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What's A Certificate Of Destruction & Why Is It Important?

04 July 2019


If it’s your first time scrapping your car, you’ll want to ensure that you choose a reputable car breaker that completes the process both safely and legally. When you scrap your car for the first time, you may be unaware of important documentation that car breakers are legally required to provide you, such as a Certificate of Destruction (COD).

A Certificate of Destruction is a legal document that the DVLA sends through electronically to Authorised Treatment Facilities (ATF) once your car has been scrapped. This certificate is then issued to the customer so that they can retain proof that an ATF has scrapped their car. By law, every vehicle scrapped by and ATF has to be issued with a Certificate of Destruction.

Why Is A Certificate Of Destruction So Important?

Without a Certificate of Destruction, you cannot legally provide evidence that your car has actually been scrapped. Similarly to when you transfer your responsibilities after selling a car, a COD officially releases the car owner from any responsibilities of that vehicle and transfers it to the new owner (ATF).

Certificate of Destruction Legally Proves:

·         The vehicle is officially off the road

·         The vehicle has been processed in accordance with the law

·         The vehicle is no longer registered to you.

What Happens If I’m Not Issued A Certificate Of Destruction?

If you never receive a Certificate of Destruction, there is every possibility that you will run into a few problems after waving goodbye to your trusty car. Here are some scenarios that you may encounter:

Scenarios You May Encounter If You Don’t Receive A COD

·         Your vehicle is still registered to you and not the car breakers.

·         Without a COD, You cannot prove that the car is off-road.

·         You can not guarantee that your vehicle was actually scrapped.

·         Scam car breakers may sell your unsafe vehicle, but it will still be registered in your name.

·         The DVLA won’t accept you simply pointing fingers, in the eyes of the law your old vehicle is legally your responsibility.