A car scrap check is included in the vehicle checker services offered with every HPI check, to help ensure that the car, van or motorbike you’re thinking of buying hasn’t previously been scrapped. Any vehicle that has been marked as scrapped by the DVLA should not be on sale or on the roads.
However, in the same way that several cars which have been written off by insurance companies make it onto the market, the same happens with a few scrapped cars. Purchasing one can present a big danger to anyone driving it, so undertaking a vehicle scrap check on any car you’re looking at before buying it is a must.
How to Check if a Vehicle has been Recorded as Scrapped
The easiest way to inspect whether the vehicle you hope to buy has previously been scrapped is to arrange for an HPI car check, which includes a car scrap check as part of it. Using data from the DVLA, this will check through its history to see whether it has once been recorded as scrapped.
Unlike with vehicles that have been written off, if it has been scrapped then you should avoid buying it. While some written off cars can be repaired to a roadworthy standard, any that have been sent to scrap should not be on the road or available for sale.
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Each vehicle scrap check we offer is powered by data from the DVLA and police records, so you are reassured that the results are accurate. Even if the seller is convincing in saying that the vehicle is safe despite being previously scrapped, avoid buying it.
There is no such thing as a free car check, despite some companies advertising as such. Always look for the HPI check stamp or registered trademark when searching for a genuine car scrap check.