A car can turn into a piece of junk after an accident or it can just age and emit harmful gases and pollute the environment. Such a car is declared as scrap car by law. If your car is declared scrap, you are no longer authorized to drive it. So, the only option that you are left with is – to sell your car.
Since a car consists of steel mostly, even after it is not able to run smoothly on the road, the body and the accessories are of great value which can eventually fetch a decent price for your car.
You must know all the laws and the legal documents you need to provide when you want to sell a scrap car and we have sorted them all for you. But first, you should know if your car is a scrap or not based on the regulations of your state.
Generally, diesel vehicles older than 10 years and petrol vehicles older than 15 years are declared as scrap by the authorities. But, for each state, the laws might be different.
Here is a quick summary of till when a car isn’t considered a scrap car in various states:
|Delhi||Till 15 Years||Till 10 Years|
|Andhra Pradesh||Till the vehicle is in running condition||Till the vehicle is in running condition|
|Maharashtra||Till 15 Years*||Till 15 Years*|
|Karnataka||Till the vehicle is in running condition||Till the vehicle is in running condition|
|Rajasthan||Till the vehicle is in running condition||Till the vehicle is in running condition|
1. When does a car turn into a scrap car in Delhi?
In Delhi, a petrol/ CNG car older than 15 years and a diesel car older than 10 years is considered a scrap car by law. Even if such a vehicle is in running condition, you can’t drive it.
2. When does a car turn into a scrap car in Andhra Pradesh?
In Andhra Pradesh, the age of the vehicle is not a factor in declaring it scrap as long as you can provide a valid Fitness Certificate.
A fitness certificate defines the health and emissions of a car. Mostly, it is valid for the first 15 years and then a check is needed on the health of the car. This is also called CF i.e. Certificate of Fitness. This can prevent a vehicle from being declared as a scrap car.
A car is considered scrap in Andhra Pradesh when:
3. When does a car turn into a scrap car in Maharashtra?
In Maharashtra, a car can be driven smoothly till it completes 15 years. After this, the car becomes scrap. If the car is in running condition, you can use it further by paying the green tax.
If you have a CNG vehicle then you have to take the CNG Retested Process after every 3 yrs. If it provides a positive fitness certificate, you have to re-validate the CNG from the concerned RTO. It will cost you INR 3000 for the RTO re-validation and testing center will charge you approximately INR 2000 to 2500.
4. When does a car turn into a scrap car in Karnataka?
In Karnataka, the age of the vehicle is not a factor in declaring it scrap as long as you can provide a valid Fitness Certificate. If the car is in running condition, you can use it further by paying the green tax and extending the fitness certificate.
A car is considered scrap in Karnataka when:
5. When does a car turn into a scrap car in Rajasthan?
In Rajasthan, you can drive a vehicle legally for 15 years. If the car is in running condition, you can use it further by paying the green tax and renewing the fitness certificate.
A car is considered scrap in Rajasthan when:
You can renew the fitness certificate after 15 years. The process is pretty simple. An inspection will happen at the concerned RTO and if the inspector approves the vehicle to run on the road then he can renew it.The fee structure depends on the cubic capacity of the vehicle:
Since the Govt has not formulated any grave rules which apply entirely as one all over the country, it is difficult to have a standard process for scrapping a car. There might be some variations state wise or as per different RTOs, but generally, the process has following steps:
1. Informing the RTO
The owner of the vehicle informs the RTO by submitting an application declaring the scrapping of a car
2. Surrendering RC & Chassis Plate to the RTO
The owner surrenders the RC & the chassis plate to the concerned RTO.
Chassis plate is a metal sheet that contains a unique code of numbers worldwide. Each vehicle has a unique chassis number and this acts as a unique ID for each vehicle. As the law states, it is mandatory for a car user to submit this chassis plate to the RTO while declaring the car scrap. This ensures that your vehicle can no longer be used in any other activities and if it is still used, you will have no liability on your end.
3. De-registering the car from RTO records
The RTO checks all the certificates submitted and also verifies if there is any standing balance against the vehicle in the form of lease, loan, challan etc.
Once satisfied with all the documents and no dues, the car is declared scrap and it is removed from the RTO registers. Now your car is liable to be cut down into sheets or to be melted down to extract the metal.
In some states, the car is scrapped in front of the police authorities and a video is made while getting it scrapped
While selling your scrap car, you will have to provide a copy of your RC and bank NOC to the person/ business who will scrap your car. Make sure to collect your chassis number plate from them, inform the RTO and follow the process described above to de-register the car from RTO records.
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