HOW TO SCRAP A CAR IN ONTARIO

  • Remove all personal belongings and garbage from the vehicle

    It's important that you remove any personal belongings. Check all compartments including cup holders, door pockets, glove box and arm rest. Look under the seats and in between the rear seat and back rest! You might find some long lost coffee change! Don't forget to check above your sun visors. Don't forget your 407 transponder if you have one! It's the one most commonly forgotten item! 407 ETR will charge you for a lost transponder.

  • Locate and have ready the VEHICLE PORTION of the ownership

    The vehicle portion is on the left side of the Ontario Vehicle Ownership document. Scrapping a vehicle is considered a sale, so you must sign the back of the document and provide the name of the purchaser. The scrap yard will then transfer the vehicle over to their name at Service Ontario. Do not write any personal or driver's name on the Buyers Information Section.

  • Remove your license plates

    You will need some tools for this! Usually a 10mm socket or a phillips screw driver can do the trick. If  you don't have tools, the tow truck driver taking your car away may be able to assist, but be sure to ask ahead of time! Your can return your old license plates to Service Ontario along with the PERMIT (Plate) PORTION of the vehicle ownership (Right side). If your license plate validation tag is still valid, Service Ontario can give you a credit for the remaining number of months/years for use in the future. They do not provide cash refunds.

  • Get a quote from Auto Heaven by calling 1-888-638-6067 and arrange for a pick-up of your old scrap car

    There are Scrap Yards in Ontario which operate their own tow trucks. You can call for a quote and arrange a date and time for a pick-up. Most offer free towing. 

    Ontario Auto Recycling companies must be registered with EASR under Section 20.21(1)(a) of the Environmental Protection Act , the use, operation, establishment, alteration, englargement or extension of an end-of-life vehicle waste disposal site, as prescribed in O. Reg. 85/16

    You can search if a scrap yard is licensed using Access Environement Website

    There are lots of lone scrappers operating without a license and curb-siding vehicles in Ontario. You will have peace of mind when you work with a licensed yard such as Auto Heaven, knowing that your vehicle isn't swapping hands or that someone is driving the vehicle without transferring it out of your name.

Scrap Car FAQ
What is the best way to scrap a car?

The best way to scrap a car in Ontario is by using a Licensed Auto Scrap Yard or a Salvage Yard. Some crap yards offer free towing if you can't drive your vehicle to a scrap yard. This is an easy way to scrap your old car.

Do I need the ownership to scrap a car?

You need your vehicle ownership to scrap your car. If you lost your ownership and can't find it, you may contact the scrap yard to find out if they can make alternate arrangements. Some scrap yards will make exceptions.

Should I let Service Ontario know that I've scrapped my car?

It's always good practice to let Service Ontario know that you've scrapped your vehicle. When you vehicle is purchased, ask for a Bill of Sale, which you can present to the Service Ontario office so they can put a "sold" status on your vehicle. Here's a list of locations at the  Service Ontario Website

How can I get the most money for selling my car?

You can get the most money for your car by following these steps:

  • Make sure your vehicle is clean and presentable
  • Fix any body damage and/or rust
  • Provide all repair bills and service records
  • List your vehicle for sale on many resources
  • Be fair and firm with pricing
Is a used vehicle information package mandatory in Ontario?

Yes. If you are registering a vehicle that has been privately purchased, a UVIP (Used Vehicle Information Package) is required to be purchased at Service Ontario before the vehicle can be registered. You can purchase the UVIP online here

Alternatively, you must provide the UVIP as a seller of a vehicle.

UVIP is not required to scrap your vehicle unless the scrap yard asks for it. This is usually for newer vehicles.

Can I scrap a car without wheels?

You most certainly can. If you have good rims and tires that you'd like to keep for another vehicle or for a friend, you can always scrap a car without wheels. Reputable scrap yards offer flatbed towing services so that your vehicle can be transported without wheels. It's that simple. Just ask for a flatbed tow truck.

What is a scrap car worth in Ontario?

A scrap vehicle in Ontario can be worth anywhere from $100 and up to $10,000 depending on what can be salvaged and re-used from that particular vehicle. Some vehicles are purchased strictly for their bulk weight per tonne at current market rates, and others will get assessed based on parts resale value.

What paperwork do you need to scrap a car?

To scrap a car in Ontario, the owner of the vehicle must present the scrap yard with the original vehicle ownership document. At the same time, it is recommended that a Bill of Sale is produced by the Scrap Yard for the seller's record.

