Frequently Asked Questions
Take Scrap Car Ltd are car recycling experts. We work with leading car recycling organisations and plants across the UK. Our aim is to provide a quick and efficient car recycling service, that gives you peace of mind that your car has been recycled safely and legally.
We work to get you’re the best price! We have a wide network of authorised facilities, all who bid competitively to recycle your car. This means we’re able to get you the best quote! All of our agents will provide prompt pickup, paperwork, and Certificate of Destruction where required.
Inform the DVLA you sold the car using the V5C. Our driver will fill this out on pickup day and return it to you. Send this to the DVLA recorded delivery. If you don’t have a V5C, you will need to write to the DVLA stating you're not the registered keeper from the pickup date/time. Click here for more information.
All payments are made by bank transfer following the ‘Scrap Metal Dealers Act 2013'. All bank transfers are made within 24 hours of pickup. In some instances, we may be able to provide payment via cheque – please contact us to discuss.
Yes! All of our quotes are guaranteed, however, if the car isn’t as described (i.e. damaged, missing components, etc) we may need to provide a new quote.
Where possible, you may have the option of delivering the car yourself and making a bit more money – please contact us to discuss.
To get a Take Scrap Car salvage quote, your car has to:
• Have a mechanically sound engine/gearbox (minor faults may be accepted)
• Be free of widespread bodywork damage
• Have domestic mileage (not used as a taxi/rent vehicle/emergency car)
• Have no parts missing
• Must not be under finance and be HPI clean
We'll call before pickup to verify the quote if any criteria are uncertain.
A salvage quote means we may be able to salvage your car for resale, rather than scrapping it.
Scrap expenses depend broadly speaking on car weight - heavier cars have higher scrap value. Location also influences pricing due to shipping logistics.
On pickup, the driver completes Section 9 of the V5C (Section four for brand spanking new V5Cs) for you to sign, you will then need to send this to the DVLA (recorded delivery recommended). If you do not have a V5C, write to DVLA informing them of the scrap/sale, and provide the drivers information.
You must provide photo ID, proof of address with (current utility bill/bank statement), the vehicles keys, and if possible, the V5C. We may request spare keys and any old MOT paperwork.
The driver fills out Section nine (Section 4 on new V5Cs) and returns it to you to ship to the DVLA. If you asked a Certificate of Destruction (CoD), it will arrive within 48 hours.
We can still collect without the V5C. Note "V5C missing" while confirming pickup, and our team will verify this while contacting you. The registered keeper must tell the DVLA of the scrap/sale in writing, using the pickup drivers information.
Once we have collected your vehicle, you can cancel your insurance. If you are getting a new vehicle, ask your insurance company as they may be able to replace the vehicle on the policy.
A Certificate of Destruction is a certificate that only an Authorised Treatment Facility (ATF) can issue. The certificate also ensures your vehicle will be recycled legally and eco-friendly.
Hand over all paperwork to the Take Scrap Car driver.
Inform the regulatory authority where it's registered about the disposal in the UK, and provide them with the relevant paperwork. We will provide all disposal paperwork and confirmation as normal.
Authorised Treatment Facilities are certified and authorised to soundly and responsibly manage waste - via the Environment Agency (England & Wales), Scottish EPA (Scotland), or Northern Ireland EA (Northern Ireland).
On pickup, our driver will complete Section 9 (4) of the V5C for you to forward to the DVLA. Don't enter our address. If no V5C, write to DVLA about the sale/scrap, and give pickup driver info.
The Scrap Metal Dealers Act 2013 requires us to verify your identity via photo ID and a recent utility bill or bank statement.
Yes, we will e-mail with all applicable information and confirmation. You can print this for your records.
Please include this in your initial quote enquiry, this will help us to make any necessary arrangements, and give the most accurate quote.
Yes! Our agents will come and collect your vehicle, at a time that suits you.
If you have any concerns about the agent collecting your cars authenticity, please contact us right away on 0123 4630 975.
Please let us know when organising your quote of any defects, including flat tyres or missing wheels, as this may affect the quotation and our teams collection capabilities.
No, however, a family member will need to be present and have valid ID. We do ask that you notify us if you are unable to be present for the collection.
