During winter, avoid leaving these 4 items in your vehicle

We all know about the effects of leaving items in our vehicles during the hot summer months, but do you know the effects of the colder winter months?

Although it is convenient to keep essential items in your car, cold weather can cause a great deal of damage.

Mark Barclay from GSF Car Parts said: “As the weather gets colder, we should be mindful of what not to leave in our cars. Electronic devices such as phones and laptops should be brought inside, as should instruments and any pressurised items like aerosols and tinned goods.” 

Barclay also flagged the importance of taking a ‘winter car kit’ with you when driving in freezing conditions. This could include an external battery charger for your phone (safe to store in a moving vehicle), an ice scraper and a de-icer. 

By taking these simple measures, you can enjoy safer drives on the roads this winter. 

GSF Car Parts compiled the following list to warn against the risks of leaving certain items in your vehicle during the cold seasons. 

Electronic equipment

Most people have experienced their phones overheating during the hot summer months. However, beware, the cold weather also affects electronic devices. If phones, laptops, tablets get too cold, they may stop working correctly, have battery problems or shut down. This is because most electronic equipment works best within the temperature range of 0-35 degrees celsius. To avoid risking these issues, never leave electronic equipment in the car!


If you take medication regularly, be careful not to leave it inside your car when the weather gets colder. Although most medications won’t harm you if left below freezing, it can be hard to tell if they are working as intended. 

Aerosol products

Cold temperatures can seriously affect aerosol products. For example, if products such as deodorant and hairspray get too cold, they can explode. So, avoid storing these items in the car and ensure to keep them inside at room temperature. 

Wooden musical instruments

Cold temperatures can strongly affect instruments, particularly those made of wood; when it’s cold, the wood narrows, causing instruments such as violins and guitars to become out of tune. Leaving these instruments in your car during the winter months can cause costly and permanent damage; the cold temperature can even cause cracks in the wood. 

If you are discarding your car, get in touch with Assington Autos. We offer expert 24-hour scrap car and scrap van collection and recycling services across Suffolk & Essex. We pay the best price for scrap and are fully trained and certified by the environment agency. 

The Lowdown on the 2030 Petrol and Diesel Car Ban

In November 2020, the UK government announced a ban on the sale of new petrol and diesel-powered cars and vans from 2030. However, Prime Minister Boris Johnson said some hybrids will still be allowed.

The upcoming ban is part of what Johnson terms a ‘green industrial revolution’ to combat climate change and create jobs in industries such as nuclear energy. It will bring some noticeable changes to the motoring world, so here we try to answer some questions you may have, including why the ban is happening and how it will impact you.

Why is the ban taking place?

The ban on petrol and diesel cars is part of the government’s broader commitment to reducing carbon dioxide emissions to zero by 2050; reducing tailpipe emissions is viewed as a large part of this plan.

For those in favour of the internal combustion engine, a ban on the sale of petrol and diesel cars might sound extreme. However, with the sale of electric vehicles rapidly increasing, many motor industry experts view the ban as putting an end to a technology already on its way out.

In 2020, battery-operated electric car sales increased by over 160%. This extraordinary figure was against the backdrop of COVID-19, which saw some of the lowest new vehicle sales in memory. So in a ‘normal’ year, it is reasonable to estimate that those figures could have been higher.

What about hybrids?

So will hybrid, part petrol/ diesel and part electric vehicles be banned too? The answer is no. Although petrol and diesel cars are viewed as the most significant problem now, hybrid cars won’t be far behind; 2035 will see the sale of hybrid vehicles outlawed. Whilst this won’t mean you have to scrap your hybrid, you won’t be able to buy them from a dealer.

What will replace petrol, diesel and hybrid vehicles?

Battery electric vehicles (EVs) will replace petrol, diesel and hybrid vehicles. Powering up an EV is more like switching on a light than starting an engine; sizable lithium-ion batteries and motors that drive the wheels replace traditional engines.

Will you be able to buy second-hand petrol or diesel cars after the ban?

