If your car has failed its MOT, has been written off in an accident, or just isn’t worth the costs of repairs anymore, you may be considering scrapping your car.

For some, scrapping a car is the most financially viable step to take when a car is approaching the end of its life span. No matter what your motivations are, if you’re thinking of scrapping your car, you might be looking for information on the different rules and regulations surrounding the process.

Scrapping a car is a potentially stressful time, and there can be a lot of paperwork involved. Here at A&L Scrap Car Dealers we want to help make this process as easy for you as possible.

To help you make your way through the scrapping process, we’ve put together a handy walk-through on the ‘rules’ you need to know when it comes to scrapping, and to help answer some of the most frequently asked questions about the car scrapping process.

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Car Scrapping Rules FAQs

Do I Have to Inform the DVLA if I Scrap My Car?

One of the biggest rules of car scrapping is that you must inform the DVLA of your decision to do so. Failure to report your decision to scrap your car to the DVLA can result in a fine of up to £1,000.

This might sound pretty intimidating, but there’s no need to worry. Reporting this change to the DVLA is pretty easy. Click the link below to be redirected to the appropriate UK Gov page – all you have to do is click the button that reads “Tell DVLA >

Inform DVLA You’ve Scrapped Your Car


Is It Illegal to Scrap My Car for Cash?

You may have heard the expression ‘scrap for cash’ being used by scrap car dealerships advertising their services, but it’s worth noting that no reputable dealership will actually offer cash-in-hand for the sale of a scrap car. Since the Scrap Metal Dealers Act 2013, it is now illegal for any dealership to pay for scrap in cash. This Act was put into place to try and restrict the illegal sale of scrap and stolen goods.

Although it is not uncommon for dealerships to still use the expression ‘scrap for cash’ to imply they will pay money upfront for scrap, it is not to be taken literally.

Do I Need ID to Scrap My Car?

The same 2013 Act that made buying scrap with cash illegal also made it a legal requirement for dealerships to verify the identity of anyone selling scrap.

As a rule, you should always expect to be asked for ID when selling a car. It is a legal requirement for the dealership buying your car to verify your identity, and they will usually do so by asking you for a photographic ID with proof of address (such as a valid driver license), or a photographic ID and proof of address separately (such as a passport and utility bill).

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These are three of the most important rules and regulations to be aware of when it comes to scrapping your car. If you have any unanswered questions about the scrapping process, feel free to reach out and contact us today. We’ll be more than happy to answer any questions you may have.

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Here at A&L Scrap Car Dealers, we’re dedicated to making the scrapping process quick, easy, and convenient for you, all while offering the best competitive prices for your scrap car. If you’d like to get a FREE, no-obligation quote in seconds, head on over to our website. Simply enter your registration and answer a few easy questions to get a quote today.

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