What should I do with my car insurance when I scrap my car?
You can get in touch with your insurance company and cancel your cover after your car has been collected. If you cancel your insurance before collection, you’ll be breaking the law if you drive the car on a public road. -
Can you collect my scrap car while I’m at work?
Yes, the registered owner or keeper doesn’t have to be present. For legal reasons, we do need someone to be with the car, and able to show their proof of ID and a proof of address.
My insurance company have asked for a COD
No problem. A Certificate of Destruction (COD) will be issued when your car is scrapped. Please let us know if you need one when you request a quote – and we’ll ensure a copy is forwarded as soon as possible.
Do I have to inform the DVLA when I scrap my car?
Yes – it’s important that you inform the DVLA when you scrap your car, as you could be liable for any on-going charges relating to it if you don’t. The quick and easy way to inform the DVLA is by completing and returning section 9 (or section 4 on post-April 2019 documents) of the V5C log book form.
Can I keep my private number plate when I scrap my car?
Yes, you can. Before your car is collected, you’ll need to ‘retain’ your registration with the DVLA; either online or through the post. Your registration will then be held on a retention certificate, ready to transfer to another car.
Do you collect scrap vehicles with no wheels?
Yes, we do. Each of our scrap partners is equipped to collect a car with no wheels – although it may alter the amount you’re quoted.
What is a COD or Certificate of Destruction?
A Certificate of Destruction (COD) is a document confirming your car has been disposed of. The certificate is created by the DVLA and sent to the scrap yard that dismantles your vehicle. A copy will be forwarded to you; for you to keep on record or send to your insurance company if requested.
What is an ELV (End of Life Vehicle)?
End of Life Vehicle (ELV) is the term used to describe a car that is no longer suitable for use – either through wear and tear or damage. ELVs must be recycled at authorised treatment facilities.
What is a waste carrier’s licence?
A waste carrier’s licence is a registration you need if you move any kind of waste product – scrap cars included. At Car.co.uk, each of our partner dismantlers appears on this register, so you can be confident your vehicle will be handled in line with Environment Agency standards.
What is an ATF (Authorised Treatment Facility)?
ATF stands for ‘Authorised Treatment Facility’ - another name for a scrap yard, breaker’s yard or vehicle dismantler that meets with strict government guidelines relating to the handling of scrap cars.
How do I reclaim my unused road tax?
If you’re entitled to any unused road tax when you scrap your car, you should get in touch with the DVLA to reclaim it. Since tax discs were phased out, this can no longer be done at a post office – so you’ll need to contact the DVLA directly, either on the phone, by post, or using their website.
Can I scrap a car that’s not registered in the UK?
Yes, our network of dismantlers can scrap vehicles that are registered in other countries. You’ll need to inform the governing body in the country that the car is from; usually by sending them the completed registration document.
I’ve fitted a new stereo to my car, can I keep it?
Yes, of course. We just ask that you put the original stereo back in its place. If this isn’t possible, simply let the scrap yard you’re dealing with know when they arrange collection.
Can you still collect a car with flat tyres?
Yes, we can. Each of our scrap partners has the equipment needed to recover a car that has 1 or more flat or damaged tyres.
Why do I need a utility bill or proof of address?
As part of the Scrap Metal Dealers Act 2013, it is a legal requirement for a scrap metal dealer to verify the full name and address of someone who is handing scrap metal over to them.
Do I need to fill any documents in when scrapping?
It’s your legal responsibility to let the DVLA know you’re scrapping your car. The easiest way to do this is by using Section 9 of the V5C log book document (or section 4 on V5Cs issued after April 2019) – which your collection driver will be happy to help with.
What do I do with the V5C log book?
You should use the registration document to let the DVLA know you’ve sold your car to a dismantler. You can do this by completing and returning section 9 of the form – or, on V5Cs issued after April 2019; section 4.
Will you haggle on collection?
No, absolutely not. As long as the car has been accurately described when we provided a quote, the price you’ve been offered is the price you’ll be paid – guaranteed.
Why can I not get paid in cash?
It’s actually against the law for a scrap yard to pay cash for your car. To protect you and our scrap partners, all payments will be made by PayPal or BACS transfer.
