Receive and inventory end of life vehicles

Business Sectors (Suites): Vehicle Recycling
Developed by: IMI
Approved on: 30 Mar 2022


This standard is about taking ownership of end of life vehicles (ELVs), including completing relevant documentation and creating unique vehicle stock records.

For the purposes of this standard, ELVs include light vehicles, light commercial vehicles and motorcycles.

Performance criteria

You must be able to:

P1 select and wear suitable personal protective equipment when receiving end of life vehicles
P2 access and use suitable sources of information to identify vehicle 
P3 use organisation's systems to create end of life vehicle stock records
P4 assess vehicle for damage and/or defects
P5 clearly mark-up vehicles for ease of identification
P6 identify target marketable parts on the vehicle
P7 carry out receipt and inventory activities following: 

P7.1 your workplace procedures
P7.2 health, safety and environmental requirements
P7.3 relevant regulations
P8 work in a way that minimises risk of:

P8.1 damage to vehicle
P8.2 damage to other vehicles or working environment
P8.3 injury to self or others
P9 ensure your records are accurate, complete and passed to the relevant person(s) within the agreed timescale in the format required
P10 complete all vehicle receipt and inventory activities within the agreed timescale
P11 promptly report any problems or anticipated delays in completion to the relevant person(s) 

Knowledge and Understanding

You need to know and understand:

*Legislative and organisational requirements and procedures *
K1 current relevant legislation, regulations, codes of practice and guidelines relating to end of life vehicles 
K2 the requirements for and importance of how to select and wear personal protective equipment when receiving end of life vehicles 
K3 your organisation's systems and procedures for: 

K3.1 documentation completion 
K3.2 creating and maintaining records *
K3.3 vehicle mark-up and storage
K3.4 dealing with special considerations
K3.5 the referral of problems
K3.6 reporting delays to the completion of work
K4 the importance of working within your level of competence and responsibility
K5 the hazards associated with working on or near petrol and alternative fuel vehicle systems and components 
K6 the importance of working to agreed timescales and keeping others informed of progress
K7 the importance of promptly reporting anticipated delays to the relevant person(s) 

Creating vehicle inventory
K8 how to find, interpret and use sources of information to enable correct vehicle identification
K9 the importance of accurate vehicle identification and the implications of getting it wrong
K10 how to deal with vehicles where the vehicle registration mark (VRM) and chassis number (VIN) do not match data sources
K11 how to use organisation's systems to create vehicle *records for end of life vehicles
K12 the importance of creating a unique stock number for an end of life vehicle
K13 the importance of taking images of the vehicle, where appropriate
K14 how to mark-up vehicles and what needs to be considered for ease of identification at all times
K15 how the business processes vehicles in order to identify them for potential future marketable revenue streams
K16 the principles of parts grading and the circumstances where the grade might need to be amended and recorded
K17 how to locate where vehicles and/or their parts are stored using the appropriate information systems used in your organisation


1. **Records** to include:

1.1. vehicle details
1.2. acquisition details
1.3. financial transactions 
1.4. special considerations

Scope Performance

Scope Knowledge





This section contains examples and explanations of some of the terms used but does not form part of the standard.

Acquisition details
To include source of vehicle and date acquired, inventoried and dismantled.

Agreed timescale
This can be as dictated by government guidance, a contractual service level agreement or customer request

Alternative fuel
This is defined as any type of fuel that may be used to power an internal combustion engine, examples would include LPG, bio ethanol etc. plus hydrogen fuel cell systems.

To include certificate or notification of destruction and proof of ownership

End of life vehicle (ELV)
A vehicle that has come to the end of its useful life as a motor vehicle and is categorised as waste, generally due to age, malfunction or accident. These may include light vehicles, light commercial vehicles and motorcycles.

Financial transactions
To include traceability of payments according to Financial Conduct Authority.

Special considerations
To include whether vehicle has been assigned to any hazard category (including flood or fire damage, biohazard contamination or an alternative fuel source), or subject to recall by manufacturer or DVSA.

Vehicle details
To include VIN and registration numbers, make and model, year of manufacture or first registration, odometer reading (if possible), salvage category and images.

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Indicative Review Date

30 Mar 2025





Originating Organisation


Original URN


Relevant Occupations

Vehicle Recycler

SOC Code



Vehicle; acquisition; identification; mark-up; target; record;