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Recruitment – Tyre Fitter

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Recruitment – Tyre Fitter

We are currently looking to recruit an experienced tyre fitter to join our professional tyre bay team at our head office in Shedfield, Southampton.

At Silverlake we stock over 1000 new and part worn tyres that can be fitted at either of our head-office in Botley, Southampton or at our town centre shop in Onslow Road, Southampton. With prices starting from as little as £10 + VAT per tyre, which includes FREE fitting, balancing, new valve and disposal of the old tyre, we can can help bring the cost of our customer’s motoring. (Read more about out part worn tyres here.)

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Tyre Fitter
Key Duties of the role:
  • Tyre fitting
  • Wheel Balancing
  • Stock Control
  • Steel & Alloy Wheel Preparation
What We Look For In Applicants:
  • Previous tyre fitting experience
  • Technical knowledge of tyres
  • Full UK driving license
  • Enjoys being challenged in a fast paced environment
  • Has a passion for delivering results
  • Enjoys working as part of a team
  • Self-starter with great organisation skills
  • Dependable, reliable and thorough
What we offer:
  • Immediate Start
  • Competitive rates of pay + Bonus
  • Pension Scheme
  • Staff Discount
  • Full Time & Secure Employment

For insurance reasons applicants must be of 18 years old and above, and authorised to work in the UK.

CV’s are to be sent to recruitment@silverlake.co.uk

Recruitment – 360 Operator

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Automotive 360 Operator

We are currently recruiting for a professional Automotive 360 Operator to join our team based at our head office in Shedfield, Southampton, using Leibherr LH30 (with grab) & 914s (with powerhand attachment).

Silverlake Auto Parts is one of the UK’s leading vehicle recycling and scrap yards and we are specialists in vehicle recycling, vehicle dismantling and salvage repairables. We are currently breaking over 1500 vehicles for Parts, we have over 300 Salvage vehicles for sale and over 1000 vehicles on Auction at any one time.

The main roles of the 360 Operator would be to:
  • Process vehicles for scrap
  • Maintenance of machine
  • Up keep of working area and cleanliness
What We Look For In Applicants:
  • A track record of 360 experience
  • In date certificated license
  • Willingness to learn and drive to push the business forward
  • Positive attitude, and good work ethic
  • Self control & good listening skills
What we offer:
  • 45 – 50 hours per week (based on a 4 week working rota)
  • 21 days a year holiday plus bank holidays
  • £10 per hour (depending on experience)
  • Incentive Scheme
  • Pension Scheme
  • Staff Discount

Recruitment – Workshop Manager

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Automotive Workshop Manager

We are currently recruiting for a professional Automotive Workshop Manager to join an experienced team based at our head office in Shedfield, Southampton.

Silverlake Auto Parts is one of the UK’s leading vehicle recycling and scrap yards and we are specialists in vehicle recycling, vehicle dismantling and salvage repairables. We are currently breaking over 1500 vehicles for Parts, we have over 300 Salvage vehicles for sale and over 1000 vehicles on Auction at any one time.

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The Job:

Reporting to the Commercial Manager, the Automotive Workshop Manager entails working to tight deadlines by managing and giving leadership to a team of experienced motor mechanics and forklift operators, in rapid response to customer demand for re-useable vehicle parts and ensuring that components flow through to following trades so that we maintain a standard of excellence in customer care.

The Person:

The job requires detailed knowledge of vehicles and their constituent parts combined with the management skills needed to produce commercial results under pressure. The person we are seeking will have a track record in the automotive industry who can demonstrate drive and the determination with the ability to get results from an existing team of dedicated professionals.

A degree of computer literacy is essential as we require detailed reporting through utilising our systems. A positive attitude, a good work ethic with a willingness to participate in a team that is driven to achieve results are essential qualities needed to succeed in this demanding role.

Setting and achieving high quality standards are fundamental to the role as is the ability to create and enforce systems and procedures.

