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|Posted on November 27, 2019 at 6:35 AM|
I thought I'd start a small blog detailing what we have been up to at Cars-2-Cash, to keep you informed of our adventures, services and weekly updates from our local family business
Its been a busy week to commence our blog journey, with the team travelling all over the East Midlands; visiting Leicester, Nottingham, Derby, Northampton, Mansfield, Newark and Doncaster to both buy and deliver vehicles
Visiting Doncaster and Newark after the recent floods has been challenging, with increased traffic on the road and some seriously rainy days! But we have met some great customers along the way. Especially an elderly gentleman in Doncaster who needed help scrapping his non-running vehicles, and a lovely lady called Janet in Nottingham who decided to part with her car that she no loner needed
Despite of the challenging conditions presented by Mother nature! We have endeavoured to deliver a punctual, friendly service to give our customers a quick and smooth sale for their cars, vans and camper vans
I hope everyone keeps safe on the roads as we turn towards the winter months, and keeps a spare jacket or blanket in the car in case of an emergency
Its just a short blog entry this week, but I'll try to keep you updated on both the roads and our business as regularly as I can
Thanks for reading,
Stay safe guys,
Danny, Holly and the team
|Posted on September 12, 2018 at 9:20 AM|
Over the years there has been a stigma surrounding scrap metal yards, but the truth is the industry has been cleaned up figuratively and literally. With stricter rules being introduced, licensed scrap metal dealers like Cars 2 Cash are now playing a big part in helping to ensure that scrap metal recycling is done in an environmentally friendly way. The scrap car recycling process
It all starts with a call to a reputable scrap metal dealer like Cars 2 Cash. The first thing that we’ll do is provide you with a valuation for your scrap vehicle we don’t even need to see it to give you a price. Once you’re happy we can then arrange for our team to come and collect your vehicle at a time that is convenient to you.
When we have collected the car we’ll then carry out the following tasks to make the car safe and ready to be recycled. During the recycling process the vast majority of your vehicle will be able to be broken down using the following process:
Depollute – this involves removing all the hazardous material and fluids from the vehicle including fuel, oil, antifreeze, coolant, brake fluid, and battery acid.
Shredding – now that the hazardous materials have been removed the car can be broken up, the most common method involves shredding the car.
Magnets – powerful magnets are now used to separate steel from the rest of the cars materials.
Vacuum and heavy media – light materials such as foams, rubber and light plastics are removed using a giant vacuum process before heavy media such as non-ferrous metals are removed using a heavy media process with different densities of water.
Plastic polymers – plastics are finally separated and then recycled into plastic pellets that can be used in future production.
How scrap car recycling is good for the environment
Now that we know how scrap cars are recycled let’s take a look at the environmental benefits of recycling scrap cars.
Reduced toxic waste – one of the key requirements of modern scrap car recycling is depollution which involves recycling and disposal of heavy metals and toxic chemicals which previously may have leaked into the ground and got into the water system.
Less impact on the natural world – by recycling more metal and plastics we can help to reduce our impact on the natural world and the devastation caused by mining. Recycled metal is not only cheaper to produce but it also is much more energy efficient.
Financial benefit – As well as getting paid for the value of your scrap metal the scrap metal industry helps to support the UK economy by employing thousands of people.
|Posted on September 12, 2018 at 7:45 AM|
There are many types of warning lights fitted to modern day cars, and while some are perfectly innocuous and can be temporarily ignored, there are some that should never be ignored. In this blog, we’ll take a look at some of the different engine warning lights that you could encounter and which ones should never be ignored.
There are a number of amber warnings that are really not very serious and don’t require immediate attention such as low windscreen wiper fluid to ones that are far more serious such as an ECU light. The lights below are the ones that we’d recommend you investigate as soon as possible as the quicker you get them sorted, the cheaper the repair will be.
Power steering light
If after starting your car the power steering light stays illuminated then this could mean that there is a loss of pressure in the system or it could point towards an electronic issue.
Action – If the light comes on when driving then you should stop as soon as it is safe to do so and switch off the engine and allow the car to rest for a couple of minutes. Check the levels of fluid in the power steering system to see if these are low. If the levels are okay try restarting the car and seeing if the warning light goes out.
Diesel particulate filter
When the yellow DPF light comes on it usually means that recent regenerations have failed and that the DPF needs to be cleaned. If you do a lot of city or urban driving in stop and start traffic then this can mean the DPF has not been cleared properly.
Action – If the light is flashing then you should be able to force your car to do a regeneration by heading out onto the open road, dual carriageway or motorway and driving at a sustained speed for 30 – 45 minutes to clean the filter. Your cars owners’ manual should tell you how to do this. If the light fails to go out then it’s time to get your car booked into your local garage.
ECU – Engine management light
If your engine management light is flashing on and off or comes on solidly then this generally means there is a fault with the engines system. As the fault could be caused by a huge number of elements, this one will usually need a garage to investigate using your car’s OBD port.
Action – If the light is flashing while driving then try reducing your speed to see if it goes out. If the light doesn’t go out then stop the car as soon as possible and book your car into a garage. For a continuous light try turning your car off for a couple of minutes before restarting, if the light goes out then it should be safe to drive, otherwise book it into a garage as soon as possible.
