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If you're wondering how to scrap a car, this comprehensive guide will provide you with everything that you need to know about scrapping your car in the UK. With A&L's 10 year vehicle recycling experience and this step-by-step car scrapping guide, you will be able to scrap your car quickly and safely in no time. 


How to Scrap My Car UK

The laws, rules, and regulations surrounding car scrapping vary from country to country - this guide is written to assist those looking to scrap their car in the UK. 


1. Check Your Car for Personal Items

There would be nothing worse than sending your car off to get scrapped to find out that you left your belongings in the passenger seat. Before you scrap your car, make sure you spend some time removing any personal belongings that you may find. Ensure that you look everywhere you can - including side pockets, chair pockets, glove compartments, and under the visors.

Whilst your car doesn't have to be clean to be scrapped, you will need to remove all of your personal items. If you fail to remove your personal belongings, they will not be returned once you've handed your car over.


2. Find The Documents You Need to Scrap Your Car

To scrap your car quickly, you will need to find and have all the relevant documentation to hand. Documentation is needed to confirm your identity and to protect both the scrap car dealership and yourself in the case of any legal complications.

Don't worry - this is only a precaution. Scrapping your car with A&L Vehicle Recycling is incredibly reliable, quick and easy. With the following documentation to hand, you'll be able to get your car scrapped in a flash: 

  • Proof of ownership
  • A form of photo ID (passport or driving license) 
  • Proof of address

If you want to be extra prepared when it comes to scrapping your car, you can also bring the following which are not essential, but still good to have:

  • The V5c logbook
  • A record of the vehicle's service history


3. Inform the DVLA

If you're wondering how to scrap a car, the biggest rule is that you must inform the DVLA of your decision to scrap your car. If you do not report your scrap car to the DVLA, you may be left with a fine of up to £1000. 

Thankfully, it doesn't take long to do this and it is very easy to inform the DVLA that you've decided to scrap your car. In fact, we've made it even easier for you. Simply grab your V5c logbook and click the link below to be redirected to the relevant UK Gov page. 

Inform the DVLA of Your Decision



4. Find a Trustworthy Scrap Car Dealership

Once you've sorted the legal side of how to scrap a car, it's time for you to start researching which company you'd like to use. It's best to get quotes from a few local companies before you make your final decision. Some companies pay more than others, so it's worth shopping around for the best scrap car quote! 

At A&L Scrap Car Dealers, we offer exceptional deals on your old car. All you need to do is click the link below and enter your registration number and postcode for a no-obligation quote. 

Scrap My Car


5. Research Scrap Car FAQs and Answers

When wondering how to scrap a car, it's natural to have lots of other questions about the process, the quote, what happens to your car, and how you can get paid for scrapping your car.

We want to make sure that your experience with us goes as smoothly as possible, so we've got a page of frequently asked questions about car scrapping. With every question you can think of answered, we hope this resource will come in handy if you're wondering how to scrap a car! 

Car Scrapping FAQs

If you find that we haven't answered your question regarding how to scrap your car, do not hesitate to contact us and we will be more than happy to assist you. 


6. Find Out How Much Your Car is Worth

The most important thing about scrapping your car is getting the money in return, right? Right! (Don't worry, we understand).

How Much Money Will I Get For Scrapping My Car? 

The amount of money you get for your recycled car will depend on the car's age and condition. If your car is beyond repair - don't worry! Your car will most likely have a scrap value. 

What Are The Most Valuable Parts of a Scrap Car? 

The most valuable parts of a scrap car are...

  1. Doors, windows & mirrors
  2. Catalytic converters
  3. Car bumpers
  4. Seats
  5. Engines

If these parts of your car are in excellent working order, then you may be able to receive a hefty sum when you decide to recycle your car!

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Still Wondering How to Scrap a Car? We Can Help...

We want to make your scrap car sale as smooth as possible, so we do all the heavy lifting for you. Most car parts are hard to remove, and if you attempt to remove them and do it wrong, you risk drastically decreasing their resale value.

Not only that, but it can be a harm to the environment around you. We are committed to responsible recycling, so when you choose A&L Vehicle Recycling, you can rest assured that your materials are being disposed of in a sustainable and responsible way.

Contact A&L Vehicle Recycling today, or click the button below to get an instant quote for your unwanted vehicle!

Request a free, no-obligation quote here