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Recruitment – Tyre Fitter

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Recruitment – Tyre Fitter

We are currently looking to recruit a 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 our head-office in Botley. 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.)

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 would be good
  • 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.

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How to Buy Cheap Auto Parts (That Aren’t Cheap Quality)

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A bargain is only a bargain if you get value out of it.

Running a car can be expensive. But many car owners make the mistake of buying cheap parts in an effort to save some cash.

Unfortunately, that’s the same as throwing money away. The trick when shopping cheap auto parts is to judge cost and quality at the same time.

Below, we’ll go through some ideas about how you can get the best parts for the price.

Put In The Research

First off, if you don’t put the research in, then you only have yourself to blame.

Research is how you avoid getting stung. By spending time researching the parts you need in advance, you can develop your own sense of telling good from bad. Without preparation, you’re at the mercy of the seller of the part.

Of course, the seller is looking to sell!

As you’ll probably be looking for a particular part, you don’t need to be an expert. You just need to put the time into learning about the part you need.

Use the internet as a resource. Look for trustworthy brands and trustworthy dealers – the real bargains include both of these things!

Use the Internet

The internet has made it easier than ever to get parts, especially the rarer ones. Sites like eBay and Amazon, as well as online traders, offer easy-to-browse replacement parts.

By approaching these sites smartly with an eye for a bargain, you can get cheap auto parts. Often the best way to find quality online is to check reviews. These will give you an idea of the store’s reputation for quality.

As always with cheap parts, you may have to strike a balance between cost and quality. But by paying attention to reviews, you can find the online stores that strike the best balance between the two.

Flex Your Haggling Muscles

When you finally find a good part, there’s nothing to say you’ll have to pay the list price for it.

Many retailers will be happy to haggle, especially if you’ve found a similar part elsewhere. If you’ve done your research and you’re reasonably sure the part isn’t sought-after, that might be all you need to wrestle the price down slightly.

Once again, research is the key here. You can’t expect to find a strong haggling position if you don’t have the advantage of knowledge. After all, a retailer is likely to know more about the part than you do if you haven’t put in the research.

Watch Out For Casual Sellers

This is something to consider when using sites like Craigslist, eBay, and Gumtree.

One-off sellers won’t often have any prior reputation to help you judge their quality. That means you’re taking a gamble every time you look for cheap car parts. Although it might be tempting to buy from a one-off seller with low prices, those low prices are much more likely to come at the expense of quality.

You’re also much less likely to have any kind of returns or refund policy to make use of if things go wrong.

One-off sellers in many cases are just trying to offload poor quality or non-working parts. You may not know about this until it’s too late. While you may get a bargain if you’re just trying to fix a car temporarily to sell it on, you should avoid them for anything more substantial.

As an eBay seller, Silverlake have to maintain very strict quality and returns levels. Our track record is evident for everyone to see. This give’s you a much better idea who you’re dealing with. 

Understand the Value of the Part

What we’re talking about here isn’t just the part’s face price, but the way it’s used.

Pieces that are small, cheap, and easy to replace aren’t worth the hassle of finding the cheapest possible price. You’ll only be shaving pennies from the final cost, even if finding and fitting a replacement in the future will only take you a few minutes. The time investment put into shopping a bargain here just isn’t worth it.

But when it comes to more complex parts, you want something that will last. Larger and hard to fit items can cause all sorts of headaches when it comes to labour, and they’ll cost a bomb from the outset, too. So spend the extra time to shop a good replacement.

Be efficient! If time is money, then it pays to understand what the returns you’ll get for the time you’re investing in finding cheap auto parts.

Be Smart in the Scrapyard

The scrapyard can be a holy grail for anyone seeking cheap auto parts.

But you still need to shop smart to get the best deal. Only visit the scrapyard after doing your research. At the very least, this will help steer you in the right direction. Scrapyards tend to have a layout that puts the parts with high demand in the front, with the less common parts at the back.

