Scrapping a car doesn’t have to be hard work! Our UK-wide network of scrap partners and specialist dismantlers means we make it easy to find the very best offers in the area.

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What happens if my car is in poor condition?

A lot of Car.co.uk customers get in touch with us to explain the poor condition of the car they’re hoping to scrap – our answer is always the same; don’t worry!

When we provide a quote, it is based on the scrap value of your vehicle, rather than the overall condition. That scrap value is calculated by considering the weight of the car – alongside the parts we know can be salvaged for recycling purposes.

Our team handle enquiries from people with cars in all conditions, including:

  • Un-roadworthy vehicles
  • MOT failures
  • Junk and salvage cars
  • Fleet vehicles
  • Insurance write-offs
  • Damaged cars
  • Flood-damaged vehicles
  • Non-runners
  • Part-exchange cars
  • Foreign cars that are not UK registered

Whether your car is simply getting old – or if it’s sustained serious damage, we’ll always work hard on your behalf to find an excellent price.

 

How much is my car likely to be worth?

We won’t just offer you a set price when you get a quote to sell your scrap car through our service – we handle each enquiry individually, to make sure you get the best price possible.

What’s more – we work with a network of specialist scrap partners around the UK. Since our specialist scrap partners are equipped to deal with particular makes and models, this often means that we can find you a truly unbeatable price.

 

Other related FAQs

Looking for more related content to this? We’ve picked a selection of related topics that you may find helpful

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).

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.

Our collection agents work contact-free and all payments are handled online. When it is required for you to show photographic ID simply put this down and our collection driver can then assess and record the information without touch.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.