How to prepare your car for scrapping

The process of scrapping your car is actually incredibly simple, especially when you ensure that you're fully prepared beforehand. Rather than frantically searching for everything on the day of collection, add each of the following steps to your checklist for a stress-free experience. Luckily we've done that bit for you, with this guide on how to prepare your car for scrapping.

Documentation for scrapping your car

Before scrapping your car, make sure that you have all of the relevant documentation at the ready; this includes photo identification in the form of a valid UK driving license, or a valid UK passport combined with your proof of address. This could be through a bank statement, council tax statement or utility bill. Finally, you'll need to supply your V5 log book (if you have one available). If you do have one, we will notify the DVLA for you. You can also send them the yellow slip in your V5 log book for your own peace of mind.

What do I do if I don't have my V5 log book?

If you don't have your V5 log book, don't panic; you'll still be able to scrap your car. All you need to do is make sure that you keep the DVLA in the loop, as they are the government body that deals with all vehicles and motorists in the UK. Be aware that, if you don't let the DVLA know, you could be fined £1000. After scrapping your car, you'll need to write a letter that provides information of the sale, or notify them online, providing the following information:

  • Your vehicle's registration number
  • The date of the sale
  • The make and model of your vehicle
  • The name and address of scrap yard

Removing your belongings from the car

Remove everything, and we mean everything, before your car is taken to the scrap yard. You'll need to do a thorough check prior to the collection, making sure to keep an eye for any small bits and bobs that might have slipped through the cracks. As well as sticking your hand under the car seat - we know, it's not the nicest of tasks - you'll need to check the glove compartment, side pockets and your boot. Although you might not think it necessary to clear any rubbish out of your car, what with it being scrapped, this isn't the case. It'll cost your scrap dealers valuable time to remove everything, so scanning your car and disposing of valuable and unwanted items really helps.

Reselling car parts

Another factor to consider when preparing your vehicle for scrapping is whether there are any car parts that could be sold on. If you do decide to do this, be warned that this might affect your scrap vehicle's value.

Will I need to wash my car before scrapping it?

Luckily for you, no. As long as you ensure that your vehicle has been checked for valuable items and rubbish, you don't need to scrub your car before sending it off to be scrapped.

Arranging a collection

Now onto the easy bit. Here at Autosave, we can send out a friendly member of our team to come and pick your car up for you, at a time and date that suits you. We aim to make the whole process of scrapping your car as simple as possible, providing a first class service from start to finish, so you won't need to adjust your schedule for a pick-up.

Do you want to get cash for your scrap vehicle? With Autosave, you'll receive an instant quote for your vehicle, at a competitive price. For more information on our scrapping service, get in touch with us today.