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What is an ELV?

ELV stands for End of Life Vehicle (or more commonly referred to as a scrap car, junk car, breaker or salvage vehicle).

Which Vehicles are covered by the regulations?

The end of life vehicle regulations apply to end of life vehicles which are in class M1 or N1 and three wheeled vehicles as defined in Directive 92/61/EEC; this means passenger vehicles with 9 seats or less with a revenue weight under 3,500kg, vans with a revenue weight under 3,500kg and 3 wheeled vehicles. Motorbikes (including motorbike based tricycles) and passenger vehicles with a revenue weight over 3,500 kg or those that have more than 9 seats are not covered by the regulations and do not require a CoD.

What is a Certificate of Destruction?

A Certificate of Destruction (CoD) is issued by us to prove that a vehicle has been scrapped in a lawful and environmentally sound manner. Without proper de-registration you could be fined under new laws on continuous registration.

If you do not receive a Certificate of Destruction within 10 days of disposing of your vehicle you should contact us using our online form.

Please note that it is not always possible for an ATF to issue a Certificate of Destruction and you may be issued with a Notification of Destruction instead. If you receive a Notification of Destruction you will need to write to DVLA, Swansea SA99 1BD to notify them that you have disposed of your vehicle. To download a copy of the DVLA’s leaflet on the Certificate of Destruction see the further information section below.

How does the law affect vehicle manufacturers?

Under the ELV regulations 2005, vehicle manufacturers have been responsible for providing last owners of end of life vehicles with an accessible network of ATFs, which guarantee to take-back qualifying vehicles free of charge, since the 1st January 2007. Doncaster Motor Spares is contracted to manufacturers representing 51 brands.

Which brands are contracted to Doncaster Motor Spares?

following brands of vehicle:

  • Aixam
  • Albion
  • Alfa Romeo
  • Alpine
  • Asia
  • Aston Martin
  • Audi
  • Austin
  • Austin Healey
  • Austin Morris
  • Bedford
  • Bentley
  • BMW
  • Bristol
  • Bugatti
  • Buick
  • Cadillac
  • Carbodies
  • Caterham
  • Chevrolet
  • Chrysler
  • Citroen
  • Colt
  • Dacia
  • Daewoo
  • DAF
  • Daihatsu
  • Daimler
  • Datsun
  • Dodge
  • Ferrari
  • Fiat
  • Ford
  • Freight Rover
  • FSO
  • Ginetta
  • Hillman
  • Holden
  • Honda
  • Humber
  • Hyundai
  • Isuzu
  • Iveco
  • Jaguar
  • Jeep
  • Jenson
  • Kia
  • Lada
  • Lamborghini
  • Lancia
  • Land Rover
  • LDV
  • Lexus
  • Leyland
  • Leyland DAF
  • Ligier
  • Lincoln
  • London Taxis
  • International
  • Lotus
  • Mahindra
  • Marcos
  • Maserati
  • Matra
  • Maybach
  • Mazda
  • Mercedes
  • Mercury
  • Metrocab
  • MG
  • MG X-Power
  • Microcar
  • Mini
  • Mitsubishi
  • Mitsubishi Canter
  • Morgan
  • Morris
  • Nissan
  • Noble
  • NSU
  • Oldsmobile
  • Opel
  • Other
  • Perodua
  • Peugeot
  • Pontiac
  • Porsche
  • Proton
  • Reliant
  • Renault
  • Renault Trucks
  • Riley
  • Rolls Royce
  • Rover
  • Saab
  • SAO
  • Seat
  • Simca
  • Singer
  • Skoda
  • Smart
  • Ssangyong
  • Subaru
  • Sunbeam
  • Suzuki
  • Talbot
  • Tata
  • Tatra
  • Toyota
  • Triumph
  • TVR
  • Unknown
  • Vanden Plas
  • Vauxhall
  • Venturi
  • Volkswagen
  • Volkswagen Commercial
  • Volvo
  • Wartburg
  • Westfield
  • Wolseley
  • Yugo

Don’t worry if your make of vehicle is not in this list, Doncaster Motor Spares treat all makes of vehicle to the same high standards.

What is a qualifying vehicle?

In accordance with the End of Life Vehicle regulations, vehicles which are complete and do not contain any additional waste will qualify for free take-back when delivered to a vehicle manufacturer approved Authorised Treatment Facility. Doncaster Motor Spares offer free take-back for all qualifying vehicles of the brands listed above which are delivered to their sites. This service may also be extended to other brands of vehicle.

What is a complete vehicle?

A complete vehicle is one which contains its essential components, in particular, but not limited to, the engine, coachwork, transmission, catalytic converter (if originally fitted) and wheels. A vehicle does not have to be driveable nor does the engine have to run in order for it to be complete. If you would like your vehicle to be collected by us, the price which we quote will be based on the vehicle being complete. If your vehicle does not meet this condition it may be more difficult to collect which could affect the price quoted, however we will always discuss this with you prior to your vehicle being collected.

