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Motorbike and Scooter Breakers – Damaged repairable and insurance write off motorcycles, mopeds and scooters – We collect your motorcycle and recycle it for FREE! There are strict rules and regulations to adhere to within the UK when scrapping a moped, scooter or motorcycle, all breakers offering a service to scrap bikes must be pre-approved by the government as an Authorised Treatment Facility (ATF), this service is usually free.
If your bike has been written off by the insurance company they will usually arrange for it to be disposed of. A Certificate of Destruction (CoD) must be issued once any vehicle has been crushed, it is the current owner’s responsibility that they receive one and could be prosecuted it they cannot provide one, receiving a fine up to ?80.
In terms of notifying the DVLA, this is done by the ATF, however you do need to complete section 9 of the logbook and post to the DVLA, a letter confirming receipt should follow from the DVLA within a few weeks. Unbeknown to many, to combat increased metal theft in the UK, from October 2013 it is also illegal to be paid in cash for scrapping a bike. Bike Breakers operate a nationwide service and can collect any bike for free within the UK.
Unfortunately, the UK market has been flooded in recent years with poorly-built, cheap imported scooters from China, many of which are of a poor build quality and break down after just a few years and often within the manufacturer’s warranty! The breakers industry has been in decline in recent years with the growth of the internet and websites such as eBay and Gumtree, meaning anyone can sell their own bike from the comfort of their own home (with little effort) and immediately have a global audience at their fingertips, making the breaker yards largely redundant.
A damaged motorcycle will have to be inspected by an engineer, who will produce a formal report for the insurance company.
You do not have to be in receipt of your logbook in order to scrap your motorbike, although you may be asked by the breaker to prove ownership. A HPI check will only reveal a bike has been written off, if it was declared to the insurance company. A motorcycle is usually written off when the repairs add up to approximately 70% of its value. A seller is legally obliged to inform a buyer about the bike’s history, if they are aware of any.
When insuring a previously written-off motorcycle (many insurance companies won’t entertain quoting and will simply refuse) make sure you have the paperwork relating to the work as some insurance companies require comfort confirming the work has been done to a satisfactory standard. It depends on the insurance company whether you can buy your damaged bike back or not, not all offer it.
A motorcycle remains your property and should not be sold or scrapped without your prior consent.
Look at as many salvage motorcycles as you can and take a note of the number of bids and how much people are willing to bid. It might take some time to find the motorcycle that fits your criteria so be patient and don’t let your heart rule your head. Unless you’re in the trade and really know what you’re doing you must inspect before you commit to buy.
So to summarise, be patient and do your homework, check sellers for positive feedback, look before you commit to buy and always seek a professional opinion. If you can afford to then buy a non-damaged motorcycle, the risks are too high for someone who does not know what they are getting into!
Category A Insurance Write Off – the vehicle must be scrapped and no parts or components can be sold other than for scrap.
Category B Insurance Write Off – the vehicle must not be used again but non-structural and roadworthy parts and components may be recovered and sold for use in other vehicles. Category C Insurance Write Off – the vehicle is repairable but the parts and labour would exceed the value of the car. Category D Insurance Write Off – the vehicle is economically repairable but other factors are involved that cause the insurer to declare the vehicle a write off.
Category X Insurance Write Off – the vehicle is easily repairable and may even be still roadworthy. Unrecorded Insurance Write Off – the vehicle damage was not reported to the insurer or the driver was uninsured. Vehicles categorised as A, B or C require a VIC test (performed by VOSA) before the DVLA will issue a new registration document. Hundreds of unauthorised scrap yards are cashing in at the expense of reputable car recycling plants, which could see unsafe vehicles returning to UK roads or being sold abroad, according to Bluecycle, the leading online auction house for automotive salvage.
Bluecycle, a wholly owned subsidiary of Aviva, the UK’s largest insurer, claims that up to one million vehicles a year that are taken off the road are avoiding destruction illegally, due to insufficient resources available to enforce European legislation governing their recycling. As the debate on climate change intensifies, Bluecycle is calling on the Government to step up local enforcement of the European End of Life Vehicles directive (ELV). Figures from the Government’s licensing body, DVLA, show that approximately two million cars a year are taken off the road, generating some 3.5 million tonnes* of scrap.
Introduced by the European Commission ten years ago this year, ELV first entered the UK statute books in 2002 and was fully incorporated in 2007. Buying and selling bikes and cars on eBay has grown massively in recent years, as people becomes less nervous about purchasing big ticket items online. If you’re buying a bike that you want to use for motorbike training, it’s worth getting some advice from a reputable training centre.
If you’re interested in selling a bike yourself, decide on what you really will accept for it and stick a reserve on. Extras like an aftermarket exhaust, coloured screen or fancy air filter won’t add much to the price you get. The following is a summary of the UK laws applicable to those who wish to tow a motorcycle trailer. For light bike trailers (less than 3500kg maximum laden weight), there are no specific laws between the weight of the towing vehicle and the weight of the trailer. For M1 category vehicles (motor vehicles used for the carriage of passengers and comprising not more than eight seats, in addition to the driver’s seat) the maximum heavy haul weight is quoted by the manufacturer.
