Friday, 25 March 2022

How To Survive The Increase In Fuel Prices




If you’re a motorist then you’ll know how difficult the past few weeks have been as we’ve seen petrol and diesel prices increase rapidly and almost at a daily rate!


In some places, we saw prices reach up to £1.70 per litre for petrol and a whopping £1.80 for diesel.


Seeing this, the UK Government have recently stepped in and has confirmed it will cut fuel duty by 5p per litre as it aims to gain control over the increase in cost.


The changes came into effect last Wednesday at 6 pm and the reduction will last for 12 months.


So what can you do as a motorist to survive the increase in fuel prices? Even with the Government cutting the cost of fuel by 5p per litre.


The most obvious answer here is to consider switching to an electric car or at least a hybrid car where you make use of both petrol and electricity.


However, the cost of changing car (along with the rate of inflation and other costs in the UK going up) now might not be the best time to make that transition from your current car to a new electric or hybrid car.


But there are other ways in which you can at least, slow down the amount of petrol or diesel you consume.

  1. Change gear early and avoid revving your engine too much.

  2. Don’t slam on your brakes, instead gently press them to come to a stop.

  3. Make sure your tyres are fully pumped up.

  4. Remove any unnecessary weight from the car (boxes in the boot? Rubbish in your car? Consider a huge clearout).

  5. Try to stay in your highest gear wherever possible.


These are just some basic tips that should help reduce your fuel consumption. If you’re already doing one of these, that’s great, but doing all of these together will help reduce the number of times you need to fill up in a month.

Friday, 28 January 2022

Everything You Need To Know About The Highway Code Changes For 2022




From January 29th 2022 there will be an update to the highway code as the department for transport aims to ensure a safer road where cyclists, pedestrians and vehicles can all coexist on British roads.


In this article, we’ll highlight some of the new changes coming into play, early in 2022.

Hierarchy of Road Users


In an effort to improve safety for vulnerable road users, the government is introducing a new road hierarchy.


This essentially means that the people who can potentially do “the greatest harm” will hold the greatest responsibility to reduce the threat that they pose to others.


This means if you’re a HGV driver, then you’ll be at the top, cars and vans will be after that and then cyclists and then pedestrians.


Things such as taking photos and videos at the wheel, selecting a song on your playlist and playing games on your phone, will now become illegal and may receive a £200 fixed penalty and six points on your licence.

Pedestrians Crossing At Junctions


As it stands, when a person wants to cross the road at a junction, unless there is a zebra crossing, it’s up to the driver to be courteous and allow the pedestrian to cross the road.


However, if the person is already on the road, then they have right of way at a junction and the driver should allow them to cross.


The new rule allows for the right of way for pedestrians. Now, when a car is turning into a road and there are pedestrians waiting to cross, the driver should stop and allow them to do so.

Overtaking When Driving or Cycling


The rules when overtaking are changing too, when overtaking at speeds of up to 30mph, you now must leave at least 5 feet between yourself and the person/cyclist you’re overtaking.


If you’re passing people riding a horse, or people walking in the road at speeds of 10mph or under, you must leave at least 6.5 feet of space.


You must stay behind them until there is enough space in order to overtake them.

The ‘Dutch Reach’


Drivers and passengers in a vehicle will now need to use their opposite hand to open the car door and get out.


The idea being that, by using your left hand to open your car door on the right as a driver. Or using your right hand to open the car door on your left if you’re a passenger you will have to turn your head to look over your should behind you.


This is to avoid any accidents that you may not have seen previously. Motorbikes, cyclists and pedestrians who could be passing by that you may harm by opening your car door.

Caught Up To Speed?


These are just some of the new changes coming into effect as of the 29th of January 2022. 

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.