Can I scrap my car without a log book VC5

Can I scrap my car without a log book VC5?

You have decided to scrap your old car and realise after searching high and low that you have lost your log book. All too common log books are misplaced, and with threats of fines from the DVLA for mishandling change of ownership and SORN of a vehicle. Let the scrap merchants  / (ATF ) know right from the start you have no log book they will be able to give you advice on what to do.

The Good News

The good news is you do not need a V5C do scrap your car however it is a little more difficult to scrap your vehicle without one. You can always apply for a new one if you would rather. A new document can be obtained from the DVLA for around £25.00. If you still wish to proceed without one there are some things you should know before scrapping your car without a V5C / Log book.

Firstly make sure you scrap your vehicle with an authorised treatment facility (ATF). It is illegal to scrap your vehicle through an unauthorised scrap merchant or individual and you could be liable for some quite serious fines. When you scrap your car with an ATF you will receive a certificate of destruction. Certificates of destruction are usually sent out within 7 days. Payment is always made via bank transfer or cheque and NEVER in cash. Do not ever pay or be paid in cash, this is also illegal in England & Wales

If your vehicle is not road worthy eg: no insurance, no MOT or a SORN vehicle you must not drive to the Scrap Yard you will need to arrange collection.

Once your car is scrapped and you have your certificates of destruction you can then notify the DVLA informing them of the sale to the scrap yard. Normally this is done online when you have a V5C but if you do not have your log book you will need to write to the DVLA with the following information.

  • Vehicle Registration
  • Make
  • Model
  • Name and address of scrap yard

Make sure all of the details requested are provided or your notice will not be accepted. Letters are sent to the following address and provided it is all done correctly that is all you will need to do.

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Car Scrappage Scheme

Car Scrappage Schemes Update: Autumn 2018

Currently, various motor manufacturers are offering trade-ins and discounts on selected new cars and some commercial vehicles. Here, we review the latest leading promotions that are in force, as at September 2018. If you are buying a new car and are looking for a good scrappage deal, read on – you might want to consider these allowances when making your choice. In some cases, this subsidy can stretch to a handsome £5,000.

In particular, some of the top car producers are waiting to offer special incentives if you trade your present car in for a more fuel-efficient model. These generous deals aim to ease diesel cars off UK roads and encourage motorists to opt for the latest low-emission vehicles, thereby reducing pollution.

Special Incentives

So that purchase transactions qualify for the latest incentives, the trade-in has to fall within EU1 to EU4 emission categories, i.e., the previous regulatory standards. Nowadays, new cars meet EU5 or EU6 specifications. Generally, the special scrappage discounts apply to vehicles first registered seven years or more ago.

Information about a vehicle’s emission compliance usually appears on its registration document – though if not, details are freely available from motor manufacturers. Most cars first registered before 2011 do not meet EU5 and EU6 standards because, until this date, the highest standard was EU4.

Interestingly, some motoring commentators are pointing out that the scrappage schemes could provide thankful owners of older diesel cars a convenient escape from future additional taxation, which is likely to be levied on fume-producing older vehicles.

Fuel-Efficient Cars

Although registrations of new cleaner vehicles have risen by almost a third over the past twelve months, according to information published by What Car, total ownership in Britain still falls short of one car in twenty (4.3 per cent). For the future, hybrid and electric vehicles will become increasingly common, particularly in cities, thanks to lower running costs and emissions. With this motoring trend very much in mind, Tokyo-based Mitsubishi is offering £4,000 scrappage allowance towards new Outlander hybrids, for instance.

Several other mainstream marques are offering special deals, although a number of them list terms only until the end of September 2018. Some schemes give fixed discounts for old vehicles, with varying cut-off dates of first registration. In many cases, the scrappage discount applies regardless of the vehicle’s actual current market value. Note, however, that most schemes require previous ownership of the trade-in for a minimum of ninety days to six months.

Manufacturer Promotions

Kia is tempting motorists across the country with a fixed discount of £2,000. For many drivers, Picanto deals have an attractive price tag, with new vehicles from less than £7,500. Alternatively, Kia’s straightforward incentive is also available on other models in its range.

Mazda cars come with the most generous scrappage allowance, at a minimum of £3,000. The company offers up to £5,000 towards the Santa Fe, for instance, with lesser amounts for the Mazda 3 and Mazda 6 diesels that leave the showroom for just under £9,700 after discount. This Japanese carmaker accepts old vehicles registered prior to 31st December 2010, meaning that this choice represents excellent value for low-value trade-ins.

Then again, Toyota’s offering includes the Aygo X-Play edition for just over £9,000, after saving £1,500 for traded-in cars that have dates of first registration until the end of September 2010. Similarly, while the CH-R crossover attracts a minimum allowance of £1,000, a new Land Cruiser comes with the maximum discount of £4,000.

If the current vehicle is worth more than the promotional discount, a part exchange deal may be a better best option – except, perhaps, for Hyundai. This company offers a trade-in value in addition to scrappage discounts of between £1,500 and £5,000 off selected new models. This manufacturer’s incentive is, therefore, especially attractive to Hyundai purchasers who have a second-hand vehicle that is still of value. However, it must meet the EU4 standard to take advantage of this offer. Conversely, older cars attract a fixed discount off each new model, but with no additional trade-in value on the old one.

Notably, mainstream manufacturer Ford has withdrawn its scrappage deals on cars, though the company is still offering discounts of up to £2,000 on commercial pickups including the Ranger. However, for a few models, the price reductions apply only to those variants with certain levels of trim.

Important Considerations

Scrappage promotions are available only on new cars. Usually, it is possible to take the discount either to reduce the purchase price or as a deposit for finance, depending on the manufacturer. Significantly, motoring experts have reminded customers to consider the overall deal including part exchanges, purchasing a low-mileage vehicle and finance incentives – not all of which may be available in conjunction with scrappage.

The last government-sponsored scrappage allowances certainly boosted car sales, but it ended back in 2009. Now, nine years later, there is no indication of any such repeat national scheme in the offing. Nonetheless, local incentive programmes may be a possibility in areas with poor air quality.

In summary, then, scrappage schemes have grown in popularity since manufacturers’ sales and marketing departments decided to respond to public pressure, bring in new customers and boost their market share of more modern, environmentally friendly vehicles.

If you intend to trade in an old car for a newer model or a Ford pickup, deals such as these could well be of interest, depending on the market value of your current vehicle. Apart from your motoring budget, the most important factors to take into account include the amount of discount and to which new model(s) it applies, as well as any additional trade-in allowance (where available) and the cut-off dates for individual manufacturer promotions.

Additionally, specific deals require the trade-in vehicle to be EU4-compliant, whereas other sale terms and part-exchange conditions will accept compliance with the earlier EU1 to EU3 standards.

Finally, happy car hunting!

Donate Your Car in Colchester

Assington Autos are pleased to announce the start of their charity scheme. We will donate a percentage of the value of your car for scrap to a named charity.  If you have a vehicle sitting idle you could help a charity by calling Assington Autos to take it away and convert it into a charitable gift.

There are many reasons you might want to give your car to charity and whatever reason it is we would be pleased to help.

This is just one of many services we provide for those in Colchester. For those wishing to use this service, we handle our donation collection free of charge. We do this to make the process as hassle-free for our clients as possible. Our car donation is fast and easy to use. 

No matter the condition of your car we will always be willing to take it. This is because as a scrapping company we understand how to get the use out of every individual part your car has. Therefore, when you donate your car to charity with us, you know it is worth it.

Give a Car to charity in Colchester is run by Assington Autos and benefited by many charities. Donate your car in Colchester today and help make a difference.

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