Information you may find useful.

From time to time we get alot of emails and phone calls from people asking us “how can I scrap my car or van?”, “What is a V5C?” etc. To make things easier, we’ve answered these and other questions for you.

If you’re still not sure about anything please do email us at sales@carbusters.co.uk

After you get your free online scrap quote we will phone you (usually same day) to arrange a collection date and time. If we can’t get through to you, we will leave a voicemail and follow up with an email.

During busy periods we make take a bit longer to call you and arrange collection, but please be patient as we will call you.

We endevour to collect your vehicle within 48 hours of receiving your quote request.

During busy periods this may take a day or so longer.

How do Car Busters calculate the scrap car value?

The first thing to understand is that the value of your scrap car is linked directly to the global price and value of commodities, such as recycled steel. Scrap metal prices in the UK are always changing – like all commodities they’re influenced by supply and demand.

Here at Car Busters, we always keep up-to-date with the scrap metal prices, trends and the car scrappage market to ensure that we can offer our customers the best price for their scrap. Scrap car values, generally speaking, have been steadily going up over the last several years. This is thanks to stronger regulations and environmental protections for scrapping cars, put into place throughout the UK and EU.

We currently cover the following locations for vehicle scrappage. If you require collection of your vehicle from another location, please contact us and we’ll try to help you.


  • Rugby and surrounding villages
  • Coventry
  • Leamington Spa
  • Warwick
  • Northampton
  • Birmingham
  • Leicester
  • Wolverhampton
  • Nuneaton

Car Busters is an Authorised Treatment Facilitiy (ATF). And ATF’s are the only organisations who are licensed and approved to process the dismantling and disposal of scrap cars.

It is a legal requirement that the ATF produces a Certificate of Destruction (CoD) as soon as they have processed the destruction (scrappage) of a vehicle.

The CoD is electronically submitted by the ATF to DVLA to notify DVLA of the destruction of the vehicle so that the DVLA database can be updated.

Your V5C, also known as a car log book, is proof that you are the registered keeper of the stated vehicle. This only means that you’re responsible for registering and taxing the vehicle, not that you necessarily legally own the car.

The V5C form evidences that the car is registered with the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA). It contains all the essential information about your car, such as the name and address of the registered keeper, the date it was first registered, number of previous registered keepers, the car’s Make and Model, colour and engine size.

Following the introduction of The Scrap Metal Dealers Act 2013, it has been made illegal to offer to pay cash for scrap metal, including scrap cars.

This law was put in place to prevent thieves from stealing metal or cars, then selling them to get cash for scrap. Of course, there will still be some people out there who are willing to act illegally and pay cash for a scrap car, but these companies or individuals should be avoided at all costs. If they are willing to pay cash for a scrap car illegally, what other laws and regulations may they be breaking?

The Scrap Metal Dealers Act 2013 was brought in largely due to scrap metal theft which had risen so drastically. Previously, there was a complete lack of regulation in the scrap metal industry, which was costing the UK more than £200million. Before The Scrap Metal Dealers Act 2013 was brought in, car scrap metal dealers could pay cash for scrap cars and did not need to keep any sales records. There was also no need for them to obtain identification from the scrap car seller, so it made it very easy for stolen cars to be sold for scrap value.

The Scrap Metal Dealers Act 2013, has helped to out an end to illegal scrap car traders and reduce scrap metal theft. A highly regulated scrap car industry means that our customers’ can feel safe in the knowledge that their scrap car will be disposed of and recycled properly and legally, without causing unnecessary harm to the environment.

If you’re asking the questions ‘How do I scrap my car?’, ‘Where can I scrap my car?’, ‘How can I get the best quote for my scrap car?’ then look no further. Car Busters have all the answers and the best solution when it comes to scrapping your car.


Car Busters is one of the U.K’s largest online scrap car services – we are licensed waste carrier broker regulated by the Environment Agency. Click here to view our licence.


We do not work with any third parties and are the only authorised treatment facility (ATF) when providing scrappage services. We legally and responsibly process scrap cars so that hazardous materials won’t end up in landfills.


Car Busters is one of the U.K.’s largest and most trusted online car scrap services. For your peace of mind, click here to read the thousands of independent Feefo reviews of our service.


We are an independent authorised treatment facility (ATF). This means we can help secure not only the best price for your scrap car but also gives you reassurance that your scrap car will be safely and legally scrapped.


The Scrap Metal Dealers’ Act 2013 has made it illegal to pay cash for scrap cars, but you will be paid directly into your bank account – much easier! Alternatively you can be paid by cheque.


To scrap your car, the vehicle registration document, better known as your V5C form/log book is preferred but is not essential. We will even arrange a free scrap car collection.


Our car recycling centres offer best prices for your scrap car regardless of whether it is a non-runner, has a major mechanical fault, is an insurance write-off, damaged or un-roadworthy. We will provide an instant online car scrap quote, for any make, model, age and condition. Scrap metal prices Link to our ‘Scrap Metal Prices’ blog in the UK are always changing, but we keep up to date with the market, to ensure that you always get the best price possible for your scrap car.


How do I get a quote to scrap my car?

It’s easy. At Car Busters we offer a simple instant online quote service that takes just seconds to complete. Simply enter your vehicle registration and postcode and we will instantly display your online quote for your scrap or salvage car. Click here to get a scrap car quote.

Every quote made on our website is valid for 7 days. After this period the quote will expire and you will need to get another quote.