Once you’ve narrowed down where you might find the parts, you can look for the best deal. The scrapyard may have several examples of the same part, so don’t stop at the first one you see. You’re looking for the best of the bunch, so keep hunting until you find it.

If you visit several scrap yards and find the part elsewhere, don’t be afraid to try for a bargain. By deploying the haggling skills we mentioned above, you may be able to shave some extra pounds from the cost.

Go to a scrapyard prepared. Some will offer full service, but at others, you’ll be expected to retrieve the part yourself. You’ll likely pay more for full service, so keep that in mind when you’re shopping for a deal.

Cheap Auto Parts Pay for Themselves

Of course, finding cheap auto parts that last means you’re saving double the money. Not only do you get the initial bargain, but you don’t have to put the additional time and energy into finding a replacement when it breaks down soon after purchase! So keep these tips in mind, and you can double the mileage you get for your money.

Be sure to follow our blog for more hints and tips when it comes to auto recycling!

Frequently Asked Questions about Scrapping Your Car

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Since 2011, Silverlake have been using Google to sponsor ads on the search engines. As a result, we are able to see the details of every search term our customers have used, which resulted in our adverts displaying.  From the results, it looks like there are common themes to the questions our customers are asking when thinking of scrapping their car.

This post is designed to provide quick answers to the most common questions based on our 6 year search history. If you would like more detailed answers, please give us a call on 02380 229999.

FAQ’s – Thinking of Scrapping Your Car?

Can I scrap a car if it wont start? Yes

Can I SORN my car before I scrap it?Yes

Can you scrap a car that’s not in your name?Yes

Can you scrap a car that wont move?Yes

Can I buy my car back from Insurance Company?Depends on Insurance Company

Can I get money for my scrap car?Yes

Can you scrap a car without a number plate?Yes.  

Can you scrap a car engine?Yes

Can you scrap a car that wont move?Yes – provided the vehicle can be accessed by our crane lifting trucks

Can you scrap a car and keep number plates?Yes, depending on the correct completion of the DVLA paperwork

Can car tyres be recycled?Yes

Can I drive a car to the scrap yard with no tax?No.  It needs to be taxed (and MOT and insurance). Put it on a trailer.

Can I drive a car to the scrap yard without insurance? – No.  It needs to be insured (and MOT’d and taxed). Put it on a trailer.

Can I drive my car to scrap yard without MOT? – No.  It needs to be MOT’d (and taxed and insured). Put it on a trailer.

Can I get a car taken for scrap without a log book?Yes

Can I get money scrapping Car Batteries?No

Can I get my car scrapped without documents? – Yes

Can I scrap my boyfriends car?Yes, with permission

Can I scrap my car if it has hpi on it?As long as finance company are aware then Yes

Can I scrap my car with no wheels?Yes

Can I scrap my car without buying a new one? – Yes

Can I SORN my car if selling it for scrap?Yes

Can I transfer my car insurance over to another car before I scrap unwanted car? – Yes

Can somebody scrap my car if they are not the owner?Yes

Can you drive your car to the scrapyard with damaged doors?Depends on the severity of the damage

Can you recycle car rims?Yes

Can you scrap a write-off for money? Yes

Can you still get £100 for scrapping an older car?The scrap value of any car is dependent on it’s weight

Can you strip your car before scrapping it?Depends on what is stripped as this may affect and influence the value given for scrap

Can you take a car to the scrap yard with a clamp on it?Yes

How can i dispose of an old car with no documents?We would need to see your ID. Please give us a ring for more information. Read more from DVLA here

How can I donate my car to charity?Please visit our donation site here

How can I find out how much my car is worth?Please visit our online quote page here

How can I get rid of my car if it is on finance?Please contact your finance company and follow their instructions

How do cars damage the environment?Please read our post on the environmental implications of not scrapping your car properly here

How do I value my car for insurance purposes?We recommend you estimate the value based on its market value.

