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CarTakeBack Scrap Car Price Update July 2021

Scrap car prices are up 56% compared with the same time last year according to CarTakeBack.


After 13 months of increases, this month CarTakeBack report a slight drop, of just 3%, to the average value of scrap cars from their network of ATFs. June saw the highest values in recent months, and just a 3% drop in July means that the prices are still the second-highest seen in 2021.

Though month on month prices fell in July, year on year prices were still up by 56% compared to those in July 2020. It’s unknown as to whether prices will continue to decrease further into August.

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Top Cars Scrapped in July
The most scrapped car at CarTakeBack ATFs in July was again the Ford Focus, which makes it 13 months at the top spot! Though average scrap prices fell by 3% overall, the average price for a Ford Focus actually increased by 3% compared to June 2021.

About the CarTakeBack Scrap Car Price Index
The CarTakeBack Scrap Car Price Index is a rolling monthly index covering the last 13 months. It’s updated monthly using the prices paid for scrap cars at CarTakeBack recycling centres throughout the UK. The prices are shown as a percentage, using the first month as the base price.
We’ve taken into account that cars come in all shapes and sizes, which has an effect on their scrap value, by adjusting the prices to show what the average car would be worth. This means that the index gives a great indication of the movement in the value of scrap cars from one month to another.


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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.