There’s mixed information online about whether or not dismantlers will scrap a car without wheels – so here, we’ll explain in a little more detail about whether or not you can scrap a car with no wheels using Car.co.uk.
Collecting cars with no wheels
Unfortunately, we do not scrap cars with no wheels. In fact, you’re likely to find it difficult to track down any scrap dealer that can scrap a car without wheels. This is down to the different equipment needed – while all scrap dealers have a recovery vehicle with a high-powered winch, very few have the type of crane needed to physically lift a car onto their vehicle.
As such, keeping the wheels on your vehicle is important if you plan to scrap it. It’s not impossible to find a scrap dealer with a crane, but since they’re few and far between, the small selection may mean you end up getting a very low price – and you may find you simply cannot locate a firm with a crane locally.
Selling aftermarket alloy wheels
One of the most common aftermarket upgrades people make to their cars is the addition of different alloy wheels. Since new alloys are often expensive, many people choose to sell them separately if they need to scrap their car.
If you’ve got aftermarket alloys and want to sell them, you’re welcome to do so – although we do ask that you replace them with the wheels that were supplied on the vehicle. Don’t worry if the tyres are illegal or the hubcaps are missing – our dismantler will just need to be able to get the car onto their vehicle.
Does missing wheels change the price I’m offered?
As we’ve already mentioned, we cannot move a vehicle that doesn’t have wheels – but if you’re still hoping to scrap a car without wheels – or even if your wheels have been stolen – you might find that the price you’re offered is significantly lower than you’re expecting.
Well – there are two reasons. Firstly, a dismantler would need to use a specialist crane to recover the car. Since very few scrap yards have this kind of mobile crane, you’ll be limiting your quotes to the small handful of scrap dealers that do – and it’ll take far longer to make sure the car is safely lifted.
The second reason comes down to weight. Wheels and tyres are quite heavy – and since the value of your car is based around how much it weighs, you’ll understandably get a lower price if heavy parts are missing.
In short, you’ll get a far better price if you leave your wheels on – and you might find it’s virtually impossible to scrap your car without them.
What happens if your tyres are damaged or missing?
Although missing wheels will cause a problem if you’re planning to scrap your car, missing or damaged tyres aren’t as much of a problem for our well-equipped collection partners.
We don’t expect our customer’s cars to be in top condition, so if your tyres are flat, punctured, damaged, or illegally low on tread – don’t worry. As long as your car can roll, it can be winched onto a recovery truck; so the condition your tyres are in won’t impact picking the car up. What’s more, since the value of a scrap vehicle is based on how much it weighs, flat or damaged tyres don’t tend to alter the price.