What should I remove from a vehicle before I scrap it?

It is advisable that you remove the following items from your car before scrapping it:

  • Aftermarket Navigation Systems
  • 407 Transponder
  • Garage Opener
  • Cell Phone Holder
  • Phone chargers
  • Household Garbage
  • Loose Change

There may be other items which we haven't covered, but this gives you a good idea to remove these items before scrapping your car.

How do I dispose of old license plates in Ontario?

To dispose of old license plates in Ontario, you have several options:

  1. Return the license plates to Service Ontario. If the validation stickers are still valid, you will get a credit for future use.
  2. Keep your plates to use on a different or newly purchased vehicle. Be sure not loose the original Permit Portion (Plate portion) of the vehicle ownership which you must keep when you sell or scrap your car.
How much do you get for scrapping a car in Ontario?

You can expect to get anywhere from $100 and up to $10,000 for scrapping your car in Ontario. The payout will depend of the vehicle condition and value.

How do I get rid of a car in Toronto?

You can get rid of a car in Toronto by calling Auto Heaven Toronto at 416-256-4843. Your vehicle will be towed same-day and you will get cash for your car.

ARE YOU CONSIDERING SCRAPPING YOUR CAR?

Get a free no-obligation quote by phone. In most cases, we will pick up your old car the same day.

SCRAP CAR VALUE INFORGRAPHIC

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Low Kilometer Engine That Runs

The engine of a vehicle is probably the most valuable components of the vehicle that dictates revenue for scrap yard. In-demand engines with under 150,000 km will definitely bring your scrap car value up significantly, especially if it's a late model vehicle under 5 years old.

Low Kilometer Operable Transmission

When looking a the scrap value of a vehicle, scrap yards always consider the transmission to be a key component in parts resale. This brings higher value to your vehicle. Original transmissions with under 200,000 km will give you the most value.

Rust-free body panels

Easily removable parts such as the doors and fenders of a vehicle are valuable components that scrap yards can resell to someone in need. If parts of the body of a vehicle is rusty, those parts can't be resold. This may bring the value of your vehicle down.

Catalytic Converter(s)

Part of your exhaust system has an cleaning and filtering device installed called the Catalytic Converter. Some vehicle may have more than one. The original factory installed Catalytic Converters carry a value and when de-canned can bring revenue to the scrap yard. Aftermarket replacements carry no value and because of this, the value of your vehicle may be reduced. What makes them valuable is trace contents of Platinum, Palladium and Rhodium.

Alloy (Aluminum) Wheels

Aluminum or Aluminum Alloy wheels carry either a resale or recycling value of the material. If the wheels are in decent condition, a scrap yard may resell the wheels for profit. If the wheels are in poor, oxidized or damaged condition, the wheels will be recycling for their non-ferrous value.

Bumpers, Headlights, Tail Lights

Bumpers, Headlights and Tail lights are a typically a hot commodity for resale on relatively newer vehicles. Minor road accents happen every day, so bumpers and lights tend to be damaged in light fender benders. Undamaged bumpers and lights can be resold for a profit. If your bumpers or lights are damaged, the vehicle brings less potential revenue to a scrap yard and thus your payout may in some cases be less.

USED CAR BILL OF SALE ONTARIO

BILL OF SALE REQUIREMENTS

You must include the following information on a bill of sale for the purchase of a used or new vehicle:

  • vehicle identification number (VIN)
  • make, year and power source for motor vehicles (gas, diesel, electric)
  • body type, colour and model (if available)
  • purchase price (taxes collected and HST/GST number if applicable)
    • Some exemptions may apply. For example, when transferring a vehicle to a family member as a family gift, the Sworn Statement for a Family Gift of a Used Motor vehicle in the Province of Ontario is required. This form is available online at ServiceOntario.ca or in person at your nearest ServiceOntario centre.
  • name, address and signature of the current owner/dealer or the leasing company (seller)
  • name and address of the buyer
  • sale/purchase date

The bill of sale must be an original document, but it can be handwritten. We will also accept a pre-printed bill of sale with a handwritten HST/GST number.

  • A photocopy or facsimile of the bill of sale is acceptable if either:
    • the original is viewed and photocopied at a ServiceOntario centre
    • the original and the photocopy are viewed at the ServiceOntario centre
    • the facsimile is sent directly from the seller to the ServiceOntario centre