Long gone are the days when you could simply drive your old banger down to a local scrap yard and either pay them a fee or in rare circumstances, receive a small sum for the vehicle. Scrap car dealers were notorious for their underhand dealings and it was not unknown for dangerous on road worthy cars to be re-vamped and sold on to an unsuspecting buyer; sometimes by using two scrap cars to make one. Not all dealers were involved in these shady dealings but unfortunately they were all tarred with the same brush. This is a largely a thing of the past and nowadays there are legal requirements involved in the disposal of motor vehicles which have to be adhered to by the seller and the scrap merchant.

The sellers need to have evidence that they are actually the documented owners of the vehicles, generally by way of the vehicle log book and the DVLA should be notified that the vehicle has already been forwarded to a third party. The merchant should give an invoice for the vehicle which you need to keep just in case there is possibly the necessity for evidence of disposal. The scrap dealers are now controlled by the directives from the European Union and UK government necessitating that a minimum of 74% of the scrapped vehicle needs to be re-cycled otherwise re-used. All tires as well as non-metallic pieces of the vehicle are detached and re-used or re-cycled. The fluid in the vehicle has to be taken off and re-cycled or disposed of safely. The actual main body of the vehicle must be delivered to an authorized depot for crushing. As soon as pounded, the actual metal will then be delivered for processing and re-cycling.

All these processes are good for the environment and good for the person disposing of the vehicle as it has greatly reduced the illegal re-cycling of scrap cars that are put back onto the roads; causing severe problems not only for the new owner, but also the past owner, if the vehicle was involved in an accident or any other police incident. The scrap dealer would deny all knowledge or would be untraceable, and the proof of disposal and purchase would have been the responsibility of the two innocent parties involved.

Along with the new re-cycling of motor vehicles legislation there was also set up a trade body for scrap dealers. The honest dealers quickly signed up to register as Approved Vehicle Collection & Disposal Specialists. The approved companies will assist the customer in the notification of disposal process to the DVLA and will give them proof that they have taken ownership of the vehicle for scrap purposes. The customer can be assured that these professionals will follow the rules laid down in the directives as to the disposal of scrap cars.

By using these approved dealers anyone needing to dispose of a vehicle can rest assured that it will in fact be scrapped and that they have no fear of the vehicle re-emerging at a later date, in any shape or form, except as part of a new item made from re-cycled materials.

If you have a scrap car London then visit www.scrapacarlondon.co.uk for a fair valuation, fast and friendly service.

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