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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.

Recruitment – Stores Person

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Recruitment – Stores Person

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 stores person to join a busy team based at our head office in Shedfield, Southampton.

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Stores

The job:

  • Cleaning and preparing parts
  • Photographing and imaging
  • Quality control
  • Uploading to in-house systems & websites
  • Stock control
  • Picking sold stock for shipping or collection

The person:

  • Experience of the motor trade and knowledge of vehicle components
  • A track record of a stores \ warehouse background
  • Willingness to learn and drive to push the business forward
  • A passion for delivering high standards of quality control
  • 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 benefits:

  • Competitive rates of pay (£17,500 – £20,000 DOE)
  • 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.

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

What Does PCD Stand For?

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Pitch Circle Diameter

PCD stands for Pitch Circle Diameter. It is the diameter of a circle that is used to set the wheel nuts on.

When there are 4 or 6 studs, measuring the PCD is easy. Just measure between opposing nuts, taking the measurements from the center of the nut to the opposite center.

PCD - Pitch Circle Diameter

To calculate the P.C.D. of a five stud wheel or hub, measure from the inside of one hole to the outside of the next hole and multiply by 1.7012.  The picture below shows where to measure from

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Salvage Auction – Top Tips

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…And What To Be Aware Of When Buying From a Salvage Auction

In this ‘Top Tips’ guide, our aim is to navigate you through the myriad ways you might become unstuck when purchasing via our salvage Auctions. At Silverlake, we are committed to providing the best service possible. But sometimes, nothing beats having a quick reference to call upon to make sure you understand how to get the best out of your upcoming salvage auction purchase.

So here goes, Silverlake’s light hearted top tips guide to buying from a Salvage Auction


1. Know What You Are Buying

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If you thought you were bidding on a real truck, and then realised you had successfully bid on a toy truck, we can pretty much guarantee you would be miffed! So you might think this is a strange tip because for most people, if you see something you like, say in a boot sale or auction house, you would go take a look at it. You would check out the condition. You would make sure it is what you expected it to be. You would also independently assess what the item is worth, and how much you would be prepared to pay for it.

Well it seems that not everyone is as savvy as you! You would be amazed how many people bid on an auction vehicle, and win, only to find out it wasn’t what they thought it was going to be.

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Top Tip. Don’t buy a toy truck! Before you consider bidding on anything, check out the goods first, View in person. Don’t be surprised with what you win at auction if you haven’t looked at it beforehand. We welcome all visitors to our salvage yard and encourage all bidders to take a good look at the vehicles first


2. Do Your Research

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We don’t check mileage and we don’t give detailed descriptions of the auction vehicles. It is up to the savvy salvage buyer to undertake DVLA checks, MOT history checks, HPi Checks and to generally satisfy him or herself that the vehicle they are interested in, meets their expectations. MOT history checks are free via the DVLA website. An HPi test costs approximately £3. This is small change compared to the sums that some salvage vehicles can go for.

Top Tip. Do your research. Go online to DVLA and check out the vehicle MOT history. Purchase an HPi check. Know the history of what you are buying


3. Read the Auction Terms & Conditions

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As a savvy salvage bidder, you already know there are terms and conditions with your salvage bidding activities. These include fees that we process relating to your bid. We also charge for storage for vehicles which have been won by auction but have not been collected.

Top Tip. Read our Terms and Conditions. These outline the terms on which we provide salvage vehicles, and give the conditions you must accept and be bound by, when buying from our salvage auctions. To make it really easy to do this, we’ve added a link to the Silverlake T’s & C’s here


4. Know Where Your Salvage Auction Car Is Located

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Silverlake is part of Salvagemarket, a UK based auction site. The vehicles you view on our salvage auction page include vehicles from other companies which use Salvagemarket auction facilities. What this means to you is, you might be bidding on a vehicle via the Silverlake website, which is actually being stored in a salvage yard in Cheshire.

Salvage auctions work like this. A salvage company based in the North of England will list all their own cars, as well as all the cars of other salvage companies up and down the country. A car that someone living in Cheshire might see locally online, might actually be a Silverlake car. If that customer in Cheshire bids on our car, but thinks it is based at his local salvage yard, he is going to get a shock! Equally, you may be local to Silverlake in Southampton and you might fall in love with an auction vehicle that is on our website. But once you win the bid, you might be surprised to find the car is sitting in our friendly Cheshire Salvage Yard. By the way, we have nothing against Cheshire. It’s just a long way from Southampton.

Top Tip. Our auction website covers the whole of the UK. Make sure you know the location of the vehicle you are bidding on. Read the auction details clearly as it is noted where the vehicle is based. Don’t be surprised to find your successful bid relates to a car which is being auctioned off by a company up in Cheshire.


5. Ask Lots of Questions – Before the Auction Takes Place

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We are a friendly bunch at Silverlake. We love to answer any ‘Pre-Auction’ bid questions you might have. Nothing makes us happier knowing that you have bought a vehicle which is exactly what you wanted it to be. It makes our life much easier, but more importantly, it makes your life, the customers life much easier.

Top Tip. Ask us questions before you bid. Ring us. Come visit us in person. Message us on Social Media. Send your message via a carrier pigeon. We don’t mind. Just make sure you contact us with your questions before any money is transacted. Thank you!