Red warning lights
A red warning light represents a serious problem that you need to act on immediately. This does not mean that the repair will be expensive, just that you need to investigate the problem before it leads to substantial damage to your car.
If after taking off your handbrake the brake light stays illuminated then your car has a problem with the braking system. This could simply be that your brake fluid needs topping up or it could point to a more serious problem such as an ABS or ESP issue.
Action – Stop the car as soon as you safely can. Check the level of the brake fluid reservoir, if this is low then this is probably the issue and you should be fine driving to a local garage to get this topped up. If the fluid level is okay then you should get the car into your dealer or garage as soon as you can to diagnose the fault.
Airbag warning light
When driving if your airbag warning light comes on then this means there is a fault with the system. This could result in the airbag going off unexpectedly or not firing in the case of an accident.
Action – As soon as you notice an airbag fault you should take your car to the nearest garage or dealer to get the fault checked out. You should choose a main franchise dealer or specialist with knowledge of your car make.
Temperature warning light
If your temperature warning light comes on while you are driving then it means that your engine is overheating and you should stop immediately.
Action – Stop your car as soon as possible and turn off the engine to let your car cool down, this can be sped up by opening the bonnet. Wait at least 30 minutes before checking the engine coolant levels and where possible top these up. If after topping up the levels and driving your car the light comes on again then you need to stop the car and call a mechanic or garage and have the car towed.
Of course, if your car’s dashboard is lit up like a Christmas tree and you can’t afford to get it repaired then it could be time to thinking of scrapping your car with a reputable company like Cars 2 Cash.
|Posted on August 20, 2018 at 6:35 AM|
Trade in your old car that was registered before 31st March 2011 and you can get £200 off a selected number of brand new Kia models. These include the Kia Stonic, Cee’d GT and Picanto GT-Line S.
Enjoy discounts of up to £5000 when you trade in your old car for a brand new Mazda. The scheme is valid for those with cars registered before the 3`st December 2010 and is available on cash and PCP finance deals. Savings include £3000 on a Mazda 2, £5000 on a Mazda 6 and £4000 on a Mazda CX-3.
Savings available at Toyota range from £1000 for the C-HR to £4000 for the Land Cruiser. All cars older than 7 years old are eligible and savings are available on a full range of Toyota cars including popular hybrid models.
What are the downsides of scrappage schemes?
Perhaps one of the biggest problems with a car scrappage scheme is you are forced to buy a brand new car which will lose between 30 and 50% of its value in the first year of ownership. This means that anyone looking for a nearly new car which is 1 or 2 years old is excluded from taking advantage of these scrappage schemes.
Another problem of scrappage schemes is that they require your car to be in full working order with a valid MOT, road tax and insurance. For anyone with an old banger sitting around at home without any of these, you won’t be able to take advantage of any of the schemes. The schemes are also limited to vehicles which are registered between 1992 and 2010, so if your car falls outside of this period then you will be out of luck.
For the best price possible we can offer to buy your scrap car and can even collect it from your home. Whether your car is a non-runner, needs some TLC or is accident damaged, we’ll be happy to take it off your hands.
|Posted on August 20, 2018 at 6:20 AM|
In case you missed it, the MOT test underwent a major overhaul in May this year in order to help bring it in line with European standards. And, yes we know, Britain may be leaving the EU soon, but this doesn’t mean that the MOT test will be changing back anytime soon. So, in this article, we’ll look at what the changes mean and what you can expect from the new test.
Introduction of new categories
There are three new categories when it comes to the MOT test and these are dangerous, major and minor. These indicate that your vehicle needs repairs and both major and dangerous will result in your vehicle failing its MOT. A car that has either a major or dangerous fail will need to be repaired immediately with a dangerous fail making it illegal to drive the vehicle until the repairs are made. This is a big change from previous rules which allowed owners to continue using their vehicle if they had time remaining on their previous test.
Stricter rules for diesel car emissions
For vehicles fitted with a diesel particulate filter, there are some changes to ensure that the DPF has not been removed or tampered with. Vehicles which have any colour smoke coming from the exhaust or there is evidence of the DPF having been tampered with will receive a major fault.
New items added to the test
As well as stricter rules and new categories several new items have been added to the test and these include:
• Obviously underinflated tyres
• Contaminated brake fluid
• Fluid leaks that pose an environmental risk
• Brake pad warning lights
• Reversing lights
• Tyre pressure monitoring system
Vehicles over 40 years old are excluded
Any vehicle over the age of 40 will now be excluded from needing an MOT test. Previously only vehicles which were first registered before 1960 were excluded from the annual test, but this now applies to any vehicle that is over 40 years old. This only applies to vehicles that have not been substantially changed in their lifespan so in reality this still only applies to classic cars that are well looked after and are in good condition.
What can you do if your car fails?
