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If you own a BMW motor vehicle fitted with a V8, straight-6 or 4 cylinder engine there are alternatives to getting your engine reconditioned and back on the road without going to a BMW dealership that will probably send you in the direction of a used motor scrap yard where you can buy a used engine, but at what cost? Used engines are risky as they come with all sorts of problems imaginable. These engines have often been overheated at some point, have not been regularly serviced by competent mechanics and have been duly neglected. BMW designers have engineered these engines and relative components to such an extent that should the motor overheat it opens up all sorts of gaps that keep on deteriorating and there is no quick fix solution.

Most modern BMW engine blocks, including the cylinders are sand cast in an ‘all-in-one’ alloy casting which are manufactured by Kolbenschmidt (KS), from a blend of alloys and silicon, namely Alusil. The heads and certain engine covers are made from aluminium alloy and the tappat covers are cast from magnesium.

This makes the engines main component housings and carriers, light and durable which is key when fitted to any chassis but one thing must be noted and noted well, they do not like operating in the high heat range for long periods and must be cooled efficiently. The average car engines are designed to run somewhere between 180-200F (82-93C), which means that if the engine runs cooler or hotter for prolonged periods outside of this desired heat range, the moving engine parts, particularly the pistons and rings and crank will wear quicker. These temp ranges have been observed by scientists, motor technicians and engine designers since the invention of the internal combustion engine through countless years of engine blueprinting and testing.

Should the engine temp guage stray slightly over the halfway mark for extended periods or should it see the ‘red’ at higher RPM, the engine will suffer irrepairable damage and this includes the hardening of valve stem seals, oil seals, guides and weakening of gaskets which result in oil leaks and ultimately a blown cylinder head gasket if you are fortunate. For the not so fortunate, a crack in the cylinder head is common. Knock sensors and other sensors will also be affected by heat and can pick up and relay inaccurate pulses and incorrect readings and the list becomes familiar to that of an uneconomical to repair engine.

How much damage was inflicted is always the question, and the cure is, DO NOT let the motor overheat because you will pay, and this is never a cheap exercise. When overheating occurs the pistons and rings expand and then collapse when cooled opening up the piston to bore clearance, the engine begins using oil and smoking and the smell of burnt oil becomes evident, then you know the bores are more than likely scored.

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My scrap car wanted for sale for cash

If you think your car is SCRAP, then it is more than likely to be considered scrap and there is always somebody looking to buy your motor vehicle and the good reusable car parts it has to offer.

In this day and age you just cannot ‘fix-up’ a modern day scrap car as easily as you think you can. It takes an immense amount of time, money and resources to competently refurbish a project of such caliber. Rebuilding a car or even just part thereof requires huge amounts of time and effort, cost efficient input and the most important ingredient of all, the expert ‘know-how’ to do the job right the first time.

New cars are designed to reach a certain life expectancy in the harsh conditions which invariably the motor vehicle must survive, or nobody will buy the make or model of motor vehicle unless it is cheap. We have reached a benchmark in modern time and vehicle manufacturers are moving more and more towards the 'disposable motor vehicle'.

New cheap cars are always tempting to the buyer and are wanted no matter how the public denominator envisages the vehicle. If it means buying a cheap ‘throw away’ or 'disposable' motor vehicle such as some of the imports on offer, mass produced in places like China and Korea, then there are many takers who would rather run the risk of laying out extra money than buying or repairing a scrap car.

There is a saying; “You can’t fix scrap", no matter how positive it may seem, looks can be deceiving. For example, a well maintained 7 year old car that has light front end accident damage, is more likely to be considered a 'write-off' and uneconomical to repair by insurance company standards. In South Africa, almost 70% of motorists are uninsured.

Modern day recycling of motor vehicles and just about everything else that we can touch, is essential to the existance of the human race and our global survival. The recycling process reduces the carbon footprint, thereby positively reducing climate change and global warming effects which we are experiencing.

Automotive scrap yards are 'good' for the environment and we must give them credit and support them for the important role that they play.

