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How do I get paid?

When your car is picked up, the collection driver will trigger your payment to be made by bank transfer. This means the money will be with you quickly – and the Authorised Treatment Facilities (ATF) we work alongside are following the strict law surrounding the payment for scrap vehicles. Generally, this will mean the payment will be the same day but may be up to 1 business day after collection.

Why are cash payments illegal?

In 2013, the government created the Scrap Metal Dealers Act to help make sure both the buyers and sellers of scrap metal are protected against any criminal activity. The act states that a dealer must not pay for scrap by any means other than a cheque or electronic transfer. All scrap vehicles are covered by this law.

To handle scrap vehicles, a scrap yard must meet ATF standards – and following the Scrap Metal Dealers Act is an important part of this. As long as they do, they will be able to legally scrap your vehicle – and produce the official paperwork to confirm this has been done. Without this paperwork, you could remain legally liable for the vehicle – so it’s important that you use a scrap yard that follows the law.

How can some scrap yards offer to pay cash?

It’s not uncommon to see traders offering to scrap your car for cash – especially on social media sites, classified advert services, and, in some cases, on signs at the side of the road. It’s important to understand that the businesses doing this are not scrap yards – as an approved scrap yard simply cannot pay for a scrap car with cash. 

Instead, these ‘businesses’ are usually individuals looking to make a quick profit from your scrap car. Since few people know the true value of a scrap car, traders will often simply make a cash offer for the car, before selling it on to an ATF for the fair price – or, in some cases, making some repairs and putting a potentially unsafe vehicle back on the road. 

Traders operating like this tread a thin line between staying legal and breaking the law – and, if you want to be certain that you’re getting the best price to scrap your car, it’s much safer to make sure you’re using an authorised treatment facility; like the scrap yards we work alongside.

There are many risks involved with selling your car to a trader who buys scrap for cash. Firstly, you will not be provided with the appropriate paperwork confirming the destruction of your car. Secondly, you may find yourself liable for offences relating to the car – even if you seem to have passed ownership on. To get the best price and service you can rely on to keep you safe, request an instant quote from our network of authorised scrap yards.

Why will I be paid after collection?

Payment is always arranged after collection to ensure the vehicle that’s being scrapped is both present and has been accurately described when the price was issued. 

While we have never quoted for a Rolls Royce and turned up to find a Mini; innocent mistakes do sometimes occur – especially around engine size and trim level. A quick inspection of the car before it’s removed means we can confidently offer the very best price for your vehicle.

Other related FAQs

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

You can get in touch with your insurance company and cancel your cover after your car has been collected. If you cancel your insurance before collection, you’ll be breaking the law if you drive the car on a public road. -

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.

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.

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).

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.

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.

To scrap your car legally, the three absolute musts are you must use an Authorised Treatment Facility (ATF), ensure your logbook (V5 certificate) is completed correctly, and, if the vehicle’s to be destroyed, obtain a CoD (Certificate of Destruction).

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.

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.