Legal Requirements &Amp; Resources For Scrapping A Car In The Uk

By Richard Hall

There are many ways in which to scrap a vehicle that is no longer need. You can dismantle them at home or even organise a car scrapping party. Alternatively, you could take your car to the local scrap yard. You may have to pay for the disposal of car parts, but most importantly, you will need to make sure that your chosen scrap yard is a registered one. Nobody wants to pay for a car to be scrapped and then to find it has just been dumped on the streets.

Other options include calling your local council and arranging for them to pick up your car. They usually do this for free or for a relatively small charge. Yet they are said to be inundated with calls and are likely to forward your query (not even your vehicle yet) to a scrap car dealer or salvage yard.

However, you are now legally required to depollute your car as a part of dismantling it. This is not just another attempt to go green; you will need the documentary proof that you scrapped your car in the environment-friendly way. The de-pollution process is performed with specialist equipment and involves removing electrical sources and draining hazardous chemicals, and that is BEFORE you even get to removing tyres and usable parts. Your car disposal site needs to have all the resources necessary to undertake the legally required action on your car. As a result, both environment and your conscience are clean, your V5 log book is processed, and a Certificate of Destruction is issued. This document is vitally important as the proof that your car was dismantled in accordance with legal and environmental requirements. Without proper de-registration the last owner will still be liable for their car under both new and continuous legislation.


So, you need an expert dealer. The good news is that if you live in Bolton you can arrange a meeting with the reputable scrap car dealer directly, as in the case of Metro Salvage. Metro Salvage is the largest local vehicle dismantler, and they not only collect your car free of charge, but also pay in cash for scrap. They also resell the used car parts. The company was featured in the national press and prides itself on improving the Earth’s atmosphere by professionally depolluting the ‘End-of-Life’ vehicles.

If you live in the Anglian region, The Environment Agency gives you a public register list of Authorised Treatment Facilities for a vehicle depollution. For more information about the ‘End-of-Life’ vehicles and the legal requirements for scrapping your car, visit The Environment Agency. If you are a small business reading this article, check the NetRegs’s Environmental Guidance for small businesses. And to keep updated about the news and regulations for waste management, visit the Recycling and Waste section of the DEFRA website.

As you can see most scrap yards work hard to scrap your vehicles in the right way. Yards, in most cases, not only offer cash for your old cars but try and protect the environment. It’s important that vehicle owners do the same and do not just abandon old vehicles. This can cause problems for both the vehicle owner and the council.

About the Author: Richard Hall – Writing on behalf of Metro Salvage, the car disposal and used engines specialists.


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