How Do You Scrap Your Car?
Are your set of wheels looking tired these days? Is it too much fuel, money and hassle to keep your old motor running? Perhaps it’s time for an upgrade. Perhaps it’s time to scrap your car! But, how do you go about it? What are the steps? Who and what do you need? How do you scrap your car?
The process is surprisingly simple and to make things even simpler we at Scrap Local have created this in-depth guide which covers the when, where, what and how to scrapping your car.
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What's My Scrap Car Worth?
How much your scrap car is worth depends on different factors such as:
- Its make, model and age
- Its size and weight
- Distance from your scrap dealer
- Missing or damaged parts
Luckily, you don’t have to work out what your scrap car is worth on your own! You can find out how much your scrap car is by submitting a quote and you can do this quickly and easily with us at Scrap Local. To make a quote just visit our website or give us a call on our secure telephone line at 01706 577 574. We’ll help you find the best prices for your scrap car today!
When Should I Scrap My Car?
When deciding to scrap your car, it’s important to consider if it’s cost-effective to do so. General rule of thumb, if your car is in good condition then your best option is to sell it. However, if your car is in poor condition and is less likely to sell because of this, then choosing to scrap your car is the best, most cost-effective option for you.
It’s a Write-Off
It’s your best and often your only option to scrap your car if it’s no longer safe to use.
It’s Expensive to Maintain
If your vehicle is repeatedly failing its MOTs, then your cheapest option is to scrap it and upgrade to a new, more reliable vehicle.
It’s Fuel Efficiency is Poor
Are you topping up your car too much? Do you feel like you’re chained to the pump? Then it’s safe to say that you’re due an upgrade. Fuel isn’t cheap and with the push to go electric it isn’t getting any cheaper.
Although some of the most efficient vehicles on the road can do up to 60 miles per gallon (mpg), however on average most vehicles cover approximately 40 miles per gallon. Ultimately, if you’re spending too much money on fuel for a car that can’t go the distance, then you should consider scrapping it and investing in something that will. Your wallet will thank you for it!
Can I Scrap My Car During Lockdown?
The guidelines to prevent the spread of Covid-19 are constantly changing and we all have to take important steps to keep ourselves and others safe. Here at Scrap Local we have guidelines in place to make sure that you can scrap your car safely during lockdown.
Our General Guidelines:
- We maintain a 2 metre distance between you, our agents and staff, and we wear face coverings during face-to-face meetings.
- We advise that you leave your vehicle log book (V5C) and key inside your vehicle when we come to collect it. You can also choose to leave your photo ID and personal details in your vehicle’s window for us.
- We advise that you forward your bank details to us either via our secure telephone line at 01706 577 574 or via our email.
Disclaimer: These guidelines are subject to change to meet the government guidelines for Covid-19.
Where Should I Scrap My Car?
You should always scrap your car at an Authorised Treatment Facility (ATF), more commonly known as scrap yards or breaker’s yards. Due to the increasing importance of the environment, it is a legal requirement for vehicles to be scrapped at an ATF where they can be recycled properly.
An ATF will pay you the cost of your car via bank transfer or cheque. An ATF will not pay you cash-in-hand for your car! Always check if your scrap yard or breaker’s yard is a licensed ATF to make sure that your car is scrapped safely and legally.
Most ATF’s organise with you when to collect your vehicle so you don’t have to take your car down to the scrap yard and here at Scrap Local we can collect your car for free!
What Do I Need to Scrap My Car?
There are a few things you will need to scrap your car to make the process as simple as possible. You will need:
Can I Scrap My Car Without a Log Book (V5C)?
You can scrap your car without a log book, but it makes things easier for you if you have it as it confirms that you are the registered keeper of the vehicle being scrapped. Luckily, you can easily apply for a vehicle log book to make this process straightforward.
How Do I Get a Log Book (V5C)?
If you have lost your log book, then you can apply for a copy for £25 with DVLA on the official GOV.UK website.
If details about you or your vehicle have changed or if you have not received your vehicle’s log book within 2 – 4 weeks of purchasing your vehicle, then you may need to fill in and send off a V62 form to receive a new log book. You can find out more about the filling in and sending off a V62 on the official GOV.UK website.
To scrap your car without a Log Book (V5C) you will need to:
Provide valid, in-date photo ID such as a passport or driving licence.
Write a letter to DVLA to confirm that your vehicle has been scrapped, is off the road and ready to be de-registered at the below address: DVLA, Swansea, SA99 1BD
Here at Scrap Local we handle all of the paperwork for you so you don’t have to worry! Our collection partners are reputable Authorised Treatment Facilities (ATFs) who will make sure that your car is scrapped safely and legally.
How Do I Scrap My Car?
