Transport & Car Blog

Buying a Write-Off Car: Pros and Cons

  Tuesday, 21 August 2018

Salvaged cars stacked in racking for auction or breaking

For those seeking a bargain, and who are willing to drive an older vehicle model, buying a used or a write-off car can present an ideal opportunity.  However, buying your car this way is not without risk if you’re unsure what to look for.

Among the first considerations for a would-be buyer are the history and condition of the vehicle at hand.  With updated write-off categories implemented in October 2017, it’s as important as ever to have a solid understanding about what each category indicates about the quality of the cars falling under them.

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Best used family cars to buy

  Tuesday, 7 August 2018

Not too long ago, driving a used family car often meant spending miles in a mediocre hatchback, stuffed to the brim with baggage and uncomfortable family members.  Nowadays, buying a second-hand family car doesn’t need to mean compromising roominess, reliability or comfort.

A family car should be judged on its overall flexibility: combining drive quality with practicality, style with comfort.  Fortunately, there’s a wide range of choice, with many family cars on the second-hand market available for stunningly low prices.

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Guide to finding a replacement car engine

  Wednesday, 18 July 2018

Car bonnet opened showing engine

A car engine is one of the most important components of a working vehicle.  Without a working engine, your vehicle is a motionless chassis.  It’s important to take care of your car’s engine and ensure it is periodically serviced to maintain its safety and efficiency.  Unfortunately, despite your best attempts, there are engines that stop functioning either due to malfunction or a road accident.

With over one million refurbished car parts available for vehicles ranging from Alfa Romeos to Volvos, at ASM Auto Recycling we process over 25,000 ELVs every year.  Let us help you solve your replacement engine requirements as quickly and cost-effectively as possible.

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Best used city cars to buy

  Friday, 29 June 2018

City cars have come a long way in recent years, with manufacturers becoming adept at providing compact cars with ample space for passengers and storage.  A city car is the perfect choice for quick trips into town and other short journeys with minimal fuss and cost.

Many city cars now available on the second-hand market offer plenty of style and comfort, boasting qualities above and beyond vehicles which are a class above them, yet being sold at lower prices.

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Does the steel market affect the value of your scrap car?

  Tuesday, 12 June 2018

Have you had your end-of-life vehicle valued for scrappage recently?  If so, the chances are you will have been surprised at the amount of money you’d receive.  As with other commodities, scrap metal experiences fluctuations in its value, driven largely by the world market.  Presently, the British and European steel markets are experiencing an oversupply of materials, resulting in a greatly reduced demand.  This has hit prices somewhat in the last couple of years.

Furthermore, exports of cheaper Chinese steel have also been blamed for forcing down the value of UK scrap prices.  As the Chinese economy has stalled worse than anticipated, their steel surplus has been offloaded into the European marketplace at uneconomic prices.  Another reliable indicator of global steel values is the Turkish TSI index.  Although the index has experienced steady improvements in values during recent years it has still not yet reached pre-recession levels of 2007.

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