When will petrol and diesel cars be banned?

To target Zero emissions in the UK it is thought the date has now been brought forward to 2035, five years earlier than previously thought. Banning new petrol and diesel cars won’t be enough on its own but will go a long way to improving and meeting targets.

The UK wants to have virtually zero emissions by 2050. A third of CO2 emissions are produced by transport so a ban on conventional combustion engines will certainly help reach that target and WHO guidelines. We will also be removing nitrogen oxides from the environment. Nitrogen oxide often exceeds safe levels in many cities across the UK. Diesel vehicles hold the overwhelming majority as the main polluters of Nox gases.

Issues with going electric

Electric cars are currently expensive but it is thought that by 2025 prices will be similar to Petrol / Diesel cars due to developing battery technology.

Second-hand market

There are currently very few electric cars on the second-hand market so a large investment is needed to buy new. Electric vehicles make up less than 1% of the auto market currently.

Charging points

Although this has greatly improved until the demand is there charging points remain fairly spread out, some areas are keeping up with demand but more thought and investment needs to be made as this is a factor when deciding to buy electric.

Locations of charging points within cities where people share flats could struggle, there are ideas that lampposts could be modified to become charging points. Using existing infrastructure will be important or we may see our roads dug up once again to lay new cables.

What will happen to old cars will they be scrapped?

There is currently no UK-wide scrappage scheme in place for petrol and diesel cars and it is unclear if the government is considering this. Currently, you will still be able to buy second-hand petrol or diesel cars in 2035 just not purchase a new one. Based on that we could see a rush to buy petrol and diesel cars in the previous year.

6 useful things to always keep in your car

Important Paperwork

The perfect place to keep your vehicles paperwork is in the glovebox of your car. We all know how frustrating it can be to search the home for your V5C or insurance documents so why not keep it in your vehicle so you know where everything is. If you are ever stopped by the police it is always good to have these documents to hand.

We recommend having the following paperwork to hand in your vehicle.

  • V5C Registration Document
  • Proof of insurance proof of tax
  • Owners Manual
  • MOT Reports / Certificates

A Torch

Always carry a torch, you never know when you ma need it. If you break down you may need one to look under the bonnet of your car, find those dropped keys, flag someone down after breaking down or finding your way home after leaving the car at the local pub. Always always keep a torch in your car.

A First Aid Kit

We all know we should, but how many of us keep a first aid kit in the car. From trips to the beach with the kids or first aid at the roadside your first aid kit is an essential item to keep in your car. Make sure everything in the kit is checked now and then for expiry dates.

Pen & Paper

If you have a car accident having a traditional pen and paper can come in handy. yes we have our phones but pen and paper don’t need recharging. Also handy for leaving notes on car windshield for people who have parked in disabled bays without a badge 🙂

Cleaning Wipes & Sanitiser

Especially for parents or pet owners having wipes in the car is essential, also sanitiser after you return from shops or peoples homes to sanitise your hands while COVID-19 is an issue is an essential item.

Spare Masks / Gloves

With COVID-19 we recommend keeping a stash of disposable masks in your car and a pair of gloves ( for handling petrol pumps ) The amount of times we get into the car only to realise we have forgotten our mask and have to head back home to get one. keep some in the car.

Scrap Car Prices Continue to Rise in September

Scrap Car Prices Continue to Rise in September

Some good news during these hard times. Prices in scrap metal due to a reduce in demand during the COVID-19 outbreak fell quite dramatically. The automotive and commodity markets took a hard hit and it has taken some time to recover.  it took until August for prices to steady again and we are now seeing a rise. What is more surprising is if you compare prices with last year they are actually up by 6%. Consumer confidence is returning and this is a reflection of that.

