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How to Scrap Your Car

Once you have decided that scrapping is the only option for your vehicle, it is a simple process of booking an appointment with a DVLA approved dealer, handing over the keys and collecting your cash. This process usually comes after an unfortunate accident or bump, or if your pride and joy has reached the end of its tether, and when the time comes, you must know exactly what you have to do. If your car is in a condition that means the chances of selling it on are slim, then scrapping your car may be the next logical option. To find out how to scrap your car, take a look at Craddock Metal Recycling Limited’s latest blog post that outlines the entire process from start to finish.

1. Consider Every Option

Before you go ringing up your local scrap dealer, make sure that your car is beyond repair and that it cannot be driven safely. Scrapping your car should be considered the last resort, and if possible, you should try and sell the car or make any necessary repairs. It must be stressed, however, that you should only sell your car if it is road legal and completely safe, and if it isn’t, then you can begin to consider alternative options such as scrappage.

2. Book an Appointment

Once your car has been rendered unsafe to drive or if you have had no enquiries on your sale ad, then it is time to contact your local scrap dealer. The process is not as straightforward as making a call and pencilling in an appointment, however. If your car has been served with a prohibition notice and you are forbidden from driving the car, then you must enlist the support of a DVLA approved scrap dealer. If your car has not been served with a prohibition notice, then you are free to choose a scrap dealer of your choice.

Craddock Metal Recycling Limited is a DVLA approved dealership, and you can see our full profile on the DVLA website here.

Contact the scrap dealer and agree on a time that suits both parties and agree on a date and time for the scrap dealer to come and collect your car. Make sure your car is accessible (on the roadside or a private drive, for example) so the scrappers can collect your car with ease and without any obstacles. Prior to the dealers collecting your vehicle, you may have to provide them with proof of ID, as part of the new The Scrap Metal Dealers’ Act, and your car must also be able to be driven onto the ramp of the scar dealers vehicle.

3. Consider Recycling

Although most DVLA approved scrap dealers will attempt to recycle as much of the vehicle as possible, you can still play your part in the process by choosing the right dealership. Ensure your dealership has a Hazardous Waste License, so that any dangerous products, such as oil and car batteries, are recycled correctly and so that they do not have a detrimental effect on the environment.

4. Collect Your Cash

After your car has been collected and successfully scrapped, you should be issued with a Certificate of Destruction (CoD) and the scrap dealers should transfer you the agreed price of the deal in the coming days. You must also contact the DVLA for a refund on any road tax that you are owed, and you should also inform your insurance company that your car has been scrapped. Generally, they should refund you for any unused months or transfer your funds onto a new policy with another vehicle.

Once you have completed all of these steps, you will have successfully scraped your car and will be on your way to purchasing a new vehicle and a new pride and joy. For more information on all of our policies and processes, contact Craddock Metal Recycling Limited today by calling us on 01527 668 66 or by leaving us a message via our online contact form.

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