Red Diesel Ban: Why is it happening? How does it affect the Construction Industry?

Over 15,000 signatures have been made on a petition to delay the removal of red diesel entitlement in construction. This has prompted The Government to issue their response surrounding this issue faced by those in the construction industry.

Despite this uproar, the ban is still set to occur on the 1st of April 2022. So here’s what our team at Assington Autos can tell you about this important topic.

What is red diesel and why is it important?

For those not familiar with red diesel it is the same product as ‘white’ diesel. The difference between the two comes from red diesel being given its colour through the use of red dye. In the simplest of terms, red diesel is what you get through adding a coloured dye to ‘white’ diesel. The red dye distinguishes it as diesel which is meant to be minimally taxed. The fact that it can be minimally taxed is what gives it the name ‘rebated fuel’.

The diesel also has an invisible substance added to it to regulate the legal use of red diesel. This means that even if the red dye is removed it can still be examined to see if the fuel has been used illegally.

Why is the ban important?

Red diesel is a far cheaper alternative to ‘white’ diesel. Additionally, it doesn’t have the same fluctuating price as ‘white’ diesel. Those who were using red diesel before the ban was planned are unhappy with the fact that their businesses will now have to pay significantly higher fuel duty.

White diesel is noticeably more expensive than red diesel

The price difference will be felt after the red diesel ban comes into place in April of 2022. Reportedly the fuel duty for red diesel is 11.14p per litre compared to the white diesel fuel duty of 57.95p. 

The red diesel ban is one of the main culprits for why many believe that the construction industry is on its way to an energy costs crisis. 

Does the red diesel ban apply to all vehicles?

For those working in construction, there will be no way to get around this ban. This is just one case of how focused the Government has been on banning diesel. In January we reported on the diesel and petrol car ban planned for 2025. 

The only vehicles that can get away with using red diesel are off-road vehicles. However, by April 1st this will change. 

After April 1st 2022 only these vehicles will be permitted to use red diesel

The use of rebated fuels will be reserved for use in:

  • Agriculture 
  • Horticulture 
  • Fish farming
  • Forestry 

Then within these sectors, rebated fuel can only be used for:

  • Agricultural vehicles
  • Mowing machines
  • Unlicensed vehicles
  • Certain other machines and appliances

Using red diesel will be purely dependent on what sector you work in. Breaking these laws you could be penalised in the form of fines or having your vehicle taken away from you.

So, why ban red diesel?

The reform is designed to ensure that companies responsible for NOx pollution look at other more environmentally friendly alternatives. By reducing the tax break construction companies have when it comes to fuel, they will hopefully start focusing their practices on fuel efficiency. 

The Government’s current aims through the ban

The aim is to prevent vehicles and machinery to not continuing to waste any fuel. The government particular specified that they hope it will lead people to “use less fuel” during construction work.

Additionally, plans are being made to support the development of alternative energies. The Government is currently looking to double its investment in energy innovation by committing over £1 billion to the Net Zero Innovation Portfolio. Those companies that can prove their business can develop while reducing their carbon emissions will have the ability to receive grants. The grants will be available to those most affected by the red diesel ban such as those in the construction, mining and quarrying sectors. An impressive £40 million will be pumped into this “Red Diesel Replacement Competition”.

Want more news surrounding the current changes occurring in the fuel industry? Check out our up to date news coverage here.

What is the Best Way to Sell My Car?

Find yourself thinking ‘I want to sell my old car.’ Over time we can find that the car we first bought is now undesirable. Worse than that is when your current car starts performing worse or needs an expensive repair you cannot afford. So what happens now? Do you sell it and how?

At Assington Autos we can help explain all the methods of getting rid of your old car for money. The three areas we will cover are private selling, instant selling, trade-in and scrapping. Each area has its pros and cons and it’s important to understand at what point each one is necessary.

Is there a single best website to sell a car online?