Does my car need to have a valid MOT test certificate?

Your vehicle does not need to have a valid MOT Test Certificate in order for it to be accepted at a Doncaster Motor Spares ATF, nor does this affect your qualification for free take-back. However, we strongly advise that you do not drive a vehicle on the public highway without a valid MOT Test Certificate; instead you should arrange for your vehicle to be collected.

Does my car need to have a valid insurance policy?

Although your vehicle does not need to have a valid insurance policy in order for it to be accepted at a Doncaster Motor Spares, nor does this affect your qualification for free take-back, we strongly advise that you do not drive a vehicle on the public highway without valid insurance; instead you should arrange for your vehicle to be collected.

Why should I dispose of my vehicle with Doncaster Motor Spares?

Whether you deliver your vehicle to a Doncaster Motor Spares or we collect it from you, we guarantee to treat it to the highest standards as demanded by our vehicle manufacturer partners and in compliance with all applicable laws on end of life vehicle treatment as regulated by several governmental agencies.

Doncaster Motor Spares uses the best information technology systems to enable us to respond to your needs quickly and effectively which includes the issuing of a DVLA Certificate of Destruction freeing you from any legal responsibility for the vehicle.

When disposing of your old vehicle, we urge you to consider the following:

  • Is the operator licensed to take back and treat my vehicle?
  • Has the operator gained approval from any vehicle manufacturers?
  • Will my vehicle be de-registered correctly and will I receive a DVLA Certificate of Destruction or could I be at risk of being fined under new laws on continuous registration as well as being liable for any actions taken in the vehicle whilst I am still the legal registered keeper?
  • Will my vehicle be treated correctly and the waste oils, tyres and batteries disposed of legally and without any harm to the environment?
  • Will my vehicle be recycled in accordance with the EU targets of 85% by weight?
  • Could my vehicle end up back on the road without my consent?

75% of vehicle manufacturers trust Doncaster Motor Spares.com to be their service provider for the take back and treatment of end of life vehicles of their brands. We urge you to consider this when you are ready to dispose of your end of life vehicle.

Does my vehicle need inflated tyres for it to be collected?

If you would like us to collect your vehicle then we need to know if the tyres are inflated so that it can be easily loaded onto a standard recovery vehicle. If the tyres are not inflated please let us know in advance as this may affect the type of recovery equipment that we use.

If you would like your vehicle to be collected by us the price which we quote will be based on the tyres being fully inflated. If your vehicle does not meet this condition it may be more difficult to collect which could affect the price quoted, however we will always discuss this with you prior to your vehicle being collected.

Does my vehicle need to be in an accessible location to be collected?

If you would like us to collect your vehicle then we need to know if it can be easily accessed by a standard recovery vehicle. The ground must be solid enough to reasonably allow access by the recovery vehicle and close enough to allow the vehicle to either be driven or moved using a winch or overhead crane directly onto the recovery vehicle without obstruction. If the vehicle is not easily accessible please let us know in advance as this may affect the type of recovery equipment that we use.

If you would like your vehicle to be collected by us the price which we quote will be based on your vehicle being in an accessible location. If your vehicle does not meet this condition it may be more difficult to collect which could affect the price quoted, however we will always discuss this with you prior to your vehicle being collected.

Does my vehicle have to be free of additional waste?

Being free from additional waste means that a vehicle does not contain any significant items of refuse such as garden/ household waste or old tyres etc.; basically anything that does not form part of the vehicle itself.

If you would like your vehicle to be collected by us the price which we quote will be based on your vehicle being free from waste. If your vehicle does not meet this condition it may be more difficult to collect and additional waste disposal costs may apply, which could affect the price quoted, however we will always discuss this with you prior to your vehicle being collected.

Do I need to provide keys for my vehicle?

If you would like your vehicle to be collected by us, it helps us to know whether or not the keys are available, however this is not essential nor does it affect the price quoted for collection.

Do I need to provide the registration document for my vehicle?

Whether we collect your vehicle from you or you deliver your vehicle to us, you should hand over your V5C registration document (otherwise known as a log book) so that a Certificate of Destruction can be issued. Don’t worry if you do not have the registration document as a Certificate of Destruction can usually be issued without it. For more information please read ‘What is a Certificate of Destruction?’.

What happens after I have received a quotation for collection?

You can find out more about what happens after you have arranged for your vehicle to be collected on the ‘ What happens next?’ page.

Do you accept caravans?

Doncaster Motor Spares will accept caravans however they may be a charge for this, please enquire.

Do you sell spare parts?

