Essential information for end of life vehicle dismantling, depollution and recycling


CarTakeBack 2020 Scrap Car Price Review

CarTakeBack reviews scrap car prices over the past year and disclose the ages and types of vehicles brought into their network in 2020.


2020 Scrap Car Prices

During the first quarter of 2020, scrap car prices were negatively impacted. As you may have expected, they dropped more dramatically during the first national lockdown period, but as restrictions eased in the summer, prices increased and continued to do so for the remainder of the year.

Scrap Car Prices – 2020 Compared to 2019

CarTakeBack 2020 Scrap Car Price Review p

The average scrap car value in 2019 was £134 and despite the dramatic drop in Spring 2020, the year’s average rose by 19% to a value of £160.

A similar trend can be seen from January to February in both years, with a slight drop to prices month on month. From March 2020 obviously didn’t follow the same trend until the last quarter of the year when, as in 2019, prices rose to the highest they had been all year by December.

Ages and Types of Cars Scrapped in 2020

CarTakeBack 2020 Scrap Car Price Review p two

More 15-year-old cars were bought for scrap than any other age, with the overall majority being aged between 12 and 18 years, as we would expect.

We scrapped more Ford vehicles in 2020 than any other makes, with Vauxhall and Peugeot in second and third positions respectively. The top five models scrapped were Ford Focus, Vauxhall Corsa, Ford Fiesta, Vauxhall Astra and Peugeot 206. Being popular cars on the road, there are no major surprises here.

More silver cars were scrapped than any other colour vehicle. As you can see, grey has come in at number 5 and demonstrates the popularity of this colour paintwork that started around 10 years ago.

Of the vehicles scrapped in 2020, 71% were petrol and 29% were diesel. Interestingly we did see more hybrid and electric vehicles recycled, at around 1% of our total figures.

Visit CarTakeBack


SYNETIQ April 2023 M

More News


ATF Professional is produced by ARW- Group LTD, which is registered in England and Wales with Company Number 14914439

The views and opinions expressed on ATF Professional are solely those of the original authors and other contributors. These views and opinions do not necessarily represent those of the editor, publisher or staff of ATF Professional.


01432 355099

© All rights reserved

Owain Griffiths

Owain Griffiths

Head of Circular Economy at Volvo Cars

Owain joined Volvo Cars in June 2021 to lead Circular Economy in the Global Sustainability Team. The company has committed to being a circular business by 2040 and has financial, recycled content and CO2 based targets for 2025, all of which Owain is working across the company to make happen. Owain previously worked for circular economy consultancy Oakdene Hollins where he advised businesses on evidence led circular economy implementation. 

Turning into a circular business and the importance of vehicle reuse and recycling.

The presentation will cover the work Volvo Cars is doing to achieve 2025 but mainly focus on the transformational work towards 2040 and the business and value chain changes being considered. Attention will be paid to the way vehicles are being dealt with at the end of life and the complexities of closing material and component loops. Opportunities and challenges which Volvo Cars is facing will be presented including engagement with 3rd parties and increasing pressure from stakeholders.

e2e awards logo

e2e Total Loss Vehicle Management [e2e] is the UK’s only salvage and automotive recycling network with nationwide, environmentally compliant sites delivering performance resilience and service reliability to the insurance and fleet markets.  The network’s online salvage auction drives strong salvage resale values and faster sales.  e2e’s salvage clients have access to the network’s stocks of over 5 million quality graded, warranty assured reclaimed parts. 

The power of the network model means e2e has the ability to influence industry standards and is committed to continually raising the bar whilst redefining the role and perceived value of the salvage operator.  Network members adhere to robust service level agreements, against which they are audited, in order to ensure performance consistency and a market leading customer experience.  

The salvage and recycling operating environment is evolving rapidly, and e2e is anticipating, listening and responding to changing market needs.  Regulatory compliance, ESG, reclaimed parts, customer experience, EVs, new vehicle technologies, data and reputation risk are just some of many considerations linked to the procurement of salvage services.  e2e will drive further added value to clients and members through the adoption and application of emerging technologies, continuing to differentiate its proposition and position salvage services as a professional partnership. 

New Client Special Offer

20% Off

Aenean leo ligulaconsequat vitae, eleifend acer neque sed ipsum. Nam quam nunc, blandit vel, tempus.