The short answer for this is no. Each website and platform gives you different options and benefits. So there is no true best website to sell a car online because each one has there pros and cons.

Instant online buyers are a great first example. It is rather likely you have seen some form of advertisement for a company that guarantees to be able to buy your car in just 24 hours. This is the best choice for someone in a rush to sell and needs money urgently. The process essentially consists of:

  1. Downloading an app or visiting their website
  2. Filling in the details of your car
  3. Being given an estimation
  4. They travel to you to inspect your car, or you travel to them
  5. The transaction is finished when both parties are happy and the money is in your account

Because of how rapid this service is there is a decrease in the value you get for your car. Potentially this is the most effective way for someone who is not looking for a new car and instead just wants money fast. We personally wouldn’t recommend this as although with private selling you take more time you are rewarded for your efforts.

Private selling of your old car

When selling your car privately take into consideration nobody is there to help you. You might have had friends or family sell this way previously and there’s a good reason for it. Here’s why they likely did it:

  • You typically get the most money selling your car this way
  • You receive the money instantly 
  • You can be paid in cash for your car

Looking at this might make you believe that private selling is the only way to go. Despite it getting you the most money out of your old vehicle it does require the most footwork. You need to make sure your car looks ready to sell and is in good condition. However, the most important step is advertising your car. Since you are by yourself on this, the amount of effort you put into advertising is completely up to you. It can range from simply sticking your phone number and price on the dashboard to creating well thought out blog posts. If you want to get the most money out of selling an old car put in the effort into marketing your car effectively. 

So what are the downsides of selling privately:

  • More effort and time is required
  • Have to deal face to face with prospective buyers
  • You have to organise your own paperwork

You must have the documents ready when selling privately:

  • V5C
  • MOT certificate 
  • Maintenance bills

Where can you trade in a car?

With a car dealership, there are a few things you should be aware of. They will heavily examine your car so they can talk you down to a cheaper price but selling to them means you can often get in-store credit for a future car.

Going to choose trade-in at a dealership, therefore, is a good decision for someone with a car with very little use. This is a great decision for someone seeking a new car fast when they’ve gone tired of their previous one. Our recommendation when looking to sell at a dealership is to try a few of them first, get some evaluations so you can bargain better. Where you can trade in a car is limited to just how far you are willing to travel. 

The people who you speak to about the sale of your car negotiate on prices for a living so don’t allow yourself to be swindled out of your money. Imagine the steps you would take to negotiate the price of a car.

How much will my car scrap for and is it worth it?

So far all the methods we have gone over typically only work for functional cars. With around seven million cars sold and two million scrapped each year obviously, a lot of the cars people are getting rid of are non-functional. Most car dealerships and buyers will not accept a non-functional car. This limits the available options but, don’t worry you can still sell your car. 

So when is it a good idea to scrap your old car for money? When you know your car is never going on the road again this is when scrapping is valuable. The benefits include of scrapping your car include:

  • Getting value out of nothing
  • It benefits the environment by recycling useful materials
  • Companies like us will come to you after getting a valuation making it an easy process

So if you are looking to scrap your old car for money check us out or call us on 01787 210 519. The fact your car doesn’t work is none of our concern. Assington Autos are always ready to help so get your quote instantly today for the best prices paid on junk cars.

Can I Increase the Life of a Car, New or Second-Hand?

Whether you have purchased a new car or a second-hand one, make sure you know how to extend your car life with this guide. Follow these tips so you can get back the most money possible when you sell or scrap your car. At Assington Autos we know a car is an investment. We also know that it’s helpful to get your money back when you can.

Only make necessary journeys

By making journey’s through other means you can keep the mileage on your car low. In addition to this constantly making short journeys is known to degrade your muffler faster than making longer ones. Car longevity will always be centred around the daily wear and tear the vehicle is put through, 

Fluid changes that extend car life

To keep your car ticking over you should be constantly checking your fluids. These include:

  • Antifreeze 
  • Brake fluid 
  • Oil 
  • Power steering fluid 
  • Transmission fluid 

Antifreeze should also have the colour of the liquid checked. When your antifreeze is brown it means there is either rust or dirt in the fluid. This severely impacts how the antifreeze can regulate the temperature of your engine. Leave it long enough and it will destroy your engine the most valuable internal component of your car. 

