Can I Scrap My Car if it is deregistered?

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Having a deregistered vehicle is not easy. It’s conflicting to decide what exactly you should do with it since you can no longer legally run it on the road. Note that by deregistered, we mean that the vehicle is no longer registered under the NZTA (Waka Kotahi New Zealand Transport Agency).

In this case, one of your options is to scrap the car. But is that possible? Find out in this article.

Do car wreckers buy deregistered vehicles?

They most definitely do! Car wreckers or auto wreckers are the best people to go to when it comes to selling your old, junk, accident-damaged vehicles. This means it’s also the best place to go for your deregistered vehicles. Car wreckers never discriminate. No matter what condition your car is in, they will be willing to buy it.

Why don’t car wreckers care about whether your car is registered or not? Because they have nothing to do with it. They’re not buying the damaged car because they plan to fix it and drive it on the road. All they need is your car’s valuable metal and the parts that are still intact. They will resell the intact parts and recycle the rest.

For this purpose, they don’t need to see whether the car is registered or not. They will pay you a fair price for whatever the car is worth. If a car wrecking company tells you that they won’t take your deregistered car, there is a good chance the company is shady and has other motives.

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How to scrap deregistered vehicles?

Scrapping a deregistered vehicle is actually comparatively easier than scrapping a registered one. Because you get to do it by going through one fewer step, and it’s the tedious step of deregistering the vehicle yourself. But if the car is already deregistered, it will take much less time.

It is not much you have to do before scrapping it. Here are the steps-

  • Get rid of the number plates: The first and most important thing you have to do is hand over your car’s number plate. Even if the car is not registered under your name anymore, with the number plate on, you’ll still be in the system, and it can still be tracked back to you. So in the case that someone steals the plate and reuses it, you might get in serious trouble.
  • Meet outstanding fees: There might be some outstanding fees you have to pay off when handing over the plate. These were fees from back when the car was registered.
  • Find a good scrap removal company: Be sure to choose a company that is licensed and has legal permission to scrap the car. Only licensed companies will give you a fair price and recycle your vehicle responsibly. You can get quotes from multiple companies and choose the one that benefits you the most. Choosing a company that’s been in the field for several years is always wiser.

So it’s possible to scrap your deregistered vehicles. And not to mention, it’s super easy too!


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