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10 Important Facts About Salvage Titles and Salvage Cars

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Every year, one million cars are scrapped in the UK.

Many of these cars have salvage titles. But what exactly are salvage cars? And Is it bad to buy a car with a salvage title?

Although your first instinct is to stay away from salvage titles, we are here to tell you that salvage is not necessarily a bad thing.

We think that cars with salvage titles can actually be a smart purchase, depending on several factors. We might even be so bold to say that buying a salvage car can save you money if you are a savvy buyer.

We compiled 10 things you need to know when it comes to buying salvage cars. Read on to learn about what salvage truly means.

1. Defining Salvage Cars and Salvage Titles

A salvage car is a car that has been in an accident or has been damaged enough to be written off by a car insurance company. The damage may be caused by an accident, a fire, a natural disaster or even theft.

2. Salvage Titles Have Changed in the UK

Salvage cars are classified into four different levels which have recently changed in the UK as of October 2017. The former levels were A, B, C, D.

The new classifications replace C and D. The changes have been made by the Association of British Insurers (ABI). This new system classifies a car based on its condition:

  • Category A – Scrap: These cars have the most damage and may not be fixed or used again.
  • Category B – Break: These cars also cannot be fixed or driven on the road. You can, however, use their parts.
  • Category S – Structural: This category replaces the prior “C” classification. These cars may have structural damage, but they are allowed to be fixed and driven.
  • Category N – Non-structural: This category replaces the “D” classification. These cars have been damaged, but the structure remains. However, some parts critical for safety may need to be replaced.

3. A Salvage Title Does Not Always Mean It Has Extensive Damage

Thanks to the new classification system in place, you can get an idea of how much a car has been damaged. Salvage title does not necessarily mean that the car has been damaged beyond repair.

For example, a car with a Category N classification may have had body damage but the structure remains intact. In such a case, the core components of the car are serviceable.

4. Buying Salvage Can Save You Money

You can buy salvage cars at a low cost. If your immediate goal is to save money, and the thought of making monthly payments for years gives you a headache, then salvage can be the right decision for you.

5. You can Bid on a Salvage Car for Cheap at an Auction

If you’re looking to venture deeper into the money-saving territory, consider bidding for a salvage car at an auction.

You can go to an actual physical auction or you can bid for a car at an online auction. Auctions are one of the best places to get a good deal on cars with salvage titles.

6. Make Sure You Have a Means of Transporting your Salvage Car

If you purchase a salvage car at an auction, make sure you have a means of transporting since the car may not be drivable.

If you are making the purchase at an online auction, you can pay for a service to transport your car.

7. You Can Fix the Car up Yourself

If you are skilled in car mechanics, you can get a car for cheap at an auction and then make the repairs yourself.

Not a mechanic or don’t know a thing about servicing cars? If you know a trusted mechanic, they can fix your car, and you can buy the car parts yourself for cheap. Some people enjoy buying salvage cars and restoring them.

8. Do your Research: Get a Car History Report

One of the most important things to know when buying a salvage car is to do your research. Get a vehicle history report to learn more about the car’s history. However, know that even a report will not tell you everything.

Sometimes a car looks and runs fine and a report tells you otherwise. When it comes to buying salvage, it’s a risk that you have to take.

9. Salvage Titles Last Forever, But They Can Be a Smart Buy for the Right Person

Salvage titles are forever, but is that always a bad thing? Maybe you need a car that will transport you a few miles to and from work. Perhaps you need a spare car for when visitors arrive.

If you are planning to keep your salvage car until it’s on its last mile, then forever may work for you.

10. However, You can Always Scrap the Car for Money

For some reason, you decide you don’t want your car anymore. You also don’t want to go through the hassle of trying to sell it either.

The good news, about 80% of a car is recyclable, so you can scrap your car and make some money.

Let the DVLA know that you are planning to scrap your vehicle.

The Final Question: Is it Bad to Buy a Car with a Salvage Title?

Our answer: not necessarily.

It is possible to make a well-informed decision and purchase a perfectly good car. The key is to do your research and have an idea of the extent of damage the car has received.

Want to learn more about salvage cars or salvage titles. Contact us! We love hearing from you.

Important Things You Need to Do Before You Scrap Your Car

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Important Things You Need to Do Before You Scrap Your Car

Believe it or not, your home can be a treasure trove of items ready to sell when you’re strapped for cash.

After all, the average household in the United Kingdom contains items worth a whopping £35,000 pounds. That’s more than the UK’s average annual salary!

