How Do I Scrap My Car? What Happens to Your Vehicle?

Every year 600,000 cars are scrapped in the UK, with almost 2 million classed as End of Life Vehicles (ELVs). Far from being the largest paperweight you own, your car be scrapped to both earn you some extra money and ensure that the vehicle can be recycled to make the most of its parts and materials.

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How Do I Scrap My Car?

The process of scrapping your car is really straight forward for you, the vehicle owner. Firstly, you can get a free valuation without the need to bring your vehicle to us – we just need the registration number and some extra bits of information.

Then you can either bring your car to us or it can be collected – ideal if you’ve got a non-starter or truly broken down vehicle! That’s all there is to – all that’s left is to provide some ID and your payment details.

You need to provide:

  • Photo ID such as driving licence or passport
  • An additional matching proof of address (e.g. bank statement)
  • The V5 document for the vehicle to prove ownership
  • Details for payment (such as debit card, bank details etc.)

Step 1- De-Pollution & Treatment

Legislation introduced over 10 years ago requires that all ELVs must go through a specific process before being scrapped. The End-of-Live Vehicles Regulations 2003 act states that all vehicles being scrapped or recycled must be ‘de-polluted’ beforehand.

This means that, by law, harmful elements or hazardous materials must be removed from your vehicle to protect the public and the environment. Only a government-registered authorised treatment facility (ATF) can do this process; they will remove the following elements:

  • Leftover fuel
  • Oil
  • Engine coolant
  • Windscreen washer fluid
  • Brake fluid

After this has been completed by the AFT, the next step of the process can be completed!

Step 2- Final Deconstruction

Lastly, the car has the remaining components removed which cannot be shredded or compacted. These include:

  • Windscreen & window glass
  • Car battery
  • Large objects such as bumpers
  • Tyres
  • Airbags
  • Hazardous materials (e.g. mercury switches)

Any relevant materials or components can then either be appropriately disposed of or recycled in their own way. After that, the stripped down vehicle is ready for shredding, compacting or recycling!

Step 3- Shredding & Recycling

This video is from a company called SSI Shredders, who specialise in large commercial-sized shredders for car scrapping and other heavy-duty equipment. This process is similar to what vehicles go through at SellYourCar2Day – ensuring every part of the vehicle is shredded or compacted so it can be recycled safely, in an environmentally friendly way and ensuring that as much of the vehicle can be re-used as possible.

Content originally produced by SellYourCar2Day and can be found here.

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