Tips on Scrapping your Car?


If you have an older car that is frequently breaking down it can turn into something of a money pit, sometimes you have to be realistic and accept the car is ready for the scrapyard. But when it comes to what to do next , there's a lot of conflicting advice out there. These are some tips on how to do it properly and legally.

  • Only use a scrap car recycling centre that's a registered Authorised Treatment Facility (ATF) - as required by law, they are the only ones that can issue a Certificate of Destruction (CoD) for your car - this is required to notify the Department of Transport (DoT) in Shannon that you are no longer legally responsible for the vehicle

  • Avoid rogue dealers. If an advert only contains a mobile number or directs you to a poorly constructed website it could well be a dodgy operator. They'll often offer an unrealistically high price for your car - only to drop it dramatically on collection.

  • If the car won’t start, or you don't want the hassle of driving it to the scrapyard, use a company that offers a free collection service

  • Call your car insurers and let them know your car has been scrapped. They'll generally give you the option of either transferring any funds you hold with them towards insuring your next vehicle, or giving you a refund for any unused months.