Whether you’ve had your car for years and it’s time to say goodbye or it has been written off as a result of a car accident, you’ll want to make sure that you dispose of your vehicle in the safest and most environmentally friendly way possible.
Once you’ve decided to get rid of the vehicle then it’s a good idea to consider scrapping it. That way you’re disposing of it easily and you’ll also receive money, no matter what the condition on the car. There are a few things you need to consider when scrapping your car to ensure that you do it in a safe and convenient manner.
Using an Authorised Treatment Facility
When you decide to scrap your car, you need to make sure that you take it to an Authorised Treatment Facility. These are companies that are legally allowed to scrap cars as they have been approved by the government. It is essential that you choose to scrap your vehicle with an ATF as they will go through everything in a legal manner, ensure the vehicle is scrapped in the most environmentally friendly way possible and give you a Certificate of Destruction once the vehicle has been scrapped.
With the help of Car.co.uk you can easily find an ATF in the UK closest to you. We have several centres across the country that can help you scrap your car, use the online tool to locate a scrap yard close to you.
However, there are still dodgy scrap car dealers about that will try and scrap your vehicle in an illegal manner. There are some ways that you can check whether the scrap yard is authorised, they must take identification and proof of address when they process your vehicle and all transaction must be done through bank transfer. This is all written under the Scrap Metal Dealer Act of 2013 and if they don’t abide by these rules then it’s best to avoid them.
Scrapping the vehicle
If you want to scrap the whole car then there are several steps you need to take during the process, it’s a straight-forward process so long as you go through step by step.
1. Apply to have your private number plate taken off
If you have a private number plate the you’ll want to have the plate removed to keep or place on another vehicle. You will have to apply through the DVLA and send off certain documents in order to receive a Retention Document that will allow you to keep that plate.
2. Scrap the vehicle at a ATF
As stated about, it’s essential that you have the vehicle scrapped at an ATF so that it can be done in the most environmentally friendly way possible. There are several across the UK that will help you scrap your vehicle.
3. Give away you log book
Your log book (or V5C) is a slip of paper that proves that you’re the legal registered keeper of the vehicle. When you have your vehicle scrapped you’ll have to hand this over, however, be sure to keep the yellow slip that states ‘Sell, transfer or part-exchange’ to prove the vehicle has been scrapped.
You can however scrap your vehicle without your log book, so don’t worry if it’s been lost.
4. Tell the DVLA
You must make sure that you let the DVLA know that the car has been scrapped otherwise you could face a fine. This is because you are still classed as the legal owner of the car if they don’t know that it’s been scrapped.
Some scrap companies may tell you that they will inform the DVLA, but to be sure, contact them independently to be certain you are not faced with a fine.
5. Get your Certificate of Destruction
The Certificate of Destruction proves that your car has been legally scrapped and disposed of. This frees you from any legal responsibility of the car and is usually given to you by the ATF once the vehicle has been scrapped.
This is why it is essential to go to an ATF as illegal dealerships will issue fraudulent certificates that will not legally unbind you from the vehicle. They may call the document the Document of Destruction or Certificate of Disposal instead.
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