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Scrap My Van

When you come to scrap your van, we know what you’re after: you’ll want the best price, hassle free collection, and for the entire process to be as quick and straightforward as possible. Here at Scrap Car Network, that’s exactly what we provide.

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Our mission is to get you maximum cash when you scrap your van with us, and make the entire process as easy and convenient as we can. We’re good at it too, with a very strong track record behind us - we’ve now got more than 40 years of experience to our name, and a solid 5 star rating on Trustpilot, with more than 10,000 reviews!

What’s more, we also actively support a variety of fantastic charitable initiatives through our parent company Recycling Lives. That means when you choose us to scrap your van, you’ll be automatically contributing to those amazing causes too! This can be anything from feeding families in need, to helping vulnerable people learn the skills they need to get into permanent employment, and can get their lives back on track.

We make van scrapping easy

We take care of the entire van scrap process

You can trust us to handle it all here at Scrap Car Network, from quote right through to collection. We’ve made sure that the process itself couldn’t be easier - all you have to do is enter your van reg and postcode into the fields on our site, and we’ll get you an instant scrap van quote right there and then, so you can see the best price from your nearest local scrapyard.

We’ll then waste no time getting in touch with you to see exactly where and when you want your van collected, so we can sort out our trademark hassle-free collection service. On collection day, we’ll send one of our dedicated collection vehicles to remove your van, and collect any bits we need from you, including the keys and any related paperwork. We’ll then finalise the payment on collection, so you’re never waiting too long to receive cash for your van.

We’ll also make sure to issue you with your Certificate of Destruction as soon as possible - you can normally expect it anywhere between just a few days to a week or two. We don’t mess about when it comes to your Certificate of Destruction, since it serves as legal proof that the DVLA no longer considers you responsible for paying tax on your van. As soon as the DVLA knows you’ve scrapped it, they’ll also refund any remaining tax that you owe.

We scrap vans of all makes, models and types, including:

  • Non runners
  • MOT failures
  • Accident damaged vans
  • End of life vans
  • High mileage vans
  • Low mileage vans
  • Flood damaged vans
  • Scrap vans
  • Broken vans
  • Junk vans
  • Pickup trucks
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Just don't forget to:

Ensure that your van is parked in an easily accessible location if possible, so that the collection can be completed quickly and efficiently.

Have your van keys and paperwork ready for collection day. Your paperwork includes the written history of the van (so previous MOT certificates, for example, and its service history), as well as any Statutory Off Road Notice that may be active. Most importantly, make sure you have your V5C with you, if you can find it.

Fill out Section 9 of your V5C - “Selling Your Vehicle To A Motor Trader, Insurer Or Dismantler”  - and send it off to the DVLA.

So, you might be asking, how can you be sure you’ll get the best price for your van here at Scrap Car Network?

That’s easy. We’re one of the UK’s biggest networks of scrap van dealers, spanning hundreds of sites up and down the country. That makes us the perfect people to connect you with the nearest local scrap yard with the very best prices, no matter where you’re based in the UK. By linking you to the scrap yards nearest you, we’re able to keep everything simple and convenient for everyone involved. Simpler logistics mean reduced costs, which is part of the way we’re able to get you the best price for your van.

What’s more, when we give you a price, you can trust us to stick to it. As long as all the information you’ve given us is accurate and up-to-date, and your van’s condition is exactly as described, then you can be sure there will be no last-minute price changes.

As part of our commitment to maintaining exceptional standards of trustworthiness and customer service, every single one of our partners is registered as an Authorised Treatment Facility. (We won’t partner with anyone else!) Every ATF is licensed and continually monitored by the Environment Agency, and has very strict standards that they must legally adhere to. That means when you scrap your End of Life vehicle with us, we can guarantee the highest standards of punctuality, reliability, and customer service.

Why Choose Scrap Car Network to "Scrap my van"

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Best scrap van price

We know that when you decide: I need to scrap my van, getting the best price will be one of your top priorities - so we make sure it’s our top priority too.

