What is an End of Life Vehicle (ELV)?
End-of-Life Vehicles (ELVs) are motor vehicles that are categorised as waste. Their components and materials are also classed as waste. Waste is anything that you discard, intend to discard or are required to discard. This includes material sent for recycling or recovery.
All provisions of the End-of-Life Vehicle Regulations apply to all cars and light goods vehicles that have a maximum of 9 seats and weigh up to 3,500kg.
How much will it cost for me?
Free if the conditions below are met.
What are the conditions?
ELVES will accept end-of-life vehicles when delivered to one of their appointed take-back facilities which meet the following conditions:
The vehicle is a passenger vehicle (M1) or lights good vehicle (N1) with a maximum of nine seats and weighs 3.5 tonnes or less
- It is complete, i.e. contains the essential components, including engine, transmission, coachwork, wheels and catalytic converter (where fitted)
- It is free from additional waste (e.g. garden/household waste, additional tyres)
What documents should I take with me? What documents will be issued?
You are required to take proof of vehicle ownership with you as well as personal identification when taking your vehicle to an Authorised Treatment Facility.
When you deposit your vehicle at an ATF you should be issued with a Certificate of Destruction (CoD). This marks your vehicle as scrapped on the National Vehicle and Driver File (NVDF) and ends your responsibility for the vehicle.
A CoD can be issued online with a copy being posted to you within a few days by the Department of Transport or issued in paper format at the ATF. You can find out more about CoDs and what they look like at the ELVES.
If you have more than three whole calendar months remaining on your tax disc and your annual motor tax is over €119 you can claim a motor tax refund (Form RF120).
What happens at the Authorised Treatment Facility or ATF?
Once a CoD has been issued, the vehicle will be depolluted removing liquids, tyres and other hazardous materials.
The ATF may then remove parts that are sold for reuse or other materials that can be sent for recycling separately.
The body shell will be crushed and compacted and recycling recovery processes will follow.
Where is the nearest Authorised Treatment facility?
For your nearest ATF location, click on the following link ELVES.