How do I get paid?
You’ll be paid either by a BACS transfer direct to your account or via PayPal. Recent changes to the law make paying cash for scrap cars illegal – so our payment methods make sure you’re protected.
When will my scrap car be collected?
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’ll be able to speak to the scrap yard to see other times they have available.
Can I drop the car off?
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.
Can you collect my car if it’s full of rubbish?
No. It’s important that your car is free of rubbish and personal belongings - as our scrap partners are not equipped to deal with anything other than the car.
Can I scrap my car without a V5C?
That’s okay if you don't have your V5C; we can scrap your vehicle without it. However, the person who collects your car will need to see proof of ID and address – and you’ll need to make sure you inform the DVLA that your car has been transferred.
What if I have taken parts off my scrap car?
We’ll still provide a quote if your car has missing parts - although the price might be slightly reduced; as the scrap value of a vehicle is based on weight. If your car has missing parts, please let us know when you request a price.
Who buys scrap cars?
When a car is no longer roadworthy, it still has some value. An Authorised Treatment Facility (ATF) will pay you the scrap value of your car, which could be well over a hundred pounds, depending on the model.
Where to scrap a car near me
When a car is no longer roadworthy and needs to be scrapped, there’s probably a scrap dealer near you who will collect the car and pay you money for this. It’s easy to find a nearby scrapyard.
What to do when I scrap my car?
When scrapping your car, you must inform the DVLA. You’ll need your logbook to pass onto the ATF (Authorised Treatment Facility). Afterwards, you’ll be given a Certificate of Destruction (CoD).
What happens to scrap cars?
When a car is scrapped, any hazardous materials are removed, along with any parts considered harmful to the environment. Tyres will be removed for recycling, the car will then be crushed and separated into plastic, fibre and metal, and recycled.
What documents do I need to scrap my car?
To scrap your car, you’ll need to provide photo ID and proof of address. While not essential, if you have your V5C registration document, this may simplify the process. You’ll also require a Certificate of Destruction afterwards.
Should I scrap my car?
Scrapping your car can be the solution when repair or running costs are greater than your vehicle’s value. If your car has been written off, deemed unsafe or no longer in use, these are all additional reasons to scrap it.
How to scrap my car legally
To scrap your car legally, the three absolute musts are you must use an Authorised Treatment Facility (ATF), ensure your logbook (V5 certificate) is completed correctly, and, if the vehicle’s to be destroyed, obtain a CoD (Certificate of Destruction).
How much for scrap car batteries?
When a car battery stops working and won’t hold its charge, it could be worth a few pounds. Don’t just throw it away as car batteries contain poisonous substances such as toxic lead and harmful battery acid.
How much are scrap cars worth per ton?
The value of the scrap metal and parts in a car will vary according to current market prices, so it's impossible to give a general answer to the question ‘how much are scrap cars worth per ton?’
Can you drive a car without MOT to be scrapped?
The answer unfortunately is no. Once your MOT has expired you must get it renewed immediately. If you’re found to be driving without a valid MOT certificate, you could be fined up to £1,000.
Can someone scrap my car without my permission?
It’s illegal to scrap someone’s car without their permission and take payment. The Scrap Dealers Act requires that individuals scrapping cars provide photo ID and proof of address and are never paid in cash, ensuring transactions can be easily traced.
Can someone else scrap my car?
Someone else can scrap your car for you but they must take it to an authorised treatment facility (ATF) and hand over all appropriate paperwork for it to be done legally.
Can I scrap my car with outstanding finance?
It’s illegal to sell a car with outstanding finance, so before you scrap a car you need to have paid off the outstanding finance amount. Technically, a car with outstanding finance is the lender’s property, not yours.
Can I scrap my car without keys?
A car can be scrapped without its keys, but you will need to provide paperwork proving vehicle ownership and there may be deductions from your final payment for any inconvenience and extra work for the scrap dealer who collects it.
Can I scrap my car without a title?
If you’ve lost your V5 registration document, sometimes referred to as a title, you can still scrap your car, but you’ll need to inform the DVLA by post after your car’s been successfully scrapped with certain details of the transaction.