With the growing focus on emissions if your car is at the end of its useful life expectancy and keeps failing its MOT, then it may be time to get rid of it. If you are continually spending money and time on keeping your car running, then it might be time to scrap your car and change it for a more modern motor. At Cars 2 Cash we can help you get the best price for your scrap car so get in touch with us today on 0800 024 6204.
|Posted on July 17, 2018 at 11:05 AM|
Did you know that under changes to the Scrap Metal Dealers Act in 2013 it is illegal for Scrap Metal Dealers to pay cash for scrap metal? But why was this change made and what does it actually mean? One of the main reasons that this change was introduced was to cut down on metal theft and make it harder for criminals to get rid of stolen vehicles and metal.
What payment methods are suitable?
According to Section 146 of the LASPO Act 2012:
1. A scrap metal dealer must not pay for scrap metal except-
o By a cheque which under section 81A of the Bills of Exchange Act 1882 is not transferable, or
o By an electronic transfer of funds (authorised by credit or debit card or otherwise).
As is clear from the above, cash is no longer a suitable form of payment and only cheques or electronic bank transfers can be used for scrap payments.
Why does this apply to scrap vehicles?
By regulating the scrap metal industry in this way the government is able to ensure that all scrap vehicles are disposed of properly using the safest and most efficient methods. By outlawing cash payments there is now a traceable paper trail between the seller and the scrap metal dealer which is helping to prevent criminals from disposing of cars quickly and easily.
Another reason to stop cash payments is to make sure unsafe vehicles are taken off the road and that there is evidence of this taking place. This is another way that the changes have helped to reduce dangerous cars being put on the roads.
There is a slight difference between scrap vehicles and roadworthy vehicles, as vehicles being sold for scrap cannot be paid for in cash, while those that are being sold for salvage parts can. When in doubt its always best to get paid by cheque or an electronic transfer as this is a lot more secure and provides a paper trail.
Are any other types of payment not allowed?
Basically, any form of payment or provision of reward that can’t be traced is not allowed. This can include a range of payment methods and not just cash. Some examples of these include:
o Foreign currency
o Gift cards
o Postal orders
Any form of method that allows anonymous payments to the seller is not permitted. With this in mind if you are looking to scrap your car then get in touch with Cars-2-Cash for the best prices paid by instant bank transfer.
|Posted on July 17, 2018 at 10:15 AM|
If your car has reached the end of its life and you are looking to scrap it then you’ll want to make sure that you get the best value possible. In order to know how to get the best price for your vehicle, you’ll need to understand how your car’s value is calculated and if there is anything you can do to help increase this.
Get a quote
One of the easiest ways to assess the value of your vehicle is to get a scrap metal quote from a local scrap metal dealer such as Cars-2Cash. Not only will they be able to give you an accurate price for the value of your scrap car, but they’ll also be able to organise collection and make a same-day payment by cheque or bank transfer.
What factors influence price?
There are many things that can influence the price of your scrap car but one of the biggest is the current market value of steel. This can be checked using the London Metal Exchange. As most scrap values are based on the weight of your vehicle you’ll want to keep an eye on the market prices and choose a time when these are trending upwards to sell your vehicle.
Over recent years the value of steel has dropped due to an oversupply of materials from exporters such as the Chinese. This has impacted the prices in the European market and despite improvements in the index it still remains below levels before the recession in 2007.
Grades of metals
It’s not just the market and the supply of metal that has an impact on the price of metal. The grade of metal also plays a big part in the value as metals that are considered Grade 1 have a much lower recycling cost than those which are Grade 2.
Grade 1 metals are ones that don’t have any alloy or other material in the metal and these might include copper, steel and aluminium. To be of value they need to meet size and weight requirements and have no signs of corrosion.
Lower value metals and ones which are made with alloys will be given a grade 2 listing as these are not worth as much as their grade 1 equivalents.
Benefits of scrapping your car
Not only are there financial benefits for you when you scrap your car but you will also be doing your part to help the environment. Each year hundreds of thousands of vehicles are recycled in the UK and these are depolluted before salvage parts are removed. The body and frame can then be broken down and the metals separated and recycled. It is much more cost-effective to recycle material in this way then it is to mine the natural resources.
|Posted on June 11, 2018 at 6:50 AM|
The complete guide to vehicle tax
It’s hard to believe that it has been 4 years since the government scrapped the paper car tax disc and moved the whole process online. However, those are not the only changes that have been made as there have also been some big changes to the rates of vehicle tax and what they apply to. In this article, we’ll take you through how vehicle excise duty is calculated, how to check that your vehicle is taxed and what the most recent tax rates mean for new vehicles. So let’s get started.
How is vehicle excise duty (VED) calculated?
Depending on the age of your vehicle there are a couple of ways that VED can be calculated with all vehicles registered after 1st of March 2001 being taxed on their CO2 emissions. Vehicles registered before the 1st of March 2001 are taxed based on engine size as CO2 emission data was not generally available.
The rates of VED are variable and the current bands range from A which are rated as zero-emission vehicles up to M which are for vehicles with emissions greater than 256 grams per kilometre. As well as the standard variable rate, since 2010 there has also been a showroom tax to cover the first year of Vehicle Excise Duty.