With your oil, it should be an amber colour and goes brown when it is old. Your oil shouldn’t be white as this is a sign of contamination. In unlikely circumstances, it changes colour due to lots of condensation. Make sure to get your oil changed either way.

Transmission fluid will be a clear transparent red. If it is brown or black we recommend a fluid change or flush. If it is pink you will likely need to replace the transmission.

Change the oil frequently

Despite this coming under the previous heading, it’s the most important. You will want to change the oil every three to six months or for every 3 to 5 thousand miles. This lets your engine work efficiently when it’s well lubricated. An efficient engine will always improve your fuel economy. When you change oil consider also changing the filter. A dirty filter will cause the clean oil to get contaminated faster.

Check your brake pads to increase car longevity 

You must make sure your pads are never worn down to the metal component. It will damage your brake discs and sometimes even the brake calipers. By keeping the pads are in good condition you prevent having to replace more expensive components. 

Wash your car 

This is perhaps the easiest way of keeping your car in good condition. Road salt, dirt and sand can all cause long term damage if left to set. A clean and dry car will save you from having to repair your body. In extreme circumstances, the parts below can get eroded. When severely damaged parts like your brake lines will end up needing to be fully replaced which is very costly. By washing your car every two weeks you can eliminate the risk of rust damage.

Keep your tyres well inflated 

Tyres that are inflated properly can last much longer. Additionally, the tyre acts as a line of defence to protect the wheel without it you may end up replacing the whole thing.

Extend car life by reading the owner’s manual 

Each car may host a specific set of features. You must know what the manufacturers recommend when it comes to increasing the life of a car. 

When you’ve done your best to extend the life of your car

So you’ve done everything, but your car won’t start. Be aware that no matter how good your car maintenance is eventually your car will no longer work. You can only increase car longevity to a certain extent. Modern cars are meant to last 150,000 miles but can last double that. However, at some point, the car comes to the end of its life expectancy. If you find that the car is costing you more to fix than you are happy with spending it consider scrapping it. 

Scrapping a car gives you money for your next car and at Assington Autos we can get you the best price paid on your vehicle. Call us on 01787 210519 or email us at for our expert advice. We can collect your dead car and get you some money back for your old car fast and securely.

Are Electric Cars and Vans Really Greener?

If you are thinking of buying an electric vehicle (EV), you might have wondered how their green credentials stack up. Given the widespread concern about climate change and global environmental targets, it’s an important point. Below, we reveal the surprising answer to this question.

Pros and cons

There’s no doubt that electric vans and cars cause less environmental damage than their fossil-fuelled equivalents – in several ways. First, the absence of tailpipes and toxic exhaust gases means air pollution is not as high near busy roads. As a result, local populations will be less prone to respiratory problems and illness.

Other benefits include reduced noise, especially in cities and towns. However, the environmental friendliness is, to some extent, limited by the carbon released during battery manufacturing. Although inevitable, the amount depends on the location of each manufacturing plant and its electricity supply grid.

Battery manufacturing

Experts have calculated that EV production gives off three-fifths more carbon dioxide into the atmosphere compared to vehicles with internal combustion engines. As much as half* of the CO₂ released during EV manufacturing is due to their sizeable lithium-ion batteries alone.

EV battery production in China releases three times as much greenhouse gas as equivalent processes in the USA. Calculations suggest that this carbon footprint would reduce by half if factories switched to using renewable energy sources alone.

Battery recharging

EVs’ reliance on regular recharging means they are only as environmentally friendly as the mains electrical power used. In some countries, these cars of the future are responsible for as little as 31 per cent of the carbon dioxide emitted by petrol or diesel-fuelled vehicles of similar size.

