Here at Take My Scrap Car, we are inundated on a daily basis by questions from customers. Which is understandable, given the fact that car scrapping and recycling is not something most people know inside out.

So in order to make things that little bit easier to grasp, we thought we’d share a two-part post outlining ten of the questions we’re asked most frequently:

1. What do I need to scrap my car?

Put simply, not a lot at all. All we need from you is the information as to where you are, what kind of car you are looking to get rid of and when you would like us to visit you. On top of this, you will need the car keys, proof of identification and the car’s V5C registration document. If there are alloy wheels on the car, it would also be useful if you have the locking wheel nut key, if required.

2. Why do I need proof of ID?

Don’t worry – Take My Scrap Car never uses the personal information of customers for marketing purposes. Instead, we are simply required by law to take copies of the identification documents of our customers, in order to comply with the Scrap Metal Dealer’s Act 2013. The act was introduced basically to keep the industry as honest and accountable as possible, making it difficult for dodgy dealers to do their business. You also don’t need to worry about privacy and security – we’ve got you covered!

3. What is a V5C document?

This is the document you should have received at the time you took ownership of the car. It’s basically the official DVLA document which registers you as the legal owner of the vehicle. In order to send your car off for scrapping and recycling, you need to pass the document over to us while holding on to the third section for yourself: Notification of Sale or Transfer of a Vehicle.

4. What if I don’t have this document?

It’s still possible to scrap your car if you do not have this document. After all, it could be that you haven’t driven the car for some time and therefore don’t need it. You can get in touch with the DVLA directly to let them know you are scrapping your car, after which simply proving your identity to us will be more than sufficient. For more information, get in touch with the Take My Scrap Car team directly. 

5. What’s an ATF?

Last but not least, it’s important to ensure that when you send your car off for scrapping and recycling, you only ever deal with an Authorised Treatment Facility. What this basically means is that the facility is fully licensed to do what it does and is regulated by the government, in order to ensure it does what it does properly. Or to put it another way, you cannot legally scrap and recycle your car, unless you deal with an ATF.

Stay tuned for the second half of our two-part post, coming soon…