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How to scrap your carBack

ScrapyardScrapping your car might not be something that many of us would want to consider doing, but for some, it really is the most sensible option. However, the scrapping process had changed significantly in recent years so it’s well worth looking into your options first before you make any final decisions.

Take a look below at Trusted Dealers guide on how to scrap your car.

The facts

Up until recently, if a car failed its MOT or was too expensive to keep on the road, you could pay to have it taken off your hands and effectively “scrapped”. The alternative was to hunt down a local scrapyard where you could benefit from a small amount of cash whilst your car headed to be crushed – a rather depressing experience. Thankfully in recent years things have changed, mainly due to the internet and shifts in legislation which now mean that if you need to get rid of your car, there are more options available to you.

Getting the best price

Using an online scrap valuation service is one way to get an instant quote on what your car might be worth. Websites such as will provide you with an instant quote in exchange for some simple details such as your postcode and registration number. It will also search for the best price locally to save you as much hassle as possible when it comes to making the car’s final journey. You can also obtain quotes for collection and delivery to make things even easier. Like any online service, always shop around to ensure you get the best price or use online scrap website

What happens to my car?

The scrapping company will recycle the car so hazardous materials won’t end up in landfill and it will also sort out the paperwork required by the DVLA by emailing or posting out a Certificate of Destruction (CoD) to them.

Donating to charity

You can also donate your car to charity if you prefer through organisations such as or They’ll usually pick up your unwanted vehicle for free and either sell it at auction or scrap it. They will then give the proceeds to a UK charity of your choice. Some of the charities will also take other unwanted items such as vans, farm machinery, lorries, computers and even flat-screen TVs – taking the hassle out of getting rid of these goods and all for a great cause.

Further advice

Always make sure that when recycling your car you have fully completed the necessary paperwork that goes with it. You should be given a DVLA Certificate of Destruction for the vehicle, or alternatively, make sure that the ownership of the car is properly transferred to the recycler via the V5c registration certificate or log book. Finally, don’t forget to claim a refund for any unused road tax and insurance.


Posted by Leana Kell on 24/03/2014