What should I do with my old car
Do I need to scrap my old car?
When a car reaches a certain age, it may be time to start thinking about scrapping it. There are a few reasons why this might be the best option: repair costs can outweigh the value of the car, it may repeatedly fail its MOT, or it could be unsafe to drive. Rust is also a common issue with old cars, and if the problem is bad enough, it can be impossible to sell the car. In some cases, such as if the car has been in a serious accident or declared an insurance write-off, the cost of repairs may simply be too high. Scrapping an old car can be an easy process, and many scrap metal dealers will act on behalf of car manufacturers to collect and dispose of scrap cars. In some cases, you may even be able to get money for your old car – which can go towards buying a new car.
What is the process for scrapping my car?
Selling your old car no longer means getting cash in hand from a dodgy dealer. Over the past few years, laws have been introduced to ensure that old cars are disposed of responsibly.
A guide to scrapping a car
Authorised Treatment Facility
Scrapping a car requires taking it to an Authorised Treatment Facility (ATF), which is approved by the government’s Environment Agency. The law requires it. Scrapping it anywhere else is against the law. As part of the dismantling process, an ATF will drain all toxic fluids from the vehicle and dispose of it responsibly. Check the gov.uk website to find an ATF near you. Most ATFs offer to collect your car for free, but if you prefer, you can drop the car off at the ATF directly.
Certificate of Destruction (CoD)
Upon scrapping your car, the ATF will give you a ‘certificate of destruction’ (CoD). It proves that your car has been scrapped and will never be driven again. Despite not having a CoD, you could still have to pay vehicle tax (VED) and fines if the vehicle is involved in an accident.
If the ATF decides to repair the car instead of scrapping it, you will be notified. A COD won’t be necessary if this is the case.
Let the DVLA know.
You must notify the DVLA that you have taken your vehicle to an ATF. Failure to do so could result in a fine. The ATF will need your V5C logbook and yellow section titled ‘sell, transfer or part-exchange.’ Even if you didn’t receive any money for scrapping the car, list the ATF as your trader.
Claim any unclaimed taxes or insurance.
The DVLA will refund any remaining road tax (VED) once you have the COD and have notified them your car has been scrapped. If you have remaining insurance, you may be able to receive a refund from your car insurance provider. You might be able to use it towards another insurance policy if you are buying a new car.
Do I have to pay to scrap my car?
When you have an old car that you no longer want, you might consider scrapping it. This is often the easiest way to get rid of an unwanted car, and you might even be paid for its scrap value. However, there are a few things to keep in mind before you scrap your car. First, check with the scrap dealer to see if there are any charges for disposing of your car. Some dealers might charge a fee, especially if you plan on taking parts from the car before scrapping it. Second, remember to declare your car as off the road (SORN) if you’re planning on taking parts from it. This is important because you don’t want to be liable for any accidents or tickets while your car is in disrepair. Finally, make sure to have all the necessary paperwork before you scrap your car. This includes the title and registration, as well as a bill of sale if you’re selling the car to the scrap dealer. With these simple tips, scrapping your old car can be a quick and easy process.
How much will I get to scrap my car?
Scrapping your car can be a great way to get rid of an older vehicle that you no longer want or need. However, it is important to keep in mind that you likely will not get a lot of money for your scrap car. The price you are offered for your scrap car will depend on a number of factors, including the make and model of your car, its age, weight, and the current market value for scrap metal. Additionally, the scrap dealer may charge a fee for picking up your car. Under the Scrap Metal Dealers’ Act, it is illegal to pay cash for scrap cars in England and Wales; instead, payment must be made via bank transfer or cheque. If you want to get the best price for your scrap car, it is advisable to do some research online to compare prices from different scrap dealers.
What if my car is an insurance write-off?
insurance companies usually write off a car when the cost of repairs is greater than the value of the car. If your car is declared an insurance write-off, your insurance company will take care of getting it scrapped for you. You’ll need to tell the DVLA that your car has been written off and send the V5C logbook to your insurance provider. In some cases, you might be able to keep your car if it’s repaired to a safe standard and you’re happy to continue driving it. However, if you want to claim on your insurance policy, you’ll need to pay the excess. You might also find it difficult to sell an insurance write-off, as many people are put off by the thought of buying an unwanted car. Similarly, old cars that have been written off are often not worth repairing, so it’s probably best to scrap them and use the money towards a new car. Ultimately, whether or not you keep your insurance write-off will depend on your personal circumstances.
Alternative ways to dispose of your old car
Make a car donation to a charity
If you’ve got an unwanted car that’s just taking up space, why not donate it to charity? There are plenty of reputable charities that will take your old car off your hands and put the value of the donation to good use. Plus, it’s a great way to get rid of your old car without having to go through the hassle and expense of selling it. So if you’re looking for a way to get rid of your old car and do some good at the same time, consider donating its value to charity.
Use a car scrappage scheme to trade it in
One option for getting rid of your unwanted car is by using a car scrappage scheme. These schemes allow you to trade in your old car for a discount on a new, more environmentally friendly model. To be eligible for a scrappage scheme, your car must be over a certain age and you will need to provide proof that it has been scrapped, such as a certificate of destruction. Once your car has been scrapped, you will then be able to claim your discount from the car manufacturer. Scrappage schemes are a great way to get rid of your old car and save money on a new one.