Get the best price for your scrap car

We offer some of the highest prices in the UK for scrap cars. Assington Autos specialise in scrap car collection across Suffolk and Essex. If you have an unwanted or damaged vehicle and need to have it collected call now or use our scrap car valuation form found on this page. We will provide an immediate quote and you can choose to accept the online valuation. We will then arrange collection of your vehicle. Scrap car prices are quoted using a vehicle database lookup and takes into account a number of elements to enable us to accurately price your scrap car.

We will also produce a certificate of destruction only authorised centres are able to provide this. The certificate provides evidence the vehicle has been taken off of the road and scrapped. Without this document you could potentially still be liable for insurance or road tax. Enter your vehicle details today and see how we compare.

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UK Scrappage Plan 2020

The UK Government seem to be backing off of a plan to launch a new vehicle scrappage scheme that was set to boost sales and stimulate the UK Car Industry and Economy.

The scheme announced in June 2020 would have offered incentives to switch from old petrol and diesel cars to new electric and hybrid vehicles.

The financial times reported that there is no guarantee the scheme will be launched and some senior officials now saying it was “very unlikely” the scheme would be launched.

There has been no official word from the government and the report will certainly deter some from pushing ahead with buying a new car. Many are holding off in hope of a post-lockdown plan / offer from the government some studies have shown almost 30% of potential buyers are now holding off.

Many buyers are keen to buy a more economical and environmentally friendly vehicle and a government scheme would certainly go a long way to getting the UK car industry moving again after sales almost completely died off between April – May.

The impact on the UK automotive industry has of course been catastrophic and the industry has called for a dedicated “restart package” to drive consumer demand including scrappage and VAT cuts.

Mike Hawes, the SMMT chief executive, said: “UK automotive is fundamentally strong. However, the prolonged shutdown has squeezed liquidity and the pressures are becoming more acute as expenditure resumes before invoices are paid.

“The government’s intervention has been unprecedented. But the job isn’t done yet.

“Just as we have seen in other countries, we need a package of support to restart; to build demand, volumes and growth, and keep the UK at the forefront of the global automotive industry to drive long-term investment, innovation and economic growth.”

Dubai’s Abandoned Performance Cars

Dubai’s Abandoned Performance Cars

Every year Dubai sees a number of high end performance and luxury vehicles being left at airports, rotting in car parks and sitting in scrap yards. Dubai has a surplus of abandoned luxury cars and such an epidemic it became headline news around the globe.  It seems hard to believe cars like this just get left by the roadside and has created a fair bit of anger on social media. Many people think that the reason these cars are just left is because the super rich simply don’t care and are completely numb to the value of the vehicles. 

The truth however is that Dubai has faced a financial struggle alongside oil prices crashing to an all time low. Many of these cars belong to expats who travelled to Dubai in search of a high flying life style. people haven’t just abandoned their car they have abandoned their whole life after finding themselves bankrupt defaulting on loans fleeing to avoid prison. Sharia law has some quite strict laws and non-payment of debt is a criminal offence not a civil offence. There is no protection for people who fall on hard times. Prisons throughout the UAE are notoriously tough so it is no wonder people flee and leave their cars at the airport.  There are even stories of people being blacklisted for missing one credit card payment and facing jail time. 

Of course it isn’t just expats struggling to cope, hard times and bad debt can happen to anyone. the only good thing to come out of this is if you are lucky you can pick up an incredible deal on supercars and luxury vehicles. Cars are auctioned automatically 15 days after being impounded. 

Watch this video to view abandoned and damaged supercars in Dubai

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Where to scrap a car near me

Can I scrap a car for cash?

Is it possible to scrap a car for cash?

Currently, it is illegal to scrap your car for cash. This is done as a preventative measure against car theft. If you find yourself dealing with a scrapping company that states you can scrap a car for cash with them, this is a good sign you are working with an illegal business.

You should be careful of trusting any scrapping site that promises you cash for your scrap car. Additionally, you will need to notify the DVLA that you are taking your car to be scrapped otherwise you put yourself at risk of being fined. The current fine is up to £1,000.