The maximum laden weight of a trailer which may be towed by a light goods vehicle depends on both the stated gross train weight of the towing vehicle (GTW) and the manufacturers recommended maximum trailer weight. It is not a legal requirement to display a notice of the unladen weight of the trailer or the towing vehicle, unless the towing vehicle is either a tractor or a train!

Brake requirements essentially require a trailer with a maximum design laden weight of more 750 kg to be braked and allow an inertia (overrun) type braking system to be used up to a maximum permissible laden weight of 3500kg. The above information relates to basic construction requirements and some aspects of the use of trailers. Used car and Motorcycle Trailer Breakers – We collect your car or bike trailer for FREE! Used trailer breakers and salvage removal in Peterborough, Cambridgeshire, East Midlands and surrounding areas. We offer a unique trailer breaker service and will come to you for free to pick up your car or motorcycle trailer.
Horse box, tipping and garden trailers, twin axle, indespension, car transported trailers, cage trailers, flat bed, cage, small box trailers, camping trailer and motorcycle trailers.
We are a small company who break trailers, we take all types of trailer (not agricultural), including the popular makes such as Ifor Williams, Erde but also hand-built car and motorcycle trailers and builders trailers.
We also collect horse boxes, boat and jet ski trailers, car ramps, roof bars, roof boxes, cycle carriers, towbars and fiitings and alloy wheels. SHARP (Safety Helmet Assessment and Rating Programme) has published new safety ratings for the MDS Sprinter and Stealth HD117 crash helmets. MDS and Stealth are not a name widely known in the UK, although you may be surprised to learn that MDS helmets are actually manufactured by AGV!
Both helmet manufacturers offer helmets for sale at significantly less then the premium helmets manufacturers(such as Shoei, AGV, Schuberth etc) but they do not offer the same level of wind noise protection at high speed. Further models are in the SHARP testing programme and we will let you when their ratings are published. SHARP offers independent and objective advice for UK motorcyclists, putting motorcycle helmets through a rigorous and targeted testing process.
Evidence read out by Mr Gittins on behalf of vehicle examiner Gary Roberts said 'very sub-standard repairs' had been carried out on the side panels of the car next to where Sadie had been sitting. The views expressed in the contents above are those of our users and do not necessarily reflect the views of MailOnline. Photographic templates to help you submit a photograph of the correct size required by DVLA. As such, before any motorcycle can be crushed, all fluids (brake, oil, petrol), battery, wheels and tyres must be removed, for environmental reasons. Some treatment facilities do not issue them until the vehicle has been crushed and it is issued several days (usually within seven days) after you drop off the bike (or it is collected) so make sure you follow up if a CoD is not forthcoming. Used spare parts are in poor supply and low demand, we are therefore regularly asked to collect broken Chinese scooters that are just 2-3 years old but sadly there is virtually no money in them and it’s not worth the effort, even at scrap metal rates, which is currently at an all-time low!
Buyers are equally attracted to the same venues as the sellers, largely due to the ease of use, again from the comfort of their own home, although as a result the price of secondhand motorcycle parts has fallen. The report will confirm its pre-accident value, based on current market value (which can be argued if you can demonstrate that bikes of a similar age and condition are selling for more).
If a motorcycle was insured third-party only and the owner had an accident, why would they tell their insurance company (and therefore probably the DVLA too), especially as it would affect their insurance premiums. If is written off under category A or B then it will not be reissued as it should not be put back on the road. Pretty soon you’ll see a pattern and it will become obvious that some salvage bikes have a lot of bidding activity and others don’t have any. Find the right bike at the right price and don’t get carried away with the first one you see.
Don’t be afraid to walk away just because you’ve traveled an hour or more to see a motorcycle. Whilst the value of a previously written-off vehicle is much lower than normal market value may appear tempting it may not be worth the hassle and worry. The most common example is drivers who only have third party insurance but have had an accident that was their fault (usually not involving anyone else). A VIC test is not a roadworthy test but a check of the vehicle’s identity, to ensure the genuine vehicle is returned to the road. It is unlikely to affect the premium you pay, but it will probably reduce the amount paid out in the event of a claim. Dealers often won’t accept them in part exchange and the market for it will be limited.
If the vehicle has been damaged but repaired by an insurance company or the owner, then there will be no record of it.
They only advise on the category of write off which gives an indication of the severity of the damage.
This means that if it is damaged the fleet owner must either repair it, or send it to salvage. Despite the successful efforts of the Environment Agency in closing hundreds of illegal sites, the dearth of unauthorised operators remaining is responsible for a massive number of scrapped vehicles slipping through the net. This figure has been boosted by approximately half a million tonnes more as a result of the Government’s scrappage scheme, which finishes at the end of March.
Buyers of Category B vehicles, those which must never be returned to the road, are restricted to UK holders of full waste management or ELV licences only and a Certificate of Destruction must be uploaded as part of the purchase. The first thing to know is that eBay does not offer its usual buyer protection on vehicles, so this one really is a case of buyer beware. Make sure you go and see the bike before even thinking about parting with any cash, otherwise you’re just rolling the dice.