All pickup times and locations are to be pre-arranged with our agents – however, most supply am/pm time slots and a 1 hour window.
We can often collect the same or subsequent day depending on availability. Average nationwide wait is two-three operating days.
You can declare SORN online or by telephone. Failure to declare your vehicle as SORN within 14 days may result in a fine.
No. Please ensure you have removed all personal items and rubbish from the car prior to collection, failure to do so may result in a charge for a wasted journey.
Please click here to see our hours of operation – if you are requiring a collection on a holiday please get in touch to see if our team will be available.
A waste providers licence is an obligatory certification from the Environmental Agency for transporting waste commercially. All of our partners have a valid, modern-day waste carrier's licence.
ELV is 'End of Life Vehicle', meaning a vehicle that has reached the end of usefulness, usually from wear and tear. Vehicles written off because of irreparable harm are also ELVs.
Scrap quotes are guaranteed. Salvage prices for cars with reusable components will be confirmed prior to collection.
We first provide a Scrap Value based on weight and location.
Yes! We can collect your vehicle from any location – please call us to discuss!
It can be useful, especially for salvage, to have your paperwork to hand such as MOT’s, service records, etc.
If it's not the original stereo and has been retrofitted, yes. For manufacturers stereos, these are considered when providing you with your quote, so removal may alter your final price.
Yes, typically up to 3500kg.
Unfortunately, no we do not purchase caravans at this time.
Yes! We’ve even purchased London Zoo Buggies – give us a call on 0123 4630 975 to discuss any unusual cars or vehicles.
TSC customers can have 3 quotes per day. Those with a Trade Account get unlimited quotes - call for us for more information.
Yes, all quotes take into consideration the cost to collect and won’t be deducted from your final price.
We have a large network of ATF’s meaning we’re able to collect from across the UK. However, if you live somewhere remote please do get in touch and see if we can help!
At TSC, we gather all ELVs no matter the scrap value! If we give you a quote, we will collect your vehicle.
If you haven’t heard from your collection agent, please call them. If you are unable to reach them please call us on 0123 4630 975.
If you’re vehicle hasn’t been collected by our team, please call us immediately on 0123 4630 975.
Most vehicles are dismantled for components and then recycled, especially when you have asked for a CoD. Without a CoD, all vehicles can be resold. If you fail to ask for a CoD the ATF will come to a decision on what to do with the vehicle.
If you haven’t received payment please call us immediately on 0123 4630 975.
If you encounter any issues please call us immediately on 0123 4630 975.
Unfortunately, we cannot before we have collected the car.
Accepting the quote into an agreement, however, if you need to cancel please get in touch.
We do not deduct anything! All admin fees and bank transfer costs are free.
Whilst it is rare that remaining fuel adds a fee, please do let us know when requesting your quote and our team can take a look.
If your vehicle breaks down, you will need to have your vehicle recovered to a residential address in order for our team to collect it for scrap or salvage.
We will notify you of your quote via SMS or email.
If your tax is expiring prior to collection you will either need to renew (if you intend to keep the vehicle on the road) or declare SORN.
If you can't offer valid picture ID like a license or passport, a family member with valid photo ID and proof of address may be accepted.
You can use a bank statement, Council Tax invoice, or if your bills are online, you can download a copy.
Contact us immediately to cancel the booking. By accepting a quote, you have entered into an agreement with TSC, and cancellation is at our discretion. We need a minimum of 6 hours prior to pickup to consider a cancellation.
All quotes are valid for 7 days, if your quote has expired please get in touch and we will see if we are able to honour the quote given.
Being the registered keeper isn't always required. If you are scrapping the car, we will require your picture ID and proof of address to verify collection.
You can upload them whilst reserving online, or the driver can verify them on pickup and upload to our system for you.
When requesting your quote, please let us know you would like a CoD. It takes 2-3 working days after pick-up. By requesting a CoD, the car can only be recycled, not salvaged. If we have offered you a price for salvage but you need a CoD, please call us on 0123 4630 975.
It depends on your region, as scrapping LPG structures requires specialist facilities. Note "LPG Conversion" when requesting a quote and our team will be in touch to let you know whether we’re able to collect.