Where to scrap cars
When a car needs repairing and the repair cost is more than the car is worth, it’s probably time to scrap it. If the cost of repair is slightly under the value of the car but you know that other items such as tyres and brake pads will soon need replacing, it could be time to get rid of the car.
If your vehicle has been involved in an accident, it may not be repairable and the insurance company might therefore declare it a write off that needs to be scrapped.
The car must be taken to what is officially called an Authorised Treatment Facility (ATF), but is more commonly known as a scrapyard or breaker’s yard.
Many people search for ‘where to scrap cars near me’. The answer is simple, you can find a scrapyard through the official government website. Simply enter your postcode to see a list of scrapyards in your area. The only information this provides is the name and address of the scrapyard and a link to find it on online maps.
If you want to find out more about the scrapyards near you, try a Google search for “scrap my car” or use other search engines. The search result will show both scrapyards near you and national organisations that will scrap your car. A scrapyard that is not nearby may offer you less money for your car as they’ll have to travel further to collect it.
There are also price comparison sites where you can compare offers from several scrapyards. You can’t guarantee to find an offer on these sites that is higher than other local scrapyards. Getting the best price from a local scrapyard takes some research.
What the local scrapyard does with your car
There are several ways that the scrapyard can make a profit after buying your car. The metal in all cars is worth money and can be recycled. Parts can also be removed from the car and sold. If you take out parts to sell before the car goes to the scrapyard, then you’ll receive less money for it.
Sometimes an unroadworthy car can be repaired by the scrapyard for less than your local garage charges. It can then go through its MOT and be sold on.
Who not to sell the car to
Don’t sell the car to someone who offers cash as this is illegal. ATFs have to pay you by cheque or bank transfer.
If someone offers to take the car off your hands but doesn’t offer any money, it is not wise to give your car away. All cars have value, if only for their scrap metal worth.
Your legal obligations
You need to give your logbook to the scrapyard, but tear off and keep the yellow portion that says that you’ve transferred ownership of the car. You’re legally obliged to tell the DVLA that the car has been scrapped. Failure to report that the car has been scrapped can lead to a fine of up to £1,000.
Bear in mind that if there are any whole months left on the car tax, then you can apply for a refund.
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