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  • Jan 16, 2023

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Things You Should Know Before Scrapping Your Car

There's no denying the contribution of Cars to the worldwide pollution crisis. Every level of government from cities to states to the federal government has taken action to curb pollution and emissions. The Indian government has proposed a scrapping policy to reduce emissions by removing older cars and trucks.

When a car is scrapped, it is dismantled, so its parts might be reused in other projects. You should know a few things before handing over the vehicle to be scrapped.


The three critical factors in deciding to junk a Car are its age, condition, and usefulness. 

  • When an accident leaves a vehicle with extensive damage, it may be undrivable. If the body's supporting structures are severely damaged, you may not be able to receive a fitness certificate even after they've been repaired and reconditioned.

  • If the Car's age is over the legal limit, you can only drive a car for so long. Diesel vehicles have a 10-year age limit in places like Delhi, whereas gasoline vehicles have a 15-year limit. If the car is in excellent shape and passes the necessary fitness tests, its useful life might be prolonged.

  • Cars that haven't been driven in an unusually long time should be discarded. There's no way to fix it such that it's usable, not even by completely rebuilding it.


Some scrapping companies have been granted permission to operate by the government. You should take the paperwork and go to a scrapper. After going over the paperwork, the scraper would decide to scrap the vehicle. And I have the scrap certificate proving that the car with that licence plate has been destroyed that you've been looking for.

The government has regulations regarding the paperwork needed to scrap a car. If you want to get rid of your old Car, you'll need to turn in the following papers:

  • Official RC book copy

  • Prove that the vehicle is not roadworthy by presenting a certificate.

  • Data on the PAN

  • Where to send the money once the Car has been scrapped

  • A cheque that has been voided

  • A death certificate must also be provided if the car's owner is deceased.

Five Things to Know Before Scrapping Your Car

Here, we provide further information on the six considerations that should be made before giving up your old Car for scrap. Remember these things when you are ready to junk your car.

1.Proper vehicle scrapping requires careful preparation.

When a vehicle's lifespan is up, it must be scrapped immediately. Continuing to use the car beyond the expiration of its authorised lifespan might result in expensive penalties and other legal difficulties. Make preparations at least a month before the last permitted usage date.

2.Making the Call

Seeing your prized Car destroyed is a horrible experience. Decide on scrapping only after thorough investigation and consideration. Once you're done, please take it to a scrap yard that the government licenses so they can process it. Remember to bring the necessary paperwork for scrapping.

3.Organise the Paperwork

You'll need to have the paperwork for selling the Car for scrap that we mentioned in one of the earlier sections. If you are not the car's owner, you will need permission from the owner before proceeding. If the car's registered owner has died away, you'll need to produce proof of that with a death certificate.

4.Revoke the vehicle's registration if it's been totaled

Don't let anyone handle all of the scrapings. However, you should only contact the official scrap centre in your area. After the vehicle has been scrapped, the agency will produce all relevant paperwork, including photographs and the vehicle's chassis number. After six months after decommissioning, the information will be transferred to the VAHAN system.

5.Paid for the Destroyed Car

The junkyard had a set price for the vehicle it was scrapping. Almost all of the metal components might be reused or repurposed. Don't put too much hope in that old beater. A kilogramme of metal fetches anywhere between Rs. 15-20. If each part is in good functioning order, you may choose to sell it separately. The benefits of planning ahead for the demolition extend to this consideration as well. To locate potential consumers for various components and add-ons.

Know This Before You Destroy Your Car

Vehicle owners who want to avoid the hassle of moving their vehicle across state lines might do so by simply having it scrapped. You may rest easy knowing that junking an old car is a safe choice. This guarantees the Car will be dismantled and recycled. Likewise, there is no way that it could be utilised for illegal purposes. 

  • The vehicle's chassis number is removed before it is shipped for recycling after the car is demolished.

  • The vehicle owner should contact a licensed scrap dealer to have their vehicle scrapped. The car dealer should be able to get rid of the Car in a way that doesn't harm the environment.

  • Likewise, the vehicle's owner must contact the RTO and inform them that they will be scrapping the Car. A further option is to cancel the vehicle registration.

  • The scrap yard will weigh the Car and estimate how much it will cost to scrap. When a transaction has been made, the scrap dealer will take the pieces from the vehicle and sort them according to their material, whether it is rubber, plastic, metal, etc.

  • The amount that the car's owner pays for items like a new battery or set of tyres is up for discussion. It is also possible to handle the CNG unit in its transaction if it is already installed in the vehicle.

  • Before giving them any money, you should verify with the scrap dealer that the vehicle has been scrapped. Assuming the scrap yard does not destroy the car, it might end up in the wrong hands and be put to further criminal use. 

  • The original RC is not required to be submitted to the scrap dealer. The photocopy of the RC is all that is needed.

  • You may use photographs of the junk Car as documentation in subsequent RTO processes.

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