Looking for a Scrap Yard in Southend-on-Sea?

Finding a scrap yard for your vehicle can be stressful. You obviously want the best deal possible when parting with your car for the last time.

A few weeks back my beloved 1998 1.6L Ford Focus started stuttering a little. The previous week I had seen the oil light flicker on and off intermittently so I had the oil replaced just incase. I began wondering if maybe we’d used the wrong type of oil for the engine, but knowing that it was due an MOT in the very near future I put my worries to the back of my mind and left it to experts.

The results of the MOT were dire to say the least. A blown exhaust causing the emissions to fail and a hole in the engine the size of a small football. At least that explained where all the oil was disappearing to!

Basically, the cost of the work needed to fix my Ford Focus far outweighed what the vehicle was worth, and with a flick of the mechanics eyebrow, my cars fate had been sealed. This article is a true account of my experiences when looking for a scrap yard in Southend-on-Sea, Essex in April 2013 and how I would rate each scrap yard for service, friendliness and advice.

“Total Car Collection” - 2/10

My first point of call was Google. Which suggested that I give TotalCarCollection.com a call. The guy who answered the call immediately gave me the impression he couldn’t be bothered to talk to me let alone scrap my car. He asked how many people I had called before him, upon informing him that he was my first responded “oh well i don’t think you’ll really get that much for a Ford Focus collected, but we’ll do it for £100”. AVOID

“Benfleet Scrap” - 6/10

BenfleetScrap.co.uk was recommended to me by a friend who had recently scrapped a similar Focus just one year older. I gave them a call and was quoted £180 if i delivered the car to Benfleet. This seemed far more reasonable than the previous offer however there was a downside to this. They can only pay you by cheque for the car or put the payment onto a debit card in the vehicle owners name which means the cash isn’t instantly available.

“Kirbys” - 8/10

CWJ Kirby Scrap Metal Merchants was another recommendation, this time from a work colleague who happens to live in Rochford, Southend. I called them and they offered me the same deal as Benfleet Scrap, £180 if i delivered my car to them, but Kirbys would pay cash which makes it seem a far more attractive deal. I settled with scrapping my car at Kirbys until I realised my Ford Focus had completely died and I couldn’t get it off the drive.

“Rochford Scrap” 9/10

Whilst struggling to get my car to start, a neighbour approached me and asked if i needed any help. I told him that I had been trying to scrap my car but couldn’t get it started, so he took out his phone and immediately called Rochford Scrap. After speaking briefly to a very helpful lady I was quoted £175 cash and my car would be collected at 1pm that day. I couldn’t say no! The guy turned up dead on time, was friendly, helpful and winched my car away without a bit of fuss. From my experience I feel that Rochford Scrap is the best scrap yard in Southend and I would have no hesitation in recommending them.

Another friend of mine had also scrapped a similar year Ford Focus as mine, they claim to have received £250 cash for collection, but they can’t remember the name of the company they used, just that they were found in the Southend Evening Echo newspaper.
Looking for a Scrap Yard in Southend-on-Sea? Looking for a Scrap Yard in Southend-on-Sea? Reviewed by Hayley Reeve on Monday, April 15, 2013 Rating: 5

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