The Benefits:

We are prepared to offer a competitive salary to secure the right person in this role to maintain our impressive record of continuous growth.

To Apply:

Please send your CV together with a covering letter giving details of your current employment package to Simon Mitchell, Commercial Manager. (simon@silverlake.co.uk)

Short listed candidates will be required to undergo psychometric assessments and a final interview with the Managing Director.

How to Find the Right Tyre Size

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If you’ve ever taken your vehicle maintenance into your hands, you’ll likely need to know how to choose the right tyres for your vehicle.

This can be intimidating to some people, but don’t let that stop you! The first thing to keep in mind when you are looking for the right tyres for your vehicle is to find the right tyre size.

This involves a few key steps. Keep this in mind as you go about making your tyre purchase, and you’ll be sure to find the perfect set of wheels for your vehicle.

How to Find the Right Tyre Size

1. If you have access to your vehicle manual, check this for tyre information.

Every vehicle has a manual that includes important information about vehicle manufacturing, maintenance, and troubleshooting. This manual also includes information on the exact size of tyre required for your vehicle, in addition to information on tyre pressure, rotation, and balancing.

Inspect your manual for all information on your vehicle’s tyres. The tyre size and type will be listed in a format that looks like this sample description: 215/60R15.

This is a tricky step if you do not have access to your vehicle manual for some reason, or purchased your car privately without receiving a manual. You may also be able to find your vehicle manual online at the manufacturer’s website or via tyre registration searches.

2. Understand the format of the tyre size description.

It can be difficult to understand what a tyre size description actually means when you locate it in your manual or online via a tyre registration search. It’s important to understand all of the components of this description in order to make your tyre purchase.

Let’s take the sample description listed in the first step as an example: 215/60R15.

In this description, 215 is the tyre’s width. This is in millimetres. The next number, 60, stands for the tyre’s profile. The tyre’s profile is its aspect ratio, which means the ratio of the tyre’s sidewall depth to the tyre’s width. A lower profile tyre is often found at vehicles that operate at high performance, although these can make your car ride experience rougher.

The R in this tyre description indicates a radial construction. This style of construction gives the tyre added strength. Almost all vehicles rely on tyres constructed radially.

The 15 signifies the diameter of the wheel. This is the diameter of the wheel frame the wheel will be able to fit.

Most tyre shops will be able to provide or source the right size tyres for your vehicle. Only on rare occasions do customers have to custom order or special request a certain tyre size.

3. Make sure you are familiar with tyre law.

Most people don’t realise that the size, pressure, tread, and condition of their tyres have to comply with U.K. law. No matter where you end up purchasing your set of wheels, it’s important to make note of how they comply with U.K. tyre law.

U.K. drivers are required to adhere to the following stipulations when it comes to vehicle tyres:

  • The depth of your tyre’s tread must be a minimum of 1.6 millimetres. If your tyres are worn beyond this number, you may face a large fine. This is because lower tyre tread means slower stopping ability and compromised driver safety.
  • The tyre must adhere to the manufacturer’s listed standards of pressure.
  • Tyres on the same axle have to be of the same construction. i.e, you will want to have two radial construction tyres on the same axle.
  • The tyre has to be in a condition that is safe for performance and ‘roadworthy.’ This means that the tyre itself cannot be damaged, punctured, or otherwise hindered from maximum performance.
  • Tyres on the same axle have to be the same profile, height, and construction.

You are not required to have a spare tyre for your vehicle. Tyre owners should have their tyres inspected at least once a year to make sure they comply with tyre law.

4. Identify your vehicle’s ideal tyre pressure.

Every vehicle tyre must be kept at a certain pressure as recommended by the manufacturer. You can find this information in your vehicle user’s manual, sometimes on the inside of the driver’s door, or on a fuel filler.

When you have your tyres fitted to your vehicle, request that they are filled to ideal pressure beforehand. If you ever need to adjust tyre pressure, you can do so on your own or at any tyre service shop.

