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What should I do with my car insurance when I scrap my car?

As soon as your car is recovered, and the V5C log book slip has been completed and returned to the DVLA, you will no longer be responsible for the vehicle – so you can cancel your insurance.

It’s a good idea to talk to your insurance company about cancelling – as they’ll be able to let you know if you’re entitled to any refunds, or whether you can transfer your cover to your next car. 

What if you’re collecting my car from private property?

If your car is being stored on the road until collection, you’d be breaking the law if you cancelled the insurance before the car is taken away by our scrap partner. However, if you’re keeping your car on your own private property, you are under no obligation to keep your insurance running. 

Remember though; if you do cancel your insurance completely, you may not be covered for incidents like theft or fire damage – so you should always seek advice from your insurance company before you cancel your policy.

What if my car is already SORN and off the road?

If you have made a Statutory Off-Road Notification for your vehicle and you’re just waiting for it to be collected, your insurance company may be able to reduce your cover to account for the fact that you’re not driving the car. Some insurance companies offer ‘laid up’ or ‘SORN’ cover, so it can be worth asking your provider – as it may save you some money until the car’s collected.

Do I need to keep the car insured while it’s being transported?

As soon as the person collecting your car begins recovery, the car becomes their responsibility – and that includes the journey your vehicle will make to the scrap yard. You don’t have to worry about the car when it leaves your possession – as our collection partner’s insurance will then take over. 

Will I get an insurance refund if I scrap my car?

In some cases, you may be issued a refund for any insurance cover period that you’ve paid for – but no longer require. Whether you’re due a refund will generally depend on how you’ve paid for your policy; if you’ve paid upfront for the year, you may be entitled to some money back – but, if you pay monthly, you may find that your insurance company will just cancel future payments. If you’re not sure, contacting your insurance company directly will get you a definite answer based on your specific circumstances and policy.

Other related FAQs

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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.