It can be a sad day when your car finally comes to the end of the road (quite literally). For most, the next step is to scrap it, but how do you go about getting the best deal?
Around two million cars are scrapped in the UK every year, which means that when it comes to scrapping your car, you sadly won’t get a huge amount of money for it. After all, scrapping really is the last resort.
So, unless you’re willing to break your car apart and sell the parts yourself, scrapping is your easiest option. So how do you go about doing this?
1. Check Online
GD Environmental offers a competitive rate and are responsible organisation who will act as your agent when it comes to scrapping cars. Many car manufacturers have partnered with us to provide you with a safe way to recycle your car and still comply with EU regulations.
However, don’t expect to fetch a substantial sum for your vehicle. Factors like global recycled steel prices will affect the value of your scrap car, so much so that you may only be offered a basic fee for collection of the vehicle.
2. Recycle the right way
EU regulations require 95% of scrap cars to be recycled, but not all recycling plants have the correct facilities. Authorised Treatment Facilities (ATFs), including those run by GD Environmental, are the only places legally permitted to dispose of scrap cars.
From there, the car can be broken down into its constituent parts, including hazardous parts such as motor oil and battery acid, which can then be recycled securely. Many of these centres offer a collection service, which is especially handy if your car is no longer roadworthy.
3. It’s your job to notify the DVLA
Though you may have relinquished your car to an ATF, your responsibility doesn’t actually end there. It is up to you to ensure the V5C document is filled out correctly and exchanged for a Certification of Destruction (CoD). Once you’ve sent this off to the DVLA, you are no longer responsible for the car and may even be eligible for a return of any unpaid road tax!