How to scrap a car – The Scrappers’ top tips

Most of us become attached to our car but there may come a time when it reaches the end of the road and you need to know ‘How to scrap a car’.

The reasons for car scrapping usually includes a mechanical problem that might cost a lot of money to fix and if it’s more than your vehicle is worth then it’s pointless spending the money. Unless you really are attached to your car.

Also, if it’s an MoT failure you may decide it’s not worth spending money on it either.

In either case you will need to scrap the car though really cars today are recycled rather than scrapped and it’s important to understand how this process works.

How to scrap a car – we recycle

It’s not that long ago when car owners were charged to scrap their vehicle but this caused problems with illegal scrapping and people abandoning their cars so now when you search for ‘How to scrap a car’ it becomes obvious that recycling plays an important part in the process.

That’s down to the End of Life Vehicles Directive, introduced by the European Union, which made it illegal to charge the car owner for disposing of their vehicle.

It also needs to be appreciated that the scrapper cannot offer cash for your car and this was brought in to reduce the amount of metal theft that was taking place. Now, the payments are made immediately into the vehicle owner’s bank account.

Scrap your car

So, when you need to scrap your car, you need to contact a reputable firm such as The Scrappers and you must, by law, use an Authorised Treatment Facility (ATF).

The facility is registered with the Environment Agency so you can be reassured that the scrapyard is sticking to the regulations when it comes to dismantling vehicles and then handling the waste materials correctly.

If you have any concerns about whether the scrapping firm you are dealing with is an authorised treatment facility then there is a list of ATF sites on the Environment Agency’s website.

Documents you will need when you scrap a car

When you contact a scrapping firm, you will need to hand over the vehicle’s V5C certificate, most of us call it the logbook, and they then fill in the yellow part of this. It is headlined: ‘Selling or transferring your vehicle to a motor trader, insurer or dismantler’.

In turn, you will then be issued with a Certificate of Destruction and you need to keep this safe and the scrapyard, at least the trustworthy ones, will then tell the DVLA that your vehicle has been legally scrapped.

If they don’t tell the DVLA you may need your certificate of destruction to prove that you not only don’t own the scrapped car but do not need to pay road tax either.

How to scrap a car when it can’t be driven

If you are looking for ‘How to scrap a car when it can’t be driven’, and this might happen if it can’t be driven safely or legally, then most scrapyards will send a truck to collect it.

If you want more information about how to scrap a car then contact the friendly team at The Scrappers and we can deal with everything for you, regardless of where you are in the UK.