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If you’ve never scrapped a car before, the scrapping process might seem very mysterious. What documents do you need? Does your car need to be road worthy to be scrapped? What personal identification do to you need to provide?

If you’re wondering "Do I need a log book to scrap my car?" we can answer that question right now! But first, what exactly is a log book?

A log book (also commonly known as a V5C) is a document that states who the registered owner of the vehicle is, and also serves as documentation of the vehicles registration with the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA). A V5C contains all of the essential information about the car, including the manufacturer, colour, and engine size.


Can I scrap my car without the V5C document?

Yes, you can scrap your car without the log book. Legally, there is no requirement for someone looking to scrap their car to have the log book.

However, it’s worth knowing that some car scrap dealers will have a policy that states that they will not accept cars from sellers who are not able to provide one.

Here at A&L Scrap Car Dealers we understand that there are many reasons someone may not be able to provide their V5C, and are happy to accept scrap cars from owners who do not have their V5C documentation. We would, however, recommend that you bring your V5C if at all possible, since it makes the selling process faster and easier. Not having your V5C will not effect your quote.

The documents required to scrap your car can vary from yard to yard. If you’d like to find out more about the documentation required for the car scrapping process, check out our blog What Documents Do You Need to Scrap a Car? to learn more.


How to scrap your car without the log book

If you do not have the log book, you must notify the DVLA that you are scrapping your car by writing to them confirming:

  • Your car has been sold for scrap
  • Details of the sale including when it was sold and to which dealer
  • Your car's make and model and registration
  • Your personal contact details


Scrap your car with A&L Vehicle Recycling

If you have a car that has failed its MOT, has been written off in an accident, or simply isn’t worth the costs it takes to maintain it anymore, you may be considering scrapping it.

The team here at A&L is dedicated to providing a first-class customer service experience, and if you decide to scrap your car with us, we will be here to support you every step of the way.

If you still have any unanswered questions or would like to find out more details about the car scrapping process, reach out and contact us today. A member of our team will be more than happy to answer any questions you may have.

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