How to Scrap a Car in Ireland

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How to Scrap a Car in Ireland
Cars that are not intact may cost money to scrap (old car image by hazel proudlove from

Since 1st January 2007, there is an approved scheme in place to scrap cars in Ireland. This operates by having local collection depots for old cars, most of which are accepted free of charge. There is also a Car Scrappage Scheme that runs until the end of 2010 which benefits owners of old cars who are buying a new car with low CO2 emissions.

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Things you need

  • Registration documents
  • Transport to scrappage facility

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    Find a local Authorised Treatment Facility (ATF). Since the 1st January 2007, scrapping cars has been controlled by the government to reduce potential pollution from hazardous material in end-of-life cars. The Irish law covering this is the Waste Management (End-of-Life Vehicles) Regulations 2006 (SI 282 of 2006), brought into law to comply with European Union (EU) Directive 2000/53/EC.

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    Check if the ATF is part of a car producer's network. Manufacturers are obliged to accept their own cars for scrappage and must have one collection depot in each city or council area. If the ATF is an independent business, it can refuse to accept a particular car. Details of ATFs in the locality can be obtained from car manufacturer's or local authorities.

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    Check if the ATF will collect your car if it is not drivable. A manufacturer's ATF may collect the car free of charge but otherwise the owner is responsible for the costs of transporting the car to the ATF.

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    Pay the charge if the car is not intact. For example, if you have taken parts out of it to use in other cars, the ATF will charge. Otherwise, intact cars can be scrapped for free at both manufacturers and private ATFs.

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    Bring the Registration documents with you to prove you are the registered owner of the car. Get a Certificate of Destruction from the ATF. The ATF will send the Certificate of Destruction details to the National Vehicle and Driver File at the Department of Transport and they will document that you no longer own the car. (See Reference Two)

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    Use the Car Scrappage scheme if you are getting rid of a car over ten years old to replace it with a new car. This scheme runs to the 31st of December 2010 and applies to people who are buying a new car with CO2 emissions of 140 grams per kilometre or less. Scrapping a car over ten years old under this scheme entitles the scrapper to up to 1,500 euro off Vehicle Registration Tax (VRT). VRT is payable on newly registered cars in Ireland.

    The scrapped car must have been in the owner's possession and registered in Ireland for at least 18 months immediately prior to scrapping and have either a valid National Car Test (NCT) certificate, an NCT certificate that is 90 days or less out of date, or have paperwork to show that it was presented for an NCT and failed within the last six months. The car must have been insured for 12 months out of the previous 18 months under the owner's name, or the owner's spouse's name. To avail of the Scrappage Scheme, the car must be scrapped 60 days or less before registering the new car, or 60 days after date of registration of the new car. (See Reference One)

Tips and warnings

  • Do not use an unapproved scrapper to scrap your car. While they may pay you for the car and its parts, they will not be able to present you with a Certificate of Destruction and this means you are still legally the owner of the car.

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