It was commented upon recently how the problem of abandoned cars that used to litter our streets seemed to have have been resolved. Now we have the fuels price problem and 'Joe Public' long urged to abandon that Chelsea Tractor - jumbo 'Beemer' may be at last taking the hint. But who will buy his big 'un? A lady friend recent recently was bemoaning her thirsty car and considering trading in for a smaller one Until it was pointed out it would take a long time to 'pay off' the price difference with saved fuel biils. And would the dealer take them? Are we about to see another plague of abandoned cars 'Stolen and burned' in the streets?
Some friends of mine had their Nissan Micra explode last week and they phoned up a few places to remove it from their drive. They all offered £40 and the chap that collected it said that all the scrap cars go straight to China.
Many years ago my dad had a Lada, one day a big guy came to the door & offered him £500 for it.
Seeing as it was worth a shade over 20 quid my dad took the money, and handed over the keys.
About 20 minutes later a car transporter came to the house & removed the car.
Some weeks later I was watching an episode of Panarama and there was a piece about how some Russian guys had bought up a load of Ladas, loaded them on cargo ship took them to Russia for use as spares. Then there was a video showing the ship, the Russians were stripping the cars down on the ship & chucking the crap overboard. I'm almost certain I saw my dad's bumper sail over the edge into the North Sea...
At once upon a time, it use to cost the vehicle owner or the council to dispose of a vehicle. Around my neck of the woods, the car breakers will give £100 for collection, and £120 if you deliver.
Even the young kids have got on the act, by asking people if they want to get rid of their old cars or MOT failures, and offering £50 for them. They then make a call to the breakers, and pocket the difference. Now thats enterprise for you :O)