6. We Dont Test For Road Worthiness. We Only Test For Loading Purposes

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This top tip goes back to Points 1 & 2. Know what you are buying. Research the condition of the vehicle. We only test the vehicles for loading purposes. Our salvage auction cars are not guaranteed to be fit for road worthiness. This might come as a shock to our less than savvy salvage buyer from Cheshire who has won a bid on a Silverlake car, and thinks after getting the National Express Coach down to visit us, he can happily drive his new salvage vehicle back to Cheshire, only to find the wheels fall off and the engine blows up whilst exiting the Silverlake gates!

Top Tip. Our salvage auction cars are only tested for loading purpose, and are not tested to be road worthy. Don’t expect to drive your newly won auction car back to Cheshire. Read the next top tip. It is also relevant


7. Bring In A Suitable Vehicle to Carry Away Your Recently Won Salvage Auction Bid

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This top tip relates back to the previous one. Because we don’t test our salvage auction vehicles for road worthiness, we only test them for loading purposes. What this means is, you will need to transport your recently won bid back to where you will store it, on the back of a flat bed truck, or on tow, or in some other safe fashion which doesn’t cause you to breach the Highways Code.

Top Tip. We have to satisfy ourselves that the way in which you will be transporting your auction vehicle to its destination is done in a safe manner. We can refuse to release any vehicle if you have not proven to have safe means of transport, and we can charge you to store the vehicle until you arrive with something which we deem as safe. We are not being deliberately difficult, we just have a legal duty of care to you the buyer and to other road users affected by your purchase from us.


8. Before You Can Bid, We Must Have Seen Your ID And Activated Your Account

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Unless you are able to use an old Jedi mind trick on us, we must see your Identification in order to approve your permission to bid on our auction site. When you sign up for our auctions, you will be required to complete an application form and then email in a photographed image of your Identification. This is manually checked by one of our auction team. If we are not satisfied with the quality or legitimacy of your ID, we will ask you to bring the ID in, in person. You may bring your ID in to show us in person from the outset if you prefer.

Top Tip. Before you can bid, you must have an activated account with us. In order to activate your account, we must do a manual check of your Identification. Identification can be sent to us by email, or brought in to our salvage department in person. We reserve the right to decline acceptance of your account, based on an inability to authenticate your Identification. If you can prove who you are to us, the force will always be on your side.



…And Finally

9. We Put The Fun back in ‘No Refunds’

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Lets face it, Grumpy Cat doesn’t need an auction refund from us, because, well, he’s just a cat. However, we try and make sure everything goes well for our salvage auction bidders. We draw your attention to our terms and conditions, and we do our best to assist you at every step of the journey. Whether you are casual surfers of our twice weekly auctions (Wednesday & Fridays), or delighted auction purchasers, we have simple and straightforward processes in place that make the whole process of buying salvage vehicles nice and simple. And because you are all such savvy salvage auction bidders anyway, you wouldn’t ever require a refund from us.

Top Tip. Be Awesome! Be a Savvy Salvage Auction Bidder. Know how to get the best bargains for the best price, at the right place. Who needs refunds eh?

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.)

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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 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.

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

Recruitment – Vehicle Preparation Technican

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Recruitment – Vehicle Preperation Technican

We are currently looking to recruit a new member of our vehicle preparation team at our head office in Shedfield, Southampton.

At Silverlake Automotive Recycling, we hold major contracts with some of the country’s largest vehicle insurance companys. Dealing with everything from insurance write-off’s to stolen recovered vehicles. A large number of these vehicles are allowed to be resold to be repaired and put back on the road and the company does this using our own ‘Online Vehicle Auctions’.

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We currently process a minimum of 800 vehicles a month and each vehicle must be cleaned, washed, photographed and prepared for auction. This is done by a dedicated team of professionals who are the heart of the companys operations.

What We Look For In Applicants:

  • 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:

  • Competitive rates of pay
  • Pension Scheme
  • Staff Discount
  • Full Time Employment

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 – LGV / HGV Driver Class 1 & 2 (C & E) Recovery/Transporter

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LGV/HGV Driver Class 1 & 2 (C & E) Recovery/Transporter

We are currently looking to recruit an experienced driver with CPC, ideally with either vehicle recovery or transporter experience, to join our team of professional recovery drivers.

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The Role

The recovery and delivery of vehicles for insurance companies, local authorities and the general public. Working Monday to Friday, and one Saturday in four, with NO nights out. We cover the south coast and M3 corridor into south London.

Successful candidates will be physically active, ability to use smart phones & PDA’s, preferably have a clean license (maximum 3 points) and be over the age of 21 (for insurance reasons).

What We Look For In Applicants:

  • A passion for delivering great customer service
  • Has a track record in recovery or transporter vehicles
  • Enjoys working as part of a team and on their own
  • Self-starter with great organisation skills
  • Compliant, careful, considerate and courteous to other drivers
  • Dependable, reliable and thorough

What we offer:

  • 28 days Holiday (Inc Bank Holidays)
  • Competitive rates of pay
  • Pension Scheme
  • Staff Discount
  • Full Time Employment

Applicants must be of 21 years old and above, and authorised to work in the UK.

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