Keep in mind that tyre pressure often fluctuates depending on the weather or season. Be comfortable with getting assistance in adjusting your tyre pressure or in doing so on your own.

5. Take extra steps if purchasing a set of tyres privately.

If you are considering purchasing a set of tyres for your vehicle from a second seller or friend, there are some things to keep in mind before doing so.

Make sure you have the tyre description and size at hand when you investigate a set of tires. Also, have a solid understanding of U.K. tyre law and its stipulations. When you investigate the tyres, inspect the age of the tyre, any repairs that have been made, punctures or other damage, the tread depth, and the tyre’s inside.

Finding the Right Tyre Size

Finding the right tyres for your vehicle begins with identifying the correct size of your tyres. Finding the right tyre size involves a simple inspection of your vehicle’s manual or tyre registration. Once you’ve understood the tyre code, you’ll be able to shop for your tyre set, know when tyres are in good condition, and understand the basics of U.K. tyre law.

At Silverlake, we are committed to meeting all of your tyre needs, no matter your vehicle. You can confidently buy used and new tyres from us and have them fitted when you visit us, all in one go.

Call us with any initial questions, or stop by a location near you at your convenience to get started on your set of ideal wheels.

Making the Most Out Of Your Old Car With Auto Salvage

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Making the Most Out Of Your Old Car With Auto Salvage

Is your car vehicle getting closer to its end of life?

If so, you should consider salvaging your automobile as an environmentally-friendly way to earn some money!

From 2007 to 2014, there were over 1.1 million end-of-life vehicles per year in the United Kingdom. 

Parting with your vehicle is easier for some people than others. If you’ve put a lot of money into your vehicle over the course of many years, you may feel you got your money’s worth. It may be the time to find a new vehicle. 

Read on to learn more about how you can make the most of your scrap car with auto salvage!

Time-Saving Process

When you choose to salvage your vehicle with Silverlake, you will benefit from our time-saving process.

When it comes time to get rid of your vehicle, you probably won’t want to spend a lot of time dismantling the vehicle yourself. To do this right, it takes knowledge about the car’s mechanics and how to do it safely. If you don’t do it correctly, you risk damaging parts or hurting yourself. 

At Silverlake, we are based in Shedfield, just outside Botley, and we serve the Hampshire, Dorset & West Sussex areas. We will arrange to purchase your used vehicle from you but we also make it convenient, in order to save you time and money.

We will arrange to pick-up your vehicle from your home, this way you are able to avoid the busy motorways. This will also keep you from being on the road or motorway in a vehicle that may be unsafe to operate. 

Replenish the Used Vehicle Parts Market

When you choose to salvage your vehicle with Silverlake, you also get some peace of mind by knowing that you are recycling your vehicle. This is an environmentally-friendly decision that can have a long-lasting impact across the UK over time.

The UK government is going green, as shown by the mission statement on their website.

“The government is working to protect our environment by reducing pollution, reducing the amount of waste sent to landfill, protecting areas of parkland, wildlife reserves and marine biodiversity, and enforcing regulations that keep our water and air clean. We also help communities avoid or recover from flooding and other weather-related hazards,” per the Environment Policy Area of the site.

When you use Silverlake for your auto salvage, you are helping your country work towards this goal of going green. 

We ensure that your vehicle’s parts, oils and other fluids are handled in a responsible manner. This could mean re-using or recycling used tyres or preventing many of the used parts from ending up in a landfill or even worse, dangerously back on the road. 

Silverlake helps keep the costs of motoring down. On average, each car is sold five times during its life. Over the course of a vehicle’s life, more recycled parts are used. When you add to this inventory by scrapping your car with us, you can help us sell parts to others at a cost that is up to 70% less than OEM parts!

Ensure Legal Compliance

At Silverlake, we do things the right way!

This means that we are careful to abide by the laws that govern how we dispose of certain substances in your vehicle or the handling of parts. If you attempt to part the vehicle yourself, you risk doing something wrong or illegal! 

