If your old banger has reached the end of its life, you don't have to pay for its proper disposal any more.
From January 1, car manufacturers have had to pick up the bill for the proper environmental decommissioning of cars. This includes draining fluids from the engine and transmission and firing airbags.
Although the End of Life Vehicle Directive which introduces the move has been in force since 2003, owners have had to carry the cost of disposal until this year.
Over recent years, dips in the value of scrap metal values and the added cost of environmental disposal means owners were having to pay to their get rid of their old cars.
This led to big increases in the number of cars dumped by the roadside, with figures from the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs showing this peaked at nearly 300,000 cars a year.
With more material than ever being recovered from old cars, it is possible that you may now be paid for you car if you take it to an authorised disposal yard, however. For a list of authorised disposal facilities click here.
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