MK2 in the family, and its a night and day difference. You would be lucky to get 12-1300 for it, more like half that.
  5. DarrenM343


    Joined: 19 Oct 2008

    Posts: 5,604

    My 2004 Mk1 runabout just passed its MOT again this year. Few years ago had to replace a wheel bearing and seems to eat windscreen wipers, having to replace them usually once a year due to splitting but they're only cheap.

    Already mentioned above but I'd consider cost of repairs vs how long likely to be able to keep the car on the road vs cost to replace it with a much newer car. & then depreciation of a higher value var. £600 isn't bad if can keep the car for another 2 or 3 years+
  6. IC3


    Joined: 3 Dec 2011

    Posts: 9,566

    All those bits you mentioned in your post can be done in a day on a driveway, parts won't be much from places like autodoc either.

    If you don't want to do it or just want an excuse for a new car, put it on eBay auction stating all the things you know that are wrong with it, to cover yourself and see what happens? My mate bought his little brother a car this way, the guy got more than scrap value and he got a 1 owner car that just needed a few bits changing.
  7. Acme


    Joined: 29 Jul 2011

    Posts: 35,436

    Location: In my chair.

    Roughly when it becomes an appealing prospective purchase for me. :D

    In seriousness though, unless it has a blown front shock and a blown rear shock, it doesn't need all four replacing. They are replaced in pairs. You could also cheap out and replace just the blown one with a second hand shock from a breaker.

    I also doubt it needs a whole exhaust replacing. It probably needs a piece of it replacing, or maybe just a small hole migging up.

    Tyres don't come into it.

    Ridiculous idea to scrap it for those reasons if that is all thats wrong with it. You say its worth £1200 and might cost £500 to fix, and scrap value is about £150? How do the maths even begin to add up in a way that makes scrapping it seem like a sensible idea? :p
    Last edited: 28 Sep 2020
  8. phil675


    Joined: 15 Jan 2005

    Posts: 4,525

    Location: UK

    Get shocks from a scrappy. Got a 2005 Avensis with 132k miles, bought it 4 years ago, it was 1 owner from new who serviced it at Toyota every year. I just change the oil and filter annually, it's never given me any trouble at MOT until a spring had a small piece missing at the bottom. Go to scrapyard, £30 for a shock+spring, fit myself in an hour. It looks awful and the steering is getting a bit woolly but otherwise runs fine, these cars will last forever.
  9. Bounce

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 22 Dec 2011

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    Location: Stoke-on-Trent

    The garage has come back and said they can repair it all for £300.

    So we've gone ahead with the repairs.
  10. Ninco!

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 8 Jul 2014

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    Location: Surrey

    My station car was a trusty 1.6 Focus. A fabulous car, freezing cold mornings - started every time, and never missed a beat. The only thing that got me to scrap was rust. :(

    I miss it now and definitely agree I would keep hold of the car you know.
  11. Dave M


    Joined: 17 Oct 2002

    Posts: 5,537

    Good to hear, sounds like the right decision - scrapping it to buy a similar value car (1000-1500) could easily throw up worse bills in the next 12 months and there's really no financial sense in spending 4-5k on a car to avoid a few hundred pounds of consumable repairs (shocks, exhaust are also consumables - just longer lived, like clutches and turbos).

    I guess to answer the question - the time to scrap a car is when you're bored of it and want something new. Or it's French with electrical gremlins :D