We were established in 1946 as a family owned and operated company. We have expanded significantly in recent years by our focus on the needs of our customers while also being aware of changes in the law. 

For example, UK law requires that when you are going to scrap your vehicle you must take it to an authorised treatment facility like Silverlake. You must also notify the DVLA that you are taking your vehicle off of the road. If you don’t tell the DVLA, you can face a fine of £1,000!

There is also a battery directive which sets forth how used batteries are supposed to be disposed. This directive means it has to be thrown away properly or you risk being the recipient of an expensive fine. 

When you use Silverlake for auto salvage, you can avoid these concerns and let us handle it for you instead!

Why Auto Salvage is Smart

When your vehicle gets to the point that you no longer want it anymore or is not useable, auto salvage is a good option for you. Salvaging your scrap vehicle is a great way to save time and money, while also helping the environment in the UK.

You will save time by notifying Silverlake about your intentions with your vehicle. We can arrange to pick-up your vehicle, which will save you from taking valuable time handling the vehicle on your own. 

It’s also a safer process for you and the environment because you avoid the risk of injuring yourself by taking your vehicle apart or unintentional leaks of dangerous vehicle oil and other substances.

You can also take pride in helping contribute to the UK’s goal of being a greener country. By salvaging your vehicle, you ensure that it will be recycled or disposed of properly. 

But while it’s environmentally-friendly, it is also good for other consumers in the UK, too!

This is because when you salvage your car at recycling centres like Silverlake, you will help contribute to the used vehicle and parts inventory in the area. This gives you and others the opportunity to purchase used parts at costs far below that of new ones. 

Your auto salvage through Silverlake will also give you peace of mind when it comes to doing things the right way! We abide by all applicable laws that govern the handling of vehicles and other parts. This way you can be sure that you are not risking an expensive fine or any other issue.

At Silverlake, our team of dedicated professionals are here to help you. We do this by offering competitive prices, premier customer service and being a green business in the UK!

If you are looking to buy used vehicle parts or to get rid of your old car, contact us today!

5 Things to Know Before You Scrap a Car

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You’ve had your car for several years and it’s run for thousands of miles. But now, it’s reached the end of the line and it’s time to scrap it.

If you’re hoping that scrapping your car, or even just selling some of its old parts, will help you make a little extra cash, you’re not alone. In fact, about 1 million cars head to the scrapyard every year.

Scrapping your car isn’t just a wonderful way to save money. Car recycling also does wonders for the environment.

Believe it or not, cars are actually the number one most recycled product in the world.

If you’re interested in finding a new way to go green, keeping your car on the road by replacing broken parts or scrapping it altogether is a great place to start. But if you want to scrap your car, there are a few things you need to know first!

Let’s check out a few of them below.

1. Make Sure the Car Is in Your Name

When you’re looking to scrap a car, the very first thing you need to do is make sure that you’ve established ownership of it. For most people, this isn’t something you need to worry about.

But if you aren’t listed as the owner of your car, scrapyards cannot buy the car from you. As a result, you’ll need to make sure that the car’s title is in your name.

Remember that the V5 documentation tells you who the car’s registered keeper is, not the owner. You’ll need additional documentation – even a receipt in your name could work.

2. Make Sure Your Petrol Tank Is Empty

Before you turn your car into the scrapyard, you can make sure you are not wasting money by ensuring there is no petrol left in your tank.

If your car is still able to run, then you can take it on one last joyride to get rid of the extra petrol. If not, you don’t have to worry too much as all reputable scrap yards have a ‘de-pollution’ area where all dangerous liquids are removed from the vehicle before the car is stored or crushed.

Keep in mind that the scrapyard will have to take the time to get all the petrol out of your car anyway. In the end, you’re just saving them time and doing them a favour if you deliver the car empty of petrol.

3. Check for any Belongings

We’ve seen it countless times!