Cars registered after 1st of April 2017
For new vehicles registered after the 1st of April 2017, there will now be a flat standard rate of £140 for all cars except those with CO2 emissions of zero which remain at £0. The first year rate will vary based on emissions and now reaches a massive £2070 for vehicles with emissions of 256 or more. On top of this, there is also an extra £310 annual charge for the first 5 ‘standard rate years’ for all cars with a list price above £40,000 including zero-emissions vehicles.
Vehicle excise duty between 1st of March 2001 and 31st of March 2017
Any vehicles registered between 2001 and 2017 fall into the older VED model with vehicles with CO2 emissions below 100 grams per kilometre being exempt from VED. During this period the standard rates were variable based on the CO2 emissions of the vehicle and for categories D and up these standard rates were incrementally increased each year.
The full list of vehicle tax rates for cars can be found here
Checking if your vehicle is taxed
While paper tax discs provided a simple way to check that your car was taxed it is still relatively simple to check that your car is taxed. In order to check the status of your vehicle tax, you’ll just need to head to the government website and enter your car registration number as well as the make of vehicle. This service also lets you check when your MOT is due.
Can car tax be transferred?
One of the biggest changes in car tax is that when a vehicle is sold the new owner is responsible for taxing the vehicle online through the DVLA website or at a post office. Vehicle tax is no longer transferred from the old owner to the new owner so you need to make sure you are taxing your vehicle straight away. For those selling a vehicle, you will receive a full refund for any full months that are remaining on your car tax. This is good news for anyone who is scrapping their vehicle as it means any unused months will be refunded to them.
|Posted on June 11, 2018 at 6:45 AM|
Scrap metal recycling is an incredibly important industry and one that helps to protect the environment while saving energy compared to traditional manufacturing processes. With over 1 million cars being recycled in the UK every year, scrapping cars is an effective and environmentally friendly way to reuse natural materials and put these back into other manufacturing processes. With 98% of a car able to be recycled the end of the life of your car is just the start of its journey into being reused.
Recycling metals is much more energy efficient than using raw materials to create metal from natural resources. Because recycled metals have been refined and processed the recycling process is much cleaner and less energy-intensive. This equates to some pretty big energy savings that include 92% for aluminium, 90% for copper and 56% for steel.
Reduction in landfill
By recycling scrap cars there is a reduced need for solid waste to be sent to landfill. Removing scrap cars from landfills also helps reduce the amount of toxic chemicals that enter the air and water from electronic waste and hazardous liquids. These hazardous materials include battery acid, oil, anti-freeze, refrigerants and coolant.
There are only a finite amount of natural resources on the planet and mining these often leads to physical destruction of our landscape and destroying the natural habitat of wildlife. Mining takes a lot of energy and resources to get the raw materials needed to make usable materials. As well as depleting our natural resources mining causes erosion and pollution including toxic wastewater.
As one of the largest threats to the environment, we need to do everything that we can to reduce the amount of greenhouse gases that we produce. Recycling scrap metal offers a way for us to do this and help protect our environment while still manufacturing new products from metal.
The EU has estimated that recycling metals helps to reduce CO2 emissions by over 200 million tonnes a year. This is a huge reduction and is just one more reason why you should be looking to recycle your scrap car responsibly with a scrap dealer such as Cars 2 Cash.
|Posted on May 4, 2018 at 10:30 AM|
Have you got an old car sitting around just waiting for a little loving care and attention? Perhaps you bought a new car and have just left the old one on your driveway with the aim of selling it on. No matter what the reason in this blog article we’ll take you through some top tips to make sure your old car is suitable for use on the road and is in a sellable condition.
If your car has been sat around for a while then you probably want to check for rust and areas of damage to the body panels. Check body panels lower down for damage and examine the sills on doors as these are the areas that are commonly affected. You’ll also want to check the structural elements such as the frame and any joins to make sure they are not rotten.
Check the car moves. A common problem with cars that have been left standing for a long time with the handbrake on is that the brakes can seize on. This can normally be resolved by spraying the callipers with a lubricant such as WD40 and rocking the vehicle back and forth to help release the brakes.
Inspect the engine looking for signs of excessive wear and damage. Check the fluids to make sure that there is enough oil in the engine as well as brake fluid and coolant. As well as checking the levels you’ll also want to make sure that the oil has not started to solidify if it has then this should be drained and replaced with new engine oil. If you are not competent ask a mechanic to check the engine as they can help spot problems that you may miss.
Replace the battery. If the battery has become corroded or not been used for a long time then it is time to get a replacement. This doesn’t have to be a brand new battery so feel free to shop around with scrap yards being a good option.
Drain the fuel from the car. Petrol and diesel both have a shelf life and old fuel that has been sat in the vehicle will need to be replaced. This can either be syphoned out or drained if the fuel tank has a drain plug. As well as replacing the fuel you should also change the fuel filter.
Fit new spark plugs or glow plugs and wiring. This is necessary for vehicles that have been unused for a couple of years as over time these can corrode and mean your vehicle will run properly. A new set of spark plugs and leads shouldn’t cost much and will help ensure your engine is running efficiently.
There can be a lot of work needed to get an old vehicle up and running and make it roadworthy but these tips should help you on your journey. Of course, it may not be worth trying to get some vehicles ready for the road again if they need too much work doing to them and are not worth the money.
