It can be a stressful time when you decide to scrap your car or van, thankfully make this process as easy as possible.

When your car or van fails its MOT or has just come to the end of its life, a quick search on google will show a list of dealers that will collect your vehicle free of charge. Make sure you choose somebody that has a valid scrap car and waste collectors license and has good feedback from previous customers on a reputable website such as Google or Facebook reviews.

Most online scrap car collection companies will have valuation software on their websites so when you input your details it will automatically generate a quote, once you receive this and have booked a collection they will send either a driver or a recovery vehicle depending on the size and weight of your scrap car or van. Usually, the process takes no more than a day from booking to collection providing you have good access the driver will load your car and fill out the yellow slip of the V5c or logbook, never hand over all the logbook as you will still be liable for the vehicle. Cash for scrap metal was banned in 2012 it’s now illegal for a dealer to pay you in cash unless the vehicle is salvage.

How do I know my car is scrap

Has your scrap car snapped its cambelt or maybe the clutch has failed and you don’t want to spend any more time and money on it?. Most scrap vehicles will be over the age of about 7 year’s old and over 100,000 miles although it’s not uncommon to see low mileage examples that have started to develop running issues and owners just can’t or won’t repair them.

If your car isn’t worth that much and you think it’s going to fail the next MOT test its then probably more economical to scrap It and buy a new one. Has your car or van been involved in an accident or started smoking from the exhaust then its time to go. Remember you can earn extra cash out of selling your vehicle to a scrap dealer.

Avoid any penalties

Make sure you notify the DVLA when selling or scrapping a vehicle, you can do this by filling out the V5c in the new keeper’s details or online. As soon as you have notified the DVLA they will refund any road tax that is still remaining this usually comes through the post in the form of a check providing it’s in your name and you still live at the same address. If you fail to notify the DVLA they will send you fines and penalties.

Make sure you remove all your belongings because when the car has gone it can be very hard to get them back once it’s seen the inside of the crusher, organise all your paperwork and keys prior to the collection that way your not rushing around at the last minute. No need to clean your car before collection as its only going in the bin.

The blog is written by

Paul Sweeney