As an illustration, only nine per cent of the electricity generated in France comes from coal, oil and gas due to the prevalence of nuclear power. In contrast, power stations in China and India burn considerable amounts of coal, sometimes described as the dirtiest fossil fuel. Consequently, running an electric car in India would still give off around two-thirds (66 per cent) of the amount of carbon dioxide associated with conventional motor vehicles.

Future trends

A European Environment Agency report** has confirmed that in comparison to diesel and petrol-driven vehicles, EVs emit between 17 and 30 per cent less carbon over their average entire life cycle. Furthermore, as electricity generation becomes cleaner in line with climate goals and the roadmap to 2050, gaseous carbon release could reduce by almost three quarters (73 per cent). The benefits for the population and the environment are self-evident.

According to an estimate published by the National Grid, approximately 36 million EVs will be in circulation within the UK by 2040. However, their powerful batteries are not as easy to recycle as their traditional lead-acid counterparts. In 2021, only one in every twenty went to recycling, though manufacturers such as Tesla are attempting to improve this situation.

Given that usage of EVs is increasing, the demand for battery recycling looks set to rise. Li-ion cells are not as harmful to the environment as older types but can explode if mishandled during disassembly.


Using an EV emits an average of 4.6 tonnes of carbon dioxide per year. Thus, although these vehicles are less harmful, they are not entirely green.

On the positive side, improvements in technology and power generation would increase the advantages and benefits of EVs. Boosting the proportion of energy from renewables will be pivotal in improving the environmental effects of battery production and charging.

Assington Autos offer expert 24-hour scrap car and scrap van collection and recycling services across Suffolk & Essex. We pay the best scrap price and are fully trained and certified by the environment agency. 

If you are discarding your old car, get in touch with Assington Autos

Should I Purchase a Diesel Car in 2022?

If you are looking to buy a car in 2022, you may be wondering whether to purchase petrol, diesel or electric car. All have their positives and their negatives, it can be difficult to make an expensive decision.

So, to help you decide, the following article discusses everything you need to know about diesel cars. Are they are worth the investment right now?

Why Britons are cautious of diesel cars

Diesel car tax regimes are looking less favourably on diesel cars. First-year vehicle excise duty and company car tax surcharges have increased for diesel cars which means car owners face rising tax costs. 

On top of the tax implications, the past few years have seen diesel cars receive a lot of bad press. Diesel cars have received bad press surrounding their health and environmental implications. These views on diesel are unlikely to change in the future. As a result, the market share of diesel has significantly dropped over the past two years.

It has been well publicised that there will be a ban on manufacturing petrol and diesel cars in 2030. so, the British public is understandably cautious with investing in a car that will be banned in a few years time.

Will manufacturers stop selling diesel?

Extra to the ban in 2030, some manufacturers have already taken the step to stop making diesel cars.

Some manufacturers, for example, Porsche, have stopped selling diesel cars. Oliver Blume, the chief executive of Porsche, confirmed this in autumn 2018, at which point the company had already stopped UK sales of diesel cars: “There will be no more diesels from Porsche in the future.” 

In addition, Toyota is gradually cutting its diesel models from its car range, and much of the Fiat group has vowed to phase out diesel in favour of plug-in cars or hybrids. 

With this in mind, the future does not look bright for diesel cars.

So what now? Is it worthwhile buying a diesel car in 2022?

The positives about buying a diesel car are the same as they have always been.

Individuals who use their cars to cover many high-speed miles, for example, regular motorway journeys, should think about buying a diesel car. Diesel cars offer:

  • Better fuel economy than petrol cars and;
  • More torque on tap for those who want to tow.