Doncaster Motor Spares do sell spare parts to the public, Please fill in parts request form INSERT LINK or tel 0845 408 4000 

Where can I look for further information?

SALVAGE AUCTION

How do I Register for an Account?

  1. Click the 'Register' link displayed on most pages on the site.
  2. Complete all sections of the Application Form
  3. Click the 'Register' button at the bottom of the page.
  4. It is vital that you read and agree to our 'Terms and Conditions'

You will need to visit our site, in person, to sign a Buyers Application & in order for us to view and photocopy your original ID.

The ID we require is:

  • Driving Licence (Photo-Card + Paper-Part)

and one of the following:

  • Current Utility Bill in Your Name (gas, electric or household phone bill)
  • Current Community Charge bill
  • Bank Statement
  • Credit Card Statement
  • Inland Revenue Statement or Bill


All documents provided MUST be Dated in the Last 3 months.

If you don't have a 'Photo Card' driving licence you will need to provide a UK Passport + Paper Driving Licence + 2 current utility bills etc listed above.
If you are a business we require the ID listed above and one of the following:

  • Bank Statement dated in the Last 3 months
  • VAT Registration Certificate
  • Certificate of Incorporation if a Limited Company
  • Company Letter Head with Directors Details

If you are not a Director or Proprietor of the Business we will require a Letter of Authority signed by a Director or the Proprietor.

If you are a Partner in a Business then both partners will need to sign the Buyer Application or we will require a Letter of Authority signed by the other Partner.

All of the ID you provide must have Your Name and Your Current Address displayed on it and it must be the Original Documents NOT Photocopies etc. If you are unsure as to the suitability of your ID please give us call to discuss further.

Once we approve your account. You will receive an email confirming your approval and you will be authorised to purchase salvage on our web site. There is NO Membership or Joining Fee to pay to use this web site!

How can I Find Salvage I Wish to Purchase?

There are a number of ways you can search for Salvage on the web site:

Click the Search our Stock 'Magnifying Glass' or the 'Closing Soon' link
These links will display a list of all the salvage that is currently listed on the web site.

Click the Top Marques link
This link will display a list of salvage that our Members have categorised as being specialist or premium brand vehicles (please note our Members may also place premium brand vehicles within their normal auctions).

Click the Cars, Bikes, Commercials or HGV & Plant links on the Homepage
These links display categorised salvage our Members currently have on auction. Any salvage that does not fit into one of our main categories will be included within HGV & Plant.

Click the Auction Times link
This link displays a 2 week calendar of auctions our Members have coming up. You can view all the lots a Member has listed by clicking their link on this page. If the search page shows 'No Results' then the Member hasn't uploaded any vehicles to this particular auction as yet.

At the top of the Search Results page there are a number of boxes you can use to help you search for salvage you are interested in purchasing. You can display only vehicles of a certain make or those from a Member in a particular Region etc or you can type keywords such as 'Corsa' or 'Megane' to narrow down your search results.

You can also use a drop down box to list the salvage lots in a particular order ie 'Closing Time', 'Manufacturer', 'Year of Registration'.

Will you Email me when New Salvage is added to the Web Site?

Yes we operate a service called 'Notify Me!' that you can access from the 'My Account' page once you are logged in. You can stipulate what type of salvage you want to be notified about and which locations you are prepared to travel to.

The service uses Keywords in the same way as a search engine so you can tell it what you are looking for. If you want to be notified when a 'Citroen Picasso' is added to the auction you should enter the keyword 'Picasso', a single keyword will provide you with the best results.

How do I Bid on an Item I Wish to Purchase?

We operate a Proxy Bidding Auction with the highest bidder winning the item providing the Auction Reserve has been met. Placing a proxy bid means that you are stating the amount that you are willing to pay up to for the item, and that if the single bid you place is outbid, that you want an automatic bid to be placed on your behalf up to the amount you have stated and in £10 increments.

For Example: A Lot you are interested in shows a 'Highest Bid' of £1200, you decide that you are willing to pay up to £1500 for the salvage lot. When you place your bid of £1500 the 'Highest Bid' may go up to £1260 this would tell you that the previous Highest Bidder had placed a Proxy Bid of £1250 for the Lot. The bids on all auctions increase in £10 increments so you might get a new bidder placing a bid of £1300 for this Lot but the auction would show your Highest Bid now as £1310 and you would still be winning the Lot. If nobody else bids for the Lot you will win it for £1310, the only way you will lose it is if a buyer bids £1510 or more which is above your maximum bid of £1500. You will be notified by email that you have been outbid and the auction page will be updated if this happens. You will then have the chance to increase your bid if you wish but you may only have 30 seconds to place a new bid if the auction is due to expire.