The ban only applies to new diesel and petrol cars, so you will still be able to buy and sell traditionally fuelled vehicles, and the same applies to hybrids after 2035.

However, expect petrol and diesel cars to be worth a lot less. Although there will be many deals on petrol and diesel stock as the ban approaches, it’s fair to assume there will be many incentives to swap to electric vehicles after the ban’s implementation.

How will the ban affect you?

The ban will only affect the sale of new fossil-fueled vehicles, so you won’t have to get rid of your petrol or diesel car after 2030 and hybrid vehicle after 2035.

The ban only refers to the sale of new vehicles, so classic car owners won’t need to think about scrapping their cars.

In addition, the Department for Transport (DfT) and the Motorcycle Action Group (MAG) have confirmed that the 2030 petrol and diesel car ban won’t include fossil fuel-powered motorbikes; they will still be purchasable beyond 2030.

How can Assington Autos help you?

If you are buying an EV and looking to scrap your petrol, diesel or hybrid car, Assington Autos can help: we pay the best price for scrap and are fully trained and certified with the environment agency. Get an instant quote here.

The Benefits of Electric Vehicles

The Benefits of Electric Vehicles

Electric vehicles (EVs) are growing in popularity. By 2040, they will constitute 54% of new car sales globally. As Evs become a fixture of everyday life, there are several benefits for drivers making the switch. From the savings you can make on tax, fuel and maintenance costs to the environmental impact, switching to an EV is highly advisable.

Cost of electric cars

EVs are an excellent long term investment. They offer outstanding value for drivers looking for a cheaper and more sustainable way to get around.  

Similar to petrol and diesel vehicles, the cost of buying EVs depends on several factors: model, make, features and type. So there will be an EV suitable for most budgets! 

Cheaper maintenance

The cost of running EVs is significantly cheaper than petrol or diesel cars. Whilst their initial price may be similar, an EV will be more affordable to maintain over the vehicle’s lifetime. 

Completely electric vehicles are highly efficient. There are generally three main parts fuelling the vehicle; the inverter, on-board charger and motor. This design means there is less wear and tear on the car; with fewer moving parts prone to damage, you’ll rarely have to service your EV, and the repair costs will be low.

You can also save money through government grants and incentives offered for your car, home charging point and even your businesses, as part of their drive to help people and companies embrace and make the switch to EVs. For example, the OZEV plug-in car grant: vehicles with a purchase price of under £35,000 and Co2 emissions of zero g/km whilst driving may be eligible. 

You can also save on Road tax(VED). Entirely electric vehicles are exempt from paying VED, and plug-in hybrids are exempt from paying first-year VED. 

Better for the environment

Fully electric vehicles have no tailpipe emissions, making them cleaner, greener and far better for the environment than traditional petrol or diesel cars. 

A plug-in hybrid combines an electric motor with a small battery. Typically driven in electric mode, plug-in hybrids emit zero tailpipe emissions as their electric range of around 30miles is well within the average UK daily distance driven.

Fewer emissions equal fewer greenhouse gasses, propelling the Uk to a more sustainable future. 

Fast, easy charging

Charging your EV is simple, fast and super cost-efficient. You can place a small, weather resistant home charging unit outside your home, enabling you to charge your electric vehicle by plugging in the charging cable when you’re parked up. A 7kW home charging port will fully charge most EVs in around 5-10 hours. Rapid chargers will speed up the process, charging most eclectic vehicles to approximately 80% in less than an hour.

A quieter, smoother driving experience

Last but not least, EVs are generally quieter than vehicles with a combustion engine, creating a more comfortable, relaxing experience for drivers. Although electric engines are not silent, the whirring sound is minimal.

EVs are generally a smoother drive than traditional petrol and diesel cars. This is because they have fewer moving parts and are automatic, so difficult gear changes are a thing of the past. 

Furthermore, with excellent torque control, EVs have incredibly smooth acceleration. 

