What is car scrapping?

What is car scrapping?

What is car scrapping? People who own cars whose repairs will exceed the value of the entire car, and unfortunately selling them will not be possible, do not know what to do in such a situation. It is worth knowing that Polish law then offers at least several possibilities. Of course, the easiest way is to scrap the car. However, you have to be aware that it is not possible to put the car in the scrap yard, as it is necessary to follow certain procedures. Otherwise, the person may be in very serious trouble.

When is it possible to deregister a car?

The car owner also needs to know that they also cannot park the vehicle and then stop paying insurance. The car must first be deregistered, in turn, for this activity, it is necessary to meet a very solid basis. Everything is described in art. 79.1 of the Road Traffic Act of June 20, 1997. It clearly shows that the car will be subject to deregistration by the competent authority due to the place of its last registration, when:

– the car will be handed over to an entrepreneur who runs a disassembly station or an entrepreneur who runs a vehicle collection point.

– the vehicle is stolen

– the vehicle was exported from the country, when the car was deregistered abroad or sold abroad

– the vehicle is destroyed abroad

– not only permanent but also complete loss of ownership of the vehicle has been documented without changing the ownership title

– the incomplete vehicle was handed over to the entrepreneur who runs the disassembly station or the entrepreneur who runs the vehicle collection point

– the vehicle was withdrawn from the market

As you know, the most common way to eliminate this problem will be scrapping the car. However, it is necessary to do it in the right way, so that you do not have to think about solving any problems later.

What is vehicle scrapping?

You should know that a car that is no longer suitable for driving, or its further maintenance or repair will cease to be profitable, can be returned to a vehicle collection or disassembly point without any problems. Of course, it is necessary to make sure in advance that the point is functioning legally and that it has the appropriate permit from the voivodship marshal. Then, when going to the disassembly station, you must have an ID card or other document that will be able to confirm your identity. Of course, you cannot forget about the registration certificate of a given vehicle, car card or other document that will be able to confirm the data contained in the registration certificate. In addition, it is worth knowing that the car that is to be scrapped must necessarily have a VIN number or a chassis, frame or body number.

What must you bear in mind when scrapping?

It is worth knowing that the disassembly station will invalidate not only the registration certificate, but also the vehicle registration plates or the vehicle card. The station then issues appropriate declarations of their cancellation, as well as a certificate that will confirm the scrapping of a given vehicle. It should be noted that the last mentioned certificate will be issued in three copies – one will be for the owner of the vehicle, the other for the owner of the dismantling station, and the third for the communication department.

In the next step, the former owner of a given vehicle must not only go to the communication department on his own, but also submit an appropriate application for deregistration of the vehicle. However, you do not need to worry because the former owner of the vehicle has 30 days to complete this task. However, it is not recommended to postpone this obligation to the last minute. A good solution will also be to report the deregistered car to the insurance company, so that the liability premium for the next year will not be charged by accident. It is also worth noting that you can also get a refund of the unused part of the premium for the period from the date of scrapping the vehicle to the end of the insurance period.

Who ultimately pays whom for scrapping?

It is also worth knowing which person will receive money for scrapping the car. The vehicle owner will receive a certain amount of money for his “wreck”. The height will of course depend on the weight of the car. Usually, however, the amount for scrapping will be from 300 to 500 PLN.

It is also necessary to be aware that in the event that the car is not complete or its weight is less than 90% of the weight of the new car, the disassembly station will be able to charge the owner for a fee. It should also be emphasized that it cannot be higher than PLN 10 for each missing kilogram.


Scrapping a car can bring a lot of benefits to the owner. Not only will the person get rid of the car, but they will also be able to recover at least some of the money. However, it is imperative to follow all procedures very carefully.

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