How to scrap your car without falling foul of the law

Four tips for recycling your car while following UK and EU regulations

It has served you well throughout the years, but all good things must come to an end. It’s now time to say goodbye to your loyal automobile, and, most importantly, without getting on the wrong side of the law.
The internet is awash with helpful information to enable end-of-life vehicle (ELV) owners to dispose of their cars in line with UK and EU ELV regulations. Under EU rules, auto manufacturers are legally obliged to offer ELV recycling support to their customers through take-back schemes and similar recycling initiatives.
Here are a few pointers of which to be aware when scrapping your old vehicle:
1. Authorised Treatment Facilities (ATF) are the only end-of-life vehicle centres which can legally present you with a Certificate of Destruction (CoD) following the destruction of your vehicle. Scrapping your car at an unauthorised facility is a criminal offence.
2. A recent law passed in 2013, the Scrap Metal Dealers’ Act October 2013, makes it illegal to offer or accept cash for the scrapping of a vehicle. Anyone who offers cash for an ELV is acting outside of the law and should be avoided.
3. Under the Scrap Metal Dealers’ Act October 2013, Authorised Treatment Facilities (ATF) are now required to ask those scrapping their ELVs for a form of ID and proof of their current address. If this is a problem for you, using the services of an auto manufacturer ELV agent is probably the best option.
4. When you take your vehicle to an ATF, you will need to take your vehicle’s V5C with you. The facility will hand you a CoD in exchange for a part of the V5C. Once this has been completed, you need to send the CoD to the DVLA, so that it is aware that your vehicle is no longer on the road.
How much you will receive for scrapping your vehicle, depends entirely on the scrap metal market prices. Some websites will offer an instant quote if you enter your car’s registration number, but it’s better to contact an ATF yourself or go through an agent.
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