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How to Notify the DVLA That You’ve Scrapped Your Car

If your vehicle has been written off or you’ve passed it over to a scrapping facility to be scrapped, it’s important that you let the Driver and Vehicle Licencing Agency (DVLA) know that you’re no longer the owner of the car. Here’s everything you need to know about notifying the DVLA when you’ve scrapped a car.

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How should you notify the DVLA?

Once you’ve scrapped your vehicle, you’ll be given a Certificate of Destruction (CoD). It’s worth keeping your CoD in a safe place just for peace of mind as this proves your vehicle was scrapped.

It is your responsibility as the seller to inform the DVLA that you’ve relinquished control of the vehicle and had it scrapped. You can let the DVLA know that you have scrapped your vehicle online. You will need the 11-digit reference number from the log book (V5C).

Once this has been done, a representative from the DVLA will contact you via post to confirm they know that your car has been scrapped and is no longer in your possession.

If you don’t receive your letter from the DVLA within 14 days, it’s important that you make them aware. If you need more information on how to find out if a car has been scrapped, please check our guide.

What if your car has been written off and scrapped by your insurance company?

If your car has been written off and scrapped by your insurance company, you must make the DVLA aware by providing the following information:

  • Your insurance company’s name and postcode
  • Your vehicle registration number
  • The 11-digit reference number from the yellow “sell, transfer or part-exchange your vehicle to the motor trade” section of the log book (V5C)

The details you provide must be correct and, once completed, you’ll receive an email stating that you’re no longer the keeper of the vehicle.

Remember, if you’re scrapping a vehicle with a personalised registration, you’ll need to retain or transfer the registration before you hand over your vehicle to be scrapped.

Why choose Scrap Car Comparison to scrap your vehicle? 

Here at Scrap Car Comparison, we work with vetted and professional buyers who have all been checked for quality of service and customer satisfaction ratings.

When you enter your vehicle’s registration and your post code into our Scrap Car Calculator, you can be certain that you will receive quotes from trusted and reliable buyers who can scrap your car in a hassle-free way.

All of our scrappage quotes are guaranteed prices with no hidden charges, and you will also get free collection from our professional buyers.

To see what you can get for your scrap car from local and vetted buyers in your area, use our Scrap Car Calculator or get in touch with our UK experts on 03333 44 99 50.

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