What to Know Before Scrapping Your Car

What to Know Before Scrapping Your Car

Whether you are unable to repair your car, or you feel it’s best to sell it to a scrapyard for parts, there are a few things you need to know and do. Here is our useful guide if your vehicle is no longer roadworthy, to help take the stress and hassle out of scrapping your car.

Whether the vehicle is fully functioning, has cosmetic damage or does not run at all, you may need to consider the best viable option for you: scrapping your car. It’s usually easier said than done due to a sentimental attachment most of us share with our motors. But once a car becomes defunct, or it’s one you can’t sell on, you eventually need to get rid of it and make some room.

Before you scrap your car

What do you need to know before scrapping your car? Firstly, who you will be scrapping it to – and who will be collecting it.

When scrapping your car, it’s wise to make sure that it’s disposed of correctly. Also knowing where your vehicle will end up helps ensure you do your part for the environment. Companies should freely provide this information if they are confident in their service. If you’re unsure about any element of our vehicle recycling service, contact us today. 

What will I need to do to scrap my car?

Like with most scenarios regarding driving and vehicles, you will need your ID to hand. You’ll be asked to show ID, such as your driving licence or your passport, when handing over your car to be scrapped over.

Having proof of address on you is also wise, such as a bank statement or utility bill in case this is required.

It’s vital to have the right paperwork before you scrap your car. You will need the vehicle logbook (V5C) and ensure legal ownership is transferred correctly. Detach and retain ‘section 3’ (notification of sale or transfer of a vehicle) of the V5C, whilst you hand the rest over. This is just in case the car is repaired and returned to the road.

Things to do when you scrap your car

  • Clear out the car of any possessions, or items such as purchased floor mats or items in the boot and glove compartment
  • Make sure that the tyres are fully inflated (if possible) and the all sets of keys are available. This will help speed up the process should there be any hiccups along the way
  • Finally, you need to tell the DVLA if you’ve scrapped your car. You could face a fine of up to £1000 if you forget this. Similarly, if your car is insured, speak to your insurance company and ensure the policy will be ending on the correct day and all monies are settled. There may even be a refund on tax.

When a car is scrapped the DVLA needs to be notified using a Certificate of Destruction (CoD), which can only be issued by scrap car recycling centres, known as Authorised Treatment Facilities (ATFs). This should be provided to you as you hand over your V5C.

Once you’ve informed the DVLA, for peace of mind and proof of scrapping your car, chase this up if you have not heard from the DVLA after four weeks.

Get a free quote

If you’ve failed your MOT, and now there’s a too greater cost involved to pass, or perhaps you just have spare car parts or a vehicle cluttering up your garage – it could be time for a clear out. Look at local services that can help you…

Cambridge Car Solutions are local, reliable specialists in helping you scrap your car. Contact us today or get a free quote for scrapping your car.

Proud owner of Cambridge Car Solutions, a family run business offering both Vehicle Recycling & 24/7 Breakdown Recovery.


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