Eventually, the time will come when a car has drove its last mile. It will have puffed its last breath and just become too costly and time consuming to repair Its time to move on, and leave all the emotional history behind by choosing to scrap your car. But, before you do this, ensure you have the loqdown on scrapping cars.
The only centres legally permitted to scrap cars are Authorised Treatment Facilities (ATFs) so they can responsibly and safely deal with hazardous parts, such as oil and batteries. Be sure to you only deal with car scrap yards or recycling centres with an ATF licence, recycling your car anywhere else is a criminal offence. Find out more on the best ways to scrap your car here.
Documents needed to successfully scrap a car;Vehicle registration document (V5C)
The vehicle registration document or V5C is the vehicle logbook this is the most important document needed for scrapping your car. It proves the car you are about to sell for scrap belongs to you and stops any unauthorised sales. Find out more here: Can I scrap my car without a v5c (logbook)? V5C/3 Make sure to keep the yellow slip from your vehicle registration document known as the V5C/3 and ensure you get a receipt from the ATF. Certificate of Destruction (CoD) A centre with an ATF license is the only places authorised to issue the Certificate of Destruction (CoD). The V5C/3 is the section that needs to be completed and exchanged for a CoD, which then needs to be sent to the DVLA. The CoD is a DVLA approved certificate that states you have had your car recycled, and absolves you of any future responsibility for it. Additionally, the DVLA will automatically refund any unused road tax. Find out more about informing the DVLA when you’re scrapping your car.
If I don’t have a V5C (log book) can I still scrap my car?
If you jusst cant find your vehicle registration document (V5C) you can still scrap your car. However, you may want to read SCL advice on this as it could save you some money.
Contrary to popular belief, you do not need to have the V5C document to scrap a car it is not illegal – you just need to inform the DVLA in writing who scrapped the car with.
There is no fee involved in doing it this way, all you will need to do is provide DVLA with the following:
Your details The ATF details Registration number, make and model of the car Date of the sale The DVLA will then update their database so you are no longer the registered keeper of the vehicle.
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