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Can someone else scrap my car?

Although you can scrap your car yourself when you feel it’s the right time, it’s sometimes easier and more convenient to ask someone else to do this for you. If your car has a Statutory Off Road Notification (SORN), then it’s important for the ATF to pick the car up as it’s against the law for you or someone else to drive a car that’s been declared ‘off the road’, even if it’s to an authorised treatment facility. So the ATF must legally remove any SORN vehicle by means of towing or lifting it.

What you need to do

If someone else were to scrap your vehicle, they’d need to have the car’s logbook or V5C, which they’d then take to the ATF. You’ll need to give them this. Section Five is the part that must be completed by you and the AFT; once completed, the ATF will send this to the DVLA. You’ll also need to inform the DVLA that you’ve arranged for your car to be scrapped at the ATF. If you fail to inform the DVLA, you might be fined up to £1000.

What the other person should do

If someone else is scrapping your car for you, they should shop around to get the best deal for your car. They’ll need to arrange to pick up your vehicle for you at a convenient time and place and take it to the ATF. If they do take it to the ATF for you, you should give them the car keys and appropriate identification so they can complete the scrapping procedure correctly at the ATF. You may also be asked to provide other documentation, such as the service history and latest MOT paperwork. The person scrapping your car for you should also arrange for you to receive a receipt or confirmation of the disposal of your car from the ATF. You can receive this either via email or by post.

About authorised treatment facilities

Anyone who is scrapping your car will have to use an ATF. These scrapyards have been approved and licenced by the Environment Agency and meet all safety and environmental standards. Only approved ATFs can issue legitimate certificates of destruction. Any certificates given by an unauthorised facility or scrapyard are void and you could still be liable for any vehicles that are not properly disposed of, including if they’re involved in an accident or illegal parking after being resold. It’s important therefore that you trust the person scrapping your car to take it to an appropriate scrapyard.

It’s against the law for someone to take your car for scrap anywhere other than an ATF and it’s also illegal for them to accept a cash payment. Acceptable payment methods include a cheque or bank transfer.

What else do I need to do?

Once your car has been taken for scrap, you’ll need to sign and keep your certificate of destruction for future reference. You’ll also need to cancel any outstanding insurance payments for that vehicle, and you should make sure that the DVLA issues you a refund for any outstanding road tax.

To summarise, when you ask yourself ‘can someone else scrap my car?’ the answer is yes, but only if they have the correct paperwork and identification. The strict rules now in place mean that it isn’t possible for someone else to scrap your vehicle without your permission. You can find out more about how the process works by visiting the www.gov.uk website.

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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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. -

Yes. Vehicle tax is no longer transferable from owner to owner – so, if you’re scrapping your car, we recommend that you get in touch with the DVLA soon after collection to reclaim any tax that may be owed.

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.

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.

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.