Is your car languishing, gathering dust in the garage? If yes, consider scrapping it to earn extra cash and help the environment. You can make money from its metal components. These metals will be recycled to make other products, like tin. The use of recycled materials also minimises greenhouse gas emissions, a major cause of global warming.
The process of scrapping, however, has to be done properly.
Why Should You Scrap Your Car Properly?
When scrapping your old car, you can’t just turn up at a scrap yard, then leave your vehicle and be done with it. You need to complete a few documents and contact an authorised scrap company.
Coordinate with various agencies to help you dispose of a vehicle that is broken beyond repair. Only an authorised treatment facility (ATF) can scrap a car. The ATF will decide whether to scrap it completely or repair and sell it themselves.
The processes for scrapping an old vehicle may differ if you intend to keep some parts of your car or scrap the whole lot; a different process may also apply if your car is registered outside of the UK. General guidelines will apply whatever your situation.
What Do You Need to Remember?
You need to remember several factors to make the process easier. These crucial factors include:
- Notify the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) – after scrapping your car, the ATF will give a Certificate of Destruction (CoD). Use this certification to inform the DVLA that the ATF has scrapped your car. Otherwise, you will remain accountable to the vehicle and could end up paying £1,000 fine.
- Reclaim insurance and tax – once you have informed the DVLA that your car is already off the road, you may get a refund cheque for all the full months left on your vehicle tax, starting from the date the agency receives your information. For payments via Direct Debit, automatic cancellation will take effect.
- Safeguard your personal data – selling your car as scrap normally requires you to provide proof of identity and proof of address. Companies will store your personal information for three years. It’s important to find a reliable organization so that you’re certain your details are safe.
Scrapping is suitable for vehicles that force you to spend more on maintenance and repairs. The car may eat up excessive fuel and is no longer safe to drive. Instead of ending up at a landfill, your old car has to be recycled to reduce waste and maximise the available resources.
Work with Professionals
LKM Recycling helps you scrap your old car according to regulations set by the DVLA. Since we’re an ATF with the DVLA, our team handles all the paperwork through the agency’s website, so you can relax. We also normally issue CoD within 24 hours of collection. You don’t need to bring your vehicle to our site because our team will pick it up from your home. We collect vehicles in any condition, but they should have four wheels and a rolling chassis.
Contact us today to learn more.