According to the German End-of-Life Vehicles Directive, manufacturers and importers are obliged to take back all end-of-life vehicles of their make(s) from the last owner. These end-of-life vehicles must be taken back free of charge as soon as they are handed over to a recognised collection point or a recognised dismantling company designated for this purpose by a manufacturer. § Section 3 (4) of the End-of-Life Vehicles Directive defines exceptions to free take-back. For example, vehicles to which waste has been added or which no longer contain essential parts or components do not have to be taken back free of charge.
To fulfil this obligation, manufacturers and importers have set up a nationwide take-back system. In addition, cooperation with operators of workshop disposal systems ensures the return of old parts from vehicle repairs.