Making Space: What to Do Before Your Scrap Car is Collected

Having made the decision to scrap your car, it's essential to prepare for the collection of your vehicle. Proper preparation not only ensures a smooth process but also helps you maximise the benefits of scrapping your car. So, let's delve into the key steps you should take before your scrap car is collected.

1. Clear Out Personal Belongings

First and foremost, make sure you've removed all personal belongings from your vehicle. It's easy to leave things in car compartments, from loose change in the console to sunglasses in the glove box or even important documents in the boot. Take the time to thoroughly check your car and ensure you have everything you need.

2. Use Up Remaining Fuel

While it might not be the first thing you think about, using up any remaining fuel in your car can save you money. If the tank is still half full, that's petrol or diesel you've paid for, consider using the car for those last few errands before the collection date.

3. Gather Necessary Documentation

You'll need to have certain documents ready, such as the car's V5C logbook. While it's not a legal requirement to have a V5C to scrap a car, the process is much more straightforward with it. If you don't have this document, inform your scrap car company in advance so they can provide guidance on what to do.

4. Prepare the Car's Location

The car needs to be easily accessible for collection. If your car is in a garage, ensure there's a clear path for the vehicle to be removed. The same goes for cars parked on the driveway; try to move any other vehicles out of the way.

5. Remove the Registration Plate

You might want to keep your registration plate, particularly if it's a personalised one. Remember to apply to the DVLA to take the registration off the car before it’s collected if you want to use it in the future.

6. Notify Your Insurance Company

Once your car is collected, remember to contact your car insurance company to cancel your policy. If you paid your insurance annually, you might be entitled to a refund for the remaining months.

Scrapping your car can feel like a big step, but it's often the most economical and environmentally friendly solution for a vehicle that's past its prime. Preparing for your car's collection is a vital part of the process, and following the steps above will ensure everything goes as smoothly as possible.

7. We Can Help

Remember, reputable companies like Motorwise are always ready to help guide you through the scrapping process and will be more than happy to answer any questions you may have about preparing your vehicle for collection. Letting go of your car might be a big decision, but with the right preparation, it needn't be a big hassle.

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