Vehicle Salvage Code

It’s an unfortunate fact that all road vehicles reach their end of life at some point. Vehicle recycling remains the safest and most eco-friendly way to dispose of an end-of-life vehicle, allowing the metals within the shell of the car to be scrapped and recycled for use elsewhere.

Depending on the age and condition of your end-of-life vehicle, some of its used car parts may be able to be dismantled, tested and cleaned for reuse in another vehicle straight away, in line with the Environment Agency’s End-of-Life Vehicles (ELV) Directive, aimed at minimising levels of waste produced from vehicle recycling.

But how do you know if a vehicle has reached the end of its life and whether it can be restored to roadworthy condition?

In October 2017, The Association of British Insurers (ABI) published a new Vehicle Salvage Code to help the UK insurance industry better handle the growing complexities of vehicle salvage incidents. The new code is also designed to minimise the number of vehicles and their metals being wrongly scrapped too soon; resulting in more structural repairs.

What does the new Vehicle Salvage Code entail?

If your vehicle has been involved in a road accident and has been categorised by your insurer under the new Vehicle Salvage Code, or you are thinking of purchasing a second-hand car with a recent Vehicle Salvage Code, take a look at the new categorisation below:

Category A – Scrap

All Category A vehicles are deemed too damaged or old for repair. Their car parts are also written-off, making these vehicles unavailable to be broken down for parts and sold as second-hand.

Category B – Break

All Category B vehicles are deemed too damaged or old for repair. However, some of their car parts can be reused in another vehicle, providing they are dismantled professionally.

Category S – Structurally damaged repairable

All Category S vehicles are deemed to have structural damage to the chassis of the vehicle, but it is not terminal and can be repaired professionally.

Category N – Non-structurally damaged repairable

All Category N vehicles are deemed to have damage to the vehicle that doesn’t affect its structural integrity e.g. more cosmetic damage and can be repaired professionally.

What to do with a Category A or B vehicle?

If your vehicle has been labelled Category A or B by your insurer, you will be required to scrap it responsibly. At ASM Metal Recycling, we will accept almost every type of car and our vehicle transporters mean we can come and collect your end-of-life vehicle from you at your convenience.

The vehicle recycling process begins with the de-pollution of the vehicle, draining all fluids out of it, including petrol, oil and any other fluids and lubricants inside. The vehicle is then dismantled, including removing the battery, wheels, engine and catalytic convertor — separating into ferrous and non-ferrous metals. Some parts may be removed, tested and cleaned ready to be sold online by our sister company, ASM Auto Recycling. Once the car has been safely dismantled in line with the ELV Directive and only a shell remains, it is put through a baler.

Note: It is the law to make the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) aware that your vehicle has been scrapped and recycled. When your vehicle is collected or dropped-off for recycling, we will stamp your V5C logbook and sign the relevant section of the certificate for you to send to the DVLA.

At ASM Metal Recycling, we pay great prices for scrap vehicles throughout Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire, Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire. For more information about recycling a vehicle with us, please don’t hesitate to call our friendly and experienced team today on 01296 33 77 11.