How to scrap a car
How to scrap your car
When you have an unwanted vehicle or you have an end of life vehicle, you must get it scrapped by an authorised treatment facility (ATF) or a scrap car dealer working on behalf of an authorised treatment facility (ATF) who has a licence for scrapping cars. All authorised treatment facilities must have a licence issued by the Environment Agency or Scottish Environment Protection Agency to ensure that scrapped vehicles don’t harm the environment
If you have a private car registration plate on your car and you want to keep it you will need to apply to the DVLA by Online applications or postal applications. The cost is £80. It is necessary to have the vehicle’s log book (V5C). Postal applications are required if the vehicle is not in your name. You can use one of the following methods to apply
Retaining your private number plate online
If your vehicle does not require an inspection, the car reg will be removed immediately. The car reg can be assigned to another vehicle after you’ve applied to have it removed – just use the reference number you receive.
Retaining your private number plate by post
Send the following to the DVLA:
- a V317 ‘transfer or retain a vehicle registration number’ form – the address is on the form
- The vehicle’s log book (V5C) or green ‘new keeper’ slip with a completed V62 ‘application for a vehicle registration certificate V5C’
- The £80 transfer fee
To find scrap dealers, you can either: search online, ask friends and family for recommendations, or look up local businesses in the phone book. Once you have a list of potential salvage buyers, contact multiple scrap yards in your area and ask for an instant quote using your vehicle’s details. When you’ve agreed on the best price, you can book your vehicle in to be scrapped at an exact date & time. If you still have valid insurance, tax and mot you can drop your car off at the scrap car dealer but if you do not you should arrange for them to collect it from you. Most scrap car dealers will provide this service for free.
Once the scrap your car collection team has arrived, you will need to give them the V5 registration document. However, you should retain and complete section 9 of the V5C document (or section 4 on V5Cs issued after April 2019) and send it to the DVLA. If you have lost your logbook and don’t have your vehicle registration number, you will need to write to the DVLA and inform them that your car has been scrapped. Don’t forget to provide your contact information, along with your used cars registration number and the car manufacturers make and model. Additionally, you need to include the name and address of the scrap car dealer who scrapped your vehicle as well as the date of scrapping. Following these steps is necessary as it’s against the law not to notify the DVLA of your scrapped car; fines of up to £1000 could result.
The scrap car dealer will then pay you the guaranteed agreed price for your car, but it is important to only accept payment by bank transfer or cheque. It is against the law to accept cash payments for a car scrapping in England and Wales.
Once you have sold your car, the ATF will send you a Certificate of Destruction within seven days. This certificate is proof that your car has been scrapped and is no longer roadworthy. Once you have this certificate, you can then cancel your car insurance and MOT. If you have any remaining months of tax these will be refunded to you
Selling your own car can be a quick and easy way to get rid of an old car that you no longer need.
What should you take off a car before scrapping
Scrapping your car can be a great way to get rid of an old vehicle that’s taking up space in your garage. But before you do, there are a few things you’ll need to take care of.
First, make sure to remove all your personal belongings from the car. This includes anything in the glove compartment, trunk or under the seats.
Next, you’ll want to remove any valuable car parts, as well as any aftermarket car parts such as alloy rims, entertainment systems & body kits. These can typically be sold separately from the rest of the vehicle.
Once you’ve done that, gather up all the documentation you’ll need, including the registration and proof of insurance.
Then, cancel your car insurance policy and road tax.
Finally, you can remove the number plates from the car if you want to keep them through the vehicle licensing agency. If there are any non-metal parts that are valuable, you may also want to remove them before scrapping the rest of the vehicle.
By following these steps, you can ensure that the scrapping process is as hassle-free as possible.
Scrap your vehicle and keep parts from it
If you’re planning on removing car parts from your vehicle before you scrap it, you need to let the DVLA know that the vehicle will be off the road while you’re taking the parts. The vehicle must be kept off the road for the duration of the process – for example, in a garage, on a drive or on private land. This is called Registering your vehicle as off the road (SORN). Once you’ve completed the process of removing parts from the vehicle, you can follow the steps below to scrap it. If you don’t tell the DVLA that the vehicle is off the road while you’re removing parts from it, you may be liable for legal action.
If you want to keep the registration number, you must apply for its removal. When you are done using your car tools to take parts from your vehicle, scrap it using a scrap car dealer. If you take off vital parts from scrap cars, such as the engine, transmission, bodywork, or wheels, the scrap dealer may offer a lower price.
You should give the scrap car dealer the vehicle logbook (V5C), but remove the yellow ‘sell, transfer, or part-exchange section.
