Motoring: New Life Abroad for Old Cars; European Law Could See Whole Vehicles Which Are Due to Be Scrapped in UK or Their Stripped Parts Sold Overseas

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Byline: Robin Roberts

OLD CARS due to be scrapped in the UK could be pensioned off to a new life abroad, according to the latest CAP Grey Book. It is suggesting that when the End of Vehicle Life law is passed that some vehicles may be exported whole or parts stripped out and then sent abroad for refurbishment or rebuilding.

Old bus engines currently command good prices in China, for example, says the price guide used to value cars not directly imported by car makers themselves.

The grey car importers are facing a potentially massive bill if they are legally forced to take back and dispose of models they first imported and sold in the UK.

They would have to take legal responsibility for the cars under the European EVL law being drafted now and expected to become law in four years.

Car makers have already accepted they will have to process old cars they sold but they have resisted legislation to also dispose of models they did not sell themselves but that were brought into the UK by the grey dealers.

In the 1980s and 90s, the grey car dealers offered models at cheaper prices than the main importers and sometimes included models which were never sold in the UK.

No one knows precisely how many grey cars are now on UK roads but the number is thought to run into tens of thousands.

Many will have changed hands several times before they are due to be disposed off and the grey dealers are concerned about picking up the bill for scrapping them. …