What happens when I scrap my car

Is your car on its last legs? Have you had enough of paying out for its repairs? If you’ve reached the end of your tether with your car and it’s just not worth the hassle anymore, but you not sure about the scrapping process, then you’ve come to the right place. Whether you’ve used Jamjar before, or if this is your first time, we’ll explain what happens when you’re scrapping your car and just how quick and easy it is to sell.

1. Get yourself a scrap quote

Where do you go when you want a quote for your scrap car? An online car buying comparison site, like us! Once you’re there all you need to do is simply enter your reg number and we’ll do the rest. We’ll give you a list of competitive prices from the best online car buyers in the UK. All you have to do is sit back, relax, and watch the best offers roll in before selecting the offer for you. After that, it’s full steam ahead as you’ll be able to arrange a time and date for collection for your scrap car.

2. Get your documents together

If you’ve got your V5C logbook or SORN then now is the time to dig it out. You don’t need a lot of documents when it comes to scrapping your car, but you definitely need your V5C, that one is a must! As you might already know, this proves your ownership of your car and there is also a section that you need to fill in to say that your car has been scrapped. When someone comes to collect your car, make sure that you hand this over too so that your chosen buyer can deal with the rest.

If for whatever reason you don’t have your V5C, don’t panic, our guidance article explains all you need to know and what to do if you’ve lost it.

3. Wait for your Certificate of Destruction

There’s no need to worry about your Certificate of Destruction. You’ll receive this from your chosen car buyer once your car has been transferred to the Authorised Treatment Facility (ATF) that they will use to scrap your car. This just tells the DVLA that your car no longer needs to be taxed.

That’s about it really when it comes to scrapping your car. Once your car is at the ATF, what generally tends to happen is that they will remove any hazardous parts such as fuel, oil and battery acid. Then it’s on to recyclable parts such as rubber, glass and metal as well as the bigger things too like tyres, windows and windscreens.

Finally, the only thing left to do is crush the shell of your car until it can’t be crushed anymore. It can be a sad time as most of us like to treat our cars as part of the family, so having them crushed can leave us with a tear in our eyes.

If you want to turn your scrap car into some usable cash then why not get yourself a quote today with our online car valuation tool to see how much you could be sitting on.