Avoid dodgy dealers offering cash for your old car or advertising on social media platforms. They will not give you the correct paperwork and your old car could end up being used in criminal activity.
In order to scrap a car, you need to take it to an Authorised Treatment Facility (ATF) that is licensed by the EPA or the Local Authority. Disposal of a car poses an environmental risk due to the hazardous materials contained in these vehicles such the lead acid batteries; fluids, including lubricating oil, coolant and brake fluid; as well as the catalytic converters, all of which must be disposed of safely in order to prevent pollution.
What steps do I need to take to scrap my car?
The first thing you need to do is contact your local authority to find out where the nearest ATF is to you. Full details and a list of registered contactors can be found here: https://laois.ie/departments/environment/waste-recycling/waste-disposal/end-of-life-vehicles/
What do I need to bring with me?
Bring your vehicle registration documents, ID and proof of address with you.
What else should I note?
Don’t remove any parts of the car, eg the gearbox, as you may be charged for the disposal. Tell your insurer your car has been scrapped. They’ll generally let you transfer any funds you hold with them towards insuring your next vehicle or give you a refund.
ESSENTIAL INFORMATION Once the car is scrapped the ATF will issue you with a certificate of destruction, which means the car has been de-registered, and will forward the details of the certificate of destruction to the National Vehicle File