Entries in scrapping your car (3)


The Complete Guide to Scrapping Your Car

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 regulations

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.

Insurance write-offs

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.

The CoD

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).


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.