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If your Vehicle is Scrapped or Written Off

This article explains the process you must take to ensure DVLA know you are no longer the keeper of a vehicle after you have passed a vehicle on to a scrapping facility, or scrapped the vehicle yourself.

The scrap yard or dismantler you use must be an Authorised Treatment Facility (ATF).

Scrapping a Vehicle

You will receive a Certificate of Destruction (CoD) immediately when you scrap your vehicle with an ATF. They will inform DVLA that you have relinquished control of the vehicle. You should keep the CoD in a safe place to prove the vehicle was scrapped.

Informing DVLA

DVLA will send you a letter within four weeks to confirm that they know the vehicle has been scrapped and that you're no longer responsible for it. Call DVLA on 0300 790 6802 if you do not receive the letter.

If you broke up the vehicle personally, you must continue to tax it, or declare it off road (SORN). Remember that SORN must be renewed each year until the vehicle has been taken to an ATF, or you no longer own the vehicle.

Scrapping and Personalised Registrations

If you have a private registration on a vehicle you plan to scrap, you will need to transfer or retain the registration before you scrap the vehicle.

If your vehicle is an insurance write off then you will need to inform your insurance company not to dispose of the vehicle until the registration has been safely dealt with. DVLA state that you should also ask them to make sure the vehicle is available for inspection.

Get a "letter of no interest" from your insurance company. This will ensure there's written proof of their consent to transfer/retain the number. Also get a copy of the engineer's report, which will confirm the vehicle's details.

Third Party Insurance Write Offs

If your vehicle will cost more to repair than it is worth, and you don't want to keep the vehicle, inform DVLA using your registration certificate and post to DVLA, Swansea, SA99 1BR.

DVLA will send you a letter within four weeks to confirm that they know the vehicle has been scrapped and that you're no longer responsible for it. Call DVLA on 0300 790 6802 if you do not receive the letter.

Insurance Total Loss Payment

In the event that your insurers decide to completely write off your vehicle, they will expect the vehicle in return for a "total loss payment".

In this case you will need to complete V5C/3 'Notification of sale or transfer' section on the registration document and post to DVLA, Swansea, SA99 1BD. The insurance company will be expecting the remainder of the registration certificate.

Sometimes insurers like to take care of the whole process by completing and sending the form on your behalf. If this is the case, write to DVLA to ensure your name has been removed from their records. Provide DVLA with the date the vehicle was transferred and details of your insurers name and address. Send this to DVLA, Swansea, SA99 1BR.

Last updated: Monday 25th July 2011 at 2:02pm

By Eric Craggs - Google+