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When you use our website to get an instant online quote, we’ll compare your nearest local scrapyards, looking for the closest one to you that has the very best price. Once we’ve found the one that best fits both those criteria, then voilà - that’s your instant online quote. The entire process takes just seconds, and allows you to benefit from great baseline prices right from the off. It also keeps travel costs and other logistics down for our Authorised Treatment Facilities, maximising your savings by ensuring those costs don’t get passed to you.

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No quibble

When we give you a price here at Scrap Car Network, you can trust us to stick to it.

Trustworthiness is hugely important to us here at Scrap Car Network, and we know it’s important to you too. We won’t engage in any doorstep haggling when we come to collect, or any other last-minute changes to the price without good reason. It’s a well-known tactic of the more unscrupulous dealers, and it can be more than a little intimidating, not to mention frustrating.

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We’re very firm about the price we give you, so as long as you’ve given clear and accurate information about the condition of your van, you can expect us to honour that price. (A quick note here; don’t be tempted to remove parts from your van to sell off separately, as you’ll probably find that the price of those parts will generally get knocked off the total you’ll get for your van.)

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No need to worry about paperwork

Paperwork is often tedious, finicky, and can be pretty time-consuming, so we’ve made sure to save you as much of it as possible here at Scrap Car Network.

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We’ve refined our processes down to the bare essentials, so there’s a minimum of forms to complete. You can bid goodbye to filling out endless cookie-cutter forms on endless comparison websites - all we need initially is your van reg and postcode, and we’ll be able to give you that instant scrap van quote. From that point onwards, we’ll take care of as much of the dull stuff as we can for you, and focus on getting you that all-important Certificate of Destruction as quickly and efficiently as possible. We’re committed to making it as easy as possible to recycle your van!

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Fast, free nationwide collection

Wherever you’re based in the UK, we’ll be able to sort out hassle-free collection of your van right from your driveway.

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The sheer size of our network means that our coverage extends across the entire country, so wherever you are, we’ll be able to connect you with a scrap yard that’s never too far away. That saves you the headache of working out how to get your van to the scrapyard yourself, especially if it’s not in a drivable condition.

All you have to do to get the ball rolling is let us know where and when you’d like us to collect it. In case you’re wondering, it doesn’t matter what condition it’s in; we’re happy to collect it whether it’s suffered severe damage in a collision, or puttered to a stop on the motorway, or you’ve just decided it would be too expensive or uneconomical to have another go at renewing its MOT certificate.

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Authorised Treatment Facility

We only partner with official Authorised Treatment Facilities - scrap van dealers who are fully licensed and regulated by the Environment Agency.

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According to UK law, ATFs are the only ones qualified to scrap your van, so you can have peace of mind in their standards of trustworthiness, transparency, and customer service. By only partnering with ATFs, we can guarantee that we’re able to recycle your van in a legal and environmentally-friendly way, with all parts, fluids, and bodywork processed accordingly.

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Van recycling

At Scrap Car Network, we’re dedicated to providing you with the greenest, most responsible way to scrap your van - and that’s a mission we take very seriously.

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Steel is one of the most valuable and plentiful resources salvaged from scrapped vehicles every year - about 98% of the steel in your van can be recycled. In fact, almost every one of your van’s components and materials can be re-sold, recycled or repurposed, including everything from its oil and coolant to its glass, fabrics, electronics, and metals (precious and otherwise).

What’s more, we’ve got the skills, facilities and expertise we need to recycle these effectively and efficiently, right here at Scrap Car Network. When you choose us to recycle your van, we’ll subject it to a detailed examination to identify and remove anything that might still have any sort of practical or financial value. We’ll carefully remove these and ensure that everything is repurposed through the proper channels, minimising the amount of unnecessary waste.

Our current van recycling rate stands at about 95%, but our ultimate goal is to get that figure up to 100%, eliminating vehicle waste entirely. When you choose us to recycle your van, you’re helping us edge a little closer to achieving that goal. Every little helps!

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MOT Failures

Annual MOT tests aren’t cheap, and they can be particularly expensive if your van fails. And that’s not at all unusual - in fact, as many as one in four vans fails its first MOT. Once those failures start to rack up though, the costs can start to skyrocket. That’s when you might decide: is it time to scrap my van?

