How to Scrap My Car Using the V5C
How to notify the DVLA
Ultimately, the only thing you need to do when you sell a car for scrap or salvage is notify DVLA. To do this, you can return Section 9 of the V5C (log book) or if you do not have the log book, simply notify DVLA in writing.
You will need to include the vehicles registration number, your details and the details of the company that you sold your car to (hopefully, that’s Remove My Car). That’s all you need to do! Then post to DVLA, Swansea, SA99 1BD.
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Why the confusion?
The DVLA have not exactly covered themselves in glory with the written information they provide, and it is leading to a lot of problems for people who, like you, want to sell their scrap cars responsibly.
It doesn’t help matters that the V5C has two different numbering systems, Section 9 is also V5C/3 however, on the V5C document, the instructions refer to 'Section 9’ but on the DVLA/government web site it refers to ‘Section 3’!
What if DVLA don’t receive Section 9 of the V5C?
If you sell/scrap your car and fail to notify DVLA, you are going to remain as the registered owner of the vehicle on their records. This means you could face a fine if you didn’t make a SORN or failed to re-tax the car. You could also be in trouble if the car has somehow ended up back on the road, for example, if it has been used in criminal activity.
To avoid these problems, you should use a reputable company like Remove My Car, as we will advise you on what to do and will make sure your car is disposed of correctly.
Well, take a look at the wording on the V5C and the DVLA web site.
‘Your Responsibilities as the Registered Keeper’ section on the V5C, you will be able to see for yourself.
In the *Scrapping your vehicle
‘You cannot use the V5C to tell us you have scrapped your vehicle’
‘If you do not receive a CoD immediately please fill in section 9 of the V5C and send to DVLA.’
Let's put the record straight
How can you be certain that we are right when so many other sites have posted different information? Because:
- We work in the industry every day so we know how it works.
- We actually took the time to ask the DVLA. They told us that the CoD is not vital, but what they do need is written confirmation that you have sold your vehicle to the trade for repair, parts or scrap. (Section 9 of the log book or written confirmation).
When DVLA receive the notification, they will update their records so that you are no longer the registered owner of the vehicle and confirm this in writing within 4 weeks. But up until they receive your Section 9 or written notification, you are still responsible for the car.
If you sell your car to a to an ATF company and it is scrapped, you will receive a CoD. But only if the car is scrapped. If it is going to be repaired and sold on, the ATF does not have to issue a CoD.
Remove My Car will help you deal with the DVLA
At Remove My Car, we keep a record in our database of all cars collected, including price, date of sale, date of collection, and also details on when and where they were salvaged or scrapped.
This means we can trace your sale on our system and provide you with the information that may be required by DVLA or your insurance company, should they request it. If your car was scrapped and you need a Certificate of Destruction, we can get in touch with the ATF and make sure you receive the document as soon as possible.
This high-level of service comes as standard with Remove My Car, and we pay outstanding prices too.
Click here to see How to get the best price for your scrap car