In these cases, the best solution may be to scrap your car and use the cash to put towards a deposit for a newer vehicle that is already roadworthy.
|Posted on May 4, 2018 at 10:25 AM|
No matter how well you look after your car, over time things are going to break or need replacing due to standard wear and tear. Another reason you may need to get something replaced is following a car park prang or accidental damage. If you have an older vehicle then it may not be easy or cost-effective to choose a new replacement part which is where you may want to start considering second-hand car parts.
Whether you are carrying out the repairs yourself or having these done by a mechanic the first step will be working out what parts need replacing. From superficial damage to panels and bodywork to engine parts, there are a wide range of used car parts available on the market.
How to find suitable parts
It’s not quite as simple as just saying you need a front wing for your Ford Fiesta as most car manufacturers have released several versions of the same vehicle all of which are slightly different. So in order to make sure the part you pick will fit your vehicle here are some checks you can carry out to identify the version.
Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) – Your VIN should be your first port of call and the location of this will be in your car’s user manual. Once you have your VIN number you’ll be able to find matching parts for your car by looking at the manufacturer’s data tables.
Part Codes – The majority of engine parts will have a part code on them, but these could be difficult to find as they are likely to be covered in dirt and grease.
Visual inspection – For those who are used to working with car parts, a visual inspection is often enough to identify the right replacement part. Mechanics that are used to working with a particular manufacturer will normally be able to order parts following a visual inspection.
Where to buy used car parts
Once you have identified what parts you need the next step is to find somewhere to buy them. One of the best places to start is with your local car scrap yard and breakers yards. These are often a great option for those looking for parts for older vehicles as the parts can be difficult to find elsewhere.
As well as local scrap yards there are also a wide range of online stores where you can purchase second-hand car parts. Some of these offer product search facilities to help you quickly find the part you are looking for.
What parts should you avoid buying second-hand?
There are some car parts that you just shouldn’t buy used as they are likely to deteriorate quicker over time the older they are. With this in mind the following parts should only be purchased new:
Exhaust – from rust and holes to cracks and fissures, an old exhaust is likely to cause more problems and need replacing sooner than expected.
Wiper blades – it can be tempting to pick up a pair of cheap wiper blades second-hand but the reality is they will never work as good as a new set of blades.
Brake pads and discs – an essential part of your car’s brake system this is one area where you should always buy new. After all you’re reliant on your brakes to stop your vehicle quickly and keep you safe so this is not the place to be looking to save money. Used car parts can save you money and for older vehicles, these are often a great choice to help keep your vehicle roadworthy and in good condition.
|Posted on April 17, 2018 at 9:35 AM|
A Statutory Off Road Notification or SORN as it is more commonly known is used when you would like to take your vehicle off the road for an extended period of time. One of the main benefits of a SORN is that you will no longer need to pay any vehicle excise duty or insure your car. In this article, we’ll give you the answers to the most common questions about SORNs and tell you everything you need to know.
When you need a SORN
If you are planning on keeping your car off the road and do not want to drive it on a public road in the near future, then chances are you will want to get a SORN. There are many occasions when you might need a SORN and these include:
- Keeping your car in a lockup or garage for months
- Buying a classic, collectable or vintage car
- Restoring a vehicle or looking to scrap it
Remember that you are not allowed to keep a vehicle on a public road once you have registered a SORN so make sure that your vehicle will be kept on private property or you will be fined.
Do you need to insure or tax a car after SORN?
Once you have applied for your SORN you will be able to cancel your current insurance policy for your vehicle. For your VED you will automatically receive a refund for any remaining time left on your tax. If your road tax has already expired then you will need to pay for this as you could get a fine of up to £1000 for unpaid tax until the DVLA has processed all of the paperwork. Remember you will get back money you pay for any unused road tax so it is worth making sure your vehicle is taxed prior to applying for a SORN to avoid any potential fines.
How much does a SORN cost?
The good news about a SORN is that it is completely free to apply for and receive. For those who are looking to cut down costs by taking their vehicle off the road, a SORN provides an excellent way to do this.
Will I need to renew a SORN each year?
Following a change in the regulations, you no longer need to renew a SORN every twelve months. This means that once you register a SORN this will last indefinitely meaning you no longer have the hassle of remembering to renew it every year. This is perfect for those with classic or vintage cars who want their cars to remain as SORN.
How long does it take to get a SORN?
For most applications, it will normally take up to 4 weeks before you receive a SORN and often a lot sooner. If you don’t receive it within this timeframe then it is best to give the DVLA a call just to double check that they have received your application.
Can I scrap a vehicle with a SORN?
Most people assume that in order to scrap a car that it will need valid road tax, insurance and an MOT but this is not the case. Even vehicles that have been declared as SORN can be scrapped. If you’d like to find out more about scrapping your car with a SORN then get in touch with us today to find out how much it is worth.
|Posted on April 17, 2018 at 9:30 AM|
If you’re looking to get more car for your money, are a dab hand with mechanical repairs and have plenty of spare time on your hands, then buying and repairing an accident damaged car can make a lot of sense. In October last year, the Association of British Insurers updated its code of practice to reflect the increasing complexity of repairing newer vehicles following a collision. In this blog, we’ll take a look at the new classifications and what they mean as well as giving you some top tips for purchasing a car to repair.