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A single MOT failure often isn’t much cause for concern, but once the same van has failed its MOT two or three times in a single year, you might understandably decide that it’s become more money and hassle than it’s worth, especially if it’s a business expense. We scrap 10,000 vans and cars every month here at Scrap Car Network, and MOT failures make up a sizeable number of these salvage vehicles.

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Certificate of Destruction

Your Certificate of Destruction is one of the most important documents related to scrapping your van.

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Essentially, your Certificate of Destruction (or COD, as it’s sometimes known) serves as legal proof that you’ve scrapped your van, so in the eyes of the law, you’re no longer responsible for what happens to it. We’re keenly aware of how crucial that makes it here at Scrap Car Network, so we make sure to get yours to you in a matter of weeks. As well as this though, we’d also generally advise that you contact the DVLA yourself to tell them that you’ve scrapped your van, just for maximum peace of mind.

Lots of drivers still make the mistake of neglecting their Certificate of Destruction once they think their car or van has been scrapped, but that can often end up being an expensive mistake. Don’t ever take someone’s word for it that your van has been properly scrapped if you’ve not actually got the document in your hand - without that formal acknowledgement, it’s possible that the DVLA still holds you legally responsible for your van.

That means at the very least, they’ll be expecting you to pay Vehicle Excise Duty, or van tax. It doesn’t matter whether or not you actually have the van anymore - if the paperwork says you do, then as far as they’re concerned, they’re due the money. Being on the receiving end of that £80 fine is a frustrating but avoidable mistake.

It’s also worth noting that unfortunately, some unscrupulous dealer shave been known to sell on End-of-Life vehicles to new buyers instead of scrapping them as they said they would. If your van is caught out on the roads after it’s supposed to have been scrapped, that will result in some pretty serious legal repercussions - again, all of which can be avoided if you ensure that you get that Certificate of Destruction.

A final note on your Certificate of Destruction - don’t forget that it has to have exactly that wording to be legally recognised. Don’t be fooled by anyone offering a similarly worded document, such as a Certificate of Collection or Record of Destruction. A COD by any other name isn’t legally recognised by the DVLA or anyone else, so it won’t offer you any legal protection. Don’t get caught out!

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SORN

SORN stands for Statutory Off Road Notification. Essentially, it functions as a formal declaration to the DVLA and your insurer that you’re taking your van off the road.

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You might decide to get a SORN if you know for a fact that you won’t be using your van for a significant period of time, normally for at least a month or so. You might be preparing to sell it, you might be undertaking some repairs, or you might have simply decided to give driving a break for a bit. Whatever the case, obtaining a SORN is free, and as soon as it’s active, you’re then legally permitted to pause your payments on road tax and insurance.

Now, obviously the operative phrase here is “as soon as it’s active”. In other words, you have to have been granted the SORN by the DVLA, and been provided with a written acknowledgement that they regard it as active. You can’t just put your van in a garage and then stop making payments on it immediately. That’s a surefire way to get yourself a hefty fine. If the SORN isn’t yet active, or if you’ve not got one at all, then as far as the DVLA and your insurer are concerned, they’re still due the money!

The SORN is very literal in its meaning; when it says your van must be off-road, it means it. The van can’t be parked in the street - for the SORN to be valid, it must be parked in as garage, or in a bay on private land. And once it’s active, the van cannot be driven anywhere at all. (The only exception is if you’re taking it to a pre-booked MOT test.)

You can’t even drive it to a scrapyard to be recycled, so don’t be the one to make that mistake - that’s why we have our hassle-free collection service when we scrap your van. If you’re caught driving it out on the roads and you can’t prove you’re taking it to an MOT, you’re looking at the business end of a £2500 fine.

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V5C

Alongside your Certificate of Destruction, your V5C is one of the most important bits of paperwork that you’ll need to keep track of when you scrap your van. Having said that, it’s very easy (and very common) for drivers to lose it!

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V5C, vehicle registration document, vehicle log book - they’re all different names for the same thing. Referring to it as a log book can be a bit confusing though, since it’s not actually a book but a slip of paper.

