what to do before scrapping your car

Before you scrap your car it's vital that you dot the T's and cross the I's, you can't just drop your car off and be done with it! Here at A&L Car Scrap Dealers, we have years of experience in scrapping old cars, so we can talk you through exactly what you need to do before scrapping your car. So, if you've got a car that's ready to be scrapped, be sure you've completed everything on this checklist first!

 1. Remove all of your personal items

Whether you've had your car for 6 years or 6 months, there are bound to be a few personal items inside. Whether it's your favourite CD or a phone charger, you want to make sure you remove all of your belongings before you take your car to be scrapped. Once your car has made its way to the scrap yard, it will be much more difficult to recover these things. 

While you're checking for personal belongings, we'd also recommend removing any rubbish or waste. While you might think - "what's the point, it's going to a scrap yard anyway?" it's common courtesy to pass the car over in a clean and empty condition. 

2. Take your personalised number plate off the vehicle

If you've got a personalised license plate on your car, now would be the time to take it off. You can keep your personalised license plate to use on a different car, so don't send it to the scrap yard accidentally! 

3. Check you have all the documents

There are a few documents you will need to gather before you scrap your vehicle. First, you'll need proof of ownership, a form of photo ID (such as a passport or driving license), and proof of address. One of the reasons that these documents are required is to protect both you and the scrap car company in the event of scrap metal theft or another legal complication.

Some documents that are desirable, but not usually essential, include the V5c and a record of the vehicle's service history.

The logbook (V5c) tells the DVLA that you aren't the legal owner of the vehicle anymore, and while it's not always essential that you have it, it's worth checking with your car scrap dealership before you get rid of your car. In some cases, you may need to order a new one through the DVLA before the scrap dealership will take the car away.

The service history will help the scrap car dealer understand what work has been done on the car - which may come in handy if someone intends to purchase the vehicle from the scrap yard at a later date. Generally, though, this isn't essential.

4. Contact a reputable scrap car company

Once you've got everything in order, it's time to start thinking about the company you want to use to scrap your car. You might want to get quotes from a few local companies before you make your final decision, as some companies pay more for scrap cars than others.

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Here at A&L Scrap Car Dealers, we believe we can offer you an exceptional deal on your old car. All you need to do is enter your reg number and postcode into our website. 

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