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Scrapping a car in Wales

Updated on September 6, 2014

Why scrap a car?

If you have an old car which cannot be repaired what would you do? For such a situation, you might want to dispose of your car.

The best way to ensure that you benefit from your unused car financially, even it is no longer useful to you is to sell it as a scrap car for recycling. It will not only help you making some money but also you will be conserving the environment.

There are several reasons why car may be considered as a scrap,

  • Your car may have met with a major accident and that cannot be repaired at any cost.
  • Rising repair costs mean the car simply isn't worth what it's costing to repair.
  • MOT failures.

Scrapping a car is good for the environment, here's why...

Global warming is one of the biggest threats to the world today. Landfill sites are a harsh reality and they require an urgent consideration for us to protect the environment. The best way to solve the problem of environmental degradation is to find a solution in which we can reuse the resources that is regarded as useless.

Scrap yards are recycling centers, where scrap cars and their useable parts are revamped to be used again in operating cars. Recycling the car ensures hazardous materials won't end up in landfill.

Rules introduced in 2005 make it a legal requirement that any car sent to be scrapped must go to an Authorised Treatment Facility.

What is Environmental degradation?

Environmental degradation is the deterioration of the environment through depletion of resources such as air, water and soil; the destruction of ecosystems and the extinction of wildlife. It is defined as any change or disturbance to the environment perceived to be deleterious or undesirable.

So where can I scrap my car?

There's various scrap yards in and around the UK such as RDA Vehicle dismantlers and We buy your scrap cars. Just search your local area for the closest.

Ensure the yard is legitimate, and an authorised treatment facility in accordance with the ELV government guidelines.

A reputable company will collect your vehicle for free and pay you a cash sum for it. Never give your vehicle away, there's plenty of people who will pay you for it.

How much will I get?

Quotes will depend on lots of factors such as, location, size of car, age of car, condition of car and current scrap metal prices.

What types of vehicles do they take?

They will collect Cars, Vans, motorcycles, caravans etc, and in any condition. They can collect your non runners, MOT failures and accident write offs.

Vehicles can be in any condition, new or old. They will factor all this in before making you an offer.

Some may need to see the vehicle before agreeing on a price, but this does not mean you're obliged to take the offer.

The process...

It's very easy actually:

1) Find a reputable scrap yard.

2) Contact for a quote.

3) Arrange a convenient time for them to inspect and collect.

4) Take your agreed payment

5) Ensure you're given a DVLA Certificate of Destruction for the vehicle. Alternatively, make sure that the ownership of the car is properly transferred to the recycler via the V5c registration certificate or log book.

6) If eligible, claim a refund for any unused road tax and insurance.

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Not interested in the cash?

Another great idea is to donate your car to charity!

Organisations such as or will pick up your unwanted vehicle for free and either sell it at auction or scrap it, giving the proceeds to a UK charity of your choice.

It's also a good way to get rid of other items, for example, farm machinery, lorries computers and flat-screen TVs.

As well as taking the hassle out of ditching of your unwanted goods, using this method means you're actually giving something back to the community.


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