Your V5C is legal proof that your van has been officially registered with the DVLA, and it shows who is the registered keeper of the vehicle. (Bear in mind, though, that the registered keeper is not necessarily the same as the owner.) If it was issued in 2012 or any time afterwards, then it’ll be red. If it was issued before 2012 on the other hand, it will be blue. The layout was changed again in 2019.

So, you might be asking, what is a V5C actually for? Well, basically it tells you what the DVLA understands to be true about your vehicle, and yourself. That means it needs to be kept up to date with every change to your van, however minor. If its engine type, its chassis, or even its paintwork undergoes any sort of change, you’ll need to ensure those alterations are reflected in the V5C. The same goes for any personal details about yourself, including your legal name or address.

In the context of scrapping your van, the V5C is there to provide a quick and useful way to let the DVLA know that you’ve scrapped your van. All you have to do is fill in Section 9, and send it off to them in the post. However, if for whatever reason you’re not able to locate your vehicle logbook, there’s no need to panic. Believe it or not, it’s a very common situation! The good news is that you can still scrap your van without the V5C, but you’ll need to let the DVLA know in writing.

You’ll need to provide them with:

  • Your details
  • The details of your van (registration number, make, model)
  • Our details, if we’re the ones scrapping your van
  • The date of sale (from you to us)

That should tell them everything they need to know, and send your Certificate of Destruction winging its way to you by post, officially freeing you of any further legal responsibility for your van.

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The Scrap Metal Dealers Act

The Scrap Metal Dealers Act 2013 is the reason why we can’t provide literal cash for your van. Instead, we’ll make sure to pay you by BACS, or bank transfer.

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While cash for vans is an undeniably catchy term, and so still widely used within the industry, it’s been technically illegal for a number of years now. That’s because fraud and other types of automotive crime are a lot easier when there’s no paper trail, and that’s exactly what the Scrap Metal Dealers Act was designed to crack down on when it was implemented in 2013.

Under the terms of the Act, scrap van dealers and organisations like ours are required to pay customers through traceable methods like cheque or BACS (bank transfer), so that everyone can be sure it’s all above board, and no crime of any sort is being committed. That’s the key reason why we’re always so careful to make sure we pay you using exclusively those methods here at Scrap Car Network!

How scrapping your van works

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FAQs

How much money can I get for scrapping my car?

How much you’ll get for your scrap car depends on a whole range of factors. Most of these are well outside your control, so they’re not anything to worry about.

Some of the main factors which affect how much cash you’ll get include:
• Supply and demand of the scrap metal market
• The make and model of the car
• The size and weight
• Its age
• Whether or not it’s had parts removed
• The location of the scrap yard taking it

One of the main ways you can ensure you maximise the value of your car is by making sure you don’t take it to pieces before you send it off to be scrapped. Removing particularly heavy or critical parts like the engine will have a serious impact on how much scrap yards are willing to pay for it.

Location is also a hugely influential factor. After all, for scrap yards, processing your car involves a cost-benefit analysis. The further they have to travel in order to collect your car, the more they’ll have to charge to cover their overheads.

That’s why the closest local scrap yards are able to offer the best value for your end of life vehicle, and why location is always a high priority of ours when we're calculating your instant scrap car quote.

If you’d like, you can turn to our blog for a more detailed breakdown of what affects scrap car prices.

What documents do I need to scrap my car?

You’ll be pleased to hear you don’t need that much paperwork to scrap your car, and it’s generally a lot more simple than making a private sale.

The main documents you’ll need include:
• V5C logbook or registration certificate
• The service history
• The latest MOT certificate
• SORN (if applicable)

If you’ve got any additional paperwork, such as anything to do with the vehicle finance, that’s worth handing over too. You can provide all this to a friendly member of our collection team when we swing by to pick up your vehicle (And of course, it makes everything a whole lot quicker and more simple if you can give us the keys).

What happens if I’ve lost my V5C?

If you’ve lost your V5C, some people may advise you to apply for a new one from the DVLA, at the cost of £25. However, this isn’t strictly necessary, as you don’t actually need it to scrap your car. (You don’t even need it to privately sell your vehicle, although undeniably it makes it a bit more difficult. Most buyers will be wary of buying the car unless they see proper physical documentation!)

