Friday, 26 February 2021

Should I Fix My Cars Problems Or Scrap?



Unfortunately, cars don’t last forever.


And it may come to a point where you’re seriously considering either fixing the damages on your car or whether or not you should just scrap it.


In this article, we’ll take a look at when you should fix and when you should scrap.

When To Fix


The first thing to identify is what’s wrong with the vehicle.


If you’ve got a flat tyre, then more than likely, you’ll want to get the tyre fixed and keep the car.


But if you have an engine problem or a complicated electrical problem, then you may need to weigh up your options.


So firstly, identify the problem and then take a look at the cost.


£50 - £1,000 may be reasonable for you to justify fixing the car. It may be more, it may be less depending on your budgets and how much you value the car.


But if the fix costs just as much as the car or even more, then it may be time to start thinking about scrapping your car.

When To Scrap


As mentioned, when the cost to fix the car is just as much as the current cars’ value or even more, then you may want to consider scrapping the car.


The most common cases for scrapping your car as opposed to selling comes down to the severity of the issue with the car.


Usually, these are issues that are serious and are difficult and expensive to fix.


And you want to make sure you have alternative options available. Especially if your car isn’t drivable or is too dangerous to drive.


Consider a car on loan or a car on lease. Or for the time being a rental car. Until you’re in a position to buy a new car.

If You Need To Scrap


Here at Scrap Your Car Online, we’ve made it as easy as possible for you to scrap your car with us in seconds.


All you need is your registration and postcode to be given a free, no-obligational quote for us to pick up your car (for free) and take it away to be scrapped.


We take all the pain and effort out of scrapping your car, so you can just click and receive your money when we scrap your car.


So if you’re ready to scrap your car, enter your details on our website today and get an instant quote!

Friday, 15 January 2021

Your Car Scrapping Questions Answered




We’re always getting questions from our customer base and so much so, we thought we would write a blog to answer some of the hot topics and questions you send into us.


While scrapping your car can seem like a difficult process, we’ve made it as easy and as stress-free as possible for you to scrap your car online with us.


But, we know that it can be a daunting process and you may have some questions along the way.


So here we’ve listed the top 5 questions we get asked on a regular basis. We’ll be answering:


  • How long does the process take?
  • What happens after I scrap my car?
  • Do I need to contact the DVLA?
  • Can I claim back any unused road tax?
  • How much can I get for my car?
  • How long does the process take?

From accepting your quote from us to arranging a date and time to collect your vehicle, can really depend on your availability.


On average, it can take anywhere between 3-4 working days. But as mentioned, we will collect your vehicle at a date and time that suits you best.


When we arrive, as long as your car is easily accessible and everything is ready to go, then it shouldn’t take us too long to remove your car and take it away to be scrapped.


What happens after I scrap my car?



Once we’ve taken your car away, we’ll take care of the rest, scrapping your car and issuing you with a Certificate of Destruction (CoD).


This is a legal document that is required to produce after scrapping your car. And covers you with the DVLA to prove that your car has been destroyed in line with all appropriate ELV regulations.


When scrapping your car with Scrap Your Car Online, you can rest assured that you won’t get hit with a fine from the DVLA and all our CoD’s are issued by an Authorised Treatment Facility.


Do I need to contact the DVLA?



As long as you have received your CoD, there is no need to contact the DVLA. They will already be aware that your car has been destroyed and meets appropriate ELV regulations.


If you have not received a CoD within 24 hours, or you have been issued a Notification of Destruction (as opposed to a Certificate of Destruction) or your car has been salvaged and returned back to the road, you will then need to contact the DVLA.


However, as mentioned, we only issue Certificates of Destruction (CoD) and scrap your car meeting all the regulation standards needed.


So if you scrap your car with us, you won’t have to contact the DVLA.


Can I claim back any unused road tax?



Now that you have your Certificate of Destruction (CoD) you should receive your refund from the DVLA for any unused road tax within 6 weeks.


How much can I get for my car?



The amount we pay out really depends on numerous factors, including scrap prices, salvageable parts and accessibility.


Every car is different and therefore it’s quite difficult to give a set price.


However, use our instant scrap quote tool online, which is completely free, will tell you how much we are willing to pay you for your car.


And what’s more, is that the process takes seconds!


Ready to scrap your car?



We hope we’ve answered some of the questions you may have had and made it easier for you to scrap your car with us.


Take a look at our frequently asked questions page, to see more information about the commonly asked question.


Still not found the answer to your question? Get in touch! We’re always happy to help answer any questions you may have and our team are on-hand to help guide you throughout the process.

Tuesday, 15 December 2020

5 Tips On Increasing The Life Of Your Car




Let’s face it, cars are out of date as soon as you buy them, there’s always a newer model in production and even then, the manufacturer whether it be Vauxhall, Ford or Mercedes are always looking to innovate and take advantage of the latest technology.