How do Silverlake make payment for scrap cars?Electronically. No cash/cheque

How do you know if a scrapyard is authorised? – The yard would display the relevant licences and be registered with the ATF (Authorised Treatment Facility). Further memberships of the BVSF and MVDA are also recommended.

How to remove petrol from scrapped car?We do NOT recommend attempting this under any circumstances due to your health & safety. We have professional de-pollution equipment that enables us to carry this out safely.

What companies dispose of car anti freeze in the UK?At Silverlake, we de-pollute Anti- Freeze, along with all chemicals from vehicles before they are crushed, ensuring that toxic materials do not enter the environment.

What details are needed to scrap a car?We require to see your ID.

What do I do about car tax when scrapping my vehicle?Notify DVLA who will issue ‘full month’ refunds only

What do I fill in when scrapping my car? – Slip (V5C/3) in the log book.

What do I need to do with the logbook when scrapping a car?Get the scrapyard to fill in their details on the yellow ‘selling or transferring your vehicle to a motor trade, insurer or dismantler’ slip (V5C/3) in the log book. Send the V5C/3 to DVLA.  Read more here

When you scrap your car do you need a certificate?No

When will the government announce car scrappage scheme 2017?We do not know. They may not

Which company is paying the most for collecting cars for scrap metal?Us, of course!

Why is it so hard to get a car valuation without handing over your details?We only ask for your email address on our quote form. We don’t spam either making it super easy to find out the scrap value of your car. If you disagree with our price, we also provide functionality to send us more detailed information for quote reconsideration.




We are recruiting – Apply Today

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We are recruiting – Apply today
We are recruiting – 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.


Due to the growth of the automotive recycling industry we are currently recruiting:

  • 360 Operator – Vehicle Crushing
    • £9-£10 per hour depending on experience / Full Time
  • Stores Person / Parts Preparation
    • £7.50 per hour / Full Time
  • Vehicle Dismantler – Customer Facing
    • £7.50-£8.00 per hour depending on experience / Full Time
  • Workshop Manager
    • £25,000-£35,000 depending on experience / Full Time


For further information about any of the roles please contact

What We Look For In Applicants:
  • A good work ethic
  • 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
  • Competitive Rates of pay (depending on experience)
  • Incentive Scheme
  • Pension Scheme
  • Staff Discount

How Scrapping a Car Can Help the Environment

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Money is often the primary motivation for more than 1.1 million cars being scrapped each year in the U.K. But did you know that scrapping a car has environmental benefits?

Scrapping a Car Can Help the Environment

Here are some of the ways scrapping — instead of abandoning — your car can make a difference.

Reduced Air Pollution

A straightforward way to help reduce air pollution is to not replace your scrapped car. It’s a growing trend in urban centres for people to rethink the need for a petrol or diesel fuelled car.

Instead, they are exploring other options. Cycling, walking, public transit, electric cars, car-sharing services, taxis, and ride-sharing are rising in popularity. For every car taken off the road, an average of 4.7 metric tonnes of carbon dioxide is no longer released into the air.

But going car-free isn’t the only way scrapping a car can help reduce air pollution. If you do want a new car, finding one that is fuel efficient and produces low emissions has never been easier.

The U.K. government hosts a database of fuel emission information about new and used cars. It’s available to the public to help consumers research environmental impact before buying a car.

Hybrid and electronic cars continue to grow in availability, reliability and affordability. In 2017, Volvo became the first car manufacturer to commit to building only hybrid and electric cars, starting in 2019.

Scrapping a car that runs on petrol or diesel and exchanging it for a hybrid or electric vehicle is an effective way to help the environment.

Reused Parts

Of course, scrapping a car is a fine way to help your fellow citizens as well as the environment.

When you take your car to a professional salvage services, they remove all parts that can be reused or refurbished. Salvagers store the parts and usually keep a listing to make it easy for people who need used parts to buy them. Car repair and restoration is a hobby for some and necessity for others.

