Car Demolition: What to Do

If your car has become so worn to such an extent that it is unusable, all you can do is scrap it.

What do you have to do in certain cases? How does the demolition of a car work? Find out together with us everything you need to carry out such a procedure respecting all the relevant regulations, with the chance to spend an adequate amount of money and follow the required procedure without any specific concern.

What requirements do you need for the demolition of your car

If you have the intention or need to demolish your vehicle, know that you can only do so if you meet a few rather simple requirements.

Two categories in order to be able to start such a procedure without any economic and practical risk:

  • you must be registered with the PRA, i.e. the Public Register of Motor Vehicles;
  • if not registered in the PRA, you must prove with a set of data and documents that you are the owner of the vehicle to be scrapped.

If you do not belong to either of these two categories, you can ensure that the company you are contacting can turn a blind eye if you are in possession of a sales licence for the vehicle in the event of a PRA registration not yet completed. In addition, you must have a number of specific documents in your hands, including the registration certificate, number plates and certificate of ownership.

Where you can turn to to demolish a vehicle?

When you have to demolish a car, you need to know where to turn so that the whole process can be completed smoothly.

In any case, the important thing is that you find an authorised collection centre, i.e. a dealer who belongs to the category of so-called authorised dismantlers. At the same time, you can ask the PRA for help and make sure that it confirms that your car is no longer in circulation after its final demolition.

This process is triggered when you choose to contact any dealer, with the seller having to inform the PRA of the end of circulation within 30 days of receiving the car for scrapping.

Which documents must be handed in at the time of demolition?

What documents do you absolutely have to hand over to the collection centre in order to carry out a demolition without any difficulty? Obviously, after you have driven your car with front and rear registration plates, you must present.

The following essential forms to carry out such an operation:

  • the registration certificate;
  • the certificate of ownership in its paper version, or at least its continuation sheet;
  • an appropriate title in case you are not registered in the PRA;
  • a report in the event of theft or loss of one of the documents mentioned or the number plates of your vehicle.

How to receive the certificate of destruction

After you have carried out the car dismantling procedure following the steps we explained above, you must find out how to receive the certificate of scrapping. This will be automatically paid to you by the dealer or the breaker after the demolition process has been completed.

Here are the data that must be included in the certificate:

  • your main personal details, i.e. first name, surname and address of residence;
  • the registration number of the certificate;
  • the signature of the owner of the company providing you with the certificate;
  • the competent authority which granted the authorisation to the holding;
  • the date and time when the certificate was issued;
  • the date and time when the vehicle was taken over.

Each breaker must necessarily provide you with the certificate of destruction within a very short period of time. In fact, this document is able to protect you both from a civil and criminal point of view in the event of any errors or infringements in the dismantling procedure of your car. In addition, since the certificate comes into force, you are exempt from paying the car tax, based on the provisions that are provided at regional level.

How much do you have to spend to demolish your car?

Now that we have talked to you about everything concerning the demolition of your vehicle, there is only one spontaneous question left to ask: how much do you have to spend on this procedure?

Before answering such a question, we would like to remind you that every demolition should be preceded by the inspection of your car, with the verification of the presence or absence of any administrative stops. If you have to deal with them, you cannot proceed with the scrapping of the car and you are required to settle this as soon as possible.

All in all, know that you have to take care of every single aspect of the car demolition, with the chance to reduce considerably the time and costs related to such a process. All you have to do is follow all the useful instructions and act in the right way to get rid of your vehicle without any practical or bureaucratic and economic hindrance.

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