Scrap My Volvo

close up of the logo on a red volvo car

Hailing from Sweden, Volvo pride themselves on both reliability and safety. The first company to implement an airbag for pedestrians (under the bonnet of their 2012 V40 model), the Scandinavians have been making cars for almost 100 years and have single-handedly revolutionised various aspects of vehicle design. Three-point seatbelts? That was Volvo, who even waived their patent rights so everybody could use it.

But things can go wrong on British roads, so what happens when a Volvo is involved in a nasty accident or finally succumbs to years of wear and tear? In those situations, it’s often better to simply scrap the car and put the money you earn from the sale towards something new.

Reasons Volvos Are Scrapped

Scrap Cars For Cash will help you sell any car as scrap or salvage, no matter what state it’s in – it doesn’t even need to start! Therefore, we see Volvos coming through our system for a variety of reasons. Accident damage is one of the most common causes of a trip to the crusher, with Volvos doing an excellent job of protecting their occupants, but suffering their own damage just as any other car would. If it’s deemed an insurance write-off, the repair costs outweigh the value of the Volvo, so unless you’re particularly attached to your motor or have money burning a hole in your pocket, scrapping is likely to be the best choice in this situation.

Wear and tear over time can also chip away at a car’s reliability, and with the average age of a scrapped car being 14 years, ageing Volvos are sure to give you significant problems in their twilight years. When it reaches the point that you’re having to keep money aside in case of emergency repairs, or to help the vehicle scrape through its MOT certification for another 12 months, it’s probably time to profit from selling it as scrap before buying something newer.

Scrap Volvo Value

It can be a tough decision to scrap your old Volvo. Some people become extremely attached to their cars, but it’s inevitable that one day, it’s time will come. We’d love to be able to give you a concrete figure to expect when you sell your car as scrap or salvage, but unfortunately it’s not possible as each individual Volvo is as unique as the VIN number on its dashboard.

However, the main factor that contributes to the scrap value of your Volvo is its weight. The heavier a vehicle is, the higher the starting point of your quoted offer. That’s because scrap buyers deal in raw metal, and big cars are made of more. The value of metal fluctuates from day to day, so our teams keep an eye firmly on the market trends to ensure you’re never being offered less than what your Volvo is worth.

Don’t fear, V40 drivers. Other factors can bump up the value of your car, like the age and mileage, plus the overall condition. A run-down SC40 may end up fetching less than a pristine hatchback that’s been written off due to crash damage on one part of the vehicle, thanks to the salvageability of the smaller car. Any parts that remain in good working order can be stripped out from a vehicle before it’s sent to the crusher, potentially adding to the value and closing the gap between those bulky SUVs. If your Volvo can be used for salvage, Scrap Cars For Cash will adjust your quote accordingly.

Can I scrap my Electric Volvo?

Yes, you can scrap any kind of vehicle, and this includes electric cars. In fact, you may find that your electric Volvo fetches a higher price, due to the added materials. For example, electric vehicles contain higher quantities of copper, which could bump up your overall scrap value. Plus, electric car batteries are worth a fair bit due to the fact that they’re in high demand but short supply.

Most Scrapped Volvos

A huge number of Volvo’s have come through our doors at Scrap Cars For Cash over the past six months, and we’ve taken a look at the figures surrounding the Swedish manufacturer’s alphanumeric models. Unlike some of the other brands that we’ve analysed, Volvo’s numbers are much closer, with no particular model running away with the ‘most scrapped’ crown. However, the S40 just edges it, with the V70 less than 1% behind.

S40 17.61
V70 16.92
V50 14.01
XC90 10.64
V40 9.08
S60 8.22
C30 5.15
S80 4.74
C70 3.44
Other 10.19

The colour statistics are far more predictable, at least for those of you who’ve curiously checked out our pages for other makes and models. Silver Volvos are scrapped the most, with blue and black close behind.

Down the bottom, the more out-there colours are present, with the exception of pink. Not a single pink Volvo has found itself on our system within the last six months!

Silver 23.23
Blue 20.64
Black 15.58
Grey 13.54
Green 9.09
Red 8.33
White 3.84
Gold 2.99
Purple 1.09
Other 1.67

More Volvos were salvaged than outright scrapped, but the figures are a little bit closer than with some other manufacturer’s cars. While 95% of every car that comes to us is legally required to be recycled – that goes for salvage or scrap – it’s always better for us to salvage as many parts of a car as possible, no matter what make or model it is.

Disposal Method % of all Volvos Scrapped or Salvaged
Salvage 64
Scrap 36

If your Volvo is ready for the scrap heap, we at Scrap Cars For Cash can help you find the best price to sell it to one of our licensed and trusted Authorised Treatment Facilities (ATFs). The process, from first consultation to cash in your bank, will only take a matter of days, and due to our vast network of buyers all across the country, we can even arrange collection at no extra cost, no matter where you are. So, call 08443 761 020 or complete our online valuation form found above to find out just how much your Volvo could be worth as scrap or salvage today.