Days after a car has been scrapped, it’s owner comes running back, wondering if it’s too late to grab personal belonging  left inside the old vehicle.

More often than not, it is too late.

While lots of scrapyards will do a basic inspection of the car’s interior, they’re most likely not going to look underneath every seat, go through every pocket, and look in every nook and cranny.

Especially since so many people store valuable things – and important documentation – inside the glove compartments, make sure that you thoroughly check everything before dropping your car off to the yard.

Additionally, if you want to keep your stereo system or CD player, it’s best to remove it before you drop your car off, or see if the scrapyard will be able to help you take it off.

4. Make Sure You’re Getting the Best Deal

In addition to getting your car ready, you’ll also need to do your research when you’re trying to decide on which scrapyard to take your car to.

In addition to checking online, reading testimonials and reviews, and comparing prices, there are many other things you’ll need to take into consideration.

To make sure you’re getting the best price, you’ll also need to make sure you’ve gathered as many details as you can about your vehicle. Often, yards will ask you several questions about the car’s history – especially if they’re considering re-selling it.

If possible, we suggest attempting to create a list of any past damages that were done to your car.

It’s also a good idea to let them know, if possible, the specific issues the car is having. They may be able to repair it and sell it, or it may be best to salvage it for parts. Being prepared will help you to earn more.

5. Payments are always made in to a UK Bank Account – Never in Cash

When it’s time to scrap a car, it can be easy to forget the littlest details! However, it’s very important that you know that we are obliged by law to only pay money into a UK bank account

If you are offered cash in hand, then you are likely dealing with an non-reputable company that isn’t following the strict laws governing vehicle recycling.

Save yourself a major headache by only dealing with us!

Where Can You Get Help to Scrap a Car?

Whether you’re ready to scrap your entire car, or if you just have a question about buying parts you need a company you can rely on to make the whole process easier.

When it’s time to scrap a car, you’ll need to ensure you’re working with a company you can trust.

That’s where we come in.

We can help you to save money buying car parts, and even assist you when you need replacement parts for a car that’s no longer manufactured.

When it’s time to get rid of your old car, we want to be the first person you call. To learn more about the wide variety of services (and vehicles!) we offer, spend some time on our website.

Feel free to contact us with any questions.

10 Car Repair Projects You Can Do Yourself

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There are several car repair projects that you can do yourself to save money! We’re sharing the 10 easiest right here.

It’s no secret that cars are expensive. Not only does it cost you a hefty amount to buy one (whether you buy it outright or put down a down payment and follow up with monthly payments), but car repair gets expensive as well.

Because of this, it’s natural to wonder what car repairs you can handle yourself and which you need to actually visit the garage for.

Luckily for you, we’ve got a list of 10 of the easiest car repairs to tackle yourself.

Simple Car Repairs You Can Do Yourself

Oil change

If you drive often, you might want to look into learning to change your oil yourself. It’s one of the easiest car repairs you can do, and it can save you a fortune on garage visits in the long run.

It takes about an hour, you need common household tools (and your engine oil of choice), and it’s one of the best skills you can learn. Check out this tutorial!

Changing your headlights

While changing your car’s headlights may be intimidating, you’ll be thankful that you bothered to learn the skill the next time you have one of your lights out.

There’s not much to changing your own headlights other than getting under the bonnet and switching out the bulb.

The actual technique and effort involved will depend on your car, but the great thing about this car repair is that it only requires a Phillips head screwdriver. Convenient, right?

Check out this tutorial to keep your lights shining brightly.

Battery Replacement

We’ve all been there: stranded on the side of the road. When we’re finally towed to the garage, we’re told that we need a new car battery – and it costs us a small fortune that we may not have.

However, even if the idea of playing with your car’s electrical wiring breaks you into a cold sweat, replacing your car’s battery is one of the least-challenging car repairs you could learn.

You’ll need a few tools including a 10mm wrench, pliers, a wire brush, and rubber gloves, but this tutorial can take you the rest of the way.

