The most scrapped car of 2023 revealed

THE Ford Focus was the most scrapped car in 2023, according to new data.

A survey by car publication, Autocar, has revealed almost 800,000 vehicles were destroyed between January and October – a fall of some 60,000 on the previous year.

And the Focus was the most scrapped car model, with more than 42,000 being scrapped, closely followed by the Vauxhall Astra and Vauxhall Corsa, which came in second and third place respectively.

The report also highlighted that twice as many cars and vans were registered in the UK when compared to the total that were scrapped during the same time period.

Family favourite, the Ford Focus, was the most scrapped car of 2023 up to October

Family favourite, the Ford Focus, was the most scrapped car of 2023 up to October

The top 10 most scrapped cars in the UK in 2023:

Ford Focus – 42,639
Vauxhall Astra – 35,578
Vauxhall Corsa – 34,405
Ford Fiesta – 32,935
Vauxhall Zafira – 26,898
Volkswagen Golf – 25,903
Renault Clio – 14,955
Ford Mondeo – 14,218
Volkswagen Polo – 13,722
BMW 3 Series – 13,642

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How to scrap a car in the UK


Scrapping a car usually happens when it is written off, or is beyond repair.

In order to scrap a car in the UK, you will need to contact a licenced Authorised Treatment Facility – or ATF – that is registered with the Environment agency in England, Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland.

The next step is to get a quote. Then, you will need to book a time and date – as well as provide proof of ownership and the reasoning for scrapping the vehicle, using your V5C Form.

On the day, make sure that you have removed all personal items from the vehicle before handing over the keys.

You will receive a Certificate of Destruction which will need to be provided to the DVLA.

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