The reason you don’t need it to scrap your car is because all details are checked on the DVLA database. This means that as long as you can prove you’re the registered keeper of the vehicle, and all the information is up to date, we can recycle your car without your physical V5C logbook.

What we do advise, though, is separately getting in touch with the DVLA yourself to let them know you’ve scrapped your car.

Here’s what you’ll need to let them know:
• Your car registration number
• The make and model
• The exact date of sale
• The name and address of the scrapyard

For more information, feel free to check out our post on what happens if you lose your V5C .

How do you scrap your car for money?

Over a million cars are scrapped in the UK each year, and finding the best price used to be a fairly intensive process - involving multiple phone calls to separate scrapyards, or whiling away valuable free time on comparison websites.

Thankfully, now that we’re well into the digital age, it’s all easier than ever!

The process is slightly different depending on whether or not you want to keep any parts from your car. We’ve into full extensive detail on our post on how to scrap your car , but here are the basics.

If you want to scrap your car without keeping any parts, you have to:
• Apply to take off the registration number (if you want to keep it)
• Scrap your car at an Authorised Treatment Facility
• Hand over your V5C or vehicle logbook, but keep the yellow slip
• Inform the DVLA, and get your Certificate of Destruction

If you want to keep some parts from your car before you scrap it, you must:
• Obtain a SORN through the DVLA
• Apply to take off the registration number (if you’d like)
• Remove the parts you want
• Scrap the rest at an Authorised Treatment Facility
• Hand over your V5C or vehicle logbook, but keep the yellow slip
• Give them the SORN, if it’s still in effect
• Inform the DVLA and get your Certificate of Destruction

It’s worth remembering, though, that removing parts from your vehicle will have a pretty serious impact on its value to the scrap yard, which means you’ll end up with less cash for your car. For that reason alone, it’s a job worth tackling only if you’ve got the professional expertise necessary to remove and sell them!

How we do things at Scrap Car Network

When you choose us to scrap your car, it all starts with a free, no-obligation quote. Just enter your car reg and postcode onto our site, and we’ll instantly compare the rates of local scrapyards to send you the best price. We’ll then get in touch to arrange collection of your scrap car, and then take it from there!

Find out more about how it works at Scrap Car Network.

What type of cars do we scrap?

With over 40 years of experience behind us, we’ve got no shortage of specialised expertise, equipment and recycling facilities at our disposal. That means we’ve got the resources and talent to scrap a huge range of vehicles, and guarantee to recycle at least 95% of your scrap car.

In fact, we aim to provide the quickest and easiest car scrapping service available, and give the best price for every car - regardless of its colour, age, mileage or condition.

Just some of the types of cars we scrap include:
• Damaged cars
• Insurance write-offs
• MOT failures
• Flood damaged cars
• Non-runners (non functioning cars)
• Unroadworthy cars
• Junk and salvage cars
• Cars with mechanical or engine problems
• Fleet cars
• Foreign cars (those which aren’t UK registered)
• Part exchange cars

Free, no obligation quote
We don’t need any of your personal or private information to give you an instant online quote for your car. All we need is your car reg, so we can identify the make and model of your vehicle, as well as your postcode, so we can narrow down which of your local scrap car dealers offer the very best price

No hidden charges
Administration fees, bank fees and collection fees are particularly unwelcome costs for scrapping your car, all of which can take the edge off a fantastic offer for your vehicle. When you choose us here at Scrap Car Network, all charges are included in the quote we give you. That means no nasty surprises, so you’ve got a more accurate idea of what to expect in terms of cash for your car. That’s the way we like to do things!


How we help charity

Your van is recycled and helps support the Recycling Lives welfare charity.

If your van’s still in a roadworthy condition, we’ll try and find a buyer for it. If the van’s unsuitable to be reused, we’ll remove any van parts that we can reuse and sell those on. We’ll then recycle the rest of the van in an authorised treatment facility so we can get money for the scrap m etal. And remember, because Scrap Car Network contributes funding towards Recycling Lives – social welfare charity – scrapping your van is not just good for the environment, it also helps us to support disadvantaged and homeless people .

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