Sell your damaged car in easy steps

We’ve covered a number of blogs about common faults found on specific makes of cars at Sell Your Problem Car ® and we have decided to give you extra support if you are experiencing problems with your vehicle. Our service is designed to be a customer-friendly as possible so we’ve written this guide to make it as easy as possible for you to get rid of your broken down car.

  • Get the car to a secure place: If the vehicle breaks down at the side of the road try to get it recovered as soon as you can. If you are a member of a breakdown association call them out, they’ll try to fix the vehicle at the roadside or if the fault is major, they’ll offer a relay service to take your car to a garage or your home address.
  • Get a quote for the work: See how much the repair is going cost, if the price is way above your budget or the car simply isn’t worth spending that type of money on, get in touch with our service.
  • Use our ‘Request a Quote’ form: Fill in our simple-to-use quote form and provide us with your details and the make, model and mileage of your car. Mention the fuel type, confirm the registration and ensure the car is under 10 years old. Give us an idea of the extent of the damage so we can give you the best quote for your car.
  • Email or call us: If you prefer an instant response why not call us instead? Speak to somebody in person and we’ll get the wheels moving right away.
  • Accept the quote: Our quotes are the best in the business and it’s the fastest way to get rid of your car, just accept our offer via email.
  • Have the money transferred: We can transfer cash straight into your account for the amount agreed.
  • Say goodbye to the car: We’ll collect your car the next day and you can start thinking about ways you are going to spend the money… Simple!

Mazda major issues

In this blog we’re going to look at common problems with Mazdas, in particular the 6 series and what types of issues they have had since their launch.

Age is important if you buy a Mazda 6

Most of the problems with Mazda 6’s seem to stem from the slightly earlier pre-facelift models and the diesels seemed to be the worst. So this is where we focused the research and found three major issues that would cost a fair amount of money to fix.

  1. Turbos: Early Mazda 6’s have been known to blow their turbos and as you know, this isn’t going to be a cheap fix. Most drivers would be tempted to scrap an older Mazda if the turbo had blown but before you do that, get in touch with us and see the difference we can make to the price. If you do get a turbo failure on your Mazda weigh up the cost of fixing the car and compare that to the price we’ll give you for the vehicle.
  2. Clutches: Older Mazda 6’s tended to suffer from frail clutches and in a high proportion of cases they needed to have a new dual-mass flywheel changed at the same time. Could you afford that level of repair if your Mazda developed such a major problem or would you rather cut your losses and get another car? We will buy your broken down car no matter how bad the mechanical damage is.
  3. DPF: The diesel particulate filter (DPF) is another issue that can be fatal to a Mazda 6. If the DPF stops regenerating it can result in low oil pressure and the car will either go into limp home mode or the engine will go bang! The DPF was updated on later models so if you have a slightly older version it’s a cause for concern. Try not to panic if your engine fails though. We give top prices for Mazdas and are always by the phone.

Maserati mess-ups

Continuing with our ‘common faults’ blogs we have picked the Maserati marque this time around. Maseratis are beautiful cars to look at but they are also known to have a few faults so it just goes to show, even the most expensive cars can let you down from time to time. Let’s look at the problems that are associated with these cars. Remember, if you own a Maserati and it’s having major issues we are simply a phone call away at Sell Your Problem Car ®!

  • In 2009 the Maserati Gran Turismo was recalled due to electrical system failure. The instrument panel was the main problem but there have been other niggles with the car. Steering linkages tie rod assemblies and issues with the rear lighting system have resulted in the vehicle being recalled. We love Maseratis though, especially the Gran Turismo, so whatever the problem is remember to give us a call.
  • In 2005 the Maserati Coupe was recalled due to faults with the fuel lines. It would seem the issue stemmed from the fuel line delivery and the hoses and pipes that were part of the system were at fault. If you have any fuel-related niggles with your Maserati and are facing an expensive repair bill why not speak to us first?
  • Also in 2005 a large quantity of Maserati Quattroportes were recalled due to problems with their front suspension. The upper and lower ball joint nuts weren’t torqued correctly and this could result in the nuts on the ball joint jarring loose at some point and potentially freeing the suspension arm. Hopefully your car had this problem fixed at the time, but if you bought the car second hand you’ll never know for sure. Still, at least you’ll get an honest price for the Maserati if you contact us about the problem vehicle.

