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Are you looking to scrap your car? Our car scrap team offers a quick, easy and hassle-free service. We will buy your car from you no matter where you’re located in Essex or London. Simply fill out our online quote form entering your email address, car registration and the other vehicle’s details or give us a call on 07944 495 495 and we’ll get back to you as soon as possible.

We’ll give you a valuation for your vehicle and, once you’ve accepted it, we’ll pay you and then come and collect your car. It couldn’t be simpler! We believe in providing the best prices with no hidden charges, which is why we offer free collection regardless of its location.

We also take care of all the paperwork for you, so you can be reassured that everything is being dealt with efficiently and correctly. So if you’re looking to scrap your car, we are the perfect solution. Get in touch today!

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Wondering how to scrap your car

We understand that scrapping a cars can be daunting. That’s why we make it our mission to provide a quick, easy, and friendly scrap car collection service. We offer free scrap car collection from any location across Essex & London, and we’ll even help the buyer with the official paperwork.

We pride ourselves on being the leading scrap car comparison service in the UK, and we’re committed to providing the best possible service to our customers. So if you’re looking for further help on how to scrap your car, carry on reading or contact us today for a free quote.

Read our Scrap Car reviews

Tony BarnesTony Barnes
16:53 10 Apr 22
Quick and easy, smooth collection with updates along the way. Also turns out someone had stolen the catalytic converter from my car, but Scrap Car Kings still took it away (with a fair lower price). Thank you!
Paul MullenderPaul Mullender
17:36 28 Jun 21
Quality service… came in short notice, made payment as soon as he arrived… also gave a very reasonable price for such a old car… highly recommended will use again!!
z shahz shah
14:31 28 Jun 21
Great service speedy handover money received instantly
Simran SinghSimran Singh
10:04 30 May 21
Great response time came next day, quick and easy process.
Pauline parkerPauline parker
15:25 08 Mar 21
This is the 3rd car I had to scrap and as before I chose a reliable friendly prompt serviceWill use these lovely people again and refer to anyone who needs to scrap a car

Our scrap a car guidance articles

If your thinking should I scrap my car and want an idea of what documents you will need or simply have questions about vehicle valuations then our guides are here to help you.

Have you ever wondered how to get rid of your old car?

get rid of your old car

If you have an old car that’s out of road tax, or if it’s a non-runner parked on the street with no insurance, don’t worry – we can help. Scrapping a car can be a time-consuming and expensive process, but it’s important to do it properly to avoid environmental penalties.

The good news is that there are companies like ours in the scrap car network that can take care of the whole process for you and offer free collection. We can recycle your scrap vehicle at one of our partnered Authorised Treatment Facility AFT which is licensed by the environment agency, for the value of its scrap metal. Or, we can buy it off you for the best price possible if its still running.

Either way, we make sure the process is quick and hassle free, so you can rest assured your car will be disposed of safely and correctly.

What is car scrapping

What is car scrapping

If your car has reached the end of its life and you want to get rid of it, you’ll need to scrap it in the United Kingdom. Scrapping your car is when a scrap dealers takes your end of life vehicle to an authorised treatment facility atf to have it dismantled and recycled.

You can’t just leave your vehicle on the side of the road – this is classed as fly-tipping and you could be fined. When you scrap your car, you’ll usually get a Certificate of Destruction cod which is proof that you’ve disposed of your vehicle properly.

Some salvage buyers will offer a completely free collection service, or you may be able to drive your car there yourself. Once your car has been scrapped, the car parts will be sorted and sold at our recycling centre.

What do you need when scrapping a car?

What do you need when scrapping a car

Before you scrap your car, you first need to confirm that it is, in fact, scrap. This might seem like an obvious point, but if the car is still roadworthy or has value as parts, then it would be worth exploring these avenues first.

If not, and you are entirely sure that you want to sell your scrap car, then the next step is to gather all the relevant documentation.

The document that you will need are:

Documents needed to successfully scrap a car;

Vehicle registration document (V5C or Log book)
When you scrap a car, the process is actually quite simple. The most important thing you need is the vehicle registration document, or Log book. This document proves that the car you are scrap belongs to you and prevents any unauthorized sales.

Once you have the V5C or logbook, you can then contact a scrap dealer to arrange for the pick-up and collection of your car. The dealer will then assess your car and provide you with an instant quote for its scrap value. Once you agree to the price, you can give the motor trade dealer the V5c but keep the yellow ‘sell, transfer or part-exchange your vehicle to the motor trade‘ section from it. The dealer will then haul away your car and issue you with a certificate of destruction cod.

