Even if a vehicle is no longer drivable, drivers have certain (legal) obligations to the Driver and Vehicle Licencing Agency, including letting it know that the vehicle is scrapped.
But, how do I tell DVLA my car is scrapped?
Let’s find out.
There are two ways to tell the DVLA that you’re scrapping a car: online and by post.
The easiest way to notify the DVLA of your scrapped car is via its official website.
To fill out the online form, you’ll need:
If you want to inform the DVLA about your car being scrapped by post, you’ll need to fill out section 4 of your V5 log book and post it to the DVLA. You’ll also need to include the name and address of the scrapyard.
You can inform the DVLA about your scrapped car even if you don’t have a log book, but you’ll have to do that by post.
To notify the DVLA that you will scrap your car, you’ll need to post the following information:
Drivers can keep working parts of the car they are scrapping and potentially use them in another vehicle, but they need to inform the DVLA of their intentions.
If you plan to scrap your vehicle and keep parts of it, here’s what you need to do:
Worth noting: If you want to scrap a car that wasn’t registered in the UK, you have to take it to an ATF.
Once you declare your car as scrapped, the DVLA will send you a confirmation letter or email that they’ve received your information and that you’re no longer responsible for the vehicle.
If you don’t receive a confirmation within four weeks, you should contact the DVLA to make sure your email (or letter) got through.
Worth noting: After you notify the DVLA that your car has been scrapped, the agency will automatically cancel your vehicle tax and send you a refund for all full months left on the vehicle tax.
Drivers are legally required to inform the DVLA that a car is scrapped. Failing to inform the DVLA about the changes can result in a fine of £1,000.
There have been cases where the DVLA fined drivers for an untaxed car because the changes weren’t reflected in the agency’s system. If the DVLA system still has you as a registered owner of the vehicle and you stopped paying taxes (because you’ve scrapped the car), the system may flag your vehicle as untaxed and fine you.
Worth noting: If you decide to keep your car for parts after you declare it as scrapped to the DVLA, you won’t be allowed to park it on a public road, including in front of your own house. You’ll have to keep it on private land (in a garage or your driveway).
Every driver has a legal responsibility to report scrap cars in the UK to the DVLA. You can inform the DVLA that your car is scrapped either online or by post. Once you do, make sure that you get a confirmation letter from the agency that you’re no longer responsible for the vehicle– otherwise, you might get fined for having an untaxed vehicle (even if the vehicle is no longer in your possession)
Scrapping a car in the UK can earn you anywhere between £150 to £300. The ATF will take into consideration its model, size, age, and weight, among other things.
If you decide to scrap your car in the UK, you’ll have to notify the DVLA. The fine for not reporting a scrapped car is £1,000.
Once you register your car as scrapped, your insurance company will cancel your policy. You could potentially transfer your policy to a new vehicle if you make a deal with your insurer.
If you decide to scrap your car, you can inform the DVLA about your decision either online or by post. If the vehicle was registered outside the UK, you’ll have to report it by post.
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