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Can you scrap a car without a logbook?

If your car has become irreparably damaged or suffers from so much wear and tear that it’s not worth selling it, you might decide to scrap it. 

Scrapping a car comes with a range of benefits, including payment for the customer and reducing your carbon footprint. Automotive scrap can be recycled with parts being reused, making it an environmentally friendly practice.  

If you are planning to scrap your car, it’s important to understand the correct procedures to ensure you’re complying with the relevant laws relating to the process. 

One of the biggest questions people ask in relation to scrapping a car is ‘can you scrap a car without a logbook?’ 

In this article, the team here at Hill Metal Recycling will answer this question, providing you with all the information you need about scrapping cars. 

Can you scrap a car without a logbook?

Yes, you can still scrap your car even without a logbook. 

Your car’s logbook, also known as a V5C logbook, is a physical document that is issued by the DVLA every time a vehicle is registered in the UK. The logbook acts as a registration certificate for the vehicle, linking it to its owner. It also includes relevant financial information such as tax history.

Usually, the logbook is used as proof that the vehicle belongs to you and may be asked for when a car is being scrapped. However, a V5C logbook can easily become misplaced and often drivers lose theirs over time. 

Therefore, it is not essential when scrapping a car. 

How can I scrap my car without a logbook?

If you have lost your logbook, you should still be able to scrap your car.

When your car has been declared SORN (Statutory Off Road Notification), which means it is off the road and not suitable for driving, no logbook will be asked for. 

However, if you’re scrapping a vehicle that is not SORN declared, you will need to inform the DVLA in advance. 

You will need to write to them providing some key details including:

  • Your name
  • Address
  • Contact number 
  • Vehicle registration
  • Vehicle identification number (VIN)
  • The scrap dealership used 

A ‘no logbook’ authorisation form will then be completed by your chosen scrap metal company that permits the vehicle to be scrapped without the logbook.

Reputable scrap merchants will also be able to provide you with a CoD (Certificate of Destruction) that confirms the car has been scrapped. 

How much does it cost to scrap a car?

For the vehicle owner, scrapping a car is completely free. In fact, you’ll likely make a bit of money as the scrap metal company will provide payment for the car scrap. 

The amount you will be paid will vary significantly depending on the type of usable metal on the vehicle, its age and other factors. Plus, the cost of metals is always fluctuating which will also impact the price. 

Where can I scrap a car?

When scrapping a car, you should always use a DVLA and Environmental Agency-approved scrap metal company like Hill Metal Recycling. 

As the most trusted scrap metal company in Essex, we provide leading scrap metal services to Harlow and throughout the county. When you work with us you can rest assured that your car will be responsibly disposed of at our dedicated recycling facility. To find out more about our automotive recycling service, contact Hill Metal Recycling today.