Scrap your car or van with Assington Autos

Are you trading in your petrol or diesel vehicle for an EV? Don’t discard it. Assington Autos offers 24 hour scrap car and scrap van recycling services across Suffolk and Essex. We pay the best price for scrap vehicles and are fully trained and certified by the environmental agency.

5 Signs It Is Time To Scrap Your Old Car

5 Signs It Is Time To Scrap Your Old Car

No car lasts forever. Even if you take fantastic care of your vehicle, a time will come when you need to dispose of it. However, knowing when to scrap your car can be difficult.

Whilst you may not be ready to ditch your vehicle just yet, the following 5 signs indicate it is the right time.


Is your car sitting unused in your driveway? A surprising number of us own vehicles that go nowhere; for some, cars become redundant when their kids leave home; for others, moving to an area with good transport links reduces the need for a vehicle.

Unused car’s take up driveway space, and if you are taxing, testing and insuring them, they cost you a significant amount of money.

Choosing to scrap your car will free your driveway and give you some cash to pocket.

Growing family

If your family is growing, you may need to purchase a larger vehicle to fit baby seats, baggage and dogs.

It is also important to consider safety ratings. An older car may not have a high enough safety rating for your family. Look for a vehicle with an excellent safety rating to ensure your loved ones are protected.

Repair costs are too high.

Cars decay and wear down over time. They are expensive to keep in working condition and as your vehicle ages, the cost of up-keep increases.

If the cost of keeping your car outweighs its worth; you are at an auto repair shop every month and repair bills are too high, it might be time to scrap your old car.

Choosing to scrap your car with a reputable, government-approved company such as Assington Autos ensures the price you receive will be fair. In addition, they will dispose of your vehicle in an environmentally friendly manner. You can even use the cash from your scrap car to buy a new vehicle.

Can’t be sold

The amount of cars available to buy can make it challenging to get a reasonable price for your vehicle. In addition, finding a buyer is difficult if your vehicle is not in great condition.

If you have tried selling your vehicle on social media pages, websites, newspapers and notice boards and had little luck, then a car scrapping service may be the best option. You will be surprised at how much a scrap car is worth.

Unsafe to drive

If your vehicle is old, it may be unsafe to drive. Old cars are often prone to breaking down, particularly on long journeys: rusting engines can make it difficult for your vehicle to be on for an extended period. If your car is no longer usable or you are worried about driving long distances out of fear of breaking down, it may be time to scrap your vehicle.

Your vehicle may also be unsafe to drive if it’s written off in an accident. If the cost of repairing your car is too much, car scrapping is a great option.

If your car is unsafe to drive, keep it off the road to protect yourself and other drivers. Regardless of the condition, car scrapping companies will swap your car for cash.

Assington Autos offers expert 24 hour scrap car and scrap van collection and recycling service across Suffolk and Essex. We pay the best price for scrap and are fully trained and certified with the environment agency.

If you need to scrap your car, contact Assington Autos here to get a free quote.

5 Reasons To Scrap Your Car

The benefits of car scrapping services are great. You can make extra cash whilst helping the environment. Thanks to EU regulations, nearly every part of a vehicle can be reused and recycled, and the materials from scrapped cars live on in everyday products such as kitchen utensils and designer jewellery.

However, we understand that the decision to get rid of your car can be challenging. To help, we have put together five reasons why car scrapping is a good idea.

Environmental benefits

Did you know car scrapping can benefit the environment?

Strict environmental regulations ensure legal car scrapping services reuse every part of a vehicle. Cars are taken apart, compacted, then turned into scrap metal. Anything from batteries and radiators to tyres and mirrors can be recycled. This process saves car parts from going to waste and enables them to live on in another body or create entirely new products.

The recycling of existing metals diminishes the negative environmental impacts of car production. Producing steel for new cars burns large amounts of coal. This process emits greenhouse gasses which cause pollution. Recycling cars reduces the demand for mining new metals and other mineral resources.

