The Volvo S40 car is built like a tank. When I had mine it felt really safe to drive. I did have an accident in my Volvo once. Someone crashed into the back of me while I was stationary, waiting to pull out from a junction. My Volvo never had any damage at all, where as the other persons car, A Ford Escort, was pretty smashed to bits at the front. That’s when I knew for certain that Volvo’s really are tough cars. However, you would be surprised to know that the Volvo S40 isn’t actually that heavy for what it is.
Take into consideration that a tiny Ford KA weighs under a Ton and then look at the weight of the 1996 – 2004 Volvo, which is generally just over 1200 kg. For the size difference, substantial feel, and huge advantages in terms of safety features that the Volvo has there is not that much difference in weight. You would think there would be more difference. Sadly, this is not good news for Volvo S40 owners who want to scrap their car. Obviously, the price to scrap a Volvo S40 is more then scrapping a For KA but not really as much as one would expect for a much bigger car.
Ford KA crap Value is around £70 – £120. Volvo S40 1996 – 2004 Scrap Value is around £140 – £190. So not too bad I suppose. But, as I have said in another post, you can get more money for a Ford KA by selling it on eBay or Gumtree rather then taking it to a scrap yard. The same goes for the Volvo S40. Gumtree or eBay will get you more money then the scrap value. Another method for getting more money for your S40 is by breaking it down for spares. Volvo parts are expensive. Front headlights, the VVT Pulley, other engine parts, Alloy wheels, Bonnet, and a lot of other spares are very sought after. So breaking down the car for spares could be an option if you want to get more money. Then after the car has been stripped you could still scrap the cars shell, get the scrap buyer to collect it, and make some extra money from that.
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Of course, breaking a car for spares is time consuming and can be a hassle. Space is also an issue. So only do it if you have some spare time on your hands and don’t mind dealing with people, or posting items off if selling your spares online. Selling the Volvo on eBay, Gumtree, or even posting it on a Volvo forum can definitely get you more money then the scrap value. My own Volvo S40 1.8 (2000) had a broken clutch slave cylinder, non working air conditioning, short MOT, and a tire that was constantly going flat. Despite all this I still got £550 for it by posting it on a Volvo forum.
I think I was lucky because after looking on Autotrader at Volvo’s that were around the same age and mileage as mine (Over 100K) I was shocked to find out that you can pick up a really nice example for £600 – £800. Saying that, my Volvo did have BBS alloy wheels and a genuine Volvo engine rather then the Mitsubishi one that is riddled with problems.
Still, if I would have scrapped my Volvo the quality of the engine would have made no difference at all to the price they would offer. And the alloys wouldn’t add much either. So £550 instead of the £160 I was offered in scrap value is a much better price for a broken, but still drivable Volvo then if I would had scrapped it. Just consider your options before scrapping. Most will bring you more money. Obviously if you have a totally battered S40 then maybe scrapping it is the way to go.
So why are nice used examples of the model of Volvo so cheap to buy. I think one of the reasons is the huge rise in petrol prices. Most Volvo S40’s in the £600 -£800 price range are all petrol and the 1.6, 1.8, and 2.0 aren’t very fuel efficient compared to a lot of other cars. Specially some of the newer cars. One of the reasons for me getting rid of my own Volvo was it’s insurance group. An X reg 1.8i Volvo S40 is an insurance group 10. There are quite a few saloon / spacious cars that are in much lower insurance groups, and as a result are much cheaper to insure.