If you’re asking ‘can I scrap my car without a V5?’, here’s some important information to consider.

There are a number of checks you should undertake when scrapping your car, from choosing a licensed car scrap dealer to making sure you’re satisfied with the quote received. However, don’t forget about the paperwork you need when selling your car, even if it’s being scrapped, including your V5 log book.

Here’s everything you need to know.

What Is a V5C Log Book?

Your vehicle log book is called a VC5 or V5 form. Hopefully, you’ve kept hold of it throughout your ownership of the vehicle, so do try to find it if you think you still have it. It’s the document which confirms who’s responsible for registering and taxing the vehicle and is usually a red A4 form. It’s essential this is passed to the new owner of any car you’ve sold.

Benefits of a V5 Form when Scrapping Your Car

Having a V5C keeps the process simple for you when using a car scrap dealer. Once you’ve sold your car to them, they may ask for your V5. If so, remember to keep the yellow part of the form (the section for the sale or transfer of your vehicle to the motor trade), which your dealer can fill in for you.

Even if you have located your V5C, you must inform the DVLA that you’ve scrapped your vehicle. This can be done here, where they’ll require the 11 digit code from your log book.

The DVLA will then confirm by post or email that you’re no longer the vehicle’s keeper. You may also receive a refund for any full months of paid tax left on the vehicle.

Here’s What to Do If You Don’t Have a V5 Anymore

If you’re V5 has been lost or destroyed, don’t despair! While many people think they have to pay for a replacement (it costs £25), if you’re scrapping your car, there is an alternative way to let the DVLA know the vehicle is no longer on the road and that you’ve sold it for scrap.

This means car scrap companies should be able to buy your car even if you don’t have the V5 log book.

You’ll just need to write to the DVLA and let them know:

  • Your name and address
  • The fact your car has been scrapped
  • The exact date the car was sold on for scrap
  • Vehicle registration number
  • Vehicle make and model
  • Name & address of the car scrap dealer used

Their address is: DVLA , Swansea SA99 1BD

If you do not provide the DVLA with this information, you could be viable for a £1,000 fine.

Once you let them know, they’ll de-register your car and make sure all online records are up to date.

Ready to scrap your car?

Whether you have a VC5 or not, Car Scrap Surrey is happy to provide you with a free quote for your vehicle. We partner with an Authorised Treatment Facility (ATF) in the local area, scrapping cars in locations such as Biggin Hill, Coulsdon and Dulwich. Call 24/7 on 020 8406 4181 to get started.