The auto body, engine, gearbox, differential, steering and suspension components and almost every other mechanical or electrical component of such an old car or car that has reached it's 'shelf life' or 'sell-by-date', will inevitably land up being stripped for the good reusable parts and the balance of such vehicle will be sent to the smelting plants and recycled into refined steel, recycled plastic, glass and rubber goods.

Cars and trucks that have not been well looked after will inevitably give you no end of trouble especially if you don’t know how to fix the problems economically and efficiently, no matter how insignificant the problem may seem you will probably throw good money after bad money.

Towing services, mechanics and motor spares cost money and when buying a new or used motor car, these points need to be taken into account. If you don’t understand what the cost implications are to rebuild and refurbish a modern day car, packed with complicated electronics and sophisticated engine and gearbox components then it would be best to budget carefully and ‘Sell your Car for Scrap’.

Looking 4 Spares (L4S) will help you get an adequate offer on your scrap 'high miler' that has either accident damage, engine, gearbox or electrical problems or just is 'uneconomical to repair' or replace.

Send us all your vehicles details and at least 1x photograph. L4S will send out all the information you supply to us, with your name and your number and/or email address to all our participating scrap yards, parts suppliers and car dealers NATIONWIDE.

Whoever wants to buy your vehicle as advertised through the Looking 4 Spares  network will contact you back directly.

This is a FREE service to anybody wanting to sell their car, bakkie, motorcycle or commercial vehicle as scrap.

Be savvy. Be alert. Be beware of criminals and fraudsters when trading.

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Motor Vehicle Insurance

Insuring your car is one of the most important decisions you will have to make when owning a used or new automobile, motorcycle or truck. This is due to the wide range of factors one has to take into account when insuring ones motor vehicle. These factors are broken down into the following questions you are required to answer.

Your age, sex and the period of which you have had your national drivers licence, together with the driving history of the applicant are necessary as the insurance companies take all the aforementioned points into consideration to determine the risk factor and associated insurance premiums that will be levied when applying for cover.

 Various influencing factors are taken into account when insurance companies determine the premiums payable. The most important factors are the age of the insured and the type of insurance required. Under 25’s are considered high risk and business usage of the vehicle falls into the same category. It is important to take out the correct insurance and furnish correct and truthful questions asked, otherwise your claim could be repudiated.

Applying for continuous use for business purposes usually falls into the high risk category as the use of a vehicle for business is due to the fact, that business use is much more frequent and falls into the high risk category of cover.

Insuring a vehicle also requires the attention of whether or not you will need other accessories such as regular driver status and vehicle security such as an alarm system which is usually mandatory and vehicle tracking devices which will either increase or reduce your insurance premiums. This is optional and hinges on whether you park in vulnerable places and if your vehicle falls into the high risk of popular vehicle makes and types that thieves tend to steal.

Specified and special motor vehicles such as modified and classic cars as well as accessories that are not factory fitted such as mag wheels, bull bars, canopies and various other optional extras will have to be specified otherwise they will not be covered.

One should always familiarize the terms and conditions of your insurance policy so as to know the extent of your coverage. It is advisable to get in touch with a well known insurance broker who will not only save you money in the long run by handling any claim that may arise but who will also act much like a lawyer on your behalf.

Should you be involved in a motor vehicle accident, you are required and entitled to acquire the necessary details of the parties involved as well as details of the vehicle such as, and most importantly, the registration plate number, type of vehicle, colour of the vehicle and the licence disc details which are very important.

The incident must be reported to a nearby police station within 24 hours. Should a traffic officer be on the scene, it is his duty to take down statements and complete the accident report forms. The insurer or broker will often specify an approved towing company in the case of an accident or breakdown of which you must strictly adhere to.

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Motor Scrap Yards

The word “Scrap Yard” is often misinterpreted by our way of thinking, in that, a scrap yard is a dumping ground for unwanted objects that get trashed and eventually end up in a landfill somewhere.

Yes, this is the beginning of a complex process in the modern world, a process that extends out to many corners of our society whereby just about everything we use is recycled and reprocessed into new consumables.

The real meaning of a scrap yard is a junkyard where scrap items are separated into various categories such as the many different types of metals, plastic, rubber, glass, wood and other base materials which are then sent to various other recycling plants.