Changing brake pads

This next one is a little more involved, but it can save you a fortune when it comes to shop visits and car repairs.

Similar to an oil change, this only takes about an hour, despite its level of complexity.

To change your brake pads, you need a pair of gloves, a jack with stand, a c-clamp, a lug wrench, multiple socket wrenches, a bungee cord, a turkey baster, new brake fluid, and pads.

Curious? This tutorial’s got you covered.

Replacing air filter

Under no circumstances should you be going to your mechanic to get your air filter changed.

Even if you’re afraid of the guts of your car (which there’s no reason for), changing your air filter is a simple car repair that won’t even get your hands super dirty.

A little bit of dust and grease for a year of peace of mind?

This is a quick job that doesn’t require a lot of equipment. A rag, a vacuum, a set of screwdrivers, goggles, and a dust mask will nail this for you.

As for technique, this tutorial will help you out with that simple, smooth repair.

Fixing paint scratches

Cosmetic repairs may not seem as important as issues with the physical components of your car, but it’s a simple car repair to fix paint scratches!

You’ll need to identify the type of scratch because this changes your method of fixing it. Additionally, you’ll need the right color paint to match your car if the scratch is deep enough.

Ready to give it a shot? Check out this tutorial!

Replace wiper blades

Be honest: have you ever had your wiper blades replaced?

Though it may not seem urgent, things build up on our windshield. That means they’re catching on our windshield wipers whenever we activate them. Bug guts, muck, general outdoor grossness is all accumulating on your blades as we speak.

Luckily, changing your own wiper blades doesn’t require a trip to the garage. You do need to know what type of blades you have – pin type arms, hook slot connectors, or straight-end connectors.

Ready to learn? We’ve got a handy tutorial for you.

Checking tyre pressures

The great part about this car repair is that it doesn’t require any trips to the garage.

Most petrol stations have meters which allow you to check the pressure of your tyres as well as pumps to inflate them if you need to. The best part? This repair comes to you at the low, low price of 20p, 50p or £1…most of the time.

However, if you’ve never approached one of these strange, mystical machines before, it can be intimidating figuring out what to do.

For that reason, we’ve got a great tutorial for you to follow.

Removing dents

Again with the cosmetics! Dents can either add character to your car, or they can be an eyesore, depending on your perspective.

They happen to the best of us, either through accidents or just general wear and tear. Ever whacked into a shopping trolley at the local supermarket carpark? The dent was probably shallow, but it was a dent all the same.

Dent removal relies on two basic motions: pushing and pulling.

You may need a dent removal kit and some other weird supplies, like suction cups, but we’ve got you covered with a tutorial that gets right to the point.

Jump starting your car

Jump starting your car is an essential skill that everyone needs to know, even if it doesn’t fall solidly under “car repair.”

This will help you out of a jam if you’re stranded on the side of the road, and you’ll be sure to be a friend’s hero when someone’s battery dies.

Ready to learn? Check out this tutorial!

Conclusion

As with any new practice, it’s important that you take the proper safety precautions before attempting any car repair.

Make sure you have the right equipment and that you’re making the right adjustments. You’re dealing with your car here – the last thing you want to do is make cause even more car repairs!

So there we have it, a quick run down of some of the easiest car repairs out there

Beginner’s Guide to Buying Safe Used Auto Parts

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Beginner’s Guide to Buying Safe Used Auto Parts

Replacing car parts can be expensive, but not if you buy used auto parts. Check out our beginner’s guide to buying safe used auto parts here.

Did you know that, in a single year, over 25 million tons of used auto parts are recycled – making cars the number one most recycled product in the world?

In fact, in recent years the global used car parts industry has grown to be worth about $7 billion.

If you own a vehicle, you’re likely already aware of just how expensive constantly having to replace batteries, tyres, and more can get.

Batteries need to be replaced every 4-5 years, fuel pumps about every 96,000 kilometers,

The costs can add up fast.