If you win the auction, the price you pay will be the current highest bid and not the proxy bid limit you placed (unless you are bid up to that amount by another bidder). Please Note if the auction you bid on has a Reserve the Proxy Bid you place will automatically increase upto your limit or the Reserve price whichever is the smaller. For Example: You bid £1500 on a lot you are interested in that displays the message 'Reserve Not Met' even though there are no other bids the Highest Bid displayed may go from a starting bid of £100 straight to £1300 this would tell you that the reserve price was £1300. The message displayed will now say 'Reserve has been Met' and the only way you will lose this auction is if another buyer bids £1510 or more. Reserve prices are not available to view. If the Highest bid goes straight to £1500 and still displays the message 'Reserve Not Met' you will need to bid a higher amount to win the auction as the Reserve must be higher than your Proxy Bid.

There is a Buyers Premium of 5.5% of the winning bid or £45 whichever is the greater, to be paid when you pay for the item you have won. The Buyers Premium is Subject to VAT.

Auto-Extended Auction, What is This?

It is an auction that is extended beyond its provisional closing time by 30 seconds every time a new bid is placed. The Auto Extension only occurs when bids are placed in the final 30 seconds of an auction and will continue to auto-extend in 30 second windows until no further bids have been placed.

What is the 'My Watch List' tool?

This is a useful tool you can use to monitor salvage lots you are interested in. Click on the checkbox next to the photograph labelled 'Watch This Auction', you then need to click the 'Update Watch List' button at the bottom of the page to add the salvage lot to your Watch List. You will need to 'Login' to your account in order to use the 'My Watch List' facility. Salvage lots you place a bid on are automatically added to your Watch List page. You can remove any Lots from your Watch List by clicking the check box to remove the tick and clicking the 'Update Watch List' button.

What is the 'My Vehicles' tool?

This section contains details of auctions you have won. You will need to 'Login' to your account in order to use this facility.

What is the 'My Account' tool?

Contains the personal information we have on record about you. Please use this page to periodically change your password. If you need to change your personal details please contact us to request this (ID showing your new address will be required). You will need to 'Login' to your account in order to use this facility. This page also has a link to the 'Notify Me!' service described above.

What is the 'My Bids' tool?

This section contains details of all the Lots you have placed a bid on with the date and time of each bid you have placed. You will need to 'Login' to your account in order to use this facility.

How do I Pay for an Item I have Won?

You will need to contact the Salvage Member 24 hours prior to collection (within business hours) and pay the Member for the item by cleared funds when you pick it up. If you are unsure what payment method to use please discuss this with the Member when calling to organise collection. You are given five working days (from the auction closing date) free storage to make payment and collect the vehicle. Failure to do so will result in you being liable for Storage Fees & Interest.

Any queries concerning discrepancies with the damage description and images or vehicle details should be discussed with the Salvage Member prior to removing the vehicle from the site. See the section below 'How do I Deal with Vehicle Issues?' for more information.

Please ensure that when collecting a vehicle from a site that yourself or your agent follow the on site rules and regulations. Please ensure that you arrive at the site a minimum of 30 minutes before closing - allowing ample time for loading & collection. The salvage Member has the right to refuse entry to anyone not abiding by the site rules & regulations.

Please Note:
There is a Buyers Premium of 5.5% of the winning bid or £45 whichever is the greater, to be paid when you pay for the item you have won. The Buyers Premium is Subject to VAT.

How do I Deal with Vehicle Issues?

When at the Members site it is vitally important that you check the salvage to ensure that you are satisfied with its condition before you remove it from the site. Removal of the salvage from the site is your statement that you are happy with your purchase. This applies whether you collect the salvage personally or appoint a third party to collect on your behalf and no refunds or compensation will be discussed after this time.

Should any material issues be identified with the salvage, please discuss these with the Member Site. Any vehicle which is refused must be for a material reason such as:

  • Extra damage to the salvage
  • Missing parts
  • Incorrect mileage
  • Wrong model
  • Incorrect year
  • Petrol vs diesel

Vehicles will not be released from Member sites until they are paid for in full by cleared funds

How can I View or Inspect an Auction Lot?

Please contact the Member directly to view the salvage Lot. We recommend customers try to view vehicles prior to bidding on them; all salvage vehicles are "sold as seen". The photographs and Damage Description are for guidance only, however our Members endeavour to ensure that the details provided are to the best of their ability.

Will the Vehicle be Supplied with a Registration Document V5?

We aim to provide a V5 for all cat D, X & U vehicles if stated they are in our possession within the vehicle description. No cat C vehicle will be supplied with a V5, as some of these vehicles are subject to a VIC check. On completion of the check the DVLA will provide a new V5. If you are unsure if a VIC check is needed then please contact VOSA. Please note that false VIN plates must be corrected prior to the vehicle being used on the road.

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