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Can You Scrap Your Car Without Paperwork In Sydney?

CarPart  ·  November 25, 2020

Can You Scrap Your Car Without Paperwork In Sydney?

It gets to a time where the cost of fixing a car turns out to be more than it is worth. That is when you know it's time to dispose of it – sell it to wreckers or scrap it for parts. You will end up with more cash scrapping an old car, so start assessing that old jalopy in your garage. Make sure it’s not a classic car disguised as junk, or even a model approaching the classic car milestone. They're a treasure to keep or sell to collectors and enthusiasts.

It's easy to sell a car to junkyards, but is it worth it? What if I told you that there’s a gold pot in scrapping old vehicles? Do not sell them as a whole; instead, dismantle or scrap cars for parts before selling the scrapped skeleton for metal crushing. So the next question is: If you go this route, which documents do you need to produce? Are there exceptions? Read on to find out.

Why should you scrap a car?

That old rusty car you want to get rid of is a gold mine. Yes, it may not run as it used to, but that doesn't mean all its parts are useless. You will get more money from scrapping an old car (apart from classics, of course) than you would if you sold it as a whole.

It's a way to get easy money! Well, not so easy really – it will entail some elbow grease and you’ll need to do some homework.

What paper do you need to sell an old car in Sydney?

It's always safer to have proper documentation if you intend to sell a car to a junkyard. The junkyards will ask for your driver's licence, identity card, papers of ownership, and the vehicle's title. However, they will not require Rego because government-registered companies are allowed to buy registered or unregistered vehicles.

If you do not have these documents, the car removal company may arrange for you to get them before finalising the sale. But is it mandatory? We've discussed it below.

Is it possible to scrap a car without a title or Rego?

First, what are titles? These are documents that prove you are the legal owner of a car. Without these documents, transferring the title of the car becomes impossible. Most people will assume the vehicle is stolen because naturally the documents are provided at the time of sale.

Can you junk a car without these documents? Yes, in Sydney, cars in scrap condition are often accepted without a title or Rego. What you have to do is contact them first, explain why you do not have the title document and ask whether they will accept it or not.

Where can you sell the parts?

If plan on dismantling the car yourself, the next consideration should be where to sell the parts. There is a market for second-hand parts because not everyone can afford to buy new parts. Some of the most valuable auto parts to scrap are:

  1. Catalytic converter
  2. Bumper
  3. Tyres and rims
  4. Airbags
  5. GPS 
  6. Battery
  7. Wipers
  8. Door handles
  9. Radio
  10. Air conditioning

You can easily sell these to interested buyers at Register an account, make a listing and wait for interested buyers to contact you. You may also register to participate as a seller in our parts request platform. Talk to us today, and we'll guide you on how to go about it. Cheers!

By Eric Anyega

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