The worst affected cars following an accident, flood, fire or theft are now classed as category A and these vehicles must be scrapped. They are also deemed to be so badly damaged that all of their parts must also be scrapped and can’t be sold on for second-hand use.
Similar to the first category, cars in this group will have severe structural or chassis damage and as such cannot be returned to the road. Unlike the first category, salvageable parts can be retrieved and sold on and fitted to second-hand vehicles to prolong their life.
Vehicles that are involved in an accident where there is damage to the chassis or structural damage but which are still capable of being professionally repaired will be classified as Category S. For those considering purchasing a vehicle with Category S damage it is worth asking a professional mechanic to take a look at it in order to understand the full extent of the damage and the likely cost to repair this. While these cars may look like a good buy initially, if you are unaware of the full extent of the damage then they could leave you out of pocket.
The easiest to repair vehicles will be classified as Category N which means that the vehicle has not sustained any structural damage. Despite this classification, there are still things to look out for such as damage to the suspension, clutch or steering system. Again it is always worth asking the opinion of a professional mechanic prior to buying an accident damaged car as they will be able to help decide whether it is worth it and the cost to repair it.
Tips for repairing accident damaged cars
If you’ve got your heart set on repairing an accident damaged car then here are some top tips to make sure that you grab yourself a bargain.
• Get an accident inspection – this will cost around £200 but will help you avoid making a mistake on a car that needs more repairs than you think.
• Pay for a history check – this will tell you if the car has been stolen or is subject to outstanding finance.
• Buy from a reputable dealer instead of a private seller as you’ll have a lot more consumer rights.
• Be wary of new cars that are extremely cheap. If the price is too good to be true then chances are there are some serious problems that will cost a lot of money to put right.
• Tell your insurance company – this last one is for when you’ve done the work and got the car back on the road. Don’t forget to tell your insurance company that the car is a Category N repair as if you need to make a claim in the future and don’t declare this your claim will be refused.
|Posted on March 20, 2018 at 12:15 AM|
For anyone with a car over 5 years in age the annual MOT test can be a thing to dread. With one in three cars failing the test it is little wonder why most people hate getting their car tested. Thankfully, a lot of the reasons that cars fail are simple and avoidable problems that are relatively cheap to fix. In this article we’ll look at how you can prepare your vehicle for its next MOT and prevent it from failing.
Check all your lights and bulbs on the exterior of your car. Turn the lights on and indicators and have someone check that your brake lights are working. A blown bulb is a common reason for failure so take the time to get any broken bulbs replaced.
Next up check the tyres on your car, you need a minimum of 1.6mm of tread across the central three quarters of the tyre so if it is close to this or below then it is time to get your tyres replaced. Tread depth below the minimum could also lead to your being fined.
Horn, steering wheel, brakes and suspension are all things that you can check yourself. Do your brakes work as they should and does your handbrake hold your vehicle in place on a hill? If not then it’s time to get them looked at. Pushing down on your car the suspension should quickly rebound to its starting position without excessive bobbing.
Signs that you should scrap your car
It may not be worthwhile to continue running a car if it has started to cost more to repair your vehicle than it is currently worth. From a faulty transmission or damaged suspension to brakes that don’t work or problems with the engine, big problems can cost a lot to fix and may still lead to big bills further down the line.
Scrapping a car can be a great decision if your car is old, has failed its MOT and has numerous faults. Selling your car for cash could give you the money you need for a deposit on a new car, one that will pass its MOT and keep you safe.
|Posted on March 20, 2018 at 12:10 AM|
Did you know that a new car loses between 15 – 35% of its value in the first year of ownership and up to 50% in the first 3 years? This is known as depreciation and is the rate by which the value of your car decreases over time. Generally speaking, bigger and more luxurious cars that are expensive to run will often have the highest rate of depreciation.
So now that you know about depreciation let’s look at some of the ways it affects the value of your car and what you can do to keep your car’s value as high as possible.
The higher the mileage the less your car will be worth. With the national average around 10,000 miles per annum any increase in this and you can expect the value of your car to decrease at a higher rate. If you can, try to keep your mileage down, especially in the first 3 – 5 years of ownership.
Generally speaking, the more previous owners your car has the lower the overall value. Obviously this is only really a factor for newer cars as old cars you would expect them to have several owners over a longer period.
One of the best ways to protect your car’s value is by having it regularly maintained and serviced in line with the manufacturers guidelines. This will help buyers to see that the car has been looked after and help keep the price as high as possible.
Most cars have a 3 year warranty as standard but there are some manufacturers that offer 5 and 7 year warranties. Having a good period of time left on your warranty will help increase the value of your car.
You may think modifying your car will help to add value but the reality is that most people will think that the car has been abused and so the value will take a hit. Big wheels, tinted windows and large spoilers are unlikely to appeal to the majority of buyers and cause your car’s value to plummet.