And what’s more, is that a car is an expensive investment. So naturally, you want to get your money’s worth before upgrading to a newer model. How might you increase the longevity of my car you may ask.


Well in this guide, we’ll give you 5 tips on what you can do to increase the life of your car.


Tyres



By making sure your tyres are fully pumped up and have the legal amount of tread depth, you can help increase the longevity of your car.


If you’re drinking around with deflated tyres and a worn tread depth, it can be damaging to not just the wheels of your car but also the power. You will need more petrol and power to move the car along, thus it taking more energy than it normally would.


Always make sure your tyres are pumped up and that you have the correct tread depth on your car.


Maintenance Checks



Remember when you learned how to drive, you also had to do some maintenance checks under the bonnet? Well, these checks can also help increase the life of your car.


Engine oil, brake fluid, windscreen wash, battery and general checks under the bonnet of your car can help keep your car on the road for longer.


Running around without any oil or brake fluid can be dangerous, so you want to make sure these are topped up, at least on a monthly basis.


Fuel



The most important factor here is to always make sure you’re filling your car with the correct fuel type whether that’s petrol or diesel. Otherwise, this can be damaging to your car and quite expensive to fix.


And where possible opt-in for the higher quality fuel, it may be more expensive, but it can impact your engine components and help improve the longevity of the vehicle.


Interior



Perhaps one of the easiest tasks on this list it to make sure your car is clean. We’ve specifically mentioned the interior, but you should not forget the exterior too. Keeping the seats clean, the footwells clean and the overall interior and exterior body work of the car can help keep the car looking relatively new, even if it’s a few years old.


Service



And finally, you should always get your car booked in for a service.


Issues that may be spotted earlier on may end up being cheaper to fix. And servicing your car also increases the resale value and may lengthen the longevity of the car.


Not to mention, this could also help you save money on your MOT. One of the worst things about having an MOT is whether or not it will pass or fail.


By servicing your car, it reduces the risk of any nasty surprises when you take your car in for it’s MOT.

Wednesday, 19 February 2020



Common MOT Fail Reasons

5 Most Common Reasons Cars Fail Their MOT

As we settle into the new decade, many of us are already starting to consider what’s on the calendar for the upcoming year. For all motorists, it’s the usual MOT, yearly service or perhaps some essential maintenance work that we’ve been putting off for a month or two.

But if you have your MOT rapidly approaching, you might be starting to think about whether your car is going to pass its test or not. If your keen to see your car pass with flying colours, let's take a look at the 5 most common reasons why cars end up failing their MOT in the first place!

Signalling & Lights

Did you know that just under 20% of vehicles that go for their MOT test fail due to an issue with their lights?

Whether this is a blown headlight or registration bulb, or the indicators not functioning as they should, a simple check before heading to the test centre could help you avoid a disappointing fail certificate!

Suspension

With the harsh Winter months taking their toll on the roads here in the UK, the frequent emerging potholes can cause a multitude of issues for your vehicle. From a leaky shock absorber to a snapped spring, over 13% of failed MOT’s are caused by issues relating to the suspension.

Brakes

As a motorist, we understand the importance of having safe brakes that are in good working order. But did you know that an alarming 10% of MOTs fail every year due to having issues with the braking system?

Listening out for any grinding or loud squeaking noises may indicate that your brake pads are running low.

Tyres

Despite all the nifty safety mod-cons, your car isn’t fully safe unless the tyres carrying you from A to B are in tip-top condition. Continuously driving on poor tyres that aren’t fit for purpose is a disaster waiting to happen.

Ensure your tread on your tyres are free from bulges, cuts and that your tread is at least 1.6mm.

Visibility

Being able to see where you are driving is a pretty essential aspect of driving safely on the road. However, an alarming number of motorists fail their MOT every year due to impaired visibility issues.

From cracks and chips in the driver's eye line to air fresheners and sat-navs obstructing the line of view, more than 7% of motorists fail their MOT due to these reasons.

Wednesday, 8 January 2020

5 Tips To Help Keep You On The Road This Winter

Winter Driving Tips


5 Tips To Help Keep You On The Road This Winter


Let’s face it there is never a convenient time to break down on the roads, but during the cold Winter months breaking down is something many drivers are keen to avoid. So, you will be pleased to know that there are actually a few things that you can do during those colder months to help you avoid breaking down!

Check Your Fuel Level

This might sound obvious step to take, but it’s often the simplest of hurdles that often end up tripping us up in the long run. Before heading out ensure that you have enough fuel to get you to and from your destination if harsher weather was to hit.

Nobody wants to be stuck in the snow with no fuel!

Tyre Tread

Although the legal minimum requirement of the tread is 1.6mm, during those colder months of the year it is recommended that drivers have 3mm of tread on their tyres. This is to better aid traction and grip should you encounter ice or snow on the roads.