Regulations have also reduced the toxicity of car scrappage. Car scrappage centres are required to safely dispose of, and recycle hazardous materials such as mercury. They must possess the right equipment to handle toxic materials and have the proper infrastructure to prevent any toxic materials from leaking.


Alongside environmental benefits, the financial benefits of car scrapping are another incentive. Whilst the initial sum you invested into the car may be lost, you will essentially get money in return for a piece of “junk”. A range of factors influence the amount you can receive for your car, but if it is a good make and model, you will undoubtedly receive more.

Not used

Owning a car is pointless if you don’t use it. There are many reasons why this could be the case. You may have moved houses, and don’t need a car to get to work anymore, or perhaps you live in an area with excellent transport links so a car is unnecessary.

Regardless of the circumstance, if your car is unused and can’t be sold, choose to scrap it and make some extra cash.

Unsafe to drive

Sometimes cars become too dangerous to drive. If this is the case, reduce the potential risks of harming yourself, or other road users by scraping it.

Your Vehicle Has Been ‘written off’

It can be challenging to know what to do when your vehicle is ‘written off’. You can sometimes get it fixed, but if the vehicle is too damaged or the cost of repairs is too great, recycling your car is a great option.

Whilst your insurance company may offer you a reasonable price, you are under no obligation to accept their offer if it is unsatisfactory. Instead, get in touch with a car scrapping centre. Most will offer you a reasonable price for your vehicle, regardless of its condition.

At Assington Autos, we buy, sell and break used cars and vans. We follow all the regulations on recycling vehicles and are registered with the Environment Agency: our permit number is EPR-EB3800UW-T001.

Get an Instant quote from us today, or get in touch with us to find out how we can help you.

Vehicle Recycling: The Environmental Benefits of Scrapping Your Car

In light of Sadiq Khan’s recent efforts to tackle London’s air pollution via the ULEZ car and motorcycle scrappage scheme, the effect of motor vehicles on the environment is becoming increasingly scrutinised. Whilst the primary benefit of this scheme comes from the replacement of polluting vehicles with more environmentally friendly alternatives, the actual process of scrapping these old, inefficient cars produces a secondary environmental benefit through recycling.

Vehicle Recycling

Scrapping cars allows the steel typically used in their bodywork to be recycled. Whilst the recycled parts may end up back in car manufacturing, there is also massive scope for these recycled materials to contribute towards a whole range of other objects. For instance, recycled steel is used in train tracks, tins, pipes, and even jewellery. That being said, how exactly does scrapping and recycling cars have a positive effect on the environment?

Decreased Demand for Steel Production

To answer this question, we need to delve into the process by which we obtain steel. Steel is made using iron, which is obtained through the mining of iron ore; a process that damages the environment in a variety of ways. The act of mining for iron ore and converting it into steel produces a cocktail of dangerous gases – including nitrous oxide, carbon monoxide, and carbon dioxide – all of which contribute to both air pollution and global warming.

Put simply, recycling steel means that there is less demand for steel, and consequently less demand for steel production (steel accounts for 95% of all metals produced!). In turn, by reducing how much steel needs to be produced, vehicle recycling helps to reduce the negative environmental consequences that come with mining for iron ore.

Avoiding Landfills

Scrapping and recycling vehicles can similarly benefit the environment by ensuring that car and motorcycle parts do not end up in landfill sites. Landfills are often seen as easy waste disposal options, with many people unaware of how truly environmentally damaging they can be. In reality, the accumulation of waste in landfill sites is one of the leading contributors to the contamination of soil in this country and around the globe.

Doing Your Bit for the Environment

Scrapping your old banger is often regarded as an economically savvy decision, but far less often do people suggest that it is an environmentally conscious one. However, as the world gradually moves towards a greener existence, the role of vehicle recycling should not be overlooked.




Will the ULEZ Expansion Lead to Mass Scrapping of Classic Cars?

