Some cars seem to last forever. But there comes a time when you might have to let your old motor go. And when it’s refusing to start, it might be a sign that it’s time. Saying goodbye can be tricky, but fortunately, the process of scrapping your car doesn’t have to be. Let’s explore the steps to scrapping your non-starting car with minimal hassle.

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How to Scrap a Car That Won’t Start

Get in Touch with a Scrap Yard

How to scrap a car that won’t start? When your car has given up the ghost and is refusing to start, the most stress-free course of action is to reach out to a reputable scrap yard. When you contact us at Assington Autos, we’ll work with you to come up with a hassle-free solution. Plus, we can pick your vehicle up, so you don’t have to worry about how you’re going to get it here. 

The advantage of working with a professional scrap yard is the seamless experience you’ll have. All the heavy lifting is handled for you – literally and figuratively! 

Can You Transport Your Car Yourself?

You may be wondering if you can transport your car that won’t start to a scrap yard yourself. While it’s possible, we wouldn’t recommend it. Although it might seem cost-effective initially, the reality is that it can be a time-consuming, laborious, and potentially dangerous process. 

Without the right tools and experience, moving a heavy, unresponsive car can risk personal injury or damage to your property. Because of this, we’d only recommend moving it yourself if you are adequately trained, prepared, and aware of the risks involved. Otherwise, it’s best left to the experts. 

What to Expect from the Scrapping Process

The process of scrapping your car involves a few key steps. Firstly, you’ll need to choose a licensed scrap yard – like Assington Autos - which can handle your vehicle responsibly. Then you’ll agree on a price, before the scrap yard picks up your vehicle. At Assington Autos, we pick up scrap cars from anywhere in Essex, Cambridgeshire, and Suffolk. 

Once the scrap yard receives the car, they will issue a Certificate of Destruction within seven days. This officially takes the car off the road. Once you have this, you will need to inform the DVLA that your car has been scrapped. Your payment will also be processed.

Remember: Cash for Scrapping is Illegal

It’s important to note that in the UK, paying cash for scrapped cars is illegal. Instead, a legitimate scrap yard will always pay through a traceable method, like bank transfer. This measure helps with combatting metal theft and ensures a transparent transaction for both parties. So, if you’re looking to scrap a car that won’t start, beware of anyone offering cash payment – they’re not doing things the right way.  

What Paperwork is Involved?

When scrapping your car that isn’t starting, documentation is key. Make sure that you have the logbook (V5C) for the car. This proves that you are the legal owner of the vehicle and can scrap it. When the car is collected, you will be required to fill out section 9 of the VSC. Once the car has been scrapped, you’ll then send this section to the DVLA. 

What are the Next Steps After Scrapping?

Once the scrap yard has taken your car and you’ve informed the DVLA, you may be eligible for a refund on any outstanding road tax or insurance. Apply to reclaim any full months of remaining tax from the DVLA and cancel your insurance policy. If you are replacing your car, contact your insurer – they will usually be able to simply change the car on your current policy without cancelling it. Remember that tax cannot be transferred, so you’ll need to set up tax on your new car. 

Don’t let a car that doesn’t start become a bigger problem than it needs to be. At Assington Autos, we make the process of scrapping your old car easy. Contact us today for a quote and to find out more.