Every year in Britain, around two million cars are scrapped. There are many things you can do with an old car, of course, but the simple fact is that scrapping is still often the most fiscally sensible thing to do with your vehicle. Today, we’re going to look at the essential things anyone looking to scrap their car needs to know.
The most important thing to be aware of is that there are thorough regulations in place for those scrapping cars. Vehicles must always be scrapped at an Authorised Treatment Facility (ATF) such as ASM Autos. Licenses must be issued by the Environmental Agency or the Scottish Environment Protection Agency. The regulations are in place to help minimise the amount of environmental damage caused by the scrapping sector – battery acid, gearbox oil and engine parts can all be hazardous if not disposed with properly.
It’s worth noting that if your vehicle has been written off by your insurance company rather than by your own decision, then you’ll need to complete the V5C/3 ‘Notification of sale or transfer’ section of your registration certificate and send it into the DVLA. The rest of the registration certificate should be sent through to your insurance company, who may then ask you to provide the rest of it.
If the AFT agrees to scrap your vehicle, then you should be issued a Certificate of Destruction (CoD) within 7 days if you’re scrapping a car, light van or 3-wheeled motor vehicle (not including motor tricycle). The CoD is your proof that you’ve handed the vehicle over for scrap and that you’re no longer responsible for it.
You can still scrap other types of vehicle, but you won’t be able to obtain a CoD. The ATF should instead notify the DVLA, who will update the vehicle’s record to show that it’s been scrapped. You are then responsible for completing section 9 of your V5C vehicle registration certificate and sending it through to the DVLA. They should then send a response letter within 4 weeks.
On some occasions the ATF may instead decide to re-sell your vehicle rather than scrapping it. If that’s the case, then you’ll need to complete section 9 of your V5C vehicle registration certificate (the ‘Notification of sale or transfer’ section) and send it through to the DVLA.
A note on personalised registrations
If you’ve got a personalised registration, you’ll have to transfer the registration or fill in form V317 before the vehicle is scrapped. If you don’t do so, you’ll permanently lose your entitlement to the personalised number! If the insurance firm is responsible for scrapping the vehicle, then you’ll need to inform them not to dispose of the vehicle until the registration plated has been transferred. Again, when they’ve done this you should get a letter of no interest from the insurers confirming they’re happy to transfer or retain the number, and a copy of the engineer’s report confirming the vehicle’s details.
Get in touch
ASM are experienced scrappers who pay excellent prices. Get in touch today and we’ll be happy to discuss picking up your vehicle. You can call us on 01844 268 940 (Opt.2).