And that’s it! You’ve successfully scrapped your car. Without this, the DVLA will not release the car’s registration plate. If you do not have a v5c document please read our article on how to scrap my car without a vehicle registration document (logbook)

A photo ID and proof of address are required
At Scrap my Car, we follow the strict guidelines set out in the Scrap Metal Dealers Act 2013. This means that anyone looking to scrap their car must provide us with a valid photo ID and proof of address.

We understand that the scrap vehicle process can be daunting, but we want to reassure our customers that their personal information is safe with us. We take data protection seriously, and all of our staff are trained in handling sensitive information in line with the scrap metal dealers act.

So if you’re thinking of scrapping your car, rest assured that we will treat your personal details with the utmost care and respect.

Keys, Service history/Mot and proof of purchase are desirable but not essential
When you you go through the scrap vehicle process, there are a few key things you will need before the process can begin. These include your car keys, proof of purchase, and service history/MOT. While these things are not essential, they can be helpful in getting the best price for your scrap vehicle.

The car scrap process is simple: just bring your car to a scrap yard and they will weigh it and give you a price based on the current market value of scrap metal. However, if you have all of the above documentation, you may be able to get a slightly higher price for your car. So, while it is not essential, it is certainly worth considering if you want to get the most money for your car.

What should I do before scrapping my car?

1.) Gather the necessary documentation

2.) Remove the car license plate if you wish to keep it

3.) Clear any personal belongings from the car

4.) Inform the DVLA although we will do this as well

Our Simple car scrapping process

Our Simple car scrapping process

If you’re wondering ‘should I scrap my car?’ then you’ve come to the right place. We offer a quick and easy way to scrap your car, so you can get rid of it in no time. The process is super easy – just follow these steps:

Request a quote online

Scraping your car may seem like a daunting task, but with our online quoting system it’s easy to get a scrap price for your vehicle! We provide instant online quotes for any UK vehicle. Just enter a few details such as your car registration number, the car’s location & email address. We’ll immediately return an instant price. The scrap car process is quick and easy, and you can be sure you’re getting the best prices for your car.

Arrange for us to collect your car

When you scrap your car with us, you don’t need to worry about delivery. We will come and collect your vehicle from any location, at a time that suits you. This way, you don’t have to wait around all day. Plus, our instant quote includes free scrap car collection – so you can be assured that you’re getting the best possible price for scrapping your car. So if you’re looking to get rid of an old or damaged vehicle, give us a call today. We’ll make the process quick and easy.

Get Paid

At our scrap a car branches, we understand that getting paid promptly for scrap your car is important. That’s why we make sure to take all the necessary account details when we provide a quote. That way, when your vehicle has been collected, we can make a prompt instant payment via a bank transfer to the bank of your choice. We also understand that security and convenience are important, so we’ve designed our process to be safe and easy to use. You can also claim back any unused months of insurance from your insurance company.

How Long Will it Take You to Scrap Your Vehicle?

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Our team will help you scrap your car in a quick and easy manner. If you have a car to scrap, we’ll take it away and recycle it responsibly, as well as pay you for it! But I hear you asking “How long will scrapping my vehicle take? ”

Contact us (5mins) – Please call, email, or complete our online quote form to request a free quote. Please provide us with some basic information about your car, such as its make, model, and age, email address and phone number.

Book a collection (2 to 4 hours) – Once you’ve accepted our instant online quote, we’ll arrange a convenient time to pick up your car. Our services are available throughout London/Essex, so we can travel wherever you are.

Clean out your car (5 minutes) – Before we collect your car, we recommend that you give it a once-over. Be sure to get rid of any rubbish, car tools and decorative items from the vehicle, and make sure nothing is still in there that you might need. It is also recommended that you remove any personal belongings from the car because they will not be covered by our insurance company

Pick up by our recovery vehicle (10 minutes) – Collection of your scrap car can typically take 5 minutes to half an hour, although this can vary depending on the type of vehicle. If your car is accessible to the tow truck and you have all the paperwork prepared, you will just have to sign the relevant section of your V5C logbook and keep the yellow sell transfer section. They will hook up your car to their truck and you should be good to go. There may be a delay if the vehicle is hard to access, lacks wheels, or cannot be pulled.

