What happens to your car or van when it is scrapped?


This could be your old van or car when it is scrapped.

You might cherish your car or van since it’s been a reliable vehicle but what happens when it reaches the end of the road and needs to be scrapped?

Well, here at The Scrappers we are experts and happy to help you scrap your vehicle and ensure that it is disposed of responsibly.

Indeed, everyone scrapping their car or van should use a licensed Authorised Treatment Facility (ATF) because we are monitored and have to comply with various environmental laws.

Also, not using an authorised treatment facility could lead to you being prosecuted for not doing so.

Our work involves depolluting the scrapped vehicle so we drain harmful fluids, including the oil, from the vehicle to make sure it does not poison the ground.

Most of the scrapped car can be recycled

However, most of the scrapped car can be recycled with the non-ferrous and ferrous metals being removed for melting down, while some of the plastics can be used by some firms to generate electricity through a process called gasification.

The vehicle’s windows can be used as aggregate for the building industry, and the tyres can be recycled for use in construction and creating safe paths and playgrounds for children.

The automotive industry in the UK is working hard to improve recycling rates and co-operate with regulators and there’s a lot to do once you begin the car and van scrapping process.

With nearly 2 million cars and vans being scrapped in the country every year, for most owners scrapping their vehicle is a sensible financial decision because it may cost too much in repairs to keep in a roadworthy condition.

Once your car has been sold for scrap, you will receive a certificate of destruction (CoD) from the scrapper which proves that your vehicle has been handed over and you are no longer responsible for it.

Scrapping a light van

For those who are scrapping a light van then a certificate of destruction is not issued but we will notify the DVLA (Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency) that the vehicle has been scrapped and your records will be updated accordingly.

You will also need to complete the 5c vehicle registration form (it’s usually called the logbook) and send it off to the DVLA who will then write back confirming their records have been updated.

Here at The Scrappers, we reckon around 75% of a car is easy to recycle since it is metal but the other issues which take time and skills is for dealing with composites, plastics and glass fibre, as these are more difficult to recycle. In total, around 90% of the car is recycled efficiently.

We are committed to doing the best job possible and spend lots of time draining oils and suchlike from the vehicle, removing the parts that can be sold on before starting the scrapping process itself.

If you would like to know more about the process for scrapping your car or van and getting the best price possible, then it’s time to speak with the experts at The Scrappers.