What is an ELV (End of Life Vehicle)?

If you are considering scrapping your car, you have more than likely come across terms during your research such as ‘ELVs’, ‘end of life vehicles’ or ‘end of life cars’. 

Here, at Temple Auto Salvage we are experts in the governments end of life vehicle directive and will explain what is involved in bringing a vehicle to end of life and what these terms mean and how the process helps the environment.

What makes a car an ELV?

Any vehicle can be disposed of at any time if the vehicle owner or insurance company deems it necessary. In most instances, the vehicle may be a non-runner, an MOT failure, accident damaged, or simply not road worthy due to wear and tear or age. If the cost to repair or replace parts out weighs the value of the vehicle it may make financial sense to scrap it.   

In some circumstances, an insurance company may make the decision for you whether your vehicle should be considered an ELV. They have considered the financial options such as can it be repaired, paint cost, cost of replacement parts and the garages time to carry out the work.  This most commonly occurs when an accident has occurred and the insurance company has paid out insurance compensation and therefore legally own the accident damaged car. 

It may be worthwhile noting that if you have a vintage car or classic car, they are not covered by end-of-life vehicle regulations.

End of life vehicle disposal

It is extremely important for the environment that vehicle waste is managed correctly as there are millions of tons of scrap generated each year when vehicles are scrapped.

Once the decision has been made that the vehicle will become an ELV, it must be handled and disposed of in the most environmentally friendly way. In Northern Ireland the government have very strict regulations as to who can bring a vehicle to its end of life. There are only some vehicle dismantlers in NI that are trusted to carry out this important process and we are one of the most trusted and reputable Authorised Treatment Facilities (ATFs) in the country.

When we, the Authorised Treatment Facility process your vehicle, we will issue a COD (Certificate of Destruction) and notify the relevant authorities such as the DVLA and the vehicle will be deregistered.

As a result, you can be sure that when you use our service, your ELV is being handled in a way that limits any harm to the environment.


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