Fast payment (5 minutes) – Scrap metal dealers are no longer allowed to buy scrap cars in cash in england and wales. The measure aims to prevent theft of cars for scrap. Instead, you will receive your money directly into your bank account.

The average time from the quote to a collection is half a day

Be cautious of unscrupulous traders

Be cautious of unscrupulous scrap car traders

Here at our Scrap dealers, we pride ourselves on being a reliable and trustworthy scrap car dealer not a lender. We know that there are many other companies out there who are less than scrupulous, and we hate the thought of people suffering because of it. To help people avoid choosing shady companies and having terrible experiences, we’ve put together a list of common tricks that are used by unscrupulous scrap car dealers. If you’re looking to scrap your car, watch out for companies that:

  • Promise more money than they deliver:
  • Refuse to give you a receipt:
  • A vehicle recycler will claim they will recycle your car but then sell it on:
  • Try to pressure you into making a decision:
  • Do not have an Environment Agency or Scottish Environment Protection Agency license to prove they can recycle car parts properly

If you’re looking for a reliable and trustworthy scrap car dealer, look no further than us. We promise to give you the best possible price for scrapping your car.

Is scrapping your car good for the environment?

As ethical and sustainable consumerism becomes more popular, many people are looking for ways to reduce their impact on the environment. One way to do this is to scrap vehicles. When a car is scrapped, the metal is recycled at one of  our clean recycling centres and can be used to create new products.

This reduces the need for new metal to be mined, which emits greenhouse gases and contributes to global warming. In addition, scrapping cars can be used to create tins and other products made from recycled metal. This reduces the amount of waste going into landfills and helps to preserve valuable resources.

Replacing an old or worn-out car with something newer will usually mean obtaining a more efficient model, one which also produces less pollution per mile. Scrapping your car is a simple way to help save the environment.

What price is my scrap car worth

What price is my scrap car worth

When you’re ready to scrap your car, the first thing you’ll want to know is what it’s worth. When bought by authorised treatment facilities, the amount paid for scrapping your car depends on several factors. Your car’s size and weight are two of the most important factors to keep in mind.

In addition, its age, make, and model will influence its value. Furthermore, scrap metal markets are continually fluctuating, which can affect the price quoted. Location of the scrap dealer is another consideration. Some dealers will pay more for faulty cars located in certain areas, such as Essex.

Also, the condition of your car when it is delivered to the scrap yard affects its value. The value of a car that’s been stripped of all car parts or insurance write offs will be lower than that of a running vehicle.

Why choose us

Selling a car can be a complicated and stressful process, especially if you’re not sure where to start. Our professional scrap car service is here to help UK customers through every step of the process unlike many price comparison services, from getting an instant online quote to arranging collection and completing the paperwork.

We believe in providing a simple and straightforward service with no hidden charges unlike price comparison sites. We offer excellent scrap car prices and provide free collection regardless of its location. We also take care of all the paperwork for you, so you can be reassured that everything is being taken care of and we recycle responsibly at our partnered authorised treatment facilities.

If you’re looking to scrap car for cash, then look no further than our professional service to scrap a car for cash. We offer an easy service and a competitive price. Whether its a ford fiesta or a land rover you can scrap a car without worrying. So dont delay, scrap a car today

Scrap a car FAQ

Scrap my car

You can tell the DVLA that your car is being scrapped, on their website or by post.


If you would like to notify the DVLA on their website, you will need the name and address of the scrapyard, your V5C logbook number and your vehicle’s details such as vehicle registration number.

It will require an 11-digit reference number which you will find in section four if your logbook was issued after April 2019, or in section nine if it was issued before April 2019.

Fill out the form and the DVLA will now know your car has been scrapped.

By post

To notify the DVLA by post you will need the name and address of the scrapyard and the vehicle registration number.

DVLA recommends that you complete section 4 of your V5 logbook, or section 9 if your V5 dates from before April 2019. The address is:



SA99 1BA

You should obtain a receipt from the DVLA to confirm that everything has been taken care of for you.

How do I notify the DVLA of scrapping my vehicle

We accept a huge range of insurance write offs, non-runners, electric cars and MOT failures. We believe that every car has value, regardless of its condition, and we are committed to providing our customers with the best prices for their scrap vehicle. We pride ourselves on being able to offer a fair and competitive price for every car we take in, and we always aim to provide a hassle-free service. If you have a scrap car that you would like to sell, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us today. We would be happy to provide you with a free no-obligation quote and a completely free collection service.

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