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Scrap Car Price Update December 2019

CarTakeBack provides their scrap car price index for December 2019.


At CarTakeBack, the prices on offer for scrap cars in December were the highest they’ve seen in 2019.

After seeing a rise last month, the upward trend continued into the festive season, prices increased in December by 2% compared to November. Prices for scrap cars in December 2019 are also on top compared to those in December 2018, 8% higher.

CarTakeBack - Scrap Car Price Index December 2019

About CarTakeBack’s Scrap Car Price Index


Here is CarTakeBack’s overview of how scrap car prices fared in 2019…

January saw the year in with a frosty start, a drop to scrap prices which continued into February. March gave the company a spring in their step as they reported an increase to scrap car prices of 4% putting things ahead of where they were at the start of 2019. Prices continued to rise in April and May, then prices levelled out in June, July until the summer holidays arrived and a drop was seen. The August drop to prices continued into September and October. November saw things get back on top and that rise continued into December. Overall the scrap car prices in each month in 2019 were higher than those seen in the same month in 2018.

Check out CarTakeBack’s previous scrap car price updates

2019 Scrap Car Prices


More 15 year old cars were bought for scrap than any other age, with most cars being aged between 12 and 18 years.

CarTakeBack scrapped more Ford vehicles than any other make of car, with Vauxhall and Peugeot in second and third positions. The top three models scrapped were the Ford Focus, Vauxhall Corsa and the Peugeot 206.

More silver cars were scrapped than any other colour vehicle. There aren’t many pink cars out there, we only scrapped 12 pink vehicles in 2019!

Of the vehicles scrapped, 72% were petrol and 28% were diesel.

CaeTakeBack scrap car statistics 2019

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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.