Can we scrap our car if it fails the MOT?

My wife's Ford KA will be MOT'd next month and we feel it will fail on the bodywork. It'll need welding to pass, based on previous experience - so if this happens, we would like to take the car home and arrange for it to be scrapped. Can we legally do this?

Asked on 22 October 2020 by stephen barber

Answered by Georgia Petrie
Yes, you can. If it fails, though, you can't legally drive it home so you'll need to arrange for it to be taken away from the MOT station. Then you'll need to follow the DVLA's process for scrapping a car, including notifying them that you'll be scrapping it. You can see it here:
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