It’s becoming more and more advantageous to scrap older vehicles, but the benefits only hold true if you make sure you go through an Authorised Treatment Facility (ATF). These are run through government regulations, but there are still independent buyers who will contact you via any private adverts you may post for your vehicle.
If scrapping is the route you want to go down, here are just a few reasons why you must use an ATF.
Provides the Certificate of Destruction (CoD)
The Certificate of Destruction (CoD) is a document that you’ll receive to prove that your vehicle has been properly disposed of, and it’s a document that can only be issued by DVLA to a registered Authorised Treatment Facility (ATF). That documentation can be important, so you need to make sure your scrapped car will receive one.
Sticks to Environmental Regulations
It used to be that scrapping a car was bad for the environment. However, this didn’t have anything to do with the fundamentals of the process – instead, problems arose because of how the vehicle was scrapped. One common problem was a failure to remove fluids before the vehicle was compacted, which often led to hazardous chemicals leaking out.
Stricter government regulations changed all that, and an ATF will have to follow them. They’ll make sure as much of the vehicle as possible is put to good use and those potentially hazardous materials are safely removed. Moreover, an authorized recycling company may also have all the necessary equipment, such as a car shredding machine either bought or rented by a reliable company. This can mean the car is disposed of properly, and metals are recycled to be used again in manufacturing.
Makes the Process More Convenient for You
Finally, keep in mind that an ATF will help work with your interests in mind. This is a growing industry, so larger companies are now able to offer superior service. They won’t try to scam you out of a good price, instead remaining transparent throughout and even quoting a price online according to current values. If you do decide to have your vehicle scrapped, they’ll be able to come and pick it up for you and take care of all the tedious paperwork.