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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

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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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).

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.

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.

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.