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#1 OFFLINE   scrappylad

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Posted 14 April 2008 - 07:17 PM

In my line of work, I see quite a few nice old cars that aren't appreciated for what they are.

In many cases this shite could be saved from destruction, so below is the details of a couple of websites.

http://www.copart.co.uk - Quite new to the UK, this US born company has lots of shite on offer & following successful registration anyone can bid & buy!

http://www.bluecycle.com - This organisation has been running in the UK for some years now, but is currently only open to the trade. Searching on the web shows that this may be subject to change in the near future...

Amongst the junk, there are a good few worthy old cars that end up being bought by the salvage trade for breaking/crushing/weighing in...

Sometime ago, a 1987 Sierra Sapphire 2.0 Ghia Auto with 26k miles, mint with light damage (bumper/lamp/bonnet/wing/nsr door dent/thats all). Or how about a 1988 Rover 820 Se Saloon with 55k miles with a dented o/s wing & a broken tie rod... not amazing but clean. These two were unlucky, there have been so many more.

The bonus on buying shite from these sorts of sites is... these cars aren't going to do good money with most of the trade only interested in late cars that they can make money back on, through either breaking for parts or fixing. Joe public is generally wanting to buy something that he can just buy, drive straight away & run into the ground, so no great interest from him either.

Good cars really do show up from time to time. Bear in mind... Cat C, D or X only! You don't want to win the auction only to find your dream car is a breaker!

I know this is a classic & therefore will do silly money, but its just to have a picture up!

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#2 OFFLINE   Pillock

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Posted 14 April 2008 - 09:16 PM

Damn right! I bought my Audi 20v Quattro from the breakers, beat them down from £350 to £250 and all it had wrong was a broken ignition barrel (common fault) and a dented bootlid, with a crack in the centre cluster above it. £15 worth of ebay parts to fix it and as it was a cat D only had to have it MoTed, where the tester pointed out it had an entire new genuine Audi exhaust, four new calipers/disks/pads/flexihoses and new shocks at the front. Quite a spending spree!Before Simpson Salvage closed I used to enjoy cruising for shite..... various old-person-transport on there written off for dented bumpers and broken lamps. Remember a Volvo 340 that just had four slashed tyres for less than £300.... plenty more stuff like late 80's Hondas (guaranteed to be brown, and automatic), rover 800s, Volvo 240s, mk3 Escorts....

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Posted 16 April 2008 - 09:08 PM

The problem I have is seeing essentially good, saveable cars on an almost daily basis being depolluted, the engine ripped out & the shell put through the crusher. Such a total waste! If I could save them all I truly would, but where would you stop?There's a H-reg Carina at the moment that is potentially on death row. It looks to have been owned by an old boy who has looked after exceptionally well. It has a dented lower rear panel and... thats it! The bodywork is all freshly polished, no obvious dents or scratches, the interior is like new & the engine bay is very clean. Its done less than 50k miles.Definate autoshite concours material!

#4 ONLINE   Mr_Bo11ox

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Posted 17 April 2008 - 07:02 AM

is it a 2.0 scrappylad? if so i might be interested.

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Posted 17 April 2008 - 12:06 PM

Give us a shout if you get it, Carinas give me goosebumps.Got a brief drive of a Carina E automatic the other day, very easily the smokiest thing I've driven, after parking it up I revved it up to the redline and you could still smell the petrol for about 5 minutes. Quality!

#6 OFFLINE   scrappylad

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Posted 22 April 2008 - 07:47 PM

is it a 2.0 scrappylad? if so i might be interested.

I think it is but will double check tomorrow. It hasn't gone on the bluecycle auction as of yet, bearing in mind you'd have to be registered beforehand...It is certainly deserved of a loving home.

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Posted 25 April 2008 - 08:10 PM

Didnt copart take over universal salvage? Theres loads of written off tat floating about. Simpsons salvage did have a very lightly damaged VP1500 allegro a while back. Shame its closed down.(first post in ages BTW, hello!)

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Posted 27 April 2008 - 07:18 PM

email to copart"Dear CopartI was going to register on your site, but as I live in Northern Ireland, I cannot. There is no option to choose “United Kingdom”, and the included “Great Britain” is a geographical term, not the name of a country.Regards"

#9 OFFLINE   Mr_Bo11ox

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Posted 27 April 2008 - 07:44 PM

great work there ashmicro, i'm sure that will achieve a lot.

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Posted 29 April 2008 - 10:10 AM

There's a H-reg Carina at the moment that is potentially on death row. It looks to have been owned by an old boy who has looked after exceptionally well. It has a dented lower rear panel and... thats it! The bodywork is all freshly polished, no obvious dents or scratches, the interior is like new & the engine bay is very clean. Its done less than 50k miles.Definate autoshite concours material!

Or perfect for the banger track, which is where it would be heading if I saw it in the local breakers I'm afraid!

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Posted 06 May 2008 - 03:11 PM

What yard is it you work at scrappylad? I've fragged a couple of motors in the last couple of weeks.. one into Nobles and one into Gray'sDifference of a fortnight meant i got £125 for the first one and £160 for the second.. wish I'd hung off!There is a lot of savable shite going into yards.. at the moment one of the glenrothes yards has a straight looking early avenger.. what a waste.. but you cant save them all, and the high scrap price means more of the good stuff is getting binned

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Posted 06 May 2008 - 09:28 PM

Turns out the Carina is an old boy 1.6 but its still a minter!

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Posted 07 May 2008 - 09:02 AM

Amazingly I spotted a dead car in some woods near work the other day...you just don't see dumped stuff like you did 10 years ago any more, used to see lots of trashed stuff (including a Mk1 Prelude and a Porsche 944!) in the gravel pits around Greenham Common when I hacked round there on my mountain bike.Simpson Salvage were selling off a lot of their remaining brand-new bodyshells a couple of months back on eBay, before they closed - I had a dream about buying their 405 shell and building a "new" one, but logic prevailed.Buying up Cat D stuff to rebuild used to be quite popular, I remember Car Mechanics doing a few projects this way. I s'pose I've done a similar thing with my 405 wagon (sorry, estate) recently...

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Posted 07 May 2008 - 09:12 AM

Was that Simpson Salvage in Pocklington, near York? I used to go up that way with work a few years ago, and there was always interesting (but often pricey!) stuff there.




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