On Monday morning it was time to bid farewell to my trusty Seat Arosa, Nessie. Having owned her for 7 years she has carried me nearly 40,000 miles around the UK with numerous long trips from Nottingham to Cornwall to visit my family.
On her final trip to the scrapyard her mileage counter ended on 124,807 miles, a mighty effort for a 15 year old, 1 litre car that has been incredibly reliable and cost me a minimal amount considering her age and mileage. She’s been the only vehicle I have owned and sending her to scrap felt almost callous given the protection and freedom she has afforded me over the years. However, her time left was numbered as I no longer trusted her to make even a trip of 70 miles to Birmingham as I had planned to give my car to my girlfriend’s brother to play with for his course. Sorry Dan, but she just was not having it.
What was nice was she did give me a little gift of £50 for her metal, £36 for her stereo and a further £30 for the satnav I bought to help guide me around on my many journeys, all of which will come in mighty handy for my next voyage on the other side of the Atlantic.
Things to remember when scrapping or selling a car
This post is not all about me romanticising about my affinity for my now scrapped little car, it has a serious point and that is to provide knowledge about what you need to do when selling or scrapping a car, as the laws changed not that long ago.
Vehicle Tax and informing the DVLA
When I took Nessie to the scrapyard I was told by the yardman to send off section 9 of the V5C log book, which is the proof of ownership document. This information is not incorrect but I discovered with some well placed research that this is not entirely necessary. By following this link to the Gov.uk website it will allow you to enter this information online and not need to send the V5C log book in (and before you ask yes I rang them just to double check as the last thing I want is issues to arise when I am 4,700 miles from home). That said, I would recommend keeping hold of section 9 just in case there’s a hiccup later on. I always go with the notion of it’s better to be over-prepared than under.
Cancelling insurance and breakdown cover
As with selling anything but especially with a vehicle it is important to cancel insurances and any other cover you have for them. However, be fare warned it does not mean you will not have to pay an exit or penalty fee.
The first thing I did was cancel my breakdown cover. I chose to have breakdown cover separately from my insurance so it wasn’t part of cancelling my insurance like some people’s will be. When I rang up I explained I had just sold my car for scrap (nothing exciting about this) but I added that it was because I was leaving the country to emigrate. Simply mentioning my reason for cancelling meant the call handler went off and spoke to her superiors and to my surprise rather than being told I had forfeited the rest of my years cover they were going to give me £26 back. She also wished me well with my new life abroad which always adds to excellent customer service in my book.
My insurance on the other hand was not quite so forgiving. When I cancelled that I was charged a £46 cancellation fee, not quite what I was hoping for but I had a fair idea it was coming. I had asked about cancellations fees before taking out the policy at renewal as I knew I was soon to be embarking on my forthcoming journey to Canada.
So, things to remember when selling a vehicle:
- Take photos for posterity
- Inform the DVLA
- Cancel insurance
- Cancel any other cover or protections like breakdown cover
Bye little car, thank you for being so trusty and reliable