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All About Scrapping Your Car

Each year in Britain approximately 1 million vehicles are scrapped. You may have thought that scrapping your vehicle is the most financially advantageous alternative. If this is the case you should read on This is the complete guide to everything you should be aware of about scrapping.

What you should be aware of about the rules

Scrapping your car is fairly easy. But, like everything related to vehicles there’s paperwork to be completed.

There are strict laws in place to adhere to, all created to assist the scrapping industry function while decreasing the environmental harm caused by scrapping. Certain car parts could be polluting if they’re not properly disposed of and it’s not surprising that there are laws in place.

The most crucial law is that of whether or you’re selling your vehicle on the internet:

There is an obligation in law your vehicle be removed from the scrap yard at the Authorised Treatment Facility (ATF).

ATF licenses are granted through either the Environmental Agency or the Scottish Environment Protection Agency as well as any business can show their ATF licence. It is possible to be charged for scrapping in a company that’s not licensed.

What are the documents you require to dispose of a vehicle?

There are some documents that you’ll need in order for scrapping your car or to offer it for sale to a salvage buyer. They should not be difficult to put together, however they’re essential if you wish to have your vehicle recycled and scrapped through the Authorised Treatment Facility. They can include:

V5C registration certificate (or logbook)
Owner’s manual and book pack
Service history, either in full or in part

It is the Certificate of Destruction

If an ATF accepts to take your vehicle off the road, you’ll be issued the certificate of Destruction (CoD). The certificate will be given within 7 days if you’re scrapping your car, lighter van, or three-wheeled motor vehicle. This is also legally required.

The CoD proves that you have decided to scrap my car, handed the vehicle in and you’re not responsible anymore for it, nor for any taxes related to it.

Important: If you scrap any type of vehicle that isn’t listed above, you will not be able to get an official CoD. However the ATF will inform that the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) which will make the necessary changes to the vehicle’s records to indicate that it was scrapped.

If you’ve scrapped a vehicle of the above types it is your responsibility to notify to the DVLA that you’ve brought the car into the ATF in order to scrap it, without keeping any of its components. If you don’t, it will result in a fine of $1,000!

V5C Registration for Vehicles

In the event that you are aware that the ATF or DVLA are the ones responsible for the registration of your vehicle that is to be removed from the road, you are legally required to fill out part 9 of your V5C registration certificate of your vehicle and submit it to the DVLA.

After completing the process, you will get a response within 4 weeks, confirming the receipt. If you do not receive the response letter it’s your responsibility to follow-up, making sure that your vehicle’s registration records are up-to-date.

These steps demonstrate the fact that it is certain that you were once the driver of your vehicle and that you’ve authorized the new owner and any future sale.

Be aware that in some occasions, it could be that the ATF decides to sell the vehicle for a profit rather as scrapping it. If this occurs the ATF will notify that you are the owner, and you’ll have to complete the section 9 of your V5C (the “Notification of sale, or transfer section) and submit it to DVLA.

Do you want to scrap a car that has no Logbook or V5C?

If you cannot locate the V5C form for your vehicle It isn’t required to purchase the replacement. Legally, it’s acceptable to notify the DVLA by writing, stating:

Confirmation that the car was purchased for scrap
Relevant personal information
The buyer’s details
The date of sale
Registration number and the make and model vehicle

Note about the write-offs of insurance

In the event that the choice to write off your car off was taken by your insurance provider rather than the owner, then you’ll have to fill out the V5C/3 portion of the vehicle registration document (‘Selling or the transfer of your car to an insurer, motor trader or dismantler’) and send it with the DVLA. In some instances your insurance company might require you to submit the remainder of the certificate.

Keep your yellow form from the section once you have filled the form and receive an invoice from the ATF.

If your car has been written off There are four categories that your vehicle may fall within. The next step is dependent on the category in which your vehicle falls into:

Category A
The vehicle isn’t repairable and must be destroyed right away.
Category B
The vehicle is not repairable to make it roadworthy, as the shell of its body needs to be destroyed right away. But, other components of the vehicle could be reused or salvaged, in the event of a need.
Category S
This vehicle has been classified structurally damaged’, and it has the possibility of being roadworthy and be used again when it is repaired in accordance with the law.
Category N
It is classified being ‘non-structurally damaged’, and can be again to drive after having been repaired to roadworthy standards that are legal.

If you want to recover the Category N or S vehicle, the insurance company will provide you with an exact amount to pay and will then transfer the vehicle to you for repair.

In order for the insurance company to be in compliance, you must submit the entire log book for the vehicle to them. They will then request a duplicate log book by filling out this form.

Personalised Registrations

If you’ve been granted a personalized registration plate, then you’ll need to fill out Form V317. For more details on the form go here. It is essential to complete this promptly, because failure to complete the form could result in you losing your right to the personalized registration.

In the event that your insurance company is responsible for scrapping your vehicle, it is your responsibility to notify them to not scrap it until the registration number is transferred officially. The insurance company should then issue an acknowledgement letter that states that they’re willing to retain or transfer the registration number. Also, you should request an engineer’s report which confirms the car’s information.

Making use of your car as a spare part You can also SORN your vehicle

It could be that your car has components that you’d like to take away and keep. This is especially true for people who have spent money on to upgrade parts like the exhaust system or wheel rims. If you’re looking to get rid of components of the vehicle before you dispose of it, you’ll need submit an Statutory Off Road Notification (SORN) to inform authorities like the DVLA inform them that the car has stopped being used. It will also prevent you from being required to pay insurance or tax on the vehicle.

The SORN is valid until you return your car to an authorized ATF or notify your DVLA they no longer have ownership of it.

If you’d like to remove the registration number of the vehicle in order you can put it on a different vehicle, you need to make an application to the DVLA to retain the registration number until you decide to use it later on. This is a service that costs PS80 and permits for the registration to be kept in the name of the registered keeper.

If the ATF will accept the vehicle partially stripped (and many do) be, then you’ll need to submit Section 9 (‘Notification of transfer or sale’) of the V5C to the DVLA.

Additional tips to sell your car on the internet

There are a few other important points to consider in the event that you’re contemplating scrapping or selling your car on the internet:

You will need to present the proper identification and the proof of address
Cash for scrap cars is against the law within England, Scotland and Wales
You should get several estimates and appraisals to know the value of your car’s scrap
It is possible to receive a reimbursement from your provider for the remaining insurance coverage

ID is required

Since 2013, under the Scrap Metal Dealers Act, it’s been an obligation for customers who are located in England as well as Wales to present proof of proof of identity when they sell their vehicle to scrap. The acceptable identification is a passport or driving licence with a photo as well as evidence of your address like an old utility bill.

Avoid cash payments

Should you be offered cash in exchange for scrap or used vehicles Be wary. It’s illegal to purchase scrap cars for cash in England, Scotland or Wales. The law was passed to prevent theft of metal. Make sure that payments are made to you through a the company’s cheque or bank transfer.

Do a value analysis of your property.

Get the most complete information you can about the state the vehicle is, the degree of damage, and any particular issues that affect the roadworthiness of your vehicle. It is possible to be asked a lot of questions regarding the vehicle by prospective buyers. Being armed with information will allow you get the most competitive price that are available.

Find out if you can get an insurance reimbursement

When your car has been removed and you have your CoD in your hands It is recommended that you get in contact with the insurance company of your vehicle. You can cancel your insurance policy in the event that it is necessary. You could be eligible for an unpaid refund of the insurance.