Common faults to look for with a Dacia Duster

One of our earlier blogs looked at potential problems to look for when you drive an Alfa 156 so we thought we’d continue in a similar fashion at Sell Your Problem Car ® with a sneak peak at issues that are known to affect the Dacia Duster. We’ve trawled car forums, read reviews from real owners and found a few niggles you should look for. If your car is suffering from something major, try to stay calm, we’d be more than happy to provide you with a great quote for the vehicle.

  • Bad tracking and alignment: Rather worryingly a few owners of the Duster have reported their car’s pulling to the left. There seems to be a problem with the rear axle and it would appear the car suffers from poor tracking which isn’t great news. We’re not bothered about this problem though, we’ll still give you a great price for the car.
  • Catalytic convertor faults: A number of owners have experienced cat failure with their Dusters which usually starts with a warning light in the dash. A new cat isn’t cheap but it’s essential to reduce the exhaust gases from the engine, if your Duster’s exhaust system is a problem and you simply want shut of the car, give us a call and we’ll set the wheels in motion.
  • ECU faults: Even more worrying is a fault on the engine management system, owners get a warning light on the dashboard and the car goes into limp home mode. The car displays a number of error codes and according to owner’s forums dealers are at a loss as to what’s causing the problem. Does your Duster act this this? If so, maybe it’s time to get rid of the car so speak to one of our team at Sell Your Problem Car ®.

Common faults to look for if you drive an Alfa Romeo 156

There are some makes and models of cars that are renowned for reliability issues and sadly, if you own an Alfa there’s a good chance your little slice of Italian pedigree will let you down at some point in the future. Don’t worry though, we’ll give you the best price possible for your car and if you are experiencing any of the following issues with your Alfa 156 we’d love to take the car off your hands.

  • Cambelt: Originally the service schedule from Alfa Romeo advised the cam belt on a 156 should be replaced at 70, 000 miles. This has since change to 36, 000 miles so if your car has gone over that figure think about getting the belt, tensioners and variator replaced as soon as you can or could be facing a monster repair bill. If the belt snaps that’s the engine gone, don’t worry though, we’ll still buy a non-running car.
  • Electrics: Another niggle on Alfas nearing their 10th birthday, owners have reported intermittent faults with the electrics on Alfas and that can include faults with the wipers. If the electrics are playing up with your Alfa and you simply haven’t got the time or the money to spend fixing the problem gives us a call, we’d love to help.
  • Front wishbone suspension: Squeaking from the front suspension is normally a sign that all is not well with the car. It transpires the upper front wishbone bushes are the main culprits and the noise becomes more noticeable when you drive over speed bumps. The chances are you’ll have to get the parts replaced or you can simply sell the car to us as it is and walk away with the cash. That’s the good thing about our service, we’ll buy any problem car and with Alfa’s track record for reliability that could be sooner rather than later!

Avoidable mistakes: 5 things you didn’t realise were damaging your car!

Avoidable mistakes: 5 things you didn’t realise were damaging your car!

Sometimes we just have to own up to the truth: we were in the wrong.

We scratched the alloys because we’re no good at parallel parking, or we bumped into the car in front because we were too busy messing around with the radio station to notice it.

Fair enough.

These things were our own fault – and we can recognise them as being entirely down to a lack of driving experience, or a lapse in concentration.

But what about our deeply-engrained driving habits?

What about those actions we take, unthinkingly, each and every time we drive?

Could they be damaging our cars in ways we never suspected?

Let’s look at some driving behaviours and routines that could cause damage to our vehicle in ways we never suspected…

1. Heavy keys

Is your car key attached to a key ring that’s full with a hundred other different keys?

If it is, you might want to think about getting rid of a few of them…

Your bunch of keys will probably be heavy, and the weight – coupled with the movement generated from driving – can put unnecessary strain on the tumblers inside the ignition.

Too much strain and you’ll break them – and a broken ignition means that you’ll be left with a non-starting car.

Those who don’t have central locking and use their keys to open the car door should also be careful, since a large bunch of keys can cause scratches to the paintwork around the lock.

2. Idling

Stuck in traffic? Parked up at the side of the road waiting for someone?

Don’t leave the engine running.

Idling means that the engine doesn’t operate at the most efficient temperature, and so the fuel in the engine is only ever partially combusted.

Excessive idling can cause a build-up of fuel residues which would normally have been burnt off, and these residues can damage engine components.

3. Petrol station refilling

You might think the sight of a petrol tanker parked up on the forecourt, refilling the garage’s supply of fuel was a good thing.

