Get your vehicle scrap-ready with our easy-peasy how-to guide

You’ll find scrapping your car or van with us here at GMP Motors Southwest, Bristol, so easy that you’ll wish you’d have done it sooner. From your initial instant-quote phone call to receiving your payment promptly, you’ll find the whole process hassle-free.

We’ll arrange a convenient date and time to collect your vehicle free of charge and all you need to do is make sure that it’s ready for collection.

There are a few things that you’ll need to do before we can collect your vehicle, so we’ve compiled this handy guide to make the process even more simple.

Dig out your V5 vehicle logbook (if you have it)

You don’t legally need to provide the logbook (V5) when you get your car scrapped, but it will make your life easier if you do. Don’t stress too much if you hunt high and low and can’t find it as we can still scrap your vehicle. You will however by law have to inform the DVLA that you’ve scrapped your vehicle by writing to them. Information to include in your letter is details of the vehicle make, model, registration number, the date your car went to scrap, and who you scrapped it with. If you don’t do this, then you may be faced with a hefty fine.

Remove all personal belongings

The last thing you want is for your vehicle to be collected and then realise that you’ve left something valuable in there! So, to stop this from happening our advice is to take the time to check for personal belongings and other items that you may have left in there.


Check these areas of your car! 

The boot 

It may seem really obvious we know, but you’ll be surprised at how many people leave things in their car boot. In our 30+ years of scrapping cars, we’ve found bikes, scooters, skateboards, as well as more unusual items such as a cool box with pizza and beer, shopping bags full of food, but the funniest thing we’ve found was a box of dressing up outfits and we don’t mean the kind you’d wear to a Halloween party!

The glove box

All manner of items are often stored in here, from food to electronics, but also more importantly your vehicle logbook and manual might be in there too!

Under seats and seat pockets

Likened to Mary Poppins handbag; once you put your hand in the seat pocket, you might be surprised by what comes out! If you travel with your kids in the car, then you’ll know all too well that the pockets on the back of the passenger and driver’s seat often become a dumping ground for their toys, iPads, tablets, magazines, books, etc. So, save the tears at bedtime, or a teenage strop, and clear them out properly.

Sunglasses holder & Sun Visor

Don’t let your Gucci’s see the scrap machine! This is often an overlooked part of your car, as are the sun visors, but over the years we’ve found driving licenses, bank cards and even mobile phones tucked away in the pocket, so make sure you don’t forget to check here.

Central Storage 

Often used to keep house keys and coins. Don’t check this at your peril or you may find yourself shelling out for replacement keys.

Cancel your vehicle insurance 

Once your car has been scrapped, you should contact your insurers and tell them that you no longer need the cover. If you’ve paid for your car insurance up front, then you may even be owed a refund, but your insurers will be able to advise you further on that.

Keep the Certificate of Destruction in a safe place

Once your vehicle is scrapped, you’ll receive a Certificate of Destruction (COD). This is your proof that your vehicle has been scrapped and that you’re no longer the registered owner, so you need to make sure you keep it in a safe place.

We’ll pay you top prices for your scrap car or van, so give us a call now for a free quote.

We take any vehicle, in any condition!