What’s the solution?

Buying used auto parts from Silverlake.

In this post, we’ll tell you everything you need to know about the best and safest used car parts to buy.

Your wallet and your car will thank you – and you’ll have peace of mind knowing you’re keeping your passengers safe.

What To Know Before You Buy

Before we get into discussing which used auto parts are some of the safest to buy, let’s talk about what you need to ask your retailer before you make a purchase.

How Do You Arrange Your Yard?

Trust us when we tell you that the last thing you want to do when going to a used car parts scrap yard is to spend hours looking for the part you need.

Be sure that the yard you’re considering working with arranges parts by vehicle, make, and model.

Will You Help Me Remove The Parts I Need?

Also ask how they help you to take the parts you need off of the cars they have.

If you’re not mechanically-minded, you don’t want to have to remove the parts yourself. However, if you are interested in a more DIY approach, most yards will provide a selection of vehicles on which you can have a go at part removal on your own!

Do I Need To Pay VAT?

If you’re buying used car parts, the answer is yes.

Where Do You Get Your Used Auto Parts?

In general, a reputable used car parts yard will get their parts and vehicles from connections they have with insurance companies.

This is important to know because you want to ensure you’re getting the highest savings possible.

We also purchase End of Life vehicles from the general public, and then break these cars down to their individual parts.

It’s also important to ask this question because it will give you an idea of how often the yard gets new cars and parts.

Because we update and rotate our stock on a daily basis, customers can expect to find 10-20 new vehicles in the self service area every day with many more available via our parts sales team

Which Used Parts Are Safe To Purchase?

While used auto parts are an excellent way to keep the costs of car maintenance down, you also want to be sure you’re keeping yourself and your loved ones safe.

Now, let’s take a look at some of the best used car parts that are absolutely safe to use in your own vehicle.

Spare Tyres

This is a staple of car maintenance, and buying used is a great choice! In fact, you’ll sometimes even be able to find spare tyres that are newer than your actual car – for a fraction of the cost!

Often, these spare tyres can also include tyre rims, making the deal even better.

Windows

Whether it’s your children, an accident, or the weather, car windows are one of the most common car parts that need to be replaced.

But you may know that the cost of doing so can be very high. Also, the cost of second hand glass is often cheaper than most customers insurance excess.

Instead of settling for cracked glass, buy a used option. There are also lots of options for glass sunroofs, as well as the hardware you need to roll your windows up and down.

Mirrors

Drove a little too close to a sign or another car? No problem – a used parts yard will have lots of extra mirrors for your car.

Often, you’ll be able to save about half the cost of replacing your mirrors when you buy a used part. You can find side mirrors and rearview mirrors in a yard.

Interior Fixtures

Sometimes, buying parts for your car is less about maintenance and more about the overall look of your car.

If you can’t stand to look at your stained seats, muddy floor mats, or old steering wheel for another minute, a used car parts lot is your saving grace.

Even if these fixtures aren’t brand new, they can easily upgrade the look of your car. It’s a great and cost-effective way to customize your vehicle’s interior!

Central Locking Systems

Everyone loves the ease of quickly locking a car – but unfortunately, these systems can wear out fast.

Once they do, it can be easy to forget to manually lock your car, leaving you vulnerable to theft. Luckily, central locking systems are readily available in used part yards.

Rims

This is another car part that can be added to your car for both maintenance and aesthetic reasons. Whether your old rims have worn out, or if you just want to make a big impression, rims are a great item to find in a used part yard.

Plus, it can be lots of fun to go on a hunt for the perfect rims – and no one will ever know they’re used!

Start Shopping For Used Auto Parts Today

There’s no reason to keep over-spending on car maintenance when a safe and affordable solution is just around the corner.

When you’re ready to start looking at used car parts, there’s no better place to do it than with us!

We offer countless parts for a variety of makes and models, and even upload photos of what’s available on our website.