Today’s fast moving world is closely associated and reliant on the disposal of the waste products for recycling and detritus of our modern industrialized society. This is a misnomer and what appears unsightly to ones eye is sometimes an inaccurate portrayal of negative publicity in film scenes and television documentaries.

What one fails to realize is the importance and benefit these scrap yards and essentially motor scrap yards provide in terms of recycling perfectly good products as re-useable spare car, truck and motorcycle parts. Scrap yards do not profit from old and rusted car relics as these go straight to the metal smelters, but profit mainly from the later model accident damaged vehicles that have been written off by the insurance companies or private individual, due to the high cost of repairs. These used spares are sold at a good fraction of the price of new car, truck or motorcycle spares sold through various spares outlets and dealerships.

The purchase of good used auto spares from scrapyards is of immense value to all vehicle owners, as it contributes not only to the green recycling movement the world is currently undergoing but also has a huge impact in reducing global warming.

It must be taken into consideration, that when sourcing and eventual purchase of used spares from various scrapyards in South Africa or globally, make sure that the used spare parts dealer or scrap yard supplier, supplies you with the correct parts. Try and opt for OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer) spares if possible, as these are preferable to buying new pirate spare parts that have suspect longevity and could even lead to the failure or breakage of other parts of your vehicle that could leave you stranded on the side of the road.

The most efficient method of obtaining a quotation or buying new spares or used spares from a scrapyard, is by utilizing ‘Looking 4 Spares’ free ‘parts locator service’ which connects you to over 200 scrapyards and spares suppliers with only one-call to  0861-777722 or fill in the online parts request form at www.looking4spares.co.za and your request will be sent out to all participating suppliers nationwide, with your name and your number. There is no-middle-man involved in any sale or purchase.

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The scrapyard and scrap motor vehicle parts

The word scrapyard in essence means “the place where unusable metal, plastic and glass contraptions are dumped” specifically for recycling purposes. Scrapyard is a word derived from the word ‘scrap’, meaning that an object is of no longer use or uneconomical to repair and is sold or donated to the yard owner who then would strip down the automobile or similar scrap item and sell the parts at a profit or sell the steel, alloy and other metal remains to the smelters who refine these different metals.

The refined metals and plastics etc are used to reproduce forged, cast and extruded  products for resale as various sheet metals, metal tubes, pipes, solid bars and various forms of wire and other metal products which we are mainly going to concentrateon,  that are either drop forged, cast or machined from a solid billet such as steel and cast iron crankshafts, connecting rods, engine blocks and other car, truck, motorcycle, aircraft and any parts imaginable that are manufactured from recycled metals, plastic and glass etc.

There are thousands of scrapyard dealers in South Africa today which are commonly and mostly in the business of buying motor vehicles, aircraft and any unwanted scrap commodity of value that can be stripped down to the bare essentials and turned into cash.

The ‘scrapyard’ is a place where you would go if you wanted to find a certain car part for instance if you could warrant the exchange for a good used spare part for your motor car, aircraft or motorcycle. Whatever it is that you need the scrapyard is sure to add enough value to your time spent on finding the right part at the right price and then going to get it.

A purchase of a used motor vehicle part needs to be well checked out. The supplier should be that of a good standard and well known in the industry and whoever is making the purchase should know what he or she is buying as there are many down falls if you don’t know what you are buying. Always get a second quotation and ask someone with mechanical knowledge to accompany you with your sample of the used spares that you are looking for.

There is also a company such as Looking 4 Spares which can assist you in the buying and the selling of motor spares which offers the general public and motor trade the opportunity of safeguarding themselves when making a purchase or sale.

CLICK HERE http://www.looking4spares.co.za/safe-trade-account-3 which will take you straight to the Looking 4 Spares SAFE TRADE ACCOUNT and supply you with valuable information and help you understand how to make use of this fantastic service. You can also contact the Looking 4 Spares 1-Call-Centre on 0861-777722 for instant access and good advice through our telephone service.

CLICK HERE for the Find A Part Request Form which is sent out to over 200 scrap yards and parts suppliers nationwide. Whoever has the parts that you are looking for will contact you back with a quotation.

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