As it turns out, it isn’t…

During refilling, the entering fuel can stir up sediment that’s built up inside the underground tanks, and if it makes it into your car’s tank, this sediment can cause damage to your fuel injectors and clog your fuel filters.

So if you see a petrol tanker, it might be an idea to keep on driving to the next garage.

4. Not paying attention to the road

When we talk about not paying attention to the road, we’re not talking about the traffic – we really mean the road!

We’ve all run over a pothole before, but driving over one too many holes in the road could start to affect the car’s wheel alignment.

Faulty wheel alignment can cause the car to veer dangerously to one side, and it can lead to premature tyre wear and result in a lower fuel mileage.

5. Listening to fast music

OK, so listening to fast music might not cause direct damage to your car – but it’ll increase your chances of some form of damage occurring.

One researcher took 28 students and placed them each in a driving simulator. As they drove music from a variety of different genres was played, from slow tempo ballads to fast-paced dance.

The study showed that those who listened to fast music in the car were twice as likely to be involved in an accident as those who listened to slower music.

So turn off the techno and try the Chopin instead.

The 3 most costly car faults and how to spot them..

Sometimes car faults can be fixed. Sometimes you just book your car into the garage and, a couple of days later, it’s fit to drive. Other times you won’t be so lucky.

Problems that lead to damage or complete failure in the engine are usually the most expensive problems to fix. They’re bad news. Investing in a new engine sometimes just isn’t worth your while, and if you’re not careful you could be left severely out of pocket.

Here at WeBuyAnyDamagedCar we come across a whole host of car faults so expensive to fix that they outweigh the value of the car itself, so we’ve put together a list of some of the worst, most expensive problems to watch out for.

Fuel injector problems

The fuel injector is integral to all modern car engines. It’s designed to deliver a precise amount of fuel into the engine for the combustion process to work.

Regulating the flow of fuel and allowing for more fuel-economical driving, modern digital fuel injectors are much better than they used to be – but problems still remain, and since they’re hard to get to, you could be faced with a pretty hefty garage bill if they fail.

If the pressure becomes too low, the injectors don’t provide enough fuel to the engine to keep it running. Your car could fail to start or, more dangerously, cut out completely while you’re driving. If the fuel injectors provide the engine with too much or too little fuel, power problems and overheating issues can occur.

Fuel injector problems can be a nightmare for those with modern diesel cars, and if they seize in the cylinder head are almost impossible to remove from certain engines. This is especially true of Honda’s 2.2 CTDI engine in the CRV and Accord and in VW Passat diesel engines.

What to look out for:

  • If your engine misfires this could indicate the presence of a faulty fuel injector. This happens when the injector becomes clogged over time with foreign particles that work their way into the engine.
  • Lack of engine smoothness. Because the fuel flow is effected, power to the engine may come in stops and starts – even when the car is running in idle.

Gearbox problems

Transmission are complicated pieces of machinery, so there’s a surprising amount of things that could potentially go wrong. Even if you do find the root cause of the problem, since they’re so difficult to access, transmission problems are extremely expensive – you’re probably looking at paying around £1000 for a replacement.

One of the most common faults with modern automatic and semi-automatic transmissions are electrical ECU faults.

Many Audi cars fitted with automatic gearboxes are prone to these electrical issues – and motorists also complain of problems with solenoid valves, which work to regulate the transmission fluids.

Citroën vehicle models which use the Sensodrive semi-automatic gearbox often experience transmission problems, as do those Mercedes cars with the Tiptronic gearbox.

What to look out for:

  • Are you struggling to change gear? When the car won’t go into gear it’s possible that there’s a problem with the clutch disc or pressure plate.
  • Grinding or ‘clashing’ gears is another one to watch out for. The clutch could be poorly adjusted or there might be a problem with the shift linkage binding.

The turbocharger

Another faulty component that we often come across here at WeBuyAnyDamagedCar is the turbocharger. Designed to increase the power output of your engine, the turbocharger works to provide a more powerful fuel combustion. It does this by compressing the air that flows into the engine so that more air will fit into the cylinders.

Unfortunately, they’re also prone to failure. Since they operate at incredibly fast speeds it’s important to make sure that you have sufficient oil to ensure the correct pressure and flow rate.

The bearings inside the turbo shaft can also overheat and cause the engine oil to bypass the turbo intercooler and contaminate the entire induction system.

As for getting a replacement, you need to watch out for the hidden costs. Many Fords often suffer from turbocharger issues, as do a number of Nissan models.