Start saving and upgrading your vehicle today!

Recruitment – Automotive Parts Advisor

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Automotive Parts Advisor

We are currently recruiting for a professional Automotive Parts Advisor to join a busy call centre team based at our head office in Shedfield, Southampton.

Silverlake Auto Parts is one of the UK’s leading vehicle recycling and scrap yards and we are specialists in vehicle recycling, vehicle dismantling and salvage repairables. We are currently breaking over 1500 vehicles for Parts, we have over 300 Salvage vehicles for sale and over 1000 vehicles on Auction at any one time.

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Automotive Parts Advisor

At Silverlake we can offer our customers two main options to save them money on car parts:
Option 1 is our Self Service Upickit scheme. This is where our customers can visit our main site, choose from over 400 vehicles, and take the parts off themselves – for a fraction of the main dealer prices.

Option 2 is our Full Service centre where customers can search through our large online stock of breaking vehicles and choose the parts they need. At which point they can call one of our highly trained telesales staff who will arrange for the part to be taken off the vehicle for them. They can collect the part from either of our sites at Botley or Southampton or if they live further afield they are invited to use our next working day delivery option (T&C’s apply)

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

  • Answer inbound customer enquiries from phone calls, email or online media sources
  • Process orders and take payments
  • Support our counter sales teams
  • Quote on 3rd party online parts search engines

What We Look For In Applicants:

  • A track record from within the motor trade
  • 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:

  • £20,000 Per Year Starting rate (£35,000 OTE)
  • Pension Scheme
  • Staff Discount

Applicants must be of 18 years old and above, and authorised to work in the UK.

CV’s are to be sent to recruitment@silverlake.co.uk .

Recruitment – Vehicle Dismantler / Mechanic

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Automotive Parts Vehicle Dismantler / Mechanic

The Company:

Silverlake Automotive Recycling is a privately owned family business and one of the UK’s leading vehicle recycling yards. We are specialists in vehicle recycling, vehicle dismantling and salvage. We are currently recruiting for a professional vehicle dismantler / mechanic to join a busy workshop team based at our head office in Shedfield, Southampton.

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The job:

  • Full Time Position
  • Dismantling Vehicles for stock and sold parts
  • Run and testing vehicles for stock prior to dismantling

The person:

  • Experience of mechanic’s within the motor trade and knowledge of vehicle components is a must
  • A track record of working within the industry
  • Must have own tools
  • Have a valid UK driving license
  • Willingness to learn and drive to push the business forward
  • A passion for delivering high levels of quality control
  • Computer literate, with a keen eye for detail and accuracy
  • Positive attitude, good work ethic and willingness to participate in a team

The benefits:

  • Competitive rates of pay (Estimated £21,500 per year)
  • Pension Scheme
  • 21 days per year holiday entitlement
  • Staff Discount
  • Excellent working environment
  • State-of-the art equipment
  • Being part of a team of dedicated professionals
  • Prospects of career advancement

Parts Sales Advisor

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Parts Sales Advisor – Call Centre

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The Company:

Silverlake Automotive Recycling is a privately owned family business and one of the UK’s leading vehicle recycling yards. We are specialists in vehicle recycling, vehicle dismantling and salvage. We are currently recruiting a professional ‘Parts Sales Advisor’ to join a busy call centre team based at our head office in Shedfield, Southampton.

The job:

Answer inbound customer enquiries
Process orders and take payments
Support our counter sales teams
Actively search for new business

The person:

Experience of the motor trade and knowledge of vehicle components
A track record of achieving sales targets
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 and accuracy
Positive attitude, good work ethic and willingness to participate in a team
Self-control & good listening skills

The Rewards

Competitive rates of pay (£20,000- £30,000 OTE)
Pension Scheme
Staff Discount
Excellent working environment
State-of-the art equipment
Being part of a team of dedicated professionals
Prospects of career advancement

Applicants must be of 18 years old and above, and authorized to work in the UK.