Paying for scrap cars in cash is illegal

Beware of unexpected traders and unscrupulous scrap dealers who turn up or haggle on the doorstep. If you do not have the vehicle registration document, ignore possible suggestions that the scrap price offered has to be reduced by a further £25 due to a supposed extra DVLA fee.  When scrapping vehicles, DVLA will accept a simple written confirmation. See our post about scrapping a car without your V5C Document.

If in doubt or if you do not receive any communication from DVLA within four weeks, motoring experts advise contacting the agency either online or via their telephone helpdesk service.

We do not accept cash at Assignton Autos to scrap your car. We only will scrap your car using a method that you are comfortable with, whether that is a cheque or a bank transfer we only use secure payment methods.

Beware of scrap merchants that offer to scrap your car for cash. You may regret your choice and face serious consequences.

What Are Scrap Car Batteries Worth

What To Do With Old Car Batteries

In short, old car batteries are worth about £5.

You might be surprised to find out that your car battery is only worth a fraction of the price it was worth when it was purchased new. This is because with each use of your car battery it degrades. Over time the new battery will become far less effective at doing its intended function. 

It can also degrade if it goes long periods of time without use. That being said you can still expect to get some quality use out of your car battery before it dies. You can get over 10 years or 100,000 miles use out one battery if correctly managed. However, when it needs to be disposed of you need to make sure to do it correctly.

Car batteries contain highly toxic substances and should be disposed of correctly. Battery acid is strong and can cause blindness if it gets in your eyes. Batteries also contain quite a lot of lead which can lead to poisoning if ingested. It is illegal to dump old batteries. Car batteries should always be disposed of appropriately through recycling programs or your local ATF ( Authorised Treatment Centre ).


Batteries can be recycled into new products even used in new batteries. The most useful and valuable commodity within a battery is the lead. It is really easy to scrap your old car or car batteries with us. Click here and enter your car registration and postcode for an instant price.

What is an ATF Authorised Treatment Facility

What is an (ATF) Authorised Treatment Facility?

Assington Autos is an Authorised Treatment Facility

When scrapping your vehicle you will see or hear this term often but what is it and what does it mean?

As stated above an ATF is an authorised treatment centre and to explain further is a scrap yard that follows specific rules and regulations when it comes to dismantling and recycling / disposing of scrap cars. The dismantler / scrap merchant has proven that they follow strict guidelines set out by the Environment Agency (EA). The guidelines set out are as follows.

  • Depollution
    Removal of potentially hazardous materials and substances eg: fuels, oils , break fluids. The individual hazardous components and materials removed during depollution should be kept separate. Clearly, ATFs need to remain vigilant for any other hazardous materials or items that might be encountered in the course of their operations.
  • Certificate of Destruction Responsibilities
    Issuing and generation of certificates of destruction through the DVLa online systems.
  • Material Storage
    How to safely handle and store hazardous materials from vehicles
  • Recycling & Recovery Targets
    ATF’s need to prove they have met these pratices.

When a car is taken to an ATF it is taken through rigorous dismantling processes including depollution. The process usually begins with a (COD) certificate of destruction. The ATF logs in at the DVAL website and produces one. The COD is generated and the vehicle is assumed at the end of its life. The car must then be depolluted a labour intensive process removing:

  • Fuel
  • Batteries
  • Catalytic Converters
  • Oils
  • Fluids
  • Oil Filters
  • Wheels and any lead balancing weights
  • Tyres
  • Parts containing mercury
  • Any explosive materials including airbags

It is the responsibility of the ATF to then meet recycling targets set out by the Environment Agency.

Why use an ATF

It is important to use an authorised facility as

  1. It is illegal to dismantle vehicles for scrap if you are not and the seller can also face fines for using a facility that is not authorised
  2. The people purchasing your vehicle are likely to resell it or sell on to a scrap yard at a profit. Unauthorised people will often haggle with you on arrival of picking up the car and offer cash ( also illegal )