Don’t get overexcited and definitely don’t get overexcited after having a few pints at the weekend. It’s going to be cheaper than buying a bike that might be stolen, clocked, written-off or has outstanding finance on it. It will cost you extra to do this, but without it, your bike could go for a lot less than it’s worth or what you expected to receive for it. You’re best to put it back to standard, as long as you’ve kept the OE parts, then sell the parts separately.

This will give you two Fridays and two Saturdays, and while you don’t want to buy a lemon after you’ve tottered back from the pub at the weekend, there’s no harm in someone else paying over the odds for your bike after they’ve had a few sherbets. However, before proceeding be aware that different rules apply depending on when you passed your driving licence, please visit the website (link at the foot of this page) for details. Alternatively, the manufacturer may provide a maximum gross weight (the laden weight of the trailer plus the laden weight of the towing vehicle). Neither the maximum permissible trailer weight nor the maximum gross train weight (the laden weight of the trailer plus the laden weight of the towing vehicle) should be exceeded. In use it is not permitted to use an unbraked trailer the laden weight of which exceeds 50% of the kerbside weight of the towing vehicle.
In addition it is recommended that you check that you have the appropriate Driving Licence entitlement and whether the vehicle or combination of vehicles requires a tachograph to record driver’s hours. We also cover Norfolk, Suffolk, Norwich, Ipswich, Lincolnshire, Leicester, Bedford, Lincoln, Coventry, Derby. We are primarily interested in car and motorcycle trailers and do not specialise in trailers for agricultural use. We do also cover Essex, Hertfordshire, Milton Keynes, Bedford, Leicestershire, Nottingham, most of East Anglia and the East Midlands but not too fat north! Stealth is a newer manufacturer of helmets within the motorcycle industry and offer a very affordable budget range for the cost-conscious biker. Also, accessories such as replacement visors, pinlock and tinted visors are not so widely available too.
Funded by the Department for Transport and launched in 2007, they offer unrivaled helmet safety advice and standards exceeding minimum worldwide requirements. If a car is written off by an insurance company, they will usually tell DVLA so that a a€?VIC markera€™ (Vehicle Identity Check marker) can be put on the vehicle record.
Alloy frames are a lot harder to straighten than steel and there are very few companies within the UK that offer a frame straightening service! In general the feedback system is great, but especially so for buying something like motorcycle salvage. Visit the seller during daylight hours and if at all possible bring along a professional that can give you impartial advice. If you are looking for further information regarding this matter we advise getting the vehicle mechanically inspected by a professional. There are other instances where a vehicle has been badly damaged and the insurance company have refused to pay for repairs, for example if it was being driven by an uninsured driver, or if was stolen with the keys in. You don’t want the police or bailiffs turning up on your doorstep to take your pride and joy away.
It is possible that the stated gross train weight is less than the sum of the stated maximum permissible laden weight of the towing vehicle and the stated maximum permissible laden trailer weight. In both cases the overall length of the towing vehicle and trailer must not exceed either 18m or 18.75m depending on the towing vehicle. For trailers up to 1500kg laden weight it is permitted to use a secondary coupling, which in the event of separation of the main coupling will retain the trailer attached to the towing vehicle, prevent the nose of the trailer from touching the ground and provide some residual steering of the trailer.
The latter will apply to most vehicles and combinations of vehicles above 3500kg gross weight for commercial use.
The helmets also look like a budget lid and, if it were our money, we would stick to buying a helmet from one of the more established helmet manufacturers, such as Caberg – who offer an excellent, affordable range, with good ratings and specification, such as pinlock visors and integral drop-down sun visor, as standard.
To remove the VIC marker the car needs to pass a VIC test and if it passes it is okay to drive. All MOT-failures, accident-damaged, insurance write-off, barn-find, abandoned motorcycles and un-completed project bikes considered.
In theory the insurance company will offer you the pre-accident value minus the salvage value, less your policy excess. They will know what to look for and give you the true cost of repair of a damaged motorcycle.
If it is its likely that some work has already been carried out, probably to hide something far worse. If you really can’t make it, make sure you get it professionally inspected and get a full report.
Ask the vendor lots of questions and be very wary of someone who doesn’t answer them or avoids the question(s). In this case the towing vehicle and the trailer must be loaded such that each does not exceed its individual maximum limit and the sum of both does not exceed the maximum gross train weight. Above 1500kg laden weight the trailer must be fitted with a device to stop the trailer automatically in the event of separation of the main coupling and this is normally achieved by a breakaway cable attached to the parking brake mechanism – the trailer becomes detached from the towing vehicle.
In other cases it’s because parts are hard to find and it is going to take too long to get the bike back on the road. Businesses have the opportunity to build a good reputation in the bike salvage trade and buyers are better informed about who they are buying from and can buy with confidence. Finally make sure you have a HPI check carried out before you buy to confirm the motorbike is what it’s advertised as. If you keep a car that was written off then you must tell your insurance company otherwise your insurance policy may be invalidated. If the vehicle is damaged the insurance policy will not pay for any repairs so therefore there is no record of the damage. If it’s advertised as Cat D bike salvage does the check confirm this or was the damage worse.

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