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Driving into the Future: The Development of Electric Vehicles in the UK

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Driving into the Future: The Development of Electric Vehicles in the UK

Can you imagine a world where petrol stations and filling up your tank are a thing of the past? Where you can head out on a 100 mile trip for the day, park your car in a garage safe in the knowledge that you can take it out the next morning without having to fill her up?

Well, that world may be coming, faster than you think, thanks, in part, to a new found popular interest in electric vehicles and a government move to ensure half of all cars sold are either hybrid or electric by 2030. By 2040 the aim is to see a green U.K where petrol and diesel vehicles are no longer available to buy.

With the government offering good subsidies of up to £3,500, for those who buy electric vehicles in 2019 and electric vehicle parts, now is surely the time to go green.

So what exactly is an electric car and what do you need to know before you buy?

The Diesel Problem

You’ve probably heard a lot in the news about green energy and green cars so it’s understandable if you’ve ever wondered what all the fuss is about. What’s wrong with diesel and petrol anyway, they do the job of getting you from A to B right?

Unfortunately, in the process, they do massive harm to the environment and human health.

The Human Cost

Since 2012 diesels are considered a level 1 carcinogenic by the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC). This means they are deadly to human health in large quantities due to their high CO2 emissions.

Whilst big sprawling Asian cities with lots of traffic and a rapidly expanding population like Bangkok and New Delhi often have record-breaking CO2 emissions, even relatively liberal cities in the U.K like London which has attempted initiatives to reduce their emissions like the congestion charge, still, breach recommended levels.

The ‘Clean Diesel Scam’

In response to concerns about diesel, in the 2010s many leading car manufacturers claimed to have made a breakthrough in ‘clean diesel’: cars that emit only safe amounts of CO2. For a while, it seemed as if the world did not need to hang up their petrol pumps just yet.

However, a big scandal exposed by investigative journalists revealed that leading car manufacturers had engineered technology which allowed the cars to appear as if they were releasing less CO2, tricking machines that tested for emissions, when really they were producing the same amount of toxic fumes as they were before.

Because of this scandal in recent years, public opinion has moved back to green energy cars and interest in electric vehicles and electric vehicle parts has peaked once again.

Recycle It

If you’re considering buying a new green vehicle then the chances are you have an old petrol or diesel car that is on its way out. If you’re serious about ‘going green’ then you’ll want to make sure that your old pride and joy is disposed of in the right way.

We have some advice about the benefits of recycling your car.

Charging Electric Vehicles

Charging is perhaps one of the most contentious issues about electric vehicles. We hear you, how can you switch to a green car if the rollout of charge points doesn’t keep up and will you need to get new kit installed in your home, an added expense?

The answer is it won’t cost you extra as many of the more high-end models include a house point charger as standard.

But charge point rollout in the U.K is happening faster than you might think. There are around 13,000 charging points in the U.K and big name stores like Aldi supermarket are rolling out their own charge points at their stores by popular demand.

AFC energy has also just released a fuel cell charging point, powered by hydrogen.

Our top tip here is to do your research before you buy and use Google or a dedicated site to find out how many charge points are available in your local area and on your daily commute. Plan your journeys out and ask yourself would this work for me?

Models Galore

So you’ve made the plunge and decided to go green, what models should you be on the hunt for when you’re looking for your dream car.

Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV

This top of the range model from Mitsubishi can drive 28 miles on electric power (more than a marathon!) and comes with its own in-house charging point, it has 4×4 off-road drive and since it’s a hybrid it also comes with a petrol tank as well.

This means if you’re ever stranded somewhere where there are no charge points, the car has your back.

Hyundai IONIQ Electric/Hybrid

With a choice of electric or hybrid modules, Hyundai is very much leading the game with its whopping 174-mile range car and an in-car entertainment system that includes Apple CarPlay, allowing you to use Siri and your phone whilst driving.

It also comes with LED daytime lights and has 0.24 coefficient drag for a smoother ride.

Contact Us Today

Electric vehicles don’t have to be a confusing topic nor are they just the pet project of eco-warriors! They are the future and will soon be the most common way of getting about.

With the increased adoption of electric vehicles across the UK, and being an industry leader in automotive recycling, we’ve been rolling out training on the safe dismantling of Electric batteries to our staff for over 2 years, making sure they are equipped to deal with any electric breakers that come in. If you’re serious about going green and getting yourself an electric vehicle, relax knowing we can still offer the help and support you have come to know and expect from us. We offer a range of services from buying your old vehicles, salvages and selling spare parts.

