Monday, 22 November 2021

Top 5 Most Useful Online Tools




When it comes to your car, there are now more than ever, more apps and websites readily available for you to do almost everything you want to do.


With apps such as petrol prices, you can download to your Android or iOS device and check the cheapest petrol prices near you.


And with other websites such as SORN, you can declare your car to be off-road before you decide to sell it or scrap it.


In this article, we’ll take a look at some of the most useful and helpful online tools you can get to do with your car.

Petrol Prices


First on our list is petrol prices, which is an app available for both Android and iOS smartphones. Once downloaded, just enter your postcode and you’ll see the cheapest places to get your petrol from!

Know Your Car


Know Your Car is a fantastic app available for Android and iOS smartphones to help you never forget when your MOT is due, when your car insurance is up for renewal and when it’s time to pay your tax for the year.


You’ll never have to worry about it again as you’ll get notifications telling you what’s up for renewal.

Petrol Check


With the UK switching from E5 to E10 fuel this year, it’s always best to check which petrol is compatible with your car and this handy tool allows you to search for your car and tells you if your car accepts E10.


We recently wrote a blog about why the switch from E5 to E10 is a good move as it benefits the environment and helps reduce carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions by 750,000 tonnes a year.

SORN


If you are deciding not to drive your car for a long period of time, perhaps you’re moving away, going on holiday or you can’t decide between selling or scrapping, then in the meantime, declaring your car off-road and SORN means you won’t have to pay car tax or car insurance on the car.


Just as long as you don’t drive it on the road, this would be illegal and would result in breaking the law.


This SORN tool from the Government website makes it easy to declare your car SORN online in a matter of minutes.

Scrap Your Car Online


And for all your car scrapping needs, there is no better place to go than us, Scrap Your Car Online.


We offer the best quotes for your car and our stress-free, easy online quote service, means you can do everything from the comfort of your own home.


We’ll even come and collect the car from you, so you don’t have to worry about driving it to us without any means of getting back.


To start the process, simply enter your registration and postcode and follow the instructions to scrap your car with us today.


Monday, 6 September 2021

E10 Fuel: What Is It And Will My Car Run On It?



In September 2021 in the UK, petrol cars will be required to use E10 petrol, this change comes as the government announced the ban on the sale of new petrol and diesel cars from 2030 as it shifts towards a greener future.


So what is E10 and how will it affect my car?


Well in this article, we’ll give you the full rundown of everything you need to know.

What Is E10 Fuel?


E10 fuel is petrol that contains up to 10% renewable ethanol (hence the name E10) and this helps reduce CO2 emissions that petrol produces.


Before, petrol would only contain just 5% renewable ethanol (known as E5). This move helps the government tackle climate change and in turn, could help cut CO2 emissions by 750,000 tonnes a year. The equivalent of taking 350,000 cars off the road.


Countries such as Belgium, Finland, France and Germany currently use E10 fuel and this move helps shift the UK to be in line with these European countries.

Are There Any Downsides?


For the majority of drivers, this change won’t come as a big move and most will probably not notice any changes at all.


However, for those who drive older car models or ones that aren’t necessarily compatible with E10 fuel, you may notice this change a little more.


Whilst E10 is compatible with all cars, over time you may experience damage caused to rubber seals, plastics and metals.


So, where you can, we would advise still using E5 fuel in the “Super” grade (97+ octane) which will remain available at many larger petrol stations. Just be sure to check the label on the pump first.

How Can I Check My Car Is Ok For E10 Fuel?


The UK government have created this handy website for you to check your car by manufacturer type to see if your car qualifies for E10 petrol.

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.