This website uses cookies to enhance and provide your experience.

Enter your registration & postcode to get an instant quote

Scrapping a car doesn’t have to be hard work! Our UK-wide network of scrap partners and specialist dismantlers means we make it easy to find the very best prices.

GB

Will you haggle on collection?

Unlike some other scrap car buying services, the scrap yards you’re connected with through Car.co.uk will never haggle over the price of your car. A huge number of customers come to us because their friends and family have had a great experience using our service. We strive for outstanding customer care – and we’ll always make sure the price you’re offered is the price you receive.

Why do you inspect the car if you’re not going to haggle?

We ask our collection partners to inspect the car upon collection to make sure it was accurately described when we issued a price. Rather than produce an average quote, we’ll make sure you receive the highest possible price for the specific car you’re selling – and there are a number of things that can change that price slightly, including the engine size, trim level, fuel type, and any parts that may be missing. 

The inspection simply makes sure no errors have occurred relating to the make, model, or condition of the car.

What happens if the car isn’t as described?

We appreciate that not everyone’s a car fanatic – so we don’t expect you to be able to quote us the exact specification of your car! Our innovative way of working means we only require your car’s registration number to get the exact make, model, and year of manufacture.

Despite this, we do understand that mistakes sometimes occur – but don’t worry, if the car doesn’t match the description that our scrap partner based their quote on, they’ll simply provide another quote based on more accurate details. This way, you never have to worry about haggling – as you’ll always receive the best possible quote for your exact car.

Will I be offered a different ‘cash’ price?

Each of the scrap yards we work with meet strict government authorised treatment facility (ATF) standards – and a big part of this accreditation relies on them following the Scrap Metal Dealers Act (2013). This law dictates that payment for scrap (including scrap cars) can only be made by cheque or electronic transfer. As such, you’ll never be offered a different price based on a cash payment.

Some road-side traders and unauthorised scrap collectors will occasionally offer to buy your old or damaged car for cash – but, doing so is very risky and may be against the law. If you sell your scrap car for cash in this way, the trader you deal with won’t be able to provide the official paperwork you need – and this could result in you receiving fines or penalties for the car if the DVLA still consider you to be the legal owner; even for issues and offences that occur after the car is sold.

Other related FAQs

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

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).

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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. -

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.

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).