Do You Check Your Car Wheels Regularly?

I’m going to start this post with a true story. Recently my dad experienced a puncture on one of his rear tyres after going over a rather large nail. He wasn’t too worried, he always carried a spare in the boot so knew that he could change the tyre and carry on his way. However, when he got to the boot and looked at the spare, he realised that the spare tyre was also flat, that he’d taken off this tyre on another occasion when it had been punctured, and had forgotten to get it sorted. He ended up calling our the RAC, and had a rather long wait into the process. The moral of the story is that your tyres are important and need to be given the respect they are due.

Tyres

There is no use in carrying a spare tyre around if it is flat or damaged. Similarly, you never really know when you are going to be called upon to change your tyre. Driving around on flat tyres is dangerous and reckless, when you actually think about it the only part of your car that touches the road surface are your tyres,so all aspects of safety, from acceleration, braking, steering and cornering are all governed by the safety and condition of your four wheels. You are literally putting your life into the hands of your tyres. But not just your life, but the lives of everyone who travels in your car, and other motorists on the road too.

Wheel Hubs

As well as your tyres, your wheel hubs are also very important. Your hubcaps protect your steel rims from dangerous road chemicals including salt (a particular problem on Winter roads), that can lead to premature rust and wear on your steel wheels. Hubcaps will also help keep your lug nuts from rusting and getting stuck. The good news is that these days replacing your wheel hubs doesn’t have to be a nightmare where you can only go to one specific garage/stockist for replacements. CV Hubs and Bearings can deliver Volvo wheel hubs anywhere in the country for the next day, so you can quickly replace damaged hubs ensuring your car is safe. This is particularly useful as we approach the Winter months, with last years snow in mind. Even Winter tyres benefit from hubcaps, so being able to access replacement caps so quickly is brilliant.

Being safe when you are on four wheels is just so important and are something every driver needs to keep in the forefront of their mind. Why take the risk on the road?

How to get the best price for scrapping your vehicle

It’s time to get rid of your vehicle, and you probably won’t get much for selling it, so how about you scrap it instead? A lot of the time people tend to shy away from scrapping a vehicle as they are afraid the process might be difficult, however, it couldn’t be simpler. 

Scrapping your old, disused vehicle can be a good way to make some quick money, but what it’s worth knowing is how to get the best price for your car, and there are some thinks you should make note of to ensure you get a good deal. 

What determines the price of a vehicle? 

Firstly, before you go straight to a scrap yard and ask them for a price, it is handy to know how they valuate your vehicle and the factors that determine the price you are offered. 

The weight of the vehicle: This is probably the most important factor in decided the price of the vehicle. When it comes down to it, the heavier the vehicle is, the more metal there will be to scrap, therefore the valuation will be higher. Bigger cars ramp up a higher price because there is more steel on the vehicle to be scrapped.  

The distance from the dealer: Any reputable dealer will collect your vehicle for free, however, the further you are from the dealer the less money you’ll receive. That’s because it will cost the dealer more to collect the vehicle from a longer distance. 

Have parts been removed? Some people might recommend removing expensive parts of the vehicle in-order to sell them separately, but this will only lower the scrapping price. Not only will your vehicle be lighter if you remove parts, but the dealer may possibly give you more with the parts intact so that they can go onto sell them, without the parts this isn’t possible. 

The scrap market: Like with any market, the scrap metal market fluctuates and it is well known that things are constantly changing in terms of price. It’s all about supply and demand, therefore if there is a high demand for steel then you will get more money for your vehicle, but it also works the other way too. 

What are the average prices of popular vehicles? 

It is possible to find websites where you can receive an online valuation for your vehicle, but if you’re looking for an estimate, here are the average scrap prices of popular vehicles in the UK: 

-Renault Scenic – £174 

-Audi A3 – £143 

-Volkswagen Golf – £172 

-Ford Fiesta – £148 

-Land Rover Discovery – £297

How to get the best deal 

Be patient: As we said above, the market can change at any point dependent on whether there is a demand for recycled steel, therefore you need to ensure that you are selling your vehicle at the right time. If you find the price unusually low at one point, it might be a good idea to hold onto the vehicle and keep checking online valuation to wait for a price increase. 

Choose a dealer nearby: If you choose a dealer further away from where they need to collect the vehicle, it is likely that they will knock something off the price because it costs them more to collect it. This is why it is essential that you choose a scrap yard as close as possible, that way they will be less likely to penalise you for this. 

Be cautious: The car industry is notorious for dodgy dealings; therefore, you should be careful when you choose a dealer to scrap your vehicle to. You should choose and Authorised Treatment Facility (ATF) as these are the only government approved scrap yards. Any dealer that is not could potentially try and con you out of your money. This includes charging you for collection, charging you if you don’t have a logbook or trying to take the vehicle away without giving you a penny. 

Why Servicing Your Car Is So Important

When a car first leaves the salesroom, it is at the height of perfection, with everything running smoothly, it is in tip top condition. But once it has left the salesroom and you now sit behind the steering wheel, you now have the responsibility of making sure your car remains roadworthy and is looked after. Making sure your car is serviced regularly is one of the ways you can ensure this.

Wherever you live, you can make sure your car is fully serviced. For instance, if you live in Stirling convenient car servicing is offered within a few clicks by Fife Autocentre who offer fixed priced car servicing options and also offer van servicing too. Your car should be serviced regularly, at least every 12 months, or every 12,000 miles is a generally agreed timescale. Sticking to this timeline should ensure your car maintains peak condition and you get more miles and years of service out of it.

So why should you have regular car servicing?

The main, and most important reason for having your car serviced is that it identifies problems with your car and its main components. This can ensure that your car doesn’t break down, or, worse still, become involved in an accident due to a failure or malfunction.

All cars are subject to wear and tear, but having your car serviced helps to identify this, and can save you money in the long run by being able to repair something rather than having to completely replace it.

A regular service could see your car running more smoothly, or lead to be being more fuel efficient – another way you could be making a financial saving.

What Should be included in a Full Service?

Car servicing differs amongst different service suppliers, but at a rule of thumb it should include an oil and filter change, break checks, a visual inspection of your vehicle, topping up of all fluids, and will also check between 45-60 of your cars components. Any additional work for problems identified is not included in the cost, but can often be booked at the same garage.

If your car is long overdue a service, then you really shouldn’t wait any longer. Be sure to add car servicing to your calendar and then to make sure you adhere to this each year. In this way, you should keep your car as economical and safe as possible.