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Guide To Recycling Your Scrap Car

  • April 28th, 2021

Whether your unwanted vehicle has been involved in an accident or has simply reached the end of its life. Car recycling represents a great way to safely and legally dispose of your scrap car, whilst putting some much-needed funds in your pocket. Scrapping a vehicle is something that requires a great deal of professionalism and skill. This is due to the dangerous chemical and reactive metals which make up cars and gather in older models. As such, car scrappers in the UK are required by law to qualify as Authorised Treatment Facilities – a title which credits these companies as being able to operate car recycling services in a safe and environmentally friendly manner. 


Aside from the time you’re taking now to read this page, there are no costs to recycling your vehicle.  

On the other hand, if you have a scrap car that isn’t currently being used, it needs to either be taxed or registered under a Statutory Off Road Notice (SORN) to avoid any fines or charges. Just because you’re not using your scrap car doesn’t mean it’s exempt from road law!  

To avoid these fines, the car recycling facility that you choose will be able to supply you with the legally recognised Certificate of Destruction. This will prove that your car has been scrapped in accordance with government legislation. If you are in any doubt at all as to your car scrapping obligations, you can either speak to the trained staff within your chosen ATF. Alternatively, contact the DVLA direct who will be able to connect you to the relevant department. 

The first step for anyone looking to get a car recycled is to find out how much your car is worth to ATFs around the country. You could search local scrap yards near you and ring around to compare scrap car prices. But as we’ve mentioned, you also need to ensure the facility you choose is authorised to dispose of vehicles. Other risks include hidden fees or no guarantees for payment. 

Why Scrap Car Compare?

By choosing Scrap Car Compare, you’re taking the hassle out of scrapping your vehicle. Simply complete your postcode and car registration details and receive your instantaneous fixed price offer. Once you have accepted a price from one of our DVLA approved car scrappers, the car breaking team will get in touch to arrange a time for them to collect your scrap car for cash – FREE OF CHARGE! That’s right, there are no fees whatsoever to have your unwanted vehicle collected from anywhere in the UK. Although you’re more than welcome to bring it to us at your chosen yard. 

Our extensive nationwide network of government-approved ATFs means that you can rest assured that your scrap car will be meticulously dismantled and treated. Since every scrap car is broken down to such a high standard, we are able to optimise the amount we can salvage from each vehicle and maximise the financial returns from every car. These extra funds are then passed back to our customers in the form of our incredibly competitive scrap car prices. 

Car recycling 101

The End-of-Life Vehicles (ELV) Directive was introduced to ensure that the waste produced by recycling older vehicles was maintained at sustainable levels. Primarily, car recycling should not only help to remove and store potential toxins from ELVs, it should also breathe new life into used car parts that can continue to be used on other vehicles. 

The first step to recycling a vehicle is depollution. This involves dismantling the vehicle and draining the fluids such as petrol, oil, anti-freeze and various others. These are safely stored before being sent elsewhere for processing.  

The next stage is determining if any parts of the vehicle can be restored to resell as spare car parts. These are removed, cleaned, and sold on. Any parts that cannot be reused (car batteries or bald tyres) are removed and safely stored before disposal.  

Compacting the vehicle is probably what comes to mind when you think of scrap my car. But this is only part of the process. Once all reusable parts and hazardous materials are removed, the vehicle is fed into a crusher machine to compact the metals. It is then shredded so that the metals can be separated into ferrous and non-ferrous materials. Any remaining materials such as glass and plastic are disposed of responsibly in line with the ELV directive. 

The final stage of the process is melting the scrap metal so that it can be reused across multiple applications in the future. 

So, what you waiting for? Fill out our no-obligation enquiry form today and find out how much money your scrap car is worth to car recycling yards around the UK!