Do I Need to SORN my Car Before I Scrap It?

Oct 14, 2020

Here are the 2 scenarios:

  1. You are scrapping your car as a whole – NO SORN NEEDED.
  2. You are removing parts of the car before scrapping – SORN NEEDED

Let’s have a look at SORN in more detail to prepare you for scrapping your vehicle.

What is SORN?

Statutory Off Road Notification. SORN is otherwise known as a V890. It is a declaration you need to make to the DVLA when you take a vehicle ‘off-road’ and, want to stop taxing and insuring it.

What does Off-Road Mean?

If you keep your vehicle in a garage, on a drive, or on private land then your vehicle is classed as ‘off-road’. If you’d like to remove parts before scrapping, your vehicle must be ‘off-road’.

What Other Scenarios Require SORN?

There are a number of scenarios whereby you must make a SORN:

  • Your vehicle isn’t insured (for any period of time)
  • Your vehicle isn’t taxed (for any period of time)
  • You take ownership of a vehicle that you want to keep off-road
  • You are breaking down a vehicle for parts before you scrap it
SORN required to break for parts

How do I Make a SORN?

It’s possible to make a SORN online, by post, or over the phone. Simply head onto Gov.Uk.

What Else Should I Know About Making a SORN? 

  • A SORN starts on the date you put on the form if you apply by post.
  • You don’t need to renew a SORN.
  • Your vehicle must stay in the UK for your SORN to be valid
  • Your SORN is cancelled when you tax your vehicle, its sold, scrapped, or exported permanently.
  • A SORN starts immediately if you use your V5C reference when applying by phone or online.
  • You will receive a vehicle tax refund for any remaining months after you’ve made a SORN.
  • You can drive a vehicle with a SORN on a public road to get an MOT or go to a pre-booked testing appointment.

The Vehicle has a SORN and I have Taken Parts for Scrap. What Now?

Once you have your SORN you can now find your nearest scrappage location. CarConverter offers an online service that is quick, easy, and efficient. We can quote for your car and, collect it if required. It’s as easy as filling in the form, receiving your quote, and we’ll touch base with you to buy your car.