Disposing of your old car

As part of the End of Life Vehicle Directive, car manufacturers must pay for the disposal of most vehicles (cars and goods vehicles up to 3.5 tonnes), even if the vehicle has no value when scrapped.

Free disposal of your vehicle is guaranteed as long as the vehicle is largely complete, for example still has its engine, gearbox, bodywork, wheels, and if appropriate a catalytic converter and is free of additional waste.

If you have a vehicle to scrap, there are two national schemes who offer this service:

Vehicles must get scrapped at an authorised treatment facility (ATF), more information can be found at scrapping your vehicle and insurance write-offs (GOV.UK)

To dispose of your vehicle the ATF or scheme will require the vehicle log book (V5C), but you will need to keep the yellow ‘sell, transfer or part-exchange’ section from it. If you don’t have the V5C vehicle log book, then you should contact the scheme or ATF to make sure they will accept the vehicle.

The DVLA will need to be informed that you have scrapped the car and a Certificate of Destruction will be issued which you should keep as it proves you have disposed of the vehicle properly.

If your vehicle is not listed as belonging to a scheme you should contact the vehicle manufacturer/importer directly who will give you details of their arrangements.

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