HOW TO SCRAP A CAR IN TORONTO
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 and arrange for a pick-up of your old scrap car
There are Scrap Yards in Ontario that 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. Ask to make sure the scrap yard is licensed. 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, knowing that your vehicle isn't swapping hands or that someone is driving the vehicle without transferring it out of your name.
The process of selling a car privately in Ontario is very straight forward. You will need to sign the ownership over to the new buyer, write up a bill of sale and hand over the keys. It makes sense to pay a visit to Service Ontario to let them know you've sold the car.
Safety Certificates are not necessary when selling a used car. It may be the purchasers responsibility to ensure the vehicle is safe for the road and get a Safety Inspection done at a licensed mechanic. However, if you want to maximize your chances of the selling the vehicle for as much as possible, consider selling the vehicle with a Safety Certificate. Keep in mind the Safety Certificate in Ontario is only valid for 36 days, so you will need to make sure you sell your vehicle within that time frame or risk having the document expire.
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
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
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
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.
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