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Can you collect my scrap car while I’m at work?

We understand that people have busy lives – and taking time off work to have your car collected often just isn’t possible. Fortunately; you don’t have to be present when we collect your car. We will need someone over the age of 18 to be with the vehicle – but it doesn’t have to be the registered keeper or legal owner.

What will your nominated person require?

If it won’t be you, the nominated person you choose to be with the car when it’s collected will need to provide proof of ID (their own passport or driving licence) and a proof of address (their own utility bill or bank statement, dated within the last 3 months). Don’t worry – these don’t have to match the details on the V5C document.

Our collection partner won’t need to take these documents away; they simply need to have seen them, and taken copies or note key details. It might seem like a lot of paperwork for someone to help with the collection of your scrap car – but the scrap yards we work with need to make sure they’re following the strict law surrounding scrap metal collections. 

The person who’s with your car when it’s collected will also need to provide the V5C document for the collection partner to help complete before the car is removed. Remember, it is the legal responsibility of the registered keeper of the car to ensure section 9 (or section 4 if the log book was produced after April 2019) of the V5C is sent to the DVLA – so this should be done promptly after collection. The person who’s collecting the car will be happy to advise if you need any help.

What if I can’t provide the V5C?

It’s okay if you’re not able to provide your nominated person with the V5C for the car; the DVLA do not legally require section 9 to be sent – but you must still ensure you’ve informed them that the vehicle has been sold or transferred.

Before the car is collected, you should put together a quick letter or note that explains the car is being sold to a dismantler and includes:

  • The date of the sale or transfer
  • Your name, address and VAT number of the scrap dealer you’re selling to
  • Your signature and the current date
  • The signature of the person collecting your car

You may need to leave space for the person who’s collecting your car to complete their name and company details. This confirmation letter should be posted to the DVLA promptly after your vehicle is collected.

Can you collect from my workplace?

In some cases, people want to know if we can collect their scrap car from their place of work – or any location that’s different to the one shown on the V5C. Again, the answer is yes – our scrap collection partners can collect nationally; just make sure you enter the postcode where the car will be collected from when you get a quote.

It’s important to remember that your car must be fully taxed, insured, and have the appropriate MOT or HGV test certificate if it’s going to be driven on UK roads. The police will not make an exception to the law just because the car is being collected for scrap. 

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When you accept the quote that you’ve been offered, you’ll be able to choose a collection time and date that’s convenient for you. If there’s no convenient time, you can speak with a member of our team who will be more than happy to help.

No, unfortunately, it’s not possible to drop your car off with our scrap partners – but we can arrange collection from any location that suits you.