Scrap metal is a valuable resource in the 21st century, and collecting scrap for recycling is a big business nowadays. Many UK scrap metal merchants offer collection services using flatbed lorries, bulker and other specialist vehicles. Some companies can recycle almost all types of non-ferrous and ferrous metals ready for smelting new materials.
Seven million used cars are sold yearly in the United Kingdom, and another two million vehicles are scrapped. Strict environmental rules govern the disposing of end-of-life vehicles, and these same rules are designed to kerb copper and metal theft. When scrapping your car, it is illegal for the car owner to be paid by cash. So, what is the most efficient way to dispose of an end-of-life vehicle? Where can you find the best prices?
Scrap metal and car collection: local recycling centres
Dozens of scrap metal businesses appear under “scrap a car” in Google search. Many promises to pay instantly and collect a car quickly as well. The vehicle owner can get a value estimate by filling in a quote form or calling the scrap dealer. The price quoted can depend on whether the car is collected or the vehicle owner takes the car to the salvage yard.
In 2005, rules made it a legal requirement that any end-of-life vehicle, including cars for scrapping, must be recycled and processed through an authorized treatment facility. All end-of-life vehicle collection points should be fully licensed to ensure that scrapped vehicles are recycled in line with rules and regulations while not harming the environment.
Scrap metal collection. Important vehicle documents
Every time your car passes over to a 3rd party, it is a requirement in law that you notify the Vehicle Licensing Agency that you no longer are the registered holder of the car or vehicle. Some end-of-life recycling services take care of the DVLA official papers at the point of scrap metal collection for their clients. If you do not inform the DVLA, the fine can be GBP 1,000.
How do I scrap my car?
If your vehicle has come to the end of its life span, you need to address the authorized treatment facility only. The scrapping process includes the following procedural stages (a write-off technique is different to what is explained below):
- If you want to retain your registration number, then first apply to DVLA to keep it
- Organize scrap car collection from an authorized treatment facility
- Make sure you have the logbook for your vehicle and that the yellow slip is present
- Report to DVLA if your car has been taken to a legal maintenance facility
Scrap metal and car collection: Payments
- No cash
- Proof of personal identification and payment should be certified.
Payment Options are:
- BREAD CARD or electronic transfer to a bank account.
Any scrap metal dealer offering cash should be avoided.
Visit a scrap metal and car collection salvage yard.
Delivering a small amount of scrap metal yourself to your local scrap yard is fine. Many households have mainly scrap metal of low value. The end-of-life vehicle is weighed twice: at the scrap metal collection location and at the salvage recycling centre. The difference in weight determines the amount of money paid to you for your scrap car.
Always remember the law.
Follow all rules and regulations regarding scrap car collection, and remember to contact the Vehicle Licensing Agency and Driver when selling your car to a scrap yard.
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