If your car has been sat on your drive rusting away, you may be considering the different ways you can get rid of it, and maybe make a bit of cash out of it too. If your vehicle is old, and not working too well, it can be difficult to sell because there are so many other options for buyers out there.

Someone looking to buy a second-hand car will be looking for a vehicle that’s reliable and runs well, not an old car that’s on its last leg. That’s why you should consider scrapping your vehicle instead. If you decide to do this then there are two options, scrap the whole vehicle or sell the parts separately and scrap the rest. Whichever option you choose, we’ve got a full run-down of how to scrap your vehicle.

Look online

There are several different places you can go to have your vehicle scrapped. You can check directories for local scrap yards or check online. Although it is good to help local businesses, using an online site is often the simplest and easiest way to do it. Websites such as Car.co.uk will help you find your local scrap yard, collect the vehicle and scrap it.

The most important thing to note when it comes to choosing a scrap yard is that you take your car to an Authorised Treatment Facility. These are government approved scrap companies that will dispose of your vehicle legally and in a manner, that will cause as little damage as possible to the environment. If you do not take your vehicle to an ATF you are liable for anything that goes wrong, or if they don’t scrap the vehicle and sell it on, you will still be the registered keeper of the car. This can have a detrimental effect if the vehicle is involved in an accident or receives a fine as it is in your name.

Be environmentally friendly

Many old vehicles are not too kind to the environment. Whilst newer models have been created with the environment in mind, they are often cleaner and more energy efficient. There is a high emission output that comes with fixing an old vehicle, and the older the vehicle, the more likely it is going to need more frequent repairs. New vehicles on the other hand have a smaller carbon footprint, and we even have electric vehicles which have zero emissions. Therefore, disposing of your old vehicle can have a great impact on the earth and helping to reduce your carbon footprint.

Get your paperwork together

Different scrap companies may have different policies regarding what documentation you require to scrap a vehicle. However, all of them require your ID and proof that you are the registered owner of the vehicle. This means you will be required to show a driving license, as well as evidence in your logbook (V5C) that you are the keeper of the vehicle and have the right to sell it.

Assess how badly damaged the vehicle is

The first thing you should do before scrapping your vehicle is assessing the state of it. Is the car roadworthy? Or has it been completely written off in an accident? You can take your vehicle to a garage to have an honest opinion about the condition of your vehicle by a professional. They may suggest selling parts first, or if in a bad state, they might just suggest having the whole vehicle scrapped to save time.