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What Happens if My Vehicle is Scrapped?

If you decide to scrap your car or motorcycle because it’s failed an MOT or because it’s just beyond repair, you can remove the registration by making a retention application through the DVLA. Before you make an application, the vehicle must qualify and satisfy the rules that are in place.

The car or motorbike must… 

  1. be registered to the applicant.
  2. be UK registered at a UK address.
  3. have a valid MoT within the last 5 years.
  4. have current road tax or been placed on SORN within the last 5 years. 

Once the application has been accepted, DVLA will arrange to re-register the vehicle with an alternative reg mark. This replacement reg mark is likely to be the one that was on the vehicle originally. You will then receive a new V5 registration document in the post in approximately 7 days. When that document arrives, you can complete a further application to scrap the vehicle. Once scrapped the Government record will update and the car or motorcycle cannot be used ever again.

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Our Same Day Retention Service

Postal applications can be made directly to the D.V.L.A in Swansea and they usually take a few weeks provided you have completed the V317 transfer form correctly and included the relevant paperwork. Don’t forget to also include an £80 fee made payable to D.V.L.A. Swansea. If you don’t want to wait, you may want to take advantage of our instant retention service. If preferred, we can arrange all the paperwork to secure your personal car registration onto a retention certificate for you for just £25 plus VAT and the £80.00 DVLA fee. In order for us to arrange this, you will need to have the V5 document available. 

Please call us on 01639 888833 or send an email to [email protected] for further information or assistance.

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For added peace of mind, we can manage the legal re-registration of your private number plate for you, with an expert member of DVLA’s transfer team, including reissue of your new V5 and arrangements for the road tax change.