You’ve done your homework, gathered everything you need, and you’re finally ready to scrap your car. Great! So how’s it done? What’s the process? Thankfully, it’s surprisingly simple and only takes 3 – 5 steps to do. There are additional steps you will need to take if you plan on keeping parts of your car or if your vehicle is an insurance write-off, and we have included below for you.
Overall, scrapping your car is straightforward and hassle free if you follow the steps listed below!
- First, apply to take the registration number off your car if you want to keep it. You can do this on the official GOV.UK website.
- Scrap your car at an Authorised Treatment Facility (ATF).
- Give the ATF your vehicle log book (V5C), but keep the yellow section titled “Selling, Transferring, or Part Exchanging this Vehicle to a Motor Trader”.
- Tell DVLA you’ve scrapped your car at an ATF. When you contact them you will need to know:
- Your vehicle registration number.
- The 11 digit number on the yellow section you kept from your log book.
- The name and address of the ATF who scrapped your car.
You could be fined £1000 if you do not tell DVLA that your car has been scrapped so make sure that you do so.
The process for scrapping insurance write-offs is slightly different from the steps discussed before.
When your car is written off, your insurance company will pay you the current value of your car instead of the cost to repair it.
Whether or not you decide to scrap your car after this depends upon what category it is in. A table of these categories can be found on the official GOV.UK website.
Generally speaking, cars in categories A and B cannot be repaired and should be scrapped.
Your insurance company will typically scrap your car for you, but you still need to do the following steps:
- Apply to take the registration number off your car if you want to keep it on the official GOV.UK website.
- Send your vehicle log book to your insurance company, but keep the yellow section titled “Selling, Transferring, or Part Exchanging this Vehicle to a Motor Trader”.
- Tell DVLA that your car has been written off.
If you are interested in learning more about insurance-write offs, then feel free to read our article all about them!
What Happens After I’ve Scrapped My Car?
Congratulations! You’ve followed our steps to a “T” and you are now well on your way to scrapping your car. But have you ever thought about what happens next? In this section, we will go through the documents you will receive after scrapping your car and what happens to your car once it’s been scrapped.
There are a few documents you may receive after you have scrapped your car. These are:
After you have contacted DVLA to say you’ve scrapped your car, they will send you a confirmation letter within 4 weeks time to say that you are no longer the registered keeper of your vehicle. Keep this document safe for future reference!
If you don’t receive this letter after 4 weeks, then contact DVLA through the details listed on the official GOV.UK website.
What happens to my scrap car after its scrapped?
Due to increasing concerns surrounding climate change, air and land pollution, and the overall welfare of the environment, ATF’s follow strict procedures when scrapping different vehicles. Vehicles are depolluted and their different parts are disposed of appropriately. Parts that are in good condition are removed and recycled before your car is crushed so there is no need to worry about being wasteful and adding to any scrap heap!
Scrapping your car has never been simpler and safer, and here at Scrap Local we pride ourselves on recycling. To find out more about us and what we do, visit our website.
We hope that you have found our in-depth guide on how to scrap your car helpful and we value your feedback. Was this helpful and how so? Leave a comment below and let us know!
If you are looking for the best prices for your scrap car then send us a quote today on our website. We pride ourselves on finding you the highest prices with our reputable recycling partners. For more information on how to scrap your car, we recommend that you also visit the official GOV.UK website.
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Frequently Asked Questions
Scrapping your car is surprisingly simple if you do things properly!
First, make sure that you have your vehicle log book (V5C) or valid photo ID for the Authorised Treatment Facility (ATF) to take when collecting your car to scrap.
Follow the steps we have provided in this article on how to scrap your car to make the process hassle-free for you! We have also included steps for how to scrap a car and keep some of its parts, how to scrap an insurance write-off, and how to scrap a car registered abroad.
You can find out how much you could get for your scrap car with us at Scrap Local.
Enter your registration and postcode with us and we’ll help you find the best prices for your scrap car.
Licensed scrap yards or breaker yards called Authorised Treatment Facilities (ATFs) will buy your scrap car.
At Scrap Local we can help you find an ATF near you who will buy your scrap car for the best prices!
Yes, you can scrap your car without its vehicle log book (V5C).
You need to tell your Authorised Treatment Facility (ATF) that you don’t have a vehicle log book and you will also need to provide valid photo ID in order to scrap your car without its vehicle log book.
It is easier to scrap your car with its vehicle log book and in this article we discuss how you can get a vehicle log book for your car.
If you want to scrap your car without its vehicle log book (V5C), then get in touch with us.
Here at Scrap Local, we handle all the paperwork for you and can help you find reputable ATFs to ensure that your car is scrapped safely and legally.