If you have a car that you would like to scrap for some quick cash but don’t have the papers of the vehicle, title deed or any proof of ownership? You might have a big problem trying to scrap your vehicle without the right documentation.

Many scrap dealer in South Africa can not scrap a car without papers because it is illegal to do so as it is advised by the South African government to de-register your motor vehicle before getting it scrapped.

Scrap your car the right way – De-register car for scrapping

If you’re ready to bring your car for scrap, it’s important to understand why de-registerring your vehicle before scrapping is important.

There are many reasons why a person can find themselves in a situation where he or she has lost their car papers and are now looking to scrap their car and don’t know where to go to do things the right way.

By law it is required that the title holder of the car be the one who de-registers the car before getting it scrapped and here are some of the other reasons why you might want to de-register your car.

Why you should de-register your car

  1. To scrap your car
  2. Lost your car
  3. Car is no longer road worthy
  4. Car is beyond repair
  5. Car has become exempt for registration

Where to scrap your car without papers in the following areas in South Africa

  • Johannesburg
  • Cape Town
  • Durban
  • East London
  • Klerksdorp
  • Durban North
  • Pretoria

Find your Scrap Metal Dealers to scrap your car without papers!

Whether you have lost your car papers and you simply can’t retrieve them through the government departments you will scrap metal dealers who will be glad to scrap your car as long as you have the following documents:

  1. Identity Documentation
  2. Proof of Address
  3. Drivers License

Scrap your car with papers in South Africa

You will be issued with a certificate of deregistration and you must note that A motor vehicle that has not been licensed for four years will be deregistered automatically. The There are many scrap metal dealers who are required by law to provide copies of clients who want to scrap their cars, the following documents will be required by the scrap yard:

  • A certified copy of your Identity documentation
  • A certified copy of proof of ownership of the car / title holder
  • Supporting documentation where required
  • Car’s registration certificate

Complete the de-registration form

Getting your car de-registered means you will be able to quickly and easily get approved to scrap your car without papers if the scrap metal dealers requires that you have the official de-registration papers.

  • How long will it take? The process will take a day to complete so you should have your certificate by the end of the application.
  • How much does it cost? It is free to de-register although you should look out for penalties and traffic arrears may be charged.
  • The payments for scrapped car. Payments for your scrapped car will be made same day and the amount with vary depending on the scrap metal dealer you chose to take your car to.

Scrap your car without papers within 24 hours!

We are glad to say not all scrap metal yards require you to have the car papers, we are able to assist you scrap your car without having to go stand long government ques and lines, you will save so much more time if you came to scrap your car without papers with us today!

People also ASK – How to scrap a car without papers in South Africa

What is a RC1? the scrap metal dealer required it in order to scrap my car!

An RC1 is the Vehicle Registration Document and yes some scrap metal dealers will require an RC1 to scrap your car.

Why can’t my car be scrapped without papers?

You may have proof that you purchased your car from someone but if you fail to do the following you might find your scrap metal dealer does not want to scrap your car due to the following reasons:

  • Failed to update ownership information after purchase
  • Original owner failed to transfer title of ownership
  • Previous car owner can not be found or traced
  • An export buyer unknown has to be done

What is a V5C Logbook?

These are the relevant sections that must be filled by the owner before scrapping your car without any papers. It will include all your personal details and bank information for payment after your car has been processed in the scrap yard.

How long will it take to scrap my car?

It depends on how busy the scrap yard is, if you are coming on non-busy days you will find your car scrapped within minutes and on really busy days it may take up to 30 minutes to an hour to scrap your car.

Can you assist me even if I don’t have all my documents?

Yes, we can assist you even if you don’t have all your papers but want to scrap your car. Your car will be checked in the system to ensure all your basic details are provided and once approved you will be notified to bring in your car to the scrap yard.

Is scrapping your car without papers illegal in South Africa?

It is legal in South Africa, in fact, it is your right to sell or scrap your vehicle if you want to. You can even sell just the reusable parts before scrapping your motor vehicles and will earn a little more and once your car has been scrapped or shredded you will receive a certificate of destruction that proves your car is no longer on the road.

Does your car has no proof of ownership?

Even if your car has no proof of ownership you can find scrap yards that are willing to scrap your car without papers, many buyers only require your ID, POF, V5C Documents to scrap your car and you sometimes don’t have to have all the documents immediately.


Which types of scrap metals are found in a car?

Here are some of the most highly priced metals found in modern vehicles today:

  • Copper
  • Brass
  • Platinum
  • Palladium
  • Steel

I have all my papers to scrap my car, what do I do?

You will have to bring your car over to the scrap yard where it will be weighed at the weighing station while you fill in the de-register form and in a few minutes you will be awarded a certificate and you will receive your payment on the spot.