How to tax your car (the complete guide)
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by ASM Auto Recycling
1M ago
There have been some significant changes to the Vehicle Excise Duty (VED) regulations in recent years, with more to come in the near future. Here’s our guide to the vehicle tax rules, and answers to some common questions you may have about how to tax your car. How is car tax (VED) calculated? Ultimately, the car tax you pay will differ depending on how environmentally friendly the car is. That’s because the amount of tax you pay on your vehicle is based on the amount of carbon dioxide (CO2) it emits into the atmosphere. For cars first registered between 1 March 2001 and 31 March 2017, the rat ..read more
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How to scrap a car
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by ASM Auto Recycling
1M ago
Every year in Britain, around one million cars are scrapped. It might be that you’ve decided that scrapping your own car is the best financial option. If that’s the case, then keep reading: this is our guide on everything you need to know about what to do to scrap a car. What you need to know about regulations Scrapping a car is relatively simple. However, as with all things vehicle-related, there is some paperwork involved. There are thorough legal regulations in place that you must meet, all of them designed to help the scrapping industry operate whilst minimising the environmental damage c ..read more
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How To Change Rear Lights in a Car
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by ASM Auto Recycling
1M ago
You may not think about it, but your car’s rear taillights are a vital safety feature. This is especially true when it’s dark, during bad weather, or when visibility is impaired, and it becomes harder for other drivers to see you. Despite this, it’s easy to forget to check whether your rear lights are actually working as they should. Too often drivers are seen on the roads with one taillight out-of-order or only one working brake light. Driving with a non-functioning rear lamp is illegal and can result in a large fine. Don’t get caught out. Making regular checks on the state of your taillight ..read more
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Basic Car Maintenance: How to change your spark plugs
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by ASM Auto Recycling
1M ago
An essential part of your engine’s operation, spark plugs are something which you can replace yourself with relative ease. When the engine fires, the spark causes the ignition cycle to begin. As this happens every time you start your car, the metal in the plugs will inevitably burn out over time. As this happens, eventually the gap between the electrodes becomes too vast for the spark to travel, leading to misfires, weak acceleration and poor mileage. Replacing your spark plugs regularly can help your vehicle run at peak performance and save you from costly repairs in the future. How do I kno ..read more
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How tyre damage can hinder performance
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by ASM Auto Recycling
4M ago
Tyre problems for any road user are no laughing matter. Damage to your tyres not only reduces the performance and efficiency of your car, but it can pose a serious risk to your safety and that of other road users. Tyres are some of the most common car parts that encounter wear and tear. This is because they are in constant contact with the road surface. Subsequently, tyres will often need periodic attention to prevent permanent tyre damage and having to fork out on unnecessary replacements. Top Tyre Problems Keen to know the common signs and symptoms of tyre damage? Below is a list of illegal ..read more
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Thinking about scrapping a car this Christmas?
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by ASM Auto Recycling
4M ago
Forget Christmas wrapping, what about Christmas scrapping? Is the festive season a good time to scrap your car? If you need some extra cash for the most expensive time of the year, selling your old banger for scrap could be the sleigh to go … Is Christmas a good time to scrap your vehicle? We think so. The second-hand car market cools down in December, as buyers wait for the discounted new deals coming their way in the New Year. So, trying to sell a car that is way past its best to private dealers could be tricky. People generally have more seasonal things to spend their money on than old mot ..read more
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Can I sell my car without the log book?
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by ASM Auto Recycling
7M ago
Yes, you can sell a car without a log book, or V5C document. But it will be harder to do so without proof of ownership, and you might have to lower the price. It is easy to apply for a replacement log book, and reassure anyone buying the car that you are the registered owner. If you are planning on selling your car, but you’ve realised you don’t have your log book, you might be concerned that it’s not possible to transfer ownership of your vehicle without it. It’s important to be mindful of the fact that the UK government warns buyers against buying vehicles without log books. That’s because ..read more
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Basic Car Maintenance: How to change your car battery yourself
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by ASM Auto Recycling
8M ago
Even if they’re well taken care of, car batteries don’t last forever. The typical lifespan of a car battery is between three and five years before it needs replacing. If you notice your headlights dimming or your car has run out of energy, the likelihood is that it needs a new battery. Fortunately, this is something which you can tackle at home with a few tools and without too much difficulty. Why do car batteries go flat? Car batteries can go flat for several reasons, including: Undercharging, caused by lack of use or when the car is only being used for short journeys which don’t give the b ..read more
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The growing interest in eco-friendly cars
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by ASM Auto Recycling
8M ago
There is no question that environmentally friendly cars are becoming more popular. In a sense they have to be. In the UK the sale of new petrol and diesel cars are banned after 2030, so soon an electric vehicle will be the only choice if you want to buy a new car. Consumers are increasingly seeing the environmental and cost benefits of driving an eco vehicle, but what environmental value do they have, how much do they cost, and which are the most common types? How expensive are eco-friendly cars? The biggest issue for people considering buying an electric car is the forecourt price. The avera ..read more
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How to change windscreen wiper blades
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by ASM Auto Recycling
9M ago
Windscreen wipers tend to need replacing once every six months to a year. As a result, learning to make the changes yourself can be a real money saver. Dirty, greasy smears left by older blades can impair visibility; so learning how to replace them is an essential step to keeping yourself and other motorists safe. Generally, it will only take you around 15 minutes to replace your windscreen wiper blades so it’s an easy job to do yourself. This guide will teach you how to replace wiper blades, plus go over when you should replace them and what you’ll need. When should you replace your wiper bl ..read more
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