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Our Guide On How To Scrap A Foreign Car In The UK

Scrapping a car can be a stressful process for some and different rules need to be followed by motorists looking to dispose of foreign vehicles in the UK.

Luckily, Scrap Local are here to help!

In this guide, we’ll discuss the current rules for driving a foreign car in the UK, what you need to do when scrapping a foreign car with us and whether you need to return foreign number plates.

Can I Drive A Foreign Car In The UK?

Currently, you’re allowed to drive a foreign car without taxing or registering it in the UK if you meet the points listed below:

  • You don’t plant to live in the UK and are only visiting
  • Your car is registered and taxed in its home country
  • You only drive your car in the UK for 6 months

If you’re looking to drive your foreign car in the UK for longer than 6 months, then you must register and tax your vehicle in the UK.

You should also register and tax your vehicle in the UK if you become a permanent resident.

To import your vehicle in the UK you must follow these steps:

  1. Tell HMRC within 14 days that the vehicle has arrived in the UK.
  2. Pay VAT and duty if HMRC tells you to do so.
  3. Get vehicle approval to prove that your vehicle meets safety and environmental standards in the UK.
  4. Register and tax your vehicle with the DVLA.
  5. Receive your registration number and get plates made up for your vehicle.
  6. Insure your vehicle before driving it on UK roads.

Please Note!

You could be fined or prosecuted for failing to register your vehicle properly in the UK or for driving without proof of your normal country of residence.

For more information on how to import a foreign car in the UK, please see the rules listed on GOV.UK.

Scrap Local also recommends that you see the laws on registering and driving foreign cars in countries outside of the UK.

Can I Scrap A Foreign Car In The UK?

Yes, you can scrap a foreign car in the UK with Scrap Local!

We receive thousands of enquiries from customers looking to dispose of their old vehicles for the best prices and without any trouble.

To scrap a foreign car in the UK with us, please follow the steps listed below:

First, give our friendly team a call on 01706 577 574 to say that you have a car for scrap.

Unfortunately, you can’t submit an online enquiry through our form as it doesn’t recognise foreign registration plate numbers.

When you call us, please let us know the following information:

  • Registration number on your plates, registration certificate and/or log book.
  • Make of the vehicle e.g. Audi, Seat, Renault.
  • Model of the vehicle e.g. Audi A4, Seat Ateca, Renault Clio.
  • Chassis number in your vehicle log book or registration certificate.
  • Colour of your vehicle.

Our scrap car specialists can help you locate your chassis number as well as the registration number of your vehicle during your telephone call.

Once we’ve received the information needed to scrap your car and have quoted you a price which you’re happy with, you can book your vehicle in for collection.

You can arrange for your vehicle to be collected during your telephone call with us or ring us back on 01706 577 574. 

Our head office is open from 08:30 – 17:00 from Monday to Friday.

On the day of collection you will need to answer your phone when the driver calls you and have the following things ready:

  • Valid photo ID e.g. passport or driving licence.
  • Keys to your vehicle.
  • Vehicle log book or registration certificate.

We need to see your vehicle log book or registration certificate so that we can de-register your vehicle properly and check additional information about your car.

You will also need to provide our team with your payment details to receive the scrap price you’ve been offered for your vehicle.

To supply us with your payment details, please give us a call on 01706 577 574.

Once your vehicle has been scrapped and you’ve been issued a Certificate of Destruction (COD) from our team, you must notify the driving authority in the country where your car is registered.

Your Certificate of Destruction is proof that your vehicle has been scrapped by an Authorised Treatment Facility (ATF).

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What Do I Do With Foreign Number Plates?

Depending on where your vehicle is registered, you may need to return your foreign number plates to your country’s driving authority.

Laws on vehicle scrappage in different countries vary so it’s important for you to check what you need to do with your number plates before putting your vehicle up for scrap.

Need To Scrap A Foreign Car?

Scrap Local is the UK’s fastest growing network of independent scrap yards.

We are proud to make vehicle recycling easy and work with specialists who ensure that motorists are offered fair prices with no hidden fees.

If you’re looking to scrap a foreign car in the UK without any trouble, then give us a call on 01706 577 574.

Question To Ask?

Yes, you can scrap a foreign car in the UK!

However, you must do so with an Authorised Treatment Facility (ATF). 

Luckily, Scrap Local can remove your vehicle without any hassle and issue you with a Certificate of Destruction (COD) to confirm that your car has been disposed of.

To scrap your foreign car in the UK, just give us a call on 01706 577 574 and we’ll see what we can do for you.

Depending on where your vehicle is registered, you may need to return your registration plates to your country’s driving authority.

You need to check whether you need to remove and return your number plates before scrapping your car in the UK.

A Certificate of Destruction (COD) is important because it’s a document which shows that your vehicle has been scrapped.

If you’re looking to scrap a foreign car with us, then you’ll need to ask for a Certificate of Destruction to be sent to you.

To scrap a car and request a COD, please give us a call on 01706 577 574.

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