Sadiq Khan’s plans for London’s Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) have repeatedly been met with backlash since the scheme’s inception . In a decision that will affect a further estimated 2.5 million cars, October 25th will see the zone expand from central London to a larger area with the North and South Circular as its boundary.

A by-product of the creation and expansion of the ULEZ is that older, collectible models of cars – ones that do not meet the new ULEZ emission standards – could be pushed off London roads. Classic car enthusiasts are worried that many owners will be pressured into scrapping these retro models, with the economic gain from doing so outweighing the personal pleasure of holding onto them.  

The ULEZ is an attempt to get some of the city’s most polluting vehicles off the road, thus improving the capital’s air quality. Cars that do not meet the new ULEZ regulations must pay £12.50 as a daily charge each time they drive within the zone, whilst heavier vehicles have to cough up £100.

Unlike modern cars that were made with fuel efficiency in mind in order to dodge tax policies and other regulations, car manufacturers never previously had the same pressure to create efficient cars. Thus, many classic cars fail to meet these new ULEZ regulations. As a result, a classic car owner living within the zone who takes his car out twice a week would have to pay £1,300 per annum simply to drive!

If this was not already enough of an economic incentive for owners to get rid of their older vehicles, Khan launched the ULEZ car and motorcycle scheme alongside the creation of the zone itself. The London Mayor is respectively offering £2,000 and £1,000 for cars and motorbikes that do not meet ULEZ emission standards, money which then has to be reinvested into buying a vehicle that does meet the new standards. Combined with the daily charge of driving in the zone, it is very easy to see how this scheme could make scrapping your retro car a very lucrative option.  

However, not all retro cars face this new motoring tax, with vehicles that are older than 40 years old being exempt from ULEZ regulations. This means that whilst post-1981 classics such as the Porsche 944 and Austin Metro are likely to become endangered automotive species, we may continue to see Triumph TR6s and Jaguar Mark 2s on London roads. In fact, we might even begin to see vintage car enthusiasts on the active hunt for these older classics. 

In the coming months, if many have not already, classic car owners will likely be conducting their own personal cost-benefit analyses to weigh up whether they should scrap their beloved car. Alternatively, is it possible that there might be a mini exodus from London for those that do not want to give up their car or pay the zone’s daily charge? In any case, the upcoming ULEZ expansion will undoubtedly lead to the mass scrapping of cars, a number of which may be cherished older classics. 







What happens to my car when it is scrapped?

Cars can have value as a source for spare parts but also the metal itself has value.  Over 2 million cars were scrapped last year we explain below what happens with your car when you scrap it.

Once we have collected your scrap vehicle, it will then be transported to Assington Autos fully licensed Authorised Treatment Facility Site for the depollution (environmentally approved scrap process). The depollution process involves removing hazardous materials that can contaminate the earth. We drain and remove such materials as oils, acid, coolants, anti freeze and refrigerants. The fluids are disposed of in a controlled way.  We also remove items listed below

  • Battery – Battery acid is dangerous and contains lead
  • Tyres  – This is a controlled waste material and must be stored correctly
  • Petrol  – Explosive and hazardous
  • Airbags – These can be potentially explosive
  • Seat Belts and Tensioners – Again potentially explosive and are classed as a hazardous material
  • Filters & Fluids – As mentioned earlier, oils, lubricants, coolants and filters are removed due to being hazardous waste
  • Switches that contain mercury

Next Up

Glass removal is carried out and rubber removal. Also any useful or remaining specialist parts like bumpers are removed. Also any other bulky non metal items are removed. it is then time for a crusher where cars are compacted into the familiar cube we all know. Cars can also be shredded into smaller pieces for economical transportation.

Assington Autos are committed to following the strict guidelines as laid out by the environmental agencies and are Environment Agency & DVLA-Approved

Scrap your car today with Assington Autos

The Rise of Catalytic Converter Theft and How to Prevent it 

Described by Which? as a ‘new crimewave that has swept the UK’, catalytic converter theft rose an average of 104% between 2019 and 2020 in England, Northern Ireland and Wales. Occurring during the national lockdowns, many thefts took place at the victims home, in a car park or on a known, local street. In many cases, this crime results in vast repair bills and, quite often, complete write offs. 

