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Home > Environment > Abandoned and nuisance vehicles > Disposing of your old car

Disposing of your old car

As part of the End of Life Vehicle Directive, car manufacturers must pay for vehicle disposal (cars and goods vehicles up to 3.5 tonnes). This is even if the vehicle has no value when scrapped.

This means that you will usually be able to dispose of your old vehicle free of charge. 

If you have a vehicle that you need to dispose of, you can contact one of the two national schemes - CarTakeback or Rewarding Recycling.

Free disposal of your vehicle is guaranteed as long as the vehicle is largely complete. This means it still has its engine, gearbox, bodywork, wheels and catalytic converter (if appropriate) and is free of additional waste.

You should take your vehicle to your nearest Authorised Treatment Facility (ATF), along with your DVLA v5c document. If you don’t have it, you should contact the scheme, or the ATF, beforehand.

The ATF will deal with the relevant paperwork and inform the DVLA that you have scrapped the car. They will also issue you with a Certificate of Destruction. Keep this safe as it proves you have disposed of the vehicle properly. 

If you cannot take the car to an ATF then the scheme will be able to advise you of their collection services. 

If your vehicle is not listed as belonging to a scheme, you should contact the vehicle manufacturer/importer directly.