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What to Know Before You Scrap Your Car

Many of us will need to scrap a car at least once, at which point it would be beneficial to learn what you need to know before starting the process – especially if that time is now. The best advice is going to help ensure you scrap your car in the right way, find the right deal, and remember the essentials.

Here at Craddock Metal Recycling Limited, we have been providing scrap car services for customers around Birmingham and the West Midlands for over 70 years. We use that experience to help you scrap your car with our latest blog post below.


There are few things to consider that will help you prepare for scrapping your car, varying in their importance.

First, you should check to be sure there are none of your belongings in the vehicle and it can also be worth checking the amount of fuel remaining. If you can, try and salvage this as it’s expensive so it would be a shame to waste it.

Second, and while it might seem self-explanatory, it’s worth double checking that you are the registered owner of the vehicle before trying to scrap it. Only the registered owner can scrap a car, so you wouldn’t want to waste your time if you weren’t.

Finally, if you want to keep the registration number of the vehicle for any reason, you will need to apply to the DVLA to be able to keep it and use it on another vehicle.


After you have done the above, there are some final – and more official – checks you want to make before you proceed.

Firstly, you want to be sure the scrap yard you are using is an authorised treatment facility (ATF) and that they will pay you via electronic bank transfer or cheque – buying scrap metal for cash is now illegal – as these two factors are important for legitimacy.

Second, be sure you still have your log book. While it’s not a legal requirement to have one for scrapping, it makes the process much simpler. If you don’t have access to it you can apply for a new one to make your scrap car ordeal easier. If you do have it, the V5C will be given to the ATF and you should keep the yellow slip (the V5C/3)

Finally, be prepared to tell the DVLA that you’re scrapping the vehicle as you can receive a fine if you do not make them aware. Also, if you’ve pre-paid tax on the vehicle, you can expect a full refund for the remaining time you’ve paid for once the vehicle is scrapped.


By this point, you really have everything you need to know before you scrap your car and you will have (hopefully) gone through the actual scrapping process with the ATF you chose. In terms of things to keep in mind afterwards, the main thing is that you should receive a certificate of destruction. This is an important document that you should keep ahold of in your records of the vehicle.

Relatively Straightforward

Those are the essential pieces of information for helping ensure your scrap car process is smooth and all above board. Should you stick to these, you will be happy with the end result and the ease of the whole process.

If you have any more questions about scrap cars, try visiting our scrap car page or searching for ‘scrap car’ on our blog page to learn more about the other guides we have put together.

Craddock Metal Recycling Limited

If you are looking to scrap your car, and are based in and around Birmingham, contact Craddock Metal Recycling Limited today by calling 01527 66866 or filling out our simple contact form.