Scrap Car FAQs

Below you will find the most frequently asked questions that we get. For use of ease these are split into three different sections. General Enquires, Documentation and Payment enquiries. This FAQs section about scrapping your car should answer all of your questions.

If you have any further questions, please just let us know.

General Enquiries

All our drivers wear face masks and will maintain a safe distance. When you need to show your photo ID and other documentation, these can be placed on a table so the driver does not have to physically touch them.

Yes, it is a legal requirement to inform the DVLA when you scrap your car. We take care of the full process for you and fill out any required paperwork.

ELV stands for End of Life Vehicle. It is a term used to describe a vehicle that is no longer suitable for use. All end of life vehicles must be disposed of at an authorised treatment facility.

Yes, you can claim back any unused road tax by contacting the DVLA directly. Since tax discs were phased out this can no longer be done at the post office. You will need to contact the DVLA by phone, email or complete the form on their website.

Yes, our facilities hold Authorised Treatment Facility Licences for the storing, dismantling and recycling of scrap vehicles. It is an offence to dispose of a car with an unlicensed scrap dealer.

Yes, we can dispose of the vehicle for you, but you will need to inform the licensing body in the country where the car is registered that it has been scrapped. The procedure for doing this differs from region to region.

Yes, you need to contact the DVLA before the car is scrapped to let them know you wish to retain the registration. Your registration will then be held on a retention certificate until it is transferred to another vehicle.

Yes, we will provide you with a Certificate of Destruction (COD) once your car has been scrapped.


A Certificate of Destruction (COD) is an official document issued by the DVLA that confirms that your car has been scrapped. The COD is sent directly to the scrap yard that dismantles the vehicle. You cannot apply for one yourself.

No, you don’t need a V5C but you still need to inform the DVLA that the car has been scrapped. You will also need to provide us with proof of ID and address when we collect the car from you.

The Scrap Metal Dealers Act 2013 requires us to verify the name and address of any person handing a scrap car to us. We accept passports or photocard driving licences as proof of ID and utility bills, council tax bills or a lease agreement as proof of address.

You need to let the DVLA know that the car has been scrapped by completing and returning section 9 (section 4 on forms post-April 2019) of the V5C form. We take care of this for you.

You will need to provide proof of ID and proof of address. A photo ID can be used as proof of ID, and a utility bill for proof of address. It would also help if you have the vehicle's V5C registration document, but this is not necessary.


We pay for vehicles by bank transfer (BACS or FPS). This is paid directly into your bank account with funds usually transferring the same day.

Sorry, no, the Scrap Metal Dealers Act 2013 makes it illegal for scrap dealers to pay cash for your car.

No, we won’t. We value your car based on the information you provide. So long as the car is as described, you will be paid the price we quoted and that’s GUARANTEED.


Yes, we can collect vehicles in all conditions. Our transporter can collect cars in any condition, including accident damaged, MOT failures, write-offs and other non-runners.

While the registered owner of the vehicle does not have to be there personally, someone does need to be present for legal reasons. This is because we cannot collect a car for scrap without first obtaining proof of ID and address.

Yes, you can deliver the car to us, but you will still need to bring with you proof of ID and proof of address. You will also need to arrange transport back home.

Yes, when you obtain a quote for your car you can choose from a range of days and collection times. We offer Monday to Friday pickup from 8.30am to 5.00pm and Saturday between 9.30am and 2pm.