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Can I scrap or sell a UK registered car in Bulgaria?

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Re: Can I scrap or sell a UK registered car in Bulgaria?

Post Posted: Tue Jan 26, 2010 4:11 pm

Regarding the DVLA just send the change slip back with the 'permanantly exported' box ticked. If it is MOTd and reasonably roadworthy why not sell it? Cars here are worth a lot more than in the UK and you would probably get your traveling costs back. The standard of roadworthyness her is, how can I say, a little less thorough than in the UK. Vehicles can be sold with a UK logbook (V5) and let the buyer sort out the legal stuff, you would only be obliged to issue a receipt.




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Re: Can I scrap or sell a UK registered car in Bulgaria?

Post Posted: Wed Jan 27, 2010 12:54 am

I am also planning to take a UK car and leave it / scrap it in Turkey or Bulgaria this summer. My research also shows that once you have told the DVLA that it's permanently exported (a very simple form) they no longer care or have any interest in it. I'm not aware of any Inland Revenue requirements.
"Roadtripper" suggests it is difficult to scrap a car in Turkey so I will probably ditch the car in Bulgaria instead - thanks for the tip.
It sounds like as long as you take it to a certified scrapping company and get a receipt you are covered for any risk of hassle/taxes at the point of exit. Thanks "John77" for the advice. Selling it sounds a bit risky to me as might then be liable to import sales taxes etc (?). However, when leaving the country, unless it is specifically stamped on your passport, how will they know that you have brought a car in? Question


Re: Can I scrap or sell a UK registered car in Bulgaria?

Post Posted: Tue Feb 02, 2010 8:46 pm

Hi OT80,
asked my friends about taxes etc. They say that there are no taxes and from 01.01.2010 no excise duty if you sell a more powerful vehicle . This all goes under the internal EU rules now.


Re: Can I scrap or sell a UK registered car in Bulgaria?

Post Posted: Wed Feb 03, 2010 10:08 pm

Hi all you car scrappers
I am moving to Bulgaria and understand that because so many old British cars are appearing in the country, and perhaps the scrappage methods are , well lets say low tech, there are more appearing on the roads. The reult I am told by our (new to us) solicitor that it will become more difficult to import UK registered cars into Bulgaria.
Im a bit surprized someone bought a 4x4 in Bulgaria to bring bnack to the UK.


Re: Can I scrap or sell a UK registered car in Bulgaria?

Post Posted: Wed Feb 03, 2010 11:19 pm

All, thanks for your replies, its much appreciated. As per WOODMANs message the DVLA reply below confirms that all you have to do is tick the permanently exported box and your legal.

You would need to notify DVLA that the vehicle has been exported. Once this is noted on the vehicle record, there will be no further action for you to take.

If you have a Registration Certificate V5C then you must notify export on the purple section V5C/4. The V5C/4 should then be returned to:



SA99 1AG.

The rest of your V5C must be taken with you as you may have to hand it over to the scrapyard when disposing of the vehicle.

If you are not in possession of the V5 or V5C, you will need to apply for a V5C using an application for a registration certificate V62. Alternatively, if there are no changes to your address details, you may telephone 0300 123 4321, for a replacement V5C. You should then receive your new V5C within 5 working days. Please note, both applications will require a non-refundable fee of £25.

Once your new V5C has been received you should then send notification to us immediately of the intended export as explained above.

Please note, the V62 application form is available to download from the website below, at all tax issuing Post Office®, DVLA, Swansea and DVLA Local Office. A list of local offices can be found on the website address www.direct.gov.uk/motoring.




Re: Can I scrap or sell a UK registered car in Bulgaria?

Post Posted: Thu Feb 04, 2010 3:25 am

You will also need paper work for the Bulgarian authorities as your car goes into there system when you enter the country and they need to know why you are leaving without the car and proof of the disposale of the car,whether by sale or scrappage. You will need more proof for them than you do for the DVLA.


Re: Can I scrap or sell a UK registered car in Bulgaria?

Post Posted: Thu May 19, 2016 9:38 pm

Hi Alan,

Just wanted to know if you managed to scrap/sell your car in Bulgaria. How easy was it and did you have to get any paperwork either here in the UK or in Bulgaria?

I am planning on travelling to Sofia by car and scrapping it there and taking a train to Istanbul.



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