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How to Scrap a Car in Ontario - Greenway Auto Recycling

How to Scrap a Car in Ontario?

June 22, 2023

How to Scrap a Car in Ontario: A Comprehensive Step-by-Step Guide by Greenway Auto Recycling


There comes a time in every car’s life when repairs cost more than its worth, the car no longer meets safety standards, or it’s simply not drivable. When this happens, scrapping becomes a viable and eco-friendly option. If you’re wondering how to scrap a car in Ontario, you’ve come to the right place. This guide by Greenway Auto Recycling will provide you with all the necessary information.

Determining the Car’s Status

Before scrapping your car, determine its status: is it an end-of-life vehicle (ELV), a derelict vehicle, or a scrap vehicle? This is essential because the scrapping process varies depending on the car’s status.

  1. End-of-Life Vehicle (ELV): An ELV is a car that’s no longer operable due to age or damage.
  2. Derelict Vehicle: A derelict vehicle is a car that’s been left unattended or unused for an extended period and can’t be safely operated.
  3. Scrap Vehicle: A scrap vehicle is a car that’s reached the end of its useful life, been stripped of parts, and is ready to be crushed and recycled.

Removing Personal Items

Before starting the process, remove all personal items from the vehicle. Check all compartments, including the trunk and glove box. It’s easy to forget items such as paperwork, sunglasses, or electronics.

Removing Valuable Components

If you’re up to the task, you can increase your profits by removing and selling valuable car parts separately. Parts like batteries, GPS systems, alloy wheels, and catalytic converters can fetch a good price when sold individually. However, remember that this requires a level of mechanical knowledge and can be time-consuming.

Removing Hazardous Materials

Before a car can be scrapped, all hazardous materials need to be removed, including antifreeze, brake fluid, and air conditioning refrigerants. Certified car recyclers, like Greenway Auto Recycling, are equipped to handle this step, ensuring these harmful substances don’t harm the environment.

Preparing for Scrapping

Before your car is taken away for scrapping, several steps need to be taken. First, the tires should be removed and recycled. Then, the vehicle should be drained of fluids to prevent any leakage during transportation.

Cancel Your Car Insurance

Before your car is scrapped, ensure that you cancel any existing insurance policies. It’s also a good idea to inform the insurance company that your vehicle will be scrapped. They can guide you on any necessary paperwork and potential insurance refunds.

Remove License Plates

In Ontario, you need to remove and return the license plates to ServiceOntario. You can also transfer them to another vehicle. This step is crucial as it ensures you are no longer associated with the vehicle.

Selling Your Car to a Scrap Yard or Auto Recycler

Once the preparation is complete, it’s time to sell your car to a scrap yard or auto recycler. While you can sell to a scrap yard, it’s often a better idea to sell to an auto recycler like Greenway Auto Recycling because we ensure all parts are recycled responsibly and in compliance with environmental regulations. Contact us at (416) 875-3215.

Arrange for Pickup or Delivery

Some scrap yards and auto recyclers will pick up your vehicle for free, like Greenway Auto Recycling. This is especially useful if your vehicle is no longer operable. If you’re delivering the vehicle yourself, remember to factor in the cost of transportation.

Collect the Payment

Once your car is accepted by the scrap yard or auto recycler, you’ll receive payment. The payment depends on various factors such as the car’s weight, its condition, the demand for its parts, and current scrap metal prices.

Notify the Ministry of Transportation

After your car is sold, you’ll need to fill out a “Vehicle Portion of a Permit” from ServiceOntario to notify the Ministry of Transportation that you no longer own the vehicle. The section you need to fill out is on the back of your vehicle registration permit.


Scrapping your car in Ontario is a straightforward process if you know what steps to take. By choosing to scrap your vehicle, you’re not only making a bit of money, but you’re also contributing to a greener planet. Greenway Auto Recycling is here to make this process simple and hassle-free for you. Give us a call at (416) 875-3215 and let’s turn your scrap car into an environmental success story today.

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