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Who buys scrap cars?

Scrapping a car

The main reason to scrap a car is if it is either not repairable or the cost of the repair is more than the car is worth. Even a new or fairly new car can be scrapped, for example if it’s been involved in a high-speed collision that means it has been written off. A repair bill may be less than the car’s value, but if you know that some items will soon need replacing, such as tyres and brake pads, it may not be financially worth it to keep the car. 

When a car is at the end of its life, it can be taken to an ATF  for scrapping. These treatment facilities are also commonly known as breaker’s yards or scrapyards. They are subject to strict laws about disposing of cars in ways that don’t harm the environment. They will then pay you for the scrap value of the car.

You do have the option to keep the car off-road and apply for the registration number to be removed from the DVLA records. You may want to do this to take out parts that can be sold.

If the car is taken to an ATF, then you must give the facility the logbook, but keep the yellow portion that indicates that you are transferring ownership, selling or part-exchanging the vehicle. You must then tell the DVLA that the car has been given or sold to the ATF. If you don’t do this, you could be fined up to £1,000.

You’ll need the 11-digit reference number from the logbook (V5 certificate). If there are any full months left on your vehicle tax, you can apply to receive a refund.

How to find a buyer for your scrap car

The easiest way to find a buyer when you’re researching who buys scrap cars is to do a Google search for “sell scrap car {your area}”. You’ll then see all the scrap car buyers in your area. You can arrange for the sale of the car either through a website form or by calling the scrap car buyer.

If the car isn’t roadworthy, then the scrap car dealer will collect it. The ATF may then strip the car of its parts and sell them. It is also possible that they will repair the car and sell it.

You can donate the value of your car to charity: there are websites that will arrange to collect your car and donate its scrap value to charity.

How much are scrap cars worth?

The value of a scrap car depends on its make, model, size and weight. Your car could be worth a couple of hundred pounds. A small Fiat 500 is likely to be worth less than a large Land Rover, of course.

Any quote you receive will be based on the car having no parts removed. It is illegal to pay for the car in cash, so expect to be paid by cheque or bank transfer.

Bear in mind that you’d normally expect to be paid more by a local dealer than one who has to travel a long way to collect the car.

Even vehicles in very poor condition have some worth, so don’t deal with people who say they will take your car off your hands for free. Interested in knowing what your car is worth? Get an instant quote to scrap your car today right here, at Car.co.uk.

Other related FAQs

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No problem. A Certificate of Destruction (COD) will be issued when your car is scrapped. Please let us know if you need one when you request a quote – and we’ll ensure a copy is forwarded as soon as possible.

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.

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 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.