Cars are very important possessions in every day life.
Practically, they are the preferred method by which one travels daily to their workplace or to visit their friends and family.
Culturally, they take on significance too, and they are possessions that people purchase to represent their social status. Depending on certain factors – such as the condition of rush hour traffic in a town, the price of petrol, and the cost and effectiveness of public transport – a car can be the best way to travel for the majority of people who can afford one.
They offer the owner a genuine sense of strong independence, and people have been known to think of their cars with as much affection as they think of their friends. However sad this might sound, and however damming it is on modern culture it might be, it is undeniably true.
A car is a cherished luxury item – or it certainly can be, anyway – and the differences between each make and model of car represent this fact. If the car was a functional possession only then there would not be as many choices as there are. These factors all contribute to the thought of (for some people) seeing a sign with ‘cars for scrap’ written on it being a very bad thought indeed. When the cherished possession needs scrapping it can be a sad day for the car owner.
I would never be one to consider a car as a friend, but when my car broke down recently there was still a scent of lingering sadness at the idea of having to scrap it. It lay lifeless on the driveway and, as I walked past it on my way to work and then again on the way home from work, I reminded myself that I must soon deal with the car. I needed to find a place that takes cars for scrap or something else. I did some research.
As with a lot of areas of modern life, there are many choices with a lot of the decisions in our lives. If one wants to lose weight then there are a number of different recommendations of exercise regimes and diets to choose from. If one wants to choose a political party to vote for, a football team to cheer for, or a hobby to fill up a few spare hours, then there are a number of varied choices, and that is true too concerning cars for scrap. It used to be the case that there seemed to be little choice regarding this decision. If a car couldn’t be repaired it was taken to a scrapyard. This is still an option, but there are many more as well.
I could have it taken to a scrapyard, dismantle the vehicle myself and sell each part privately, have the local council take the vehicle from my driveway, or have a charity do it and raise some money for good causes in the process. Each choice is different, and one should research each to discover which one best suits them.
Guest posts written by Jack Brucs