What you need to know about scrapping your car

Posted on: 29/11/2013

Scrapping your car can seem daunting. But for some situations, it's the only option left.

For example, your vehicle might have been in a serious accident and been written off, or it's been deemed unsafe for the road and irreparable. Either way, the end destination is ultimately the scrapyard. And not so long ago, if you wanted your car picked up and taken there, you would have expected to pay for the privilege.


The alternative was to hunt for a local scrap site and leave with a handful of change. Following that, you'd then need to arrange a lift home. So, all-in-all, not the most pleasant of experiences.

But now scrapping your car has never been easier. At Recycle Motors, the whole process is completed in four steps. Firstly, you provide us with the necessary details, we then supply you with a quote, you decide whether you're happy with the estimated price and then we'll come and pick your vehicle up for you. Pretty straightforward, I think you'll agree. You can find out more here.

Upon completion of the scrapping process, you will receive a DVLA Certificate of Destruction (CoD). This can only be provided by an Authorised Treatment Facility (ATF).

At an ATF, your car will be dismantled in an environmentally friendly way. So how does a scrapyard become an ATF? Well, it must adhere to the following rules:

    1. Cars should be de-polluted within four days of arriving onto the premises, this is whether they are going to be used for spares or will be scrapped completely.


    1. The premises must be secure and protected. This is to ensure that no trespassers can enter the site.


    1. They must make steps to ensure that any hazardous fluids do not spill out into the surrounding environment. Spillage kits must be placed around the site.


    1. There is a limit on the amount of waste that can be accepted into the site per year, this is set to 25,000 tonnes of waste metal and 5,000 tonnes of waste motor vehicles.


    1. The site is not allowed to burn any wastes, whether this is within an open space or in an incinerator.

If you scrap your car without obtaining a CoD, you face being fined by the DVLA. And if your car ends up being returned to the road without the proper paperwork completed, you could face prosecution if it's later used for criminal activity. You also remain liable for fines and parking charges.

One last thing to remember when scrapping your vehicle: Don't forget to claim a refund for any unused road tax and insurance. Every little helps, as a popular supermarket chain so often tells us.

If you'd like to talk to anyone at Recycle Motors Ltd, please contact us here. You can also find out what other customers are saying about our services here.

Author: ADMIN
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