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Why Scrap My Car At An Authorised Treatment Facility?

  • April 28th, 2021

Although getting a highly competitive price for your scrap car is important, you also have a legal obligation to dispose of your unwanted vehicle in an environmentally friendly way. Authorised Treatment Facilities (ATFs) are government-recognised salvage yards. They are able to provide both an accurate scrap car valuation, whilst also rigorously following stringent health and safety guidelines. Chemicals, reactive metals and other dangerous mechanisms must be disposed of in the correct manner. Ultimately by using an ATF, it will save you a hefty fine from the DVLA. 

Legally, all cars which are recycled by an ATF must be issued with a Certificate of Destruction (CoD).  However, not all vehicles collected by ATF’s are recycled. The DVLA advise it is up to the ATF what they wish to do with the vehicle. Therefore, it’s important when you scrap your vehicle that you let the DVLA know.  

There are three ways to go about this.  

The first is using the DVLA’s online service, you will need the 11-digit reference number from your V5C. Alternatively, you must get the scrapyard or insurance company to fill in the yellow section of the log book (‘sell, transfer or part-exchange your vehicle to the motor trade’). Send the perforated section to DVLA. 

Finally, if you do not have a log book you must write to DVLA with: 

  • your name and address 
  • the vehicle registration number 
  • the make and model 
  • the exact date of sale 
  • the name and address of the scrapyard or insurance company 

Why choose Scrap Car Compare? 

With so many scrap car dealers located throughout the UK, it can often prove very difficult to separate the reputable dealers from the rogue traders. Whilst one company may offer an excellent initial price for your unwanted car. This can often reduce significantly after inspection. Hidden charges may be applied, either due to the vehicle inspection or vehicle collection charges. Therefore, affecting the overall scrap car value. 

Here at Scrap Car Compare, we take away the hassle of wading through countless scrap car dealers. We only affiliate ourselves with DVLA-approved Authorised Treatment Facilities (ATFs). This means that we are able to guarantee the safe disposal of your end-of-life vehicle. We give you peace of mind that you will be getting the best scrap car price available with no hidden charges. 

Our network of ATFs are able to provide you with a legally binding Certificate of Destruction. This verifies that you have taken the correct measures in responsibly disposing of your scrap car or vehicle. The certificate is proof that you have handed over the vehicle for scrap and without it, you could still be liable for traffic offence penalties or taxing the vehicle. We are always happy to talk to you about any paperwork requirements you may have and we’re sure that you will find out experts helpful and professional. 

As an online service stretching throughout the international car disposal community, we have steadily built our glowing reputation through years of providing customers with market-leading service and unbeatable offers, so what are you waiting for? Get an instant, no-obligation quotation online now and see how much your scrap car is worth immediately!