Buying used car parts is usually more cost-effective than buying new. This is true for the individual and the environment. Lower demand for new parts reduces the number of raw materials extracted or produced.

At the same time, there’s no economic disadvantage to reusing parts, on balance. Automotive repair and salvage services is a thriving sector around the world.


The next step after reuse is recycling. Most of what can’t be reused from a scrapped car is recycled. In 2016 in the U.K., 95% of the materials in scrapped cars were diverted from landfill through reuse and recycling.

There’s regulation to guide and check recycling. Metals, glass, and some plastics found in motor vehicles are recyclable. It’s not uncommon for recycling operators to capture operational emissions. The emissions can power turbines that supply sustainable energy for other on-site processes.

Recycled tyres become a wide range of consumer and commercial products. These include rubber paving, roofing shakes, playroom flooring, garden beds, shoes, and backpacks.

Recycled materials help temper the rate of new natural resources extraction. The economic benefit to helping the environment shifts to other sectors.

Contributing to Sustainable Production

Manufacturers use materials recycled from scrap when they build new cars, especially metal and rubber. This has two benefits. It can reduce the cost of production and slow the pace of extracting raw materials.

Plus, strict regulations on car manufacturers improve energy efficiency. They also help control water usage in production processes. Some manufacturers have on-site solar and wind energy production to fuel their operations.

Safe Disposal of Fluids

Not everything in a scrapped car is reusable or recyclable. This is most often true of fluids. Cars have several fluids that are, at best, unfriendly to the environment. At worst, they are toxic to people, plants, and wildlife.

Proper disposal is critical. Professional salvagers use health and safety guidelines to dispose of a car’s fluids. These include: antifreeze, petrol, brake fluid, motor oil, and transmission and power-steering fluids.

If you leave a car to deteriorate outdoors, fluids seep out and can damage nearby soil and water. If you take your end-of-life car to a disreputable business, the dumping of fluids into water and soil is a risk. Dumping damages the health of plants, ground water, and animals.

Safe Disposal of Other Hazard Materials

Cars contain several hazardous materials. There’s mercury in headlamps, light switch assemblies, and ABS brake sensors. Wheel weights and batteries contain lead. There are chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) in air-conditioners, sodium azide in air bags, and asbestos in brake shoes and clutches.

Professional salvage yards use proper procedures to handle components that contain hazardous materials. They also have established methods for the safe disposal of hazardous waste.

Protecting the Environment

Modern and forward-thinking salvage service providers are mindful of the cost to the environment if mishandled scrapped cars.

In the U.K., many vehicle salvage businesses do their part to protect the environment. Many regulations and programs support these efforts.

If protecting the environment is important to you, there are questions you can ask an auto salvager. The answers can help you decide if they are the service provider for you:

  • Does the salvage provider remove and resell the parts themselves? (Doing so reduces the cost of transportation and provides transparency to the process.)
  • Does the salvage provider have standing relationships with reputable recycling businesses?
  • Do they separate out different materials such as metal, glass, and plastic? (On-site separation leads to better quality recycled end-products compared to mixed-material recycling.)
  • Are their workers trained in the safe removal and disposal of hazardous materials?
  • How do they dispose of fluids and other hazardous materials?
  • Are they in control of disposal sites for hazardous materials? If so, are the sites designed to prevent toxins from leaking into soil and ground water?
  • Are they aligned with environmental associations?

In Summary

There is always much to consider when scrapping a car. Knowing that you’re helping the environment can be an attractive bonus.

In addition to deciding how you will replace the old car — no car, used car, or new car all help the environment in different ways — a little research can go a long way.

We have been salvaging vehicles for decades. We take pride in our contributions to a cleaner, more sustainable environment.

If you’re thinking about scrapping your car, contact us anytime. We’re here to answer your questions and provide you with quality service.

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.

car parts

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. (

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!


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