It has been estimated that a single converter is worth around £400.00. Made out of rhodium, palladium and platinum, the converter’s composition of precious metals has made them valuable targets for organised crime groups. 

Catalytic converters are fitted in vehicle’s exhausts to reduce the amount of harmful gases emitted. Functioning to absorb pollutants such as carbon monoxide and hydrocarbons, catalytic converters work to transform the gases into less dangerous substances like carbon dioxide and water vapour. They are most commonly used with internal combustion engines and have been proven to be highly effective in decreasing noxious emissions. 

The converters are easily removable and can be detached from vehicles in under a minute. The Metropolitan Police have issued guidance surrounding common signs that a catalytic converter theft may be underway. They suggested: 

  • If a vehicle has been raised using a car jack 
  • If there is a loud drilling sound coming from under the vehicle 

Vehicles that rest higher on the road are also more likely to be targeted for their ease of access. For this reason, common targets include trucks and SUVs for their size and bolt-on converter models. However, Which?’s research from 2019-20 suggests that hybrid cars are equally likely to be selected because they have been built with more precious metals which can sometimes be worth more than the vehicle itself. 

Unfortunately, despite the 2013 Scrap Metal Dealers Act that prevents individuals offering cash for scrap metals, it is thought that the stolen converters are sold illegally at scrapyard, shipped abroad or sold online. 

The Metropolitan Police have also suggested certain preventative measures to protect against theft including leaving vehicles in well lit, overlooked outdoor areas or ‘registering your converter with a forensic marker’ that make stolen converters difficult to dispose of. Alternatively, a ‘Catloc’ functions as a catalytic converter lock but they are expensive devices (costing up to £200) and can only delay thieves a couple of minutes, not prevent the theft entirely. 

If you are looking for safe, friendly and environmentally conscious scrap metal collection or removal services, get in touch with Assington Autos today. 


Inside the Industry: what happens when I scrap my car?  

It has been estimated that the UK scraps over one million used vehicles every year, but what really happens to our cars after we’re finished with them? In this blog post, we’ll guide you through the car scrappage process and offer a little insight into the auto recycling industry.

Travel to an ATF

If you’ve opted for a service that will collect your car, their first step will be to take your retired vehicle to an ATF. Standing for Authorised Treatment Facilities, an ATF needs to have approval from the government’s Environment Agency that requires sealed drainage systems and concrete surfaces. 

Removal of Polluting Components

Although it has been estimated that most cars are 75% metal, there are several other hazardous materials that need to be removed. Polluting components may include the potentially explosive airbags and seat belts, the battery (that contains acid), traces of flammable fuel, pyrotechnic charges and other polluting substances are removed before they have the opportunity to seep into the water system or surrounding soil. 

Removal of Recyclable Components 

The vehicle’s tyres (and other recyclable or specialist materials) are then removed from the structure. This may include glass from the windows and windscreen but also the wiring harnesses and heater core. 

Crushing the Vehicle 

After concluding the removal and depollution process, the shell of the vehicle is then ready to be crushed and made easy for transportation. This is usually flattened into a smaller cube shape and then put through an industrial shredding machine. 

It is thought that steel recycling metal uses around 75% less energy than in its production whilst the industry alone has been estimated to save enough energy to facilitate a year’s worth of power for over 18 million UK households. 

Get in touch today

Assington Autos are registered with the Environment Agency and Green Car Depollution. Due to the ban on paying for scrap with cash, they have joined the Bread4Scrap scheme that allows us to pay for your scrapped vehicle with a prepaid mastercard. They are a customer-oriented, friendly and efficient 24-hour service. With free vehicle collection and experienced staff, Assington Autos pay the best price for scrap cars.

If you’re thinking about scrapping your vehicle, simply check out the website to get the best price or get in touch today.