So if you have a query be sure to get in touch.


Buying a Car at Auction: 8 Things to Expect from Salvage Car Auctions

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Every week, more than 12,000 vehicles are sold at auction in the UK. Buying a car at auction is an increasingly popular way to get a new auto. Do you know what to expect at a salvaged car auction?

Salvaged car auctions are a little bit different from regular auctions. If you plan to get a car this way, you can save lots of money on a great auto. But you’ll need to prepare yourself so you get a good deal that you won’t regret.

Wondering about buying at salvage auctions? In this guide, we’ll go over everything you need to know to proceed with confidence — keep reading to get prepared!

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What Are the Best Used Car Parts to Buy from Scrap Vehicles?

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What Are the Best Used Car Parts to Buy from Salvage Vehicles?

According to some reports, the average cost of car repairs has risen by a third in just three years. And according to Green Flag, the average UK driver is spending £574 per year on fixing their car.

Whilst no one loves shelling out hard earned money, cars do bring us a certain level of convenience; Which often means when our beloved friend on four wheels breaks down, we are inclined to pay for the repairs.

But how can we save money when these breakdowns occur? Is there any way to reduce how much we spend?

Turns out, you can save money in a practical way by buying some of the parts you need from a scrap yard. You don’t always want to do this, but a few used car parts make cost effective alternatives.

Read on to see where you can save some money.

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Top 5 Benefits of Recycling Your Car

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Top 5 Benefits of Recycling Your Car

You loved your car. You treated her well. She was there for you through the good times and the bad.

Sadly though, there comes a point when we all have to say ‘sayonara’ to our Subaru or ‘auf wiedersehen’ to our Audi.

You could part exchange, but that has its drawbacks. Car recycling – selling to a motor salvage company- may have more advantages than first meets the eye.

Read on for our guide to the top 5 benefits of recycling your car.

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Must-Follow Tips: Get the Best Deal When Buying a Salvage Car

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Must-Follow Tips: Get the Best Deal When Buying a Salvage Car

Do you want to get your hands on a vehicle without spending a fortune on it?

If so, buying a salvage car might be the best option for you. While many people are scared off by the idea of buying a car with a salvage title, the truth is that you can save money and get a reliable vehicle when you go this route.

If you’re not familiar with what a salvage car is, it’s any car that has been involved in an accident or sustained enough damage for a car insurance company to write it off. But just because a car insurance company has decided to give up on it doesn’t necessarily mean you should, too.

Those willing to put some work into a salvage car will often find it to be a great investment. Here are some tips for getting the best deal when buying a salvage car.

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Save or Splurge: The Pros & Cons of Buying Used Tyres

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Save or Splurge: The Pros & Cons of Buying Used Tyres

Tyres wear out over time, while a puncture at any speed can be a hair raising experience.

The fact is, if you drive a car, a time will come when you have to consider buying new tyres. Maybe it’s just one, lost in a puncture on your way to work, or maybe it’s the whole set.

There are alternatives to buying expensive brand new tyres. One of the more popular ones is “buying ‘part worn'”.
Join us today as we bring you the pros and the cons of buying used tyres, and learn how to put this information to use in your next big purchase.

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Silverlake Donate to Bobby Scheme

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Representatives of Silverlake and the Blue Lamp Trust, the charity that runs the Bobby Scheme, met at the Trust’s headquarters in Eastleigh on Friday, September 28, to unveil Silverlake’s logo on the Bobby Scheme’s vehicles.

Allen Prebble, Silverlake’s managing director, said: “Silverlake has a long tradition of building strong ties with the community we work in.

“We see it as a privilege to support the Bobby Scheme’s commitment to protecting the elderly and vulnerable within our community.  Their work is a major contribution towards community safety in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight.”

Read the full article at the Southampton Echo here

Top 5 Scrap Yard Scams You Need to Be Aware Of

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You’ve had your car for many years, but you can no longer put off the inevitable… It’s time to take it to a scrap yard.

You’re hoping that you’ll at least be able to come away from the experience with a little bit of cash in your pocket.

Perhaps you’re heading to a scrap yard so you can buy some replacement parts for your vehicle at a lower price. We know you want a good deal.

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10 Important Facts About Salvage Titles and Salvage Cars

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

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

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

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

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

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Important Things You Need to Do Before You Scrap Your Car

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Important Things You Need to Do Before You Scrap Your Car

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

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

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

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