When your car has been written off, if the running costs have become too high or you’re looking for a hassle-free way to get money for your vehicle, car scrapping is a great option. However, there are plenty of scams out there which UK motorists succumb to each year, so it’s important to know how to avoid them. Here’s our expert advice.
What Is a Car Scrapping Scam?
One scam to be aware of is when a garage informs you that your vehicle needs to be written off, as repairs will cost more than the value of the vehicle…but they’ll offer to scrap your car for free. In reality, they’ll undertake the repairs required and sell your car on for a profit, which can be pretty upsetting if you suddenly see your car advertised for sale. Always be wary of anyone who offers to scrap your car for free.
While there are many legitimate car scrap companies out there, there are also some scams in operation which could get you into hot water. UK car scrapping scams are on the rise, and if you fall foul of one, it could be you who ends up with a large fine costing you thousands. These scams occur when someone poses as a car scrap professional, and you hand over your vehicle in good faith that it’s being scrapped. However, if it’s a scam, your car could be used for crimes or sold on illegally having been ‘cut and shut’ – which is extremely dangerous. Unfortunately, this means previous owners could be liable for DVLA fines if the car is used for illegal activities.
Importance of Authorised Treatment Facilities (ATFs)
One of the key things to look out for when using a car scrap company is to check if they’re an Authorised Treatment Facility (ATF). This is the only type of facility licensed in the UK to legally conduct car scrapping operations, having gained approval from the Environmental Agency. This means they’ve met all the required UK standards for quality and safety, adhering to the best practices for dealing with waste products and hazardous parts. All ATFs must follow the standards detailed by the End of Life Vehicle (ELV) regulations. Recycling your car anywhere else is a criminal offence.
How to Avoid Car Scrap Scams
While a company may promote making cash for your car, literally handing over physical money for scrapping vehicles became illegal as part of the Scrap Dealers Act 2013. Therefore, always check how you’ll be paid in reality for your vehicle, i.e. cheques or electronic payments which can be traced. You should only ever deal with licensed merchants, and they should be able to show you evidence of this if asked. By using an ATF, you’ll know for sure your vehicle is being disposed of responsibly, and you’ll be issued with an official Certificate of Destruction (CoD). You must then inform the DVLA your car has been scrapped and you’re no longer the owner.
Want to scrap your car?
Car Scrap Surrey is a partner with an established Authorised Treatment Facility, working across areas of South London, Surrey and Croydon (including Cheam, Chessington and Epsom). Call 020 8406 4181 for your free quote.