Scrapping your vehicle and insurance write-offs

How to scrap your vehicle

When your vehicle has reached the end of its usefulness, you must get it scrapped at an authorised treatment facility (ATF). These are sometimes known as a scrapyard or breaker’s yard.

There’s a different process if your vehicle is an insurance write-off.

Scrap your vehicle without keeping any parts

  1. Apply to take the registration number off the vehicle if you want to keep it.

  2. Scrap your vehicle at an ATF. This is usually free.

  3. Give the ATF the vehicle log book (V5C), but keep the yellow ‘sell, transfer or part-exchange your vehicle to the motor trade’ section from it.

  4. Tell DVLA you’ve taken your vehicle to an ATF.

You can be fined £1,000 if you do not tell DVLA.

Scrap your vehicle and keep parts from it

You can take parts from your vehicle before you scrap it so you can use them to repair another vehicle.

  1. Tell DVLA the vehicle is off the road while you’re taking parts from it. It must be kept off the road, for example in a garage, on a drive or on private land.

  2. Apply to take the registration number off the vehicle if you want to keep it.

  3. Scrap your vehicle at an ATF when you’ve finished taking parts from it. The ATF can charge a fee if you’ve removed essential parts, such as the engine, gearbox, bodywork or wheels.

  4. Give the ATF the vehicle log book (V5C), but keep the yellow ‘sell, transfer or part-exchange’ section from it.

  5. Tell DVLA you’ve taken your vehicle to an ATF.

Scrap a vehicle that’s registered abroad

If you want to scrap a vehicle from another country in the UK, you must use an ATF.

You’ll get a ‘Certificate of Destruction’ to prove that the vehicle has been destroyed.

It’s your responsibility to tell the driving authority in the country where the vehicle is registered that it has been scrapped.