What you need to know about selling a scrap car
If you have an old car that has been sitting patiently in your driveway for a long period of time, the chances are it is slowly deteriorating.
If this is the case, it might be time to consider what you can do to maximise the profit of your car rather than letting it depreciate into minimal value. There are a number of companies available that will come and collect your car from your property for a fee (and some for free), however choosing this option doesn’t yield any financial benefits for you. If your car is in a relatively roadworthy condition, it’s worth selling.
It is an Australian government requirement to cancel your registration when your car is scrapped. It’s worth noting that there are different rules for each state, so make sure you check your states Road Transport Authority first. See below our guide for cancelling your registration in each state.
In Queensland, to cancel your vehicle’s registration you are required to complete a cancellation of registration form.
You will then be required to take your form and your cars number plates to a transport and motoring customer service centre or a local police station that provides vehicle registration services. For more information on how to cancel your registration in Queensland, head to the Queensland Government website. See Queensland Government.
In the Northern Territory, the seller of a car is required to transfer ownership at the MVR (Motor Vehicle Registry) within 14 days of selling the vehicle. This requires a completed ‘Notice of Disposal’ portion of the registered vehicle certificate or a completed notice of disposal form.
Alternatively, you can provide a letter to the MVR with the following information:
- The car registration number and vehicle details
- Full name, date of birth, residential address and signature of the new owner
- Signature of the former owner
- The date of sale (or disposal) and the sale price
For more details, check out the Department of Transport Information Bulletin. See Department of Transport Information Bulletin.
Australian Capital Territory
In the ACT, you need to complete an Application to Cancel Vehicle Registration signed by the registered operator. You must also provide the following to the Road Transport Authority:
- The registered operators primary proof of identification
- A completed statement about the registration label (for vehicles weighing over 4500kg)
- The numberplates or a receipt for the surrender of numberplates from an interstate authority
- A statutory declaration must be provided if the plates have been destroyed, lost or stolen and cannot be surrendered
- The registration certificate (if available)
- An Authority to Act as an Agent Form (if applicable)
To learn more about cancelling your registration in Canberra, check out the ACT Road Transport Authority. Road Transport Authority.
New South Wales
If you are the registered owner of a car in NSW, you can cancel your registration at any time. You will need to head to a registry or service centre and provide a completed and signed Number plates and/or cancellation of registration form, along with the following:
- Proof of identity
- The certificate of registration for the vehicle (if available)
- The number plates
- Payment for cancellation fee
For further information about cancelling your registration in New South Wales, please checkout the Roads and Maritime website. See Roads and Maritime.
To cancel your car registration in South Australia, you will first need to complete an application to cancel registration form and then surrender your number plates at a Service SA customer service centre.
You can cancel your registration at anytime in Victoria and apply for a refund of the unused portion. If you haven’t renewed your registration within three months of its expiry date, it will be cancelled automatically. So if your car has been sitting in your garage for quite some time, you may not even need to cancel the rego (but it’s always worth checking). To cancel your registration all you need to do is visit a VicRoads Customer Service Centre, you can find the exact information you need to bring along with you detailed on the VicRoads website. See VicRoads website.
To cancel your registration in Western Australia, all you need to do is surrender the number plates or sign a statutory declaration stating that the plates have been lost or stolen (if applicable). Further information is available on the Transport WA website. See Transport Tasmania.
In Tasmania, you simply need to fill out a Statutory Declaration form and submit it in person or by mail to a Service Tasmania shop along with your number plates and your certificate of registration. More details and additional information is available on the Transport Tasmania website. See Transport Tasmania .
We purchase old cars, used cars and junk cars however the sales process is slightly different from the usual online channel. If you have a scrap car you are looking to sell, we can put you in touch with our salvage team who specialise in cars that are no longer fit to drive. If you have a damaged/scrap car, please contact our call centre on 1300 474 777.
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