Sell at right time
There is a good time and a bad time to sell your car. Convertibles and sports cars tend to go up in value in the spring and summer months when they are more desirable and the same goes for 4x4’s which see their prices increase in the winter months. Also if the manufacturer is about to launch a new model then expect the older value to drop in value as it gets replaced.
|Posted on February 21, 2018 at 6:25 AM|
Most scrap car auctions and used car dealers are honest and professional but it doesn’t do any harm to double check everything to ensure that you don’t buy a stolen car. So where do you start off? Well below are some things that you’ll want to check before even going to view a car:
- Registration number, make and model of the car
- MOT test number
With the above details, you’ll be able to cross check these against the DVLA’s online records and make sure that they match up, any discrepancies should be treated as being cause for concern.
Once you’ve checked the online records and are happy with your findings you’ll want to arrange a viewing of the car. Again there are some things that you can check here to make sure that the used car is not stolen:
V5C registration certificate also known as the logbook
Vehicle identification number – check for signs of damage or tampering
MOT test – check that it’s got a valid MOT certificate
If you’re buying from a private seller you’ll need to make sure that the car is registered to the address that you view the car at. Don’t listen to excuses if someone claims they are selling the vehicle for a friend as this is a sure sign that there is something wrong.
Inspect the logbook and VIN
Take a look at the V5C or logbook as it is also known. One thing to look out for is that the registration number isn’t between BG8229501 and BG9999030 or BI2305501 to BI2800000. These logbooks went missing from the DVLA in the mid-2000’s so and vehicles with these numbers should be treated as suspicious.
The Vehicle Identification Number should also be checked to see if it has been replaced or tampered with. It is normally found in front of the engine block or in the rear wheel well, do a quick check on Google for the VIN location for the car you are thinking of buying. If you are buying the vehicle off a trade seller they should know where this is located and be happy to show it to you.
Check the seller is genuine
If you are buying from a private seller then check that they live at the address where the vehicle is registered. Ask to see some form of photographic ID as well as something such as a utility bill to show proof of address. Just because the car is at the right address, doesn’t mean that the person selling it is genuine. If everything looks too good to be true then don’t be afraid to walk away.
|Posted on February 21, 2018 at 6:20 AM|
Whether you’ve scrapped a car before or are just looking into it for the first time there are normally a range of questions that you may have. In this blog we’ll take a look at some of the most common questions we get asked and the answers to these. So sit back, grab a hot drink and take a look through the popular questions to see if yours has been covered.
Can I scrap my car without my V5C?
This is one of the most common questions we get asked and the great news is that yes you can scrap your vehicle without the need for a V5C logbook. But there are a few things that you’ll need to do first. The logbook or V5C is an important document that tells the DVLA who the registered keeper of a vehicle is so in order to scrap your vehicle you’ll need to get in touch with the DVLA to let them know that you’d like to scrap your vehicle.
You will need to tell them:
- Your details – Name and address
- Vehicle details – Registration number, make, model
- Details of scrap yard – Cars-2-Cash
- Date of sale – we’ll be able to advise you of this
Using the details above the DVLA will be able to update their details and make sure you are no longer the registered keeper of the car. So whether you’ve misplaced your original logbook, or it’s been completely damaged, you’ll be able to let the DVLA know of your intention to scrap your car.
And while at Cars 2 Cash we’ll be able to scrap your car without your V5C with a valid certificate of insurance you’ll still need to let the DVLA know that your car is off the road and ready to be fully de-registered. Failure to do this could lead to you being prosecuted and fined.
Can my car be scrapped if I’ve lost the car keys?
Again we’ll be happy to scrap your car even if you have lost your car keys but we will need proof that your vehicle belongs to you. This is normally your V5C logbook, if you have lost or misplaced this then we will need a valid insurance certificate showing that the car is insured at your address. We need to make sure that you are the registered owner of the vehicle and can’t scrap vehicles which you can’t prove belong to you.
Will I get money back for my car tax?
If your car is taxed then you will be issued a refund by the DVLA for any remaining unused time remaining. This will happen automatically so you won’t need to apply for a refund manually. If your car has also been insured then don’t forget to contact your insurance company for a refund of any remaining time left on your insurance policy.
|Posted on January 18, 2018 at 11:10 AM|
There are many vehicles each year that are damaged in an accident and instead of being repaired these are auctioned off at a salvage auction. For vehicles with any form of structural damage it has been increasingly common for insurers to pay out for the claim and then sell vehicles on at an auction. For anyone with good mechanical skills this could be your chance to get your hands on a bargain. Let’s look at the top tips to make sure you get a great deal.
1. Arrive early
Remember the old saying, the early bird gets the worm, well the same is true for an auction. Getting there early gives you plenty of time to look around and see all of the cars on offer. This way you will have the time to identify ones that suit your need as well as having time to properly inspect the car.
2. Carry out a thorough inspection
Now’s the time to really examine any car that you are interested in, if you don’t know much about cars and repairs then it’s advisable to bring someone with you that does. Some areas to inspect include: tyres, bodywork, gaps between panels, structure, engine, electrics, and upholstery. While some vehicles may only have cosmetic damage, others may have structural damage that could be difficult to repair.
