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The Complete Guide to Scrapping Your Car

Every year in Britain, around two million cars are scrapped.  It might be that you’ve decided that scrapping your own car is the best financial option.  If that’s the case, then keep reading: this is our complete guide on everything you need to know about the scrapping process.

What you need to know about regulations

Car scrapping is relatively simple.  However, as with all things vehicle related, there is some paperwork involved.

There are thorough legal regulations in place that you must meet; all of them designed to help the scrapping industry operate whilst minimising the environmental damage caused.  (A number of car parts can be very environmentally damaging if not disposed of properly, so it’s understandable that the laws are in place).

The most important regulation is this:

It is a legal requirement that your vehicle is scrapped by an Authorised Treatment Facility (ATF).  

ATF licenses are issued either by the Environmental Agency or the Scottish Environment Protection Agency, and any firm will be able to demonstrate their certification.  You can be prosecuted for scrapping with a non-licensed firm.

(ASM Auto Recycling is a licensed ATF).

The Certificate of Destruction

When an ATF agrees to scrap your vehicle, you will be issued a Certificate of Destruction (CoD).  This will be delivered within seven days if you’re scrapping a car, light van or 3-wheeled motor vehicle.  Again, it is a legal requirement.

The CoD is proof that you’ve handed the vehicle over and are no longer responsible for it.

Important: If you’re scrapping a vehicle type not listed above, you won’t be able to obtain a CoD.  However, the ATF will notify the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA), who will then update the vehicle’s record to show that it’s been scrapped.

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V5C Vehicle Registration Form

Even in situations where the ATF and DVLA are responsible for registering your vehicle to be scrapped, you are still legally required to complete section 9 of the V5C vehicle registration certificate and send it to the DVLA.

Once you’ve done this, you should receive a response letter within four weeks confirming receipt.  If you don’t receive this response letter, it is your responsibility to follow up, ensuring that the vehicle’s records have been updated.

If you’re not sure what we mean by V5C, don’t worry: you probably know it as your car’s log book! (Recent changes have been made to the log book – this PDF from the DVLA offers a comprehensive guide).

Worth remembering:  On some occasions, it may be that the ATF makes the decision to re-sell the vehicle rather than scrapping it.  If that occurs, they will notify you, and you will need to complete section 9 of your V5C (the ‘Notification of Sale or Transfer’ section) and again, send it to the DVLA.

A note on insurance write-offs

If the decision to write your car off has been made by your insurance company rather than you, then you will need to complete the V5C/3 ‘Notification of sale or transfer’ section of your registration certificate and send it in to the DVLA.  In some cases, your insurance company may then ask you to provide the rest of the certificate.

Personalised Registrations

If you have a personalised registration plate, you’ll need to fill in Form V317 (for more information on form V317, click here). It’s important to do this straight away, as not completing the form could lead to you permanently losing your entitlement to the personalised registration.

On the occasions where your insurance firm is responsible for scrapping the vehicle, you’ll need to inform them not to dispose of it until the registration plate has been officially transferred.  The insurers should then issue a letter confirming that they’re happy to transfer or retain the number.  (You should also get a copy of the engineer’s report confirming the vehicle’s details.)

Using your vehicle for parts

It may be that your vehicle has certain parts that you’d like to strip out and keep. (This is particularly common with drivers who’ve spent money upgrading things like the exhaust or the wheel rims).  If you want to remove parts of the vehicle before you scrap it, you’ll need to make a Statutory Off Road Notification (SORN) to let the DVLA know that the vehicle is no longer being driven.  This will also stop you having to pay insurance or vehicle tax.

The SORN will be valid until you take your vehicle to an authorised ATF, or inform the DVLA that you no longer own it.

If your chosen ATF accepts a partially stripped vehicle (and many will), then you will need to send section 9 (‘Notification of sale or transfer’) of the V5C to the DVLA.


The Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency is the branch of the UK Government responsible for maintaining the database of cars and drivers in the UK.  If you have any queries to do with vehicle ownership or responsibility during the scrapping process, the chances are the DVLA will be best placed to help.  Here are their contact details (their homepage is here):

Vehicle Customer Services


Longview Road



SA99 1AR

Tel: 0300 790 6802

Text: 0300 123 1279

ASM Auto Recyling

We are an experienced vehicle scrapping firm that prides itself on paying fair prices and offering excellent levels of customer service.  If you’re considering scrapping your vehicle, then give us a call today on 01844 268 940 (Opt.2) or drop us an email and we’ll be happy to give you a quote and arrange pick-up.


GM announces semi-autonomous self-driving cars to go on sale this decade

General Motors has announced it anticipates releasing a semi-autonomous self-driving car this decade. The American car manufacturers have reported that most of the requirements for semi-autonomous driving are already in place.

Modern safety features such as blind-spot recognition, lane-departure warnings and collision mitigation are already in place to equip a car with the potential to drive itself on motorways.

Nady Boules, director of electrical and controls integrated research at General Motors, said: "If you combine these elements and take each of them to an extreme, we could have a car that can’t crash and a car that can drive itself."

GM’s Cadillac division has a "Super Cruise" system on test, with its research vehicles built with automatic steering, braking and lane-centring on motorways under certain road conditions. It is claimed that this technology could be prepared for production vehicles in as few as three years’ time.

Mr Boules confirmed that full autonomy could well be possible with the ability to ease congestion on the roads, eliminate the need for traffic lights and reduce the number of accidents with these "crash-proof" vehicles. He revealed the adoption of a fully autonomous car is "further off" but that some progress would be made on that front throughout the decade.

How would you feel about scrapping your car for a model that could drive itself? While the idea sounds great in theory, many people struggle to adapt to change and the innovation of a self-driving car would certainly take a lot of getting used to. It would also require a lot of trust in the vehicles themselves as drivers put their safety in the hands of an autonomous system.


Welsh motorists forced into debt to stay on the roads

A recent survey of motorists in Wales suggests many are forced into debt in order to run their cars.

Over a million people that live in the principality are required to spend over 10 per cent of their disposable income on running and maintaining their vehicles.

The report from Access Denied believes "a lack of alternatives" leaves motorists with no choice but to go into debt in order to maintain jobs, social lives and access to shops and healthcare.

Transport group Sustrans Cymru is leading calls for politicians to pay more attention to the "growing problem" of "transport poverty".

Lee Waters, of Sustrans Cymru, said: "It is shameful that not having a car in many parts of Wales severely limits your chances in life.

"In assuming everyone has easy access to a car, we have forced thousands into ownership that they simply can’t afford.

"If Wales is serious about tackling poverty, we must make sure people can access the jobs and services they need, regardless of where they live. This means building a transport system that is available to all, not just those who can afford to drive."

In an effort to make driving a car as cost-effective as possible, an increasing number of motorists are choosing to purchase second hand cars with smaller engines that offer optimum fuel consumption for commuting and any other regular journeys.

With the cost of fuel rising at an alarming rate, any way of reducing repair and maintenance costs is warmly welcomed. Instead of scrapping your car and forking out on a brand new model had you considered restoring your second hand car to roadworthy condition using used car parts?

At ASM Auto Recycling we have an unrivalled selection of over 250,000 parts for all sorts of vehicles that have been cleaned, tested and covered by an initial 90-day guarantee. Buying a second hand car part can keep your vehicle on the road and avoid expensive outlays on new models.