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Can you collect my car if it’s full of rubbish?

Our scrap partners will not remove a car that is full of rubbish or personal belongings – so, to make sure they don’t make a wasted journey, we would ask you to make sure the car is empty before it’s collected.

Don’t worry; we don’t expect the car to be valeted and looking like new! We appreciate that your car isn’t going to be in showroom condition – but our partner scrap yards simply do not have the means to empty waste or owner’s items from the car. 

What can you collect?

Since our scrap partners specialise in car parts, it’s usually okay if any of the components from the car are inside the vehicle – for instance, it’s not uncommon for wheel trims or spare wheels to arrive loose in the boot! If your car has been involved in an accident, you may end up putting bits of damaged bodywork in the car too – which is also fine. Generally speaking, if a component or part was originally supplied with the car, then it’s okay to stow it in the car when it makes its journey to the scrap yard.

Is it okay if the car comes with aftermarket components still installed?

In some cases, people fit aftermarket components and accessories to their car – but choose not to remove them when it’s time to have the car scrapped. Again, this is fine – but supplying the car with aftermarket components is unlikely to increase the price you’re quoted. 

What can’t be in the car?

Although no one will mind if there’s an odd carpark receipt still in the car when it’s collected, we do ask that you try to remove any rubbish – i.e. cans, coffee cups, food wrappers – as well as emptying the ashtrays. It’s worth checking the car for personal items too – as it’s not uncommon for our dismantlers to find phone chargers, sunglasses, and even the occasional sat nav that’s been overlooked! 

It might sound like our scrap partners are being fussy – but emptying the rubbish out of each car they receive would take a long time; increasing their running costs and reducing the amount they can offer for our customer’s vehicles. If you can quickly clear the rubbish from your car, we can make sure we continue to provide the very best prices for all scrap cars. 

Avoid wasted collection journeys

In the rare instance that someone does leave a lot of rubbish or personal belongings in the vehicle, our collection drivers may refuse to take the car – and may also charge for making a wasted journey. Many of our specialist scrap recovery partners are willing to travel for the makes and models they specialise in, so wasted journeys can be costly for all involved. 

Other related FAQs

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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.

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.

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.

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).

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 processing of End of Live vehicles.

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.

Don’t worry – our scrap partners aren’t concerned about the condition of your car. Whether your vehicle is roadworthy – or badly damaged and in need of disposal; we’ll help you maximise the price you receive.

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.

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).

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.