Send the yellow ‘sell, transfer, or part-exchange section to the DVLA.
What documents do you need to scrap a car?
If you’re looking to scrap your car, there are a few things you’ll need to keep in mind. First and foremost, you’ll always be required to produce photo identification such as a valid driving license or passport, as well as proof of where you live in the form of an up to date household bill with your address on it. We will keep these documents on file as the Scrap Metal Dealers Act of 2013 requires all dealers to maintain copies of these documents. If you have it available, you will need the V5 registration document which provides essential information about your vehicle in one place but if you have lost your V5 registration document you can notify the DVLA that you have scrapped your car by sending them a letter.
Who handles the paperwork when scrapping a vehicle?
When it comes to scrapping a vehicle, there is a lot of paperwork that needs to be filled out in order to properly process the transaction. who handles this paperwork depends on a few different factors.
If you have any remaining tax or insurance on the car, it is best for you to handle the paperwork so that you can get proper refunds. Please follow our guide on can I claim back road tax if i scrap my car
To find out what paperwork you need and who fills it out please follow our guide on who handles the paperwork when scrapping a vehicle
In either case, we will need some basic information from you in order to properly process the transaction and ensure that everything is handled correctly such as your photo id and a utilty bill.
Scrapping a vehicle can be a bit of a hassle, but we will do everything we can to make the process as smooth and easy as possible for you.
How long does it take to scrap a vehicle online?
You can easily and quickly scrap your car with our team and get a fantastic service along the way. Our efficient service will take your car to be scrapped and recycled responsibly, as well as pay you for it. However, I hear you asking, “How long will it take to scrap my car?”
- Contact us with a few details (5mins)
- Book a free collection (2 to 4 hours)
- Clean out your car (5 minutes)
- Pick up by our recovery vehicle (10 minutes)
- Fast payment (5 minutes)
How to scrap an insurance write off
If your vehicle is damaged in an accident and you need to claim on your insurance, there are a few things you need to be aware of. First, your insurance company will decide if the vehicle should be written off or not. If they determine that it should be written off there are several Write-off categories that will determine how the car can be used. To see all of the insurance categories please look at our guide on can I scrap an insurance write off
Your insurance company will usually deal with getting the vehicle scrapped for you. but you will still need to follow the following steps set out above.
How much is my scrap car worth
When you have an old car that you no longer want or need, you may be wondering how much it’s worth. The scrap value of a car is largely based on its weight, as well as its age and the car manufacturer’s make and model. If the car is complete and all parts are in working order, it will be worth more than if it’s missing parts or doesn’t run. The best way to find out how much scrap cars are worth is to contact a local car scrapping company. They will be able to give you an estimate based on the current market value of scrap metal. Keep in mind that the actual value may be higher or lower than the estimate, depending on the current market conditions.
Where can I scrap my car for the most money?
If you’re looking to get the most money for your scrap vehicle, there are a few things you can do to maximize your earnings. First, check scrap metal prices daily and get quotes from multiple dealers to ensure you’re getting the best price. Second, if you live close to a scrap dealer, they may be willing to offer a higher price since they won’t have to incur the travel costs. Finally, dealers typically offer more competitive prices early in the month; so try to scrap your car at the beginning of the month. By following these tips, you may be able to get the most money for your scrap car.
Scrap a vehicle that’s registered abroad
Scraping a vehicle that is registered abroad can be done through most scrap car dealers in the UK. There are, however, a few things you need to be aware of before taking this step. First and foremost, you will need to make sure you complete the registration document from the country the car is from. This document will indicate that the car has been scrapped and will need to be sent back to the issuing authority. Secondly, you will need to obtain a notification from the scrap yard confirming they have disposed of your car. Lastly, in some countries, it is expected that you return your number plates and cancel your insurance before scrapping the vehicle. Following these steps will ensure the process runs smoothly.
How to check if a car is scrapped
When you sell your car to be scrapped, the scrap yard will issue you with a certificate of destruction. This certificate is proof that you have given up ownership of the car and allowed it to be scrapped. You must also notify the DVLA, once the car has been scrapped. You will receive confirmation within four weeks that they have received notification of the car being scrapped. You can also check CarDotCheck which issues a scrap car report based on your car registration number that the vehicle (car or motorbike) has been scrapped or issued for destruction.
Be wary of unscrupulous scrap car dealers
Below are some of the common tricks that are used by unscrupulous scrap car dealers.
- Pay cash in hand
- No Certificate of Destruction
- Questionable Quotations
- Steal your car Without Payment