Today’s collaborative guest post is about scrapping your car, it’s essential that you inform the DVLA, otherwise there are heavy consequences to pay. By letting them know it has been scrapped, you are legally unbinding yourself from any responsibility you held with the car, if you don’t let them know you could end up paying road tax on a vehicle that you no longer even own. What’s worse, the DVLA can fine you up to £1000 for not informing them of your actions, which is a bill that no one wants to open.
When you take your vehicle to be scrapped, more often than not the centre will notify the DVLA for you when they give you your Certificate of Destruction to prove the car has been scrapped. If you scrap your vehicle through Car.co.uk, we will do all of the paperwork for you and ensure that the DVLA are notified of the changes. This means less stress for you and we can guarantee that the process will be handled in an efficient and legal manner. However, if you want to be extra sure that the DVLA have been notified, it’s worth telling the DVLA in your own time just to be certain they know the vehicle has been scrapped.
The process of telling the DVLA that the car has been scrapped
If you are planning to scrap the whole vehicle and don’t intend to keep any parts then there are two ways that you can contact them and inform them of your actions, online or via post.
In this day and age, this is the most popular method of contacting the DVLA as its quick, easy, and can be done from the comfort of your own home. When applying online you will need three specific things regarding your vehicle:
- The registration number of your vehicle
- The 11-digit reference number in section 9 of your logbook (V5C)
- The name and address of the Authorised Treatment Facility (ATF) that took and scrapped your vehicle.
This simple process can be done in no time and will ensure that the DVLA are up to date with the current situation of your vehicle.
It’s just as simple to apply via post and you need to make sure you have the necessary paperwork to go with the application. You just need to fill out section 9 of your logbook and send it off to the DVLA offices:
If you sold your car to your insurance company then you’ll just need to let the DVLA know by sending your entire logbook and a letter with your insurance company’s details, as well as the date you handed your car over. From here the DVLA can get in touch with your insurer for more information.
Once you’ve notified the DVLA that the car has been scrapped, they will send you a letter to confirm that you are no longer the legal registered keeper of the vehicle, be sure to keep this just in case of any discrepancies in the future. Along with this, the DVLA will refund any months left you have on your road tax, therefore the sooner you let them know the car has been scrapped the more money you will receive back from tax. If you pay via direct debit then this will be cancelled automatically.
If you haven’t received a letter from them in 4 weeks then you can give the DVLA a call on 0300 790 to get an update on the situation of your application.