What to look out for:

  • Check for ‘blueing’ of the bearings or the shaft. This will normally indicates that they’ve been exposed to high operational temperatures and points to a lubrication problem.

If you’ve suffered any of these car problems, just get in touch. We’ll pay cash for your damaged or broken car and save you the cost and hassle of trying to repair it.

Contact us today for a free quotation or give us a call on 01366 387967.

Why a damaged car can cost you more than a write off: the trouble with Cat C vehicles…

Sometimes, car owners get lucky. When they crash their vehicle, they damage it so badly that it’s no longer fit for the road and sent straight to the scrap yard – they’re able to make a clean break and buy a new car.

Others, well, they aren’t so lucky. Their vehicles actually survive…

It might seem a little counter-intuitive, but being the owner of a car that’s damaged to the point of being completely written is often less troublesome than being the owner of a vehicle that’s damaged and still deemed to be roadworthy.

So what’s going on here?

Insurance Categories

When a car is involved in a crash, insurance providers look at the vehicle and assign it to a category based on its condition. These insurance ‘write off’ categories are as follows:

– Cat A or Cat B? Things are looking good, you’re in the clear. Your car is declared a write off, and following all regulation, will be crushed.

– Cat C or D? This is where things get a little more complicated. Your car is declared a write off, but the insurance company have decided that it’s still serviceable after all relevant repairs have been made.

It might not look so bad to find yourself the owner of a Cat C car – it’s just that the cost of the repairs are often greater than the cost of the vehicle itself. And to make matters worse, most insurance companies won’t fork out for the repairs.

The problem with Cat C cars

So if your BMW 5 Series has been deemed a Cat C write off, where does it leave you?

Let’s say you’re able to cover the cost and can pay for the repairs on your car, to get the vehicle legally back on the roads it’s also necessary for the vehicle to have a Vehicle Identity Check to ensure its road worthiness. The car might now be fit for the road, but you’ll have lost a lot of money trying to get it there.

Many Cat C car owners try to get round the issue of insurance and attempt to sell their damaged vehicles, but what they soon realise is that most buyers aren’t really in the market for a damaged Cat C BMW 5 or 3 Series.

Of course, if you can’t afford the cost of the repairs, you’ll be without a car, unable to afford the cost of a buying another.

What to do?

We come across Cat C cars all the time. We also come across car owners who’re unable to afford the repairs and eager to get rid of their damaged cars.

Can’t find a buyer? Can’t afford the cost of the repairs? Whatever the make and model – Chrysler, Porsche, Jaguar, BMW – here at WeBuyAnyDamagedCar we buy broken cars (including those difficult to shift Cat C and Cat D vehicles) and take the hassle out of the sale process, collecting from anywhere in mainland UK within 48 hours.

We’re able to help you put some money towards the cost of a new car. So if you’re looking to sell your Cat C or Cat D vehicle, contact us today. Get in touch for a free, no obligation quotation. We offer cash for cars, and we’ll take that financial-headache of a car off your hands.

What is a Category C Damaged Car?

What is a Category C damaged car?

When a car is involved in an accident or otherwise damaged in the United Kingdom, insurance companies will examine the car’s condition and assign it a rating based on the damage. These categories can impact whether the car is able to be insured in the future and if the car can even be resold or salvaged. A Category C rating is a fairly common one, as the car is damaged, but can still be used. A Category C car may be used again as it is, or repaired or used for parts and scrap.

How categories are decided

The categories of damaged cars go from A to D although there is also a category X. Category A is the most serious and means that the vehicle is essentially impossible to repair and cannot be resold, only crushed. Category X means only minor damage, and the vehicle can still be resold and insured with almost no problem. Categories B through D are more severely damaged cars, that insurance companies may decide are still serviceable with repairs, but it is too expensive to do do.

Category B cannot be resold, but parts can be pulled out for resale, while Category C and D cars can be repaired and resold, but may not initially be able to be insured. Adjustors from the insurance company will come, or use pictures, and inspect the car and assign it a category based on the damage, cost of repairs and the input of a qualified mechanic.

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What Are Dual Mass Flywheels And Why Do They Cause So Many Problems?

Dual mass flywheels (DMFs) are used on standard manual transmissions to reduce the torsional vibrations that occur when shifting. Without the DMF, there was a higher chance of long-term damage due to excessive vehicle vibration. Over time, luxury, high-performance UK vehicles started putting dual mass flywheels in their clutches to improve ease of shifting.

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