Deciding to scrap your old car can sometimes be a tough decision to make. Sometimes trying to sell it privately can be more hassle than it’s worth in the long run and you could even end up losing money. Trying to keep the car running can be expensive, especially if the car needs repairs to keep it running. Once you’ve made the choice to go ahead with scrapping your car though, you want to make sure you’re doing it legally and that you’re getting the best value for it. If you don’t you could face fines and miss out on some cash! Here are my top tips to help you along the way when scrapping your old car:
- Use a legal and responsible company;
Avoid any unexpected fines from the DVLA for not getting your car de-registered properly at an authorised scrap car recycling centre. Don’t trust dodgy operators who don’t have the required licence to recycle cars.
- Scrap the car in an environmentally friendly way;
Don’t send your scrap car to someone who doesn’t treat it properly, you don’t want any of the chemicals from the car being tipped down the drain and harming your environment.
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- Get the scrap car properly recycled;
Government regulations state that all cars being scrapped should be recycled. 85% of a car can be recycled. Make sure your scrap car isn’t broken into parts and sent to landfill rather than responsibly recycled.
- Get your DVLA Certificate of Destruction;
Also you don’t want your scrap car to end up back on the road, so make sure you get your DVLA Certificate of Destruction, freeing you from ownership of the car and proof that your car has been recycled. Make sure you get the real deal because there are fakes out there!
- Get your scrap car collected;
If your car isn’t taxed and insured then you need to make sure you arrange for scrap car collection so you aren’t breaking the law by driving it, you could get in trouble with the police if you do drive it. You shouldn’t have to pay for a company to come and collect it either. By making sure you follow my easy steps to scrapping your car you’ll be abiding by the law, avoiding fines and there won’t be any hassle around getting your scrap car recycled. You could even have a decent amount of money coming your way!