Having too little tread is not only illegal in the UK, but it will also impair your ability to drive safely in adverse weather conditions.

Oil Level

Checking your oil level is essential all year-round, simply checking the level regularly with the dipstick can help you to avoid breaking down when you least need it. Running your vehicle dangerously low on oil can have serious mechanical implications.

Keep Your Screenwash Topped Up

During the Winter months, there is a greater amount of dirt and grit on the roads, which naturally results in filthy windscreens. Ensuring that your screenwash is topped up with a quality pre-mix which is effective down to -15 is essential.

Avoid A Frozen Engine With Coolant

On those colder mornings, the last thing you want to encounter whilst rushing off to work is a frozen engine. If you keep your car serviced regularly, you shouldn’t need to top up the coolant, however, if you’re heading out on a long journey it’s always best practice to check first.

Wednesday, 4 December 2019

How To Drive Safely In The Snow


How To Drive Safely In The Snow


If you have been joyfully wishing for a white Christmas this year – you may just be in luck!

With the latest weather forecasts predicting up to 17 inches of snow in some places within the UK next week, now seem the perfect time to brush up on some motoring ‘do’s and don’ts’ before heading out in severe weather conditions!

So, join us as we guide you through how to stay safe on the roads in the event of an extra chilly Christmas.

During our normal weekly commute, we often take small things such as washer fluid and general driving essential for granted. After all, what’s the likely hood of needing a snow shovel in the height of Summer?

So before you set out like normal, remember that driving in the snow can be extremely hazardous and seriously affect conditions on the road – it’s best to be more prepared than underprepared!

So before setting off in the snow, here a few things that you need to take into consideration:

· Plan your journey and ensure you leave more time to reach your destination

· Clear you wipers before switching on your engine.

· Ensure all tyres have enough tread – poor tyres will not grip when driving on ice and snow.

· Pack for the worst-case scenario (de-ice, blankets, shovel, phone charger, jump leads, food and warm drink)

· Top up your washer fluid with good-quality screenwash that protects down to -35.

Tips for Driving In The Snow


If possible driving should be avoided, however, we understand that not everyone can wait around for the white stuff to thaw away. So here are a few tips on how to tackle driving in the snow:

· Move off in second gear or in Winter mode – this will help to reduce the wheels slipping.

· Accelerate gently and use low revs. Ensure you change up to a higher gear quickly.

· Leave 10 times the normal recommended stopping gap between you and the car in front

· Prepare for driving up a hill by leaving plenty of room in front so that you can maintain a constant speed without having to change gear.

· For downhill slopes, use a low gear and try to avoid braking unless necessary.

· Should you skid, steer gently into it and do not stamp on your brakes or let go of the steering wheel. (if the rear of your car slides left, gently steer to the left until you straighten up).

· Approaching a bend ensure you reduce your speed before you start to turn your wheel on the bend.

· If the road has not been gritted be wary of driving on the compacted wheel tracks as they are more likely to be icy than fresh snow.

Wednesday, 9 October 2019

The New Electric Corsa Everyone's Talking About

Corsa-e Available 2020

The Vauxhall Corsa has always been a popular small hatchback for drivers, and with each new model brought to the market, we have seen more refined designs, new technology and great features as standard. However, for 2020, Vauxhall is releasing a new Corsa that represents an enormous leap into the future for the familiar Corsa and the Vauxhall range. Available on the forecourt early 2020 Vauxhall is bringing to the market the first electric Corsa variant, namely the Corsa-e.

For the first time in Corsa's history, the new model will be offered with battery power alongside combustion-engined models, such as petrol and diesel.

The Corsa-E Up Close

This stylish, eco hatchback uses a 134bhp motor and a 50kWh lithium-ion battery that has been officially tested to range up to 205 miles. Although this range is competitive for smaller hatchbacks, Vauxhall has additionally claimed that their new electric Corsa’s range can be extended by as much as 40% when driven in the Eco Setting. The Eco Setting is said to restrict performance, but if you’re looking to get the mileage, it may just be worth it. When in Eco Mode the regenerative braking system will harvest energy from the driver simply lifting off the accelerator pedal and feed it straight back into the battery.

From a domestic household socket, the Corsa-e takes more than 20 hours to charge fully. However, this length is dramatically reduced to only 8 hours when charged from a dedicated 7.4kW home wall box.

Additionally, when you’re on the road, the new electric Corsa can be charged up to 80% in just 30 minutes via a 100kW rapid charger. These charging stations are found most commonly at motorway service stations.

Corsa-E Features At A Glance


· 205 Mile Range (WLTP)

· Rapid Charge To 80% In 30 Minutes

· On-board 11kW on-board charger as standard

· Active Lange Assist

· LED Headlamps

· Emergency Braking System

· Adjustable heated seats & steering wheel

· 7” Colour Touchscreen

· DAB Radio

· Apple CarPlay & Android Auto.