Frequently Asked questions

How do I scrap my car?
Call D R Recovery Ltd on 01342 843 080 and we will collect your vehicle and dispose of it legally at our Authorised Treatment Facility. We can arrange to pick the vehicle up at a convenient time of day for you between Monday and Friday or on a Saturday before 1pm. We will then take your vehicle back to our scrap yard in South Godstone, where it will be weighed and depolluted before it is scrapped in accordance with ELV legislation.

What vehicles do you scrap?

Any car, bike or commercial vehicle up to 7.5 tonnes.

Can you recycle my caravan?

No, we cannot scrap caravans or refrigerated vehicles.

Will I get paid for scrapping my car?
Yes, based on the weight of the vehicle we will send you a cheque by post or, hand it to you directly if you come to our office in South Godstone.

If the vehicle is in good condition will I get more money?
The condition of the vehicle is irrelevant. It could be a fully working vehicle or a damaged vehicle without wheels, either way the price of the vehicle will only depend on the actual weight of it.

From what areas can you tow away scrap Cars?
We offer free collection within a 15 mile radius from South Godstone to include:
Ashurst Wood, Biggin Hill, Coulsdon, Crawley, Caterham, Cuckfield, Dorking, Dormansland, East Grinstead, Edenbridge, Forest Row, Godstone, Horley, Handcross, Horsted Keynes, Hartfield, Lingfield, Lindfield, Nutfield, Nutley, New Addington, Oxted, Purley, Penshurst, Redhill, Reigate, South Croydon, Tadworth, Tatsfield, Westerham, Whyteleaf, Warlingham.

I need my car collected - where can I leave it?
If we are collecting your scrap vehicle, please make sure that it is:
a) in a place that can be safely and easily accessed by a standard recovery vehicle;
b) the ground around the vehicle is solid and sound;
c) that there is adequate space to either drive the car or move it using a winch.

Do I need to provide the registration document for my car?
Ideally, we prefer you to hand over your V5C registration document (also known as a log book). However we can usually still issue you a Certificate of Destruction without it.

What proof do I get that I am no longer legally responsible for my vehicle?
We will provide a Certificate of Destruction (CoD).

What is a CoD?
A Certificate of Destruction is a document that proves that your car has been destroyed and in doing so has met all the appropriate ELV regulations. These can only be issued by an Authorised Treatment Facility, so by scrapping your car with us you can rest assured that you won't be hit with a nasty fine from the DVLA and that your vehicle will not end up back on the road.

When will I get my DVLA Certificate of Destruction?
Your DVLA Certificate of Destruction (CoD) if required will be sent to you within 7 days of your car arriving at the Authorised Treatment Facility (recycling centre). If your Certificate of Destruction has not arrived within 10 days of disposing of your car, please contact us. We can send it in the post or if requested we will email it to you.

My car insurance has expired. Does it need to be valid for me to get paid for my vehicle?
No. Your vehicle does not need to have a valid insurance policy for it to be accepted by us. If your insurance is not valid, you will need to arrange for us to collect your vehicle so you do not get into trouble by driving it on the road or in a public place without insurance.

How do I reclaim my unused road tax?
The DVLA will automatically issue a refund when they receive a notification from the person named on the DVLA register that the vehicle has been sold, transferred or scrapped. We recommend that upon collection of your vehicle, the trade declaration (section 9 or V5C/3) is detached from the V5C registration document and sent directly to the DVLA. This will inform the DVLA that you are no longer the registered keeper, resulting in an automatic refund being sent to the keeper listed on the DVLA records.

Does my vehicle have to be free from waste?
Yes, for us to recycle your vehicle it will need to be free from waste. Being free from waste means that your car does not contain any significant items of refuse such as garden/ household waste, old tyres etc; basically anything that does not form part of the car itself.

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