I had the rear half of a cooper in my mum's back garden which i used for panels.
Once i was done and left with just the boot floor, arch tubs and a few other bits all still welded together, i was going to cut it up and take it down the tip.
My mum said to put it out the front and it would be gone before i knew it. I didn't believe her but a few hours later, a chap with a tipper knocked on the door and asked if he could take it.
I couldn't believe it, that sort of thing never happened when i used to live there.
Thing is, when you have 'obvious' scrap, they will ask you but when it's something that is obviously not scrap and they know you will tell them no, they will take it without asking.
Shame man, but like the others have said, you won't see them again i'm afraid.