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Car Take Back – Latest update on scrap car prices

According to Car Take Back’s most recent scrap car price update, the scrap car prices for June 2023 experienced a decline of 2% compared to May, resulting in an average value drop of £7. These figures mark the lowest prices observed throughout 2023. The primary reason behind this reduction in prices is attributed to the decrease in the value of scrap metal and catalytic converters.


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In June, the average scrap car price reached £320, representing an 11% decrease compared to the prices in June 2022, with a year-on-year drop of £38 to the average value. Nevertheless, the current prices remain above £300, and it’s worth noting that the value of individual cars varies depending on several factors.

Numerous factors influence the scrap value of a car, including the demand for scrap metal and reusable car parts, as well as the car’s make, model, age, weight, condition, and even its location.

Top cars scrapped in June:

June marks the sixth consecutive month where the Ford Focus was the most frequently scrapped car. In June, the average scrap value of a Ford Focus was £363.

Make & Model

May Average (£)

June Average (£)

Change (%)

Ford Focus




Vauxhall Corsa




Vauxhall Astra




Ford Fiesta




Vauxhall Zafira




Among the top five cars scrapped, all except for the Vauxhall Astra and the Ford Fiesta saw a decrease in value compared to the previous month. The Vauxhall Zafira experienced the most significant decrease of 7%. On the other hand, there’s good news for owners of old Ford Fiestas, as their value increased by 3%!

About the CarTakeBack Scrap Car Price Index:

The CarTakeBack Scrap Car Price Index is a dynamic monthly index that covers the past 13 months. It gets updated monthly, based on the scrap car prices paid at CarTakeBack recycling centres across the UK. Considering that cars come in various shapes and sizes, impacting their scrap value, the provided prices reflect the value of the average car. As a result, this index provides an excellent indication of the fluctuation in scrap car values from one month to another.


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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.

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