3. Find out about the auction
Don’t forget to take the time to find out about how the auction works before arriving. Each auction will have its own terms and conditions so take the time to read these and make sure you understand them. From payment terms to vehicle descriptions, all of this information will be available by the auction house.
4. Do your research
Just because something looks like a fantastic deal doesn’t mean it is. Make sure to check the paperwork that goes with the vehicle such as the V5C as well as carrying out DVLA and HPI checks to find out more about the vehicles history. You’ll also want to make sure you understand salvage codes to see why the vehicle is being salvaged.
5. Ask questions
Don’t be that person who is afraid to ask. Make sure you ask plenty of questions about any vehicles you are interested in to make sure you are getting a good deal. You’ll need to ask questions before the auction starts and its best to do this ahead of time. Take the time to view an auctions vehicle list online and give them a call to find out more about any of the lots you are interested in.
6. Arrange transport
In the majority of cases you’ll need to arrange a way to get your new salvage car home. Unless they are roadworthy with a valid MOT certificate that means you’ll need a recovery vehicle or suitable trailer. Whatever method you choose it needs to be safe and compliant with the highway code. Congratulations you’re now the owner of a new salvage car and you can get to work on lovingly restoring it and getting the car of your dreams for a discount price.
|Posted on January 18, 2018 at 11:05 AM|
Over the past decade we’ve all had to get much better at recycling following the Government’s commitment to reducing the amount of waste that is sent to landfill each and every year. We’re used to separating our cardboard, paper, bottles, plastics, and food waste but what happens to your car when you scrap it? Does it just get crushed up or is it actually recycled? Well to answer these questions we’re going to take a look at the scrap process and what actually happens when you scrap your car.
The first step in the recycling process is to remove all the hazardous materials from the car. These include anything that can cause environmental harm such as: oil, fuel, battery acid, coolants, anti-freeze, windscreen wash, brake fluid, and refrigerants. Once this process has been carried out a Certificate of Destruction will be issued.
With the hazardous materials removed it is now safe for the car to be broken up. This is done using a giant shredder which tears the vehicle up into small pieces that are then able to be sorted and recycled.
Once the car has been shredded into small pieces the resulting scrap material can then start to be sorted. The first stage of this is to use magnets to separate the steel from the rest of the materials. Steel makes up around 70% of the total weight of a car and most steel that is recycled this way is sent to a metal foundry before being exported around the world.
Now that the steel has been removed a powerful vacuum is passed over the material to remove all of the lighter materials including foams, rubbers, and light plastics. These elements are then sent to a special plant which uses a process called gasification to generate electricity.
With the other materials removed the remaining elements include non-ferrous metals and heavy plastics. These go through a process known as heavy media that uses different densities of water to split the materials and removed the non-ferrous metals.
With modern cars using many different types of plastics in their construction it’s important for these to be properly recycled. There are many plants that can now break these down and turn them into pure plastic pellets that can be used for moulding new plastics.
With strict recycling legislation in place 95% of a car needs to be recycled when it is scrapped and what was once a basic process has turned into a highly technical and innovative industry.
|Posted on December 21, 2017 at 11:05 AM|
Have you been driving the same old car for years? Do you dread the next time your car has to take the fearful MOT test? Have you lost faith in your trusted stead? Well it may be time to get rid of your old banger and start looking for a new motor. In this article we’ll take a look at some of the options for getting rid of your car and easing the costly burden.
The first option available is to sell your car. It may seem like the most obvious choice but depending on the condition of your car it might not be the best option. Also in order to list your car for sale and get a response, you will probably need to spend some money on creating a listing e.g. on a site such as Autotrader you’ll need to pay around £20 for the privilege. If your MOT has expired or is about to, then this can make finding a buyer extremely difficult. Another difficulty is the VED band of your vehicle, the older the model the more likely that the VED band will be higher and cost a lot to tax each year.
You’ll need to list any problems with your car when selling it so as to give buyers an honest idea about the condition of your vehicle otherwise you could find yourself facing a future legal battle if the car was not as described. The other pain about selling privately is needing to be available to arrange viewings of your car and be prepared for people who are just tyre kickers with no intention of buying, or certainly not at the price you want. This can lead to a very frustrating experience which may mean you end up with a very poor return for your old car.
Giving it away
You may think that if the value of your car is really low and that it has a lot of potential or already known issues then your best course of action would be to give it away. The trouble with this is that if you give your car to a friend or family member and they have trouble with it then you’ll feel badly about it and obliged to help out.
Scrapping your car
For non-runners, MOT failures or just cars that are becoming increasingly expensive to run and repair then scrapping your car may be one of the better options. Most scrap yards will be able to collect your car for you, meaning you don’t have to risk an uninsured drive to get your vehicle to its final destination.
When looking at scrap yards make sure they have the relevant insurance and are DVLA notified which means that you will no longer be the legal owner of the car. At Cars-2-Cash.com we can offer you a fair price for your car and can even come and collect it from your premises. Most vehicles can be collected the same day that we’re contacted and we pride ourselves on offering the best prices.