How do i tell dvla i have scrapped my car

how do i tell dvla i have scrapped my car

How do i tell dvla i have scrapped my car

Scrapping a car can be a sensible solution when it has reached the end of its serviceable life and can’t be easily exchanged or sold. If you choose to scrap your car, you will need to notify the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) so that they can remove the vehicle from their records. This can be done either online or by post.

Notify DVLA Online

Notifying the DVLA about a vehicle that has been scrapped is simple and can be done entirely online. The website provides a clear and concise form that only requires a few pieces of information from the vehicle owner.

These include the name and address of the scrapyard or insurance company (if you have insurance write offs), the vehicle registration number, and the V5C logbook.

The 11-digit reference number from the V5 logbook is also required; this can be found in section four if the logbook was issued after April 2019 or section nine if it was issued before April 2019.

With these details entered into the form, the registered keeper can submit it and know that the DVLA has been properly notified about the vehicle’s status.

Inform DVLA By post

When you scrap your vehicle via a scrapping facility, you need to inform the DVLA by filling out section 4 of your vehicle registration document, known as the V5C logbook.

If your vehicle was registered before April 2019, you’ll need to fill out section 9 of the logbook. You’ll need to include the name and address of the scrapyard (Ask the scrap collector what name to put). Once you’ve posted it, the DVLA will send you a confirmation letter within four weeks.

You can find the DVLA’s address below.

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Why Do I tell the DVLA when I scrap my car?

One of the requirements for scrapped cars is to notify the DVLA. There are a few reasons for this.

Firstly, there may be outstanding tax or duty to pay on the vehicle. If you fail to declare your vehicle in the ‘Offer for Sale’ section of your V5C log book, you may face a fine of up to £1,000 with additional penalties possible.

Secondly, informing the DVLA ensures that the vehicle is removed from the road and registered as scrapped, preventing it from being used illegally.

Finally, it allows the DVLA to update their records and avoid sending you any future correspondence relating to the vehicle.

So, while it may seem like an unnecessary step, informing the DVLA when you scrap your car is actually a legal requirement.

What if I don’t have my V5C logbook?

If you have misplaced your logbook you can apply for a replacement logbook which will cost £25. Scrapping a car without a logbook can also be done by notifying the DVLA by recorded post.

Please explain in your letter that you have transferred the vehicle to a scrap car dealer or authorised treatment facility – and include your name and address, the vehicle’s registration number and vehicle’s details, the sale date, and the name, address and vehicle registration postcode, along with the name, address and VAT company number of the scrap car dealer who collected your vehicle.

You may not have this information until collection time, so it’s worth printing or writing your letter first so you can just fill in the details such as the vat number when they become available.

The letter should be sent to:

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Does the DVLA notify me when they receive notification that I’ve scrapped my car?

The DVLA will notify you when they receive notification that you have scrapped your car. A letter will be sent to you saying you are no longer the legal owner of the vehicle. Please keep this letter for future reference. You may want to call the DVLA if you have not received this letter within four weeks of your first contact with them. You should also check your email inbox for a confirmation from the DVLA if you provided them with your email address.

Will the DVLA cancel my car tax and give a car tax refund

When you cancel your vehicle tax, the DVLA will refund any whole months of road tax that you have left to pay and your direct debit will be cancelled. They calculate this from the day they receive your notice of cancellation. So, if you want to get a refund, it’s best to let them know of the exact date your car was scrapped as soon as possible. You can cancel your vehicle tax online, or by post.

What happens if you don’t tell the DVLA i have scrapped my car

Many people are unaware that failing to update your owner details for your vehicle can result in a fine of up to £1,000. It is essential that you complete the necessary paperwork when you scrap your car in order to avoid such fines.

Additionally, there are some instances where vehicle owners have been automatically fined for offences they’re not actually liable for. For example, if the DVLA’s computer system thinks the car is untaxed – but is still registered in your name, you may receive a penalty in the post.

The collection driver that picks up your car will be happy to assist if you’re not confident filling out your paperwork. Therefore, it is important to be aware of these potential penalties and take the necessary steps to avoid them.

Notify the DVLA if my car has been written of by my insurance company

If you’ve been in an accident and your car has suffered a lot of damage, it might be written off by the insurance company. This means the insurance company has deemed it beyond economic repair.

Depending on the extent of the damage, your car could legally be returned to the road, but in some cases it must be scrapped. If this is the case, your insurance company will usually go through this process on your behalf.

However, you can apply to have the registration number taken off the vehicle if you want to keep it, and must tell the DVLA the vehicle is a write-off. You should also send the V5C to your insurance company, keeping the yellow ‘sell, transfer or part-exchange your vehicle to the motor trade’ section.

The information you will need is

  • Insurance company’s name and address
  • Your car reg number
  • The 11 digit ref number from the yellow sell slip

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