Scrapping Your Car? Don’t Forget to Cancel Your RC

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Why Should You Cancel Your RC After Your Car Is Scrapped?

Do you have a dream car that you want to buy someday and travel to different places in that vehicle? Well, the majority of us have the wish of buying a car. As a matter of fact, purchasing a car with your hard-earned money is a milestone. However, when you have a car you need to know each and everything related to it and the rules and regulations that are associated with having a vehicle.

Indian roads are not that smooth in every city and town and you need to drive your car really carefully to save it from scratches and dents. However, because of the road conditions and other factors, some cars meet with accidents, and even repairing is not enough to get them back to their original shape.

If something like this ever happens to your car and you want to dispose of it, do not just give it to anyone or a mechanic. You can get it scrapped so that your car is not used for any illegal purposes.

You can find professionals who scrap vehicles.  These professionals will take out the parts of the vehicle and break them into pieces. They will offer you some money for this. Therefore, you can also use a car scrap value calculator in India to know the kind of money you should get from a professional who scraps vehicles. While you are getting your car scrapped and calculating the charges, do not forget to cancel your Registration Certificate.

A Registration Certificate or RC is a unique number provided to each vehicle when one is purchased. If you forget to cancel the RC of your car and it is used for an illegal purpose, you may have to pay a heavy penalty for it, without even being a part of it.

Know More: Regional Transport Office (RTO) Rules for Car Scrapping in India

Why canceling RC is so important in case of the total damage to a car?

As we have already mentioned you cannot actually use a car if it is badly damaged. Even if you are somehow driving it within the city for shorter distances, it can be very dangerous. This is why the safest option is to get it scrapped. However, while doing so, you must get your RC canceled. This will help you to avoid a situation in which your car is being used for a fraudulent purpose or worse still for a heinious crime.

As per Section 55 of the Motor Vehicles Act of 1988, it is the owner’s responsibility to cancel the permanent registration number of their car, that too in case of total damage. You also need to know that according to RTO rules for scrapping a vehicle, you should do it 14 days before scrapping your car.

A Registration Certificate is permanent and it will not change with the change in the ownership of a vehicle. It will only change if you apply for its transfer. Also, once RC is canceled, the car cannot be used by anyone and can be scrapped without any problem.

Documents required for canceling RC

To cancel RC, you will require certain documents, which include:

  • The chassis number is cut out, which will work as a proof of the car being scrapped
  • An affidavit from the owner of the car that the vehicle has been scrapped
  • Each document that is related to your car includes insurance documents, RC, PuC, and many more.

You would also require paying the necessary fee for initiating the process along with some documents. The documents may vary as per the needs of each RTO.

Also Read: How To Transfer RC From One State To Another?

How to cancel the RC of a car?

To cancel the RC of a car, you should follow a certain process. Here are the steps that you need to follow:

Step 1

As you initiate the process of scrapping, you will be provided with the chassis number by the dealer. The chassis number is cut out from the car and it works as proof. Therefore, make sure you get the chassis number.

Step 2

As the owner of the vehicle, you must get an affidavit stating that your car has been scrapped.

Step 3

All the documents that are related to your vehicle must be submitted to the RTO.

Step 4

The RTO then will de-register your vehicle. Do not get worked up when you do not get a certificate for this from the RTO. However, you can get documentation for it if you want, but you have to file an RTI.

Road accidents are common in India and some of them leave the cars totally damaged. Those cars then cannot be used further. It is better to send one such car off for scrapping to a dealer so that it can be recycled. All that you have to be concerned about is collecting the chassis number from the dealer and canceling your RC from the RTO. This is enough for you to stay away from any situation where you are becoming a part of a crime without even having any idea about it.

Once you get your damaged car scrapped and looking for a new vehicle, you can get great deals on buying motor insurance online. This can help in further saving money and also provide comprehensive protection against damage to your new vehicle.

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