No matter how great a car has been whilst you have owned it, there comes a time when a car is going to end up not being useful anymore. In order to give your car the send-off that it deserves, you are going to want to find out how to arrange to have that car scrapped.

It is relatively easy to scrap your car now, thanks to the digital age, however, before you start to think about it there are some things that you need to know.

Always use an authorised treatment facility

One of the most important things that you need to do when you are scrapping your car is to make sure that you use an authorised treatment facility or an ATF. There are a wealth of reasons for this however, the main one is that they are going to dispose of the car properly. They will handle it in a way that is environmentally friendly and they will also make sure that they always stick to the relevant laws too.

They will also provide you with a Certificate of Destruction, which is an important document to keep in order to prove your car has been dealt with properly.

How to find an ATF?

So, you know that you need to use an ATF to scrap your car, but how do you find one? Thankfully, the great thing about the internet is that it makes it much easier to find what you are looking for. That said, you are still at risk of ending up dealing with a dealer that is not an ATF and therefore is not monitored or licensed by the Environment Agency.

The best way to find out whether or not you are using an ATF is to look online and check their status However, if this is not possible, then there are also some warning signs that could mean that a dealer is not an ATF.

According to the Scrap Metal Dealers Act of 2013, the dealer must take your proof of address and identification when they take your car and any money that you pay must be via a bank transfer. If they do not follow these all-important steps, then they are not an ATF and should be avoided.

If you use a site like for example, they only have registered ATF’s on their site and is a safe bet.

The steps to follow

If you are not wanting to keep any of the parts from your car, then there are a few steps that you need to follow in order to have your car scrapped:

  • You need to apply to have the registration taken off of the car, if it is a personalised number plate that you want to keep and use on your next car
  • Find an authorised treatment facility
  • Hand over your log book but keep the yellow slip
  • Let the DVLA know that you have scrapped your car
  • Always get a Certificate of Destruction

As you can see, the process of scrapping your car is relatively easy, it is just important that you use a dealer that is going to dispose of your car properly. Not only will it be within the law, but also in a way that is kind to our planet too.