Okay, so you may not want to sell everything when you need some quick cash, but it is likely you will be able to find stuff that you don’t use and won’t have issues parting with.

For starters, there’s your old vehicle. Scrap your car, and you might make your wallet a few hundred pounds thicker.

But what exactly goes into vehicle scrapping? Which scrap car parts can you get the most dosh for?

Don’t worry! We’ll answer all these questions and more. So, make sure you keep reading to know the dos (and don’ts) of scrapping your car.

Your Big Question: Scrap My Car or Sell It?

Before you sell your car as scrap, you want to ensure it’s definitely in a “scrappable” state. It’s important to distinguish whether your car is ready for scrapping compared to being ready to sell as is. After all, your goal is to get the most banger for your buck (see what we did there?). Also, keep in mind that every year, more than seven million used vehicles go on sale in the nation.
What we’re saying is you need to consider the state of your vehicle. First, find out the answer to your question, “How much can I get to scrap my car and how much will I get if I sell it?” Checking out used car-buying websites can give you an idea.

If the car is so corroded and rusted through, with most of its parts dead, then scrapping may be the best option. Well, that’s unless you are determined to put the time in to bring it back to life, continue using it, or putting it up for sale in a salvage car auction.

The Easiest, Fastest Way to Scrap Your Car

Once you’ve decided that scrapping your unusable vehicle is the best option, the next step is to start searching for a scrapper. Thankfully, with around two million cars going through scrappage every year, it’s now easier to find a reputable business to relieve you of your car.
A legitimate automobile recycling website will offer you an instant online quote after providing a few essential details. These include your car’s registration number and exact location. Location is important since this will let the scrapper determine how far you are from their facilities (think delivery or collection costs).

This is why Googling “car scrap yards near me” is best so that the search engine finds businesses with the least distance from your car’s parking area.

Scrap the Entire Thing or Only Some of It?

An average of 30,000 parts make up a car. That means you’ve thousands of money-making opportunities.

But that also raises the question of whether you should scrap only parts of your vehicle or the entire thing.

This depends on your automobile’s cause of death. If a professional mechanic has already declared the whole vehicle dead and it doesn’t make financial sense to restore it, then you may want to scrap it whole.

The same is true if there is damage to only a certain part. Of course, you can’t expect to make money from this damaged part. But if it has metal components, then the scrapper may still give you something for it.

So, when should you scrap part-by-part? Well, a good example is if you have plans to repurpose any item, say the glass (windows or windshield) for other DIY projects. Whatever remains that you won’t recycle and reuse, you can scrap.

The bottom line is, your car has thousands of parts you can sell. The role of a scrapper is to take those that you don’t have any use for. So, you end up making cash while you also get to free some valuable space at home!

Get More Value When Scrapping Your Car

Before having a scrapping service relieve you of your car, do your best to find the log book. Not only will this help you protect yourself from unreputable companies reducing what they offer you, it also prevents you from facing penalties and fines from the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA).

Pro Tip: Let the DVLA know you’re about to scrap a vehicle. There’s a part in the V5C document (the log book) you need to fill out and send to the DVLA. In return, you’ll get a Certification of Destruction (CoD) that makes the scrapping of your car a legitimate process.

This part of the scrapping process is essential since road taxes and penalties await you if you don’t. Here’s an added incentive: You’ll get a refund for the road tax you didn’t use from the agency.

Make Sure You Deal with a Law-Abiding Automotive Recycler
According to the European Union law, 95% of a car’s materials should undergo recycling. That means you can scrap (for reuse) almost an entire vehicle.

The thing is, you need to make sure your chosen recycling facility has the needed license for automobile scrapping. Check for the Authorized Treatment Facility (ATF) license when choosing a business.

These centers have the legal authority to recycle and dispose of scrap cars, as they have the proper equipment for handling hazardous components (think batteries and oil).

Don’t Stop at Your Car

As a final note, we’d like to remind you that the environmental practice of scrapping shouldn’t end with your vehicle. So, after you scrap your car, look at all the other scrap metal-containing items you have at home. These only take up valuable space, so if you don’t have any use for them, consider scrapping them as well.

Think of all those rusting household appliances, kitchenware, and electronics you have stowed away in your garage, attic, or basement. All these have the potential of becoming quick cash.

So, what are you waiting for? Start your green money-making now! Contact us now to find out how much you can make for that banger in your garage.

Become an Automotive God With These Money Saving Tips

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Are you ready to become an automotive God?

