How to Scrap Your Old Vehicle

Have you been considering scrapping your car for a while now but you just aren’t sure how? Scrapping a vehicle is a simple process, you just have to ensure that you follow the DVLA regulations so that the vehicle is scrapped safely and securely. Scrapping your vehicle can be a quick way to make a small amount of cash with minimal effort, so if your car isn’t roadworthy then it might be time to have your vehicle scrapped.


What type of vehicle should be scrapped?

Scrapping your car should be the last resort when it comes to getting rid of a vehicle. If your vehicle is still in a decent condition then it may be a better option to sell the car on because you could make more money. However, if your vehicle isn’t deemed road worthy then scrapping it could be the best idea. Here are some types of vehicles that you should consider scrapping:


--Written off -- If your vehicle has been written off in an accident or the repairs are too costly then scrapping the vehicle is a good option.

--MOT failure – A poor MOT report can lead to the repairs of the vehicle being costly

--Faulty vehicle-- Cars that have been fixed several times or have been unreliable on a regular basis should potentially be scrapped.

--Old cars–All cars come to the end of their life at some point, when your vehicle is coming to the end of its life it’s time to consider scrapping it.


Where can I scrap my vehicle?

When you are deciding where to scrap your vehicle, you should visit to find your closest scrap yard. They are all government approved and will collect and scrap the vehicle free of charge.

Government approved scrap yards are known as Authorised Treatment Facilities (ATF) and are the only legal place to have your vehicle scrapped. When removing the vehicle, they comply with the Environmental Agency’s rules on scrapping in a manner that is as safe as possible for the environment. ATF’s are also able to handle the toxic parts of the vehicle such as the oil and battery.

Furthermore, when dealing with money, an ATF should never charge you for collecting and scrapping the vehicle whereas a dodgy dealer may try and take money off you. It is also essential to note that no cash should be exchanged in the deal. As of an act in 2013, all transactions much go through the bank so that there is proof of the scrapping and you are safe of any discrepancies in the future.

An ATF will also ask for proof an ID and you V5C (logbook) to prove who you are and that you legally own the vehicle. You will need the logbook in order to receive your Certificate of Destruction once the car has been scrapped. The scrap yard will post this or send it electronically once everything has been processed (usually 1 week). Uncertified scrap yards may try to give you a fraudulent certificate, be aware as this does not prove that the vehicle has been scrapped.


How do I scrap my vehicle?

After searching online for a local scrap yard, you can contact them directly and arrange to have the vehicle collected. After this there isn’t much more you have to do. Simply hand over your logbook to the ATF and check whether you or they will contact the DVLA on your behalf to inform them of the destruction of the vehicle. Any car tax you are owed will be refunded automatically.

You should contact your insurance company as they will either refund you if you pay yearly, or transfer your policy over to a new vehicle in necessary.

Once you have received your Certificate of Destruction you are free of any responsibility for the vehicle.


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