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How to scrap your car

When your car comes to the end of its useful life, either through sheer old age, irreparable mechanical problems or the trauma of an accident, it’s time to say goodbye. We all become attached to our cars over time, but it’s important not to let the disappointment of losing your much loved vehicle cloud your judgment, because scrapping your car has to be done right or it could end up costing you.

Scrapping it yourself

One option is to scrap it yourself and try and raise a few quid by selling parts on eBay. The only problem with this is that you will have a slowly rotting carcass of a car looking ugly on your driveway or blocking your garage, and chances are you’ll be left with lots of bits you can’t get rid of.

If you do scrap your car yourself, it is important that you register a Statutory Off Road Notice (SORN) to avoid road tax and that you write to the DVLA to let them know that you no longer have the vehicle when the job is complete. Write to: DVLA Swansea SA99 1BD.

Using a scrap yard

Most people will choose to send their car to the scrap yard rather than do it themselves. Scrap yards, officially known as Authorised Treatment Facilities (ATF), will break up your car in an environmentally friendly way, recycling as much of the materials as possible. Make sure you get a Certificate of Destruction or you could still be liable for the vehicle and any fines it attracts if it is used instead of being scrapped.

Make sure you know what is a reasonable price for your car before you contact a scrap dealer, and get a few local quotes to find the best price. You can find your local ATFs by looking on the gov.uk website. Most scrap yards will collect your old vehicle, or you can drive it in yourself. There isn’t usually much difference in the price you’ll get for your car if it is collected, so it’s probably best to go for this option.

Donate it to charity

Few scrap cars attract more than a couple of hundred pounds, with most in the £100 to £150 bracket, so you might consider donating this to charity. Charities such as giveacar.co.uk will collect your car from you and either scrap it or fix it and donate the proceeds to a good cause.

Insurance write offs

If your vehicle is an insurance write off following a crash, then you will need to give the car to your insurer or their appointed garage. They will arrange disposal of the car and issue you with the appropriate paperwork.

Scrap paperwork

Whichever way you choose to scrap your car, it is important to get the right paperwork. Either get your V5c, or log book, signed by the dealer or insurance company, or if this is not possible, write directly to the DVLA at the address above. You should get a confirmation letter, confirming that your vehicle has been legally scrapped, within a couple of weeks.

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