Ok so you might not actually become a God but you might just be able to keep a few extra pounds in your pocket.

If you own a vehicle, you’ve got a lot on your plate, especially when it comes to expenses.

Any vehicle requires regular maintenance. What’s more, you’ve got to factor in costs for insurance, unexpected accidents, and necessary repairs.

All of these costs can quickly add up! In fact, the average car owner spends nearly 170,000 pounds in their lifetime on car costs.

You can make things easy on your wallet by keeping some solid automotive tips in mind.

In this post, we’ll look at the tips and tricks that can turn you into a vehicle guru, and keep your wallet green.

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Recruitment – Wash Bay Operative

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8-6 – Monday to Friday, every other Saturday 8-5

Silverlake are looking for a hard working person to join the wash bay team, the ideal applicant will be physically fit, happy to work outside in all conditions, have a strong work ethic, basic mechanical knowledge, and above all a good sense of humour.

Wet weather gear and steel toecaps will be provided.

For further details or to arrange an interview please contact the Salvage Manager on 01489 772244 or email

Sadly, we cannot respond to all applicants. If you have not been contacted within 2 weeks of your application, please assume you have been unsuccessful on this occasion.

Journey of a Car Through the Recycling System

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The mechanic has informed you that the cost to replace your gearbox is more than the value of your old car. In addition, it needs a new timing belt, brakes, and new tyres. At this point, it’s just not worth putting more money into it, and it’s time to recycle.

Every year in Britain approximately two million old cars and vans are scrapped. Recycling a vehicle includes many steps that ensure that it is destroyed properly and in an environmentally friendly way. This includes disassembling and using parts for other purposes. This not only helps the environment but can provide you with a small profit.

So how does one go about recycling an old car that is way past its prime? And what happens to it? Let’s have a look.

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Recruitment – Parts Sales Advisor

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Parts Sales Advisor

Automotive Parts Sales Advisor

We are currently recruiting for 3 professional Automotive Parts Sales Advisors to join a busy team based at our head office in Shedfield, Southampton.

Silverlake Automotive Recycling is one of the UK’s leading vehicle recycling centres, employing over 100 staff. We are specialists in vehicle recycling, vehicle dismantling and salvage repairable vehicles. We are a family run business and were established in 1946, our head office is in Shedfield, Southampton.

The main roles of the parts sales advisor would be to:

  • Answer inbound customer enquiries from phone calls, email or online media sources
  • Server customers who walk in via our full service and self service counters
  • Process orders and take payments
  • Quote on 3rd party online parts search engines

What We Look For In Applicants:

  • A track record from within the motor trade is preferred
  • A track record in sales
  • Willingness to learn and drive to push the business forward
  • A passion for delivering great customer service
  • Strong verbal & written communication skills
  • Computer literate, with a keen eye for detail
  • Positive attitude, and good work ethic
  • Self control & good listening skills

What we offer:

  • £18,000 – £21,000 Per Year Basic Starting rate DOE & Shift
  • Bonus Scheme (£35,000 – £46,000 OTE, based on the parts you sell)
  • Pension Scheme
  • Staff Discount
  • Job Security
  • Progression

How to Increase the Value of Your Scrap Car

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Need to chuck out an old car before it loses its value?

The average lifespan of a car on the road in the UK is 7.7 years. Even with constant care, sometimes your old vehicle kicks the bucket beyond repair.

No matter what reason, you need to consider your options from this point on. The best option is to scrap your car since you get money if your car won’t start anymore.

If you need to increase your scrap car value, you need to follow these helpful tips.

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7 Tips for Buying Salvage Cars at an Auction

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Finding a good salvage car is like finding a great bargain. Only it’s better since you’ll be able to get salvaged vehicles for a fraction of the price.

It’s a perfect match for those of us who are financially savvy and wanting to find the best deal.

If you’re new to these kinds of auctions, however, finding that bit of treasure can be a little tricky. These are salvage cars, after all, so you need to have a bit of know-how in order to keep from buying something you won’t be happy with.

We’ve collected some tips for you that helps you do just that!

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5 Ways That a Visit to a Salvage Yard Can Save You Money on Car Repairs

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Saving money on your car and getting it fixed the proper way. No mending, no partial repairs.

Does that sound like a dream or something too good to be true?

The good news is it doesn’t have to be when you visit a salvage yard. These places allow you to find parts for your car that are in good working condition.

You save money by finding what you need at half the cost, rather than ordering from a company. Read on to learn the benefits of these places, and why you need to start shopping there today.

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