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Preparing Your Car to Be Scrapped

Scrapping a car is one of the easiest ways to get rid of it, compared with selling it on to another driver in whole or for parts.
An authorised treatment facility like J Davidson Scrap will take care of the vast majority of the process.

This includes:
• Collecting the car from your home, workplace or roadside
• Transporting it safely to our facility for dismantling
• Removal and recovery of hydraulic fluids, engine oils, fuel etc
• Dismantling and separation of recyclable parts e.g. metals
• Full recycling or disposal of all parts of the vehicle

We will also provide you with the necessary paperwork to prove that you are no longer the legal owner of the vehicle, so you know for certain that it is not your responsibility anymore.

But with all of this in mind, there are a few things you can do to prepare your car to be scrapped, both for your benefit and, if possible, to make our job a bit easier too!

Prepare your scrap car

First things first, prepare your scrap car for collection, bearing in mind that once we take it away, you won’t have access to the vehicle anymore.

Be sure to check the boot, glove compartment and cubby holes for any valuables, dropped cash and coins, lost keys and so on.

You should also remove any paperwork from the vehicle. We will always handle scrap cars with care but it is still better if you don’t leave documents in the car when it is collected.

We don’t mind if you want to remove items you’ve added to the car, such as aftermarket CD players and speaker systems, but if you want to keep a significant part of the vehicle it may affect the price we can offer you for what’s left.

Prepare the paperwork

There are a few paperwork issues to take care of, and not all of these fall within our remit.

For example, if you scrap a car with personalised numberplates, you can no longer transfer that registration number to a new vehicle – so if you have personal plates, apply to transfer the number first, before you scrap the car.

There is nothing we can do about it if you scrap your car with personal plates still registered to it, so please make sure you take care of this if necessary!

You should also make sure you contact your insurer once you are no longer the legal owner of the car, as you may be entitled to claim back any insurance premiums you have already paid, as well as a rebate from the DVLA for any road fund licence (commonly called road tax) you paid in advance.

Need some help?

If there’s anything you’re not sure about, please get in touch and we’ll be happy to help you understand how to scrap a car.

Ultimately the main points are:
• Remove valuables and paperwork
• Transfer personalised plates
• Keep aftermarket add-ons (if you want)
• Tell us of any significant removals
• Reclaim any unused insurance and road fund licence

Once we confirm we have transferred ownership of the vehicle, we can give you a DVLA Certificate of Destruction, officially ending your responsibility for the vehicle.

Give us a call with any questions or fill in our online enquiry form for a quick quote for your scrap car, based on its make, model and a few other bits of basic info.

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