However, if you primarily make lots of short journeys, you should avoid buying a diesel car. This is due to the Diesel Particulate Filter (DPF), inside their exhaust systems. The DPF is an integral part of most diesel engines and a considerable culprit when problems arise. You’re more likely to block a diesel vehicle’s DPF by driving it short distances because the car doesn’t have a moment to get hot enough to burn off this soot. A clogged up DPF is to be avoided at all costs; it’s expensive to clean and costly to replace.

So if you use your car for short journeys such as the school run and trips to the shop, we recommend investing in an electric vehicle (EV). EV’s are typically more fun to drive at urban speeds because of their quick acceleration and tendency to have shorter turning circles. 

However, EVs do not have the range of diesel cars. The technology and infrastructure are still lacking to make EVs more than just a short distance car for now. If you purchase a diesel car now there is a pump at every service station that will send you on your way within 10 minutes. The same can not be said for EVs.

At the end of the day, it is up to you whether your purchase a diesel car in 2022. The only wrong choice is the one that does not work for you!

About Assignton Autos

Assington Autos offer expert 24-hour scrap car and scrap van collection and recycling services across Suffolk & Essex. We pay the best scrap price and are fully trained and certified by the environment agency. 

If you are discarding your old car, get in touch with Assington Autos

What Parts of my Car are Recyclable?

Are all Parts of my Car Recyclable?

Choosing to recycle your car if it gets damaged or is too old to be resold is critical; it significantly reduces the scrap metal that hits a landfill, and secondly, recycling steel metal is much cheaper and uses less energy than making it fresh. 

However, with over 30,000 different parts, car recycling takes a great deal of knowledge, expertise and time to ensure the safe disposal of materials and fluids which are not fit for recycling or resale. 

You can trust the team at Assington Autos to recycle your vehicle safely and efficiently. This is because we care a lot about the environment. We are registered with the Environment Agency, and our team strictly follows all the regulations on recycling vehicles.

So what car parts are recyclable?

1. Engine oil

Whilst you may consider engine oil unrecyclable, this is not the case. With special treatment, engine oil can be filtered, cleaned and reused. This process is critical as it prevents oil from contaminating soil and water sources. 

2. Scrap metal

Vehicles are made from various metals. Almost all non-ferrous and ferrous metals can be sold as scrap. These materials are then melted down and the material re-purposed. 

3. Car batteries

Car batteries contain toxic chemicals, harmful to the environment. Therefore, they must be recycled. Car batteries can be dissected into various parts, such as silver and lead, which can, in turn, be reused and recycled.

4. Windows

Windows and windscreens are not the easiest parts of a car to recycle as they are often fixed between a couple of layers of plastic. However, with recent advancements in vehicle design, window glass can be recycled to produce fibreglass insulation, glass bottles and a range of essential consumer goods.  

5. Car tyres

Burning used car tyres must be avoided at all costs; the process produces high levels of air pollution, which is incredibly bad for the environment. Instead, used car tyres can be recycled and turned into various things, including materials for road surfacing.

6. Plastic components

Vehicles contain various types of plastics that can be recycled after they are separated. Unfortunately, plastic is not biodegradable, so recycling the plastic components of vehicles is greatly important. 

7. Oil filters

The Environment Agency declares used oil filters as contaminated waste. So, there are strict regulations in place to control their disposal process. 

Both the steel and dirty oil components are recyclable. The oil can be turned into fuel or lubricants whilst the metal components can be recycled into appliances cans and even new cars.

8. Car engines

It may surprise you that car engines can be recycled even if they are severely damaged. If your engine is scrap, the raw materials and metals can be extracted and melted into new products. Engines in relatively good condition can be reconditioned, and if the engine is still working it can be sold.

9. Car mats and carpets

Car mats and carpets are highly recyclable. If they are in good condition, they can be passed onto another motorist or sold on websites like Gumtree. If the car mats are in bad condition, gardeners can use them to keep weeds at bay and insulate compost heaps. 

If you are looking to dispose of your car, contact Assington Autos here, and a member of the team will aim to contact you today.

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.