Starting a Scrap Car Business

As the saying goes, “one man’s rubbish is another man’s treasure” – and never has this been truer than when you are considering setting up a business in the ‘scrap’ industry. In fact the Scrap Metal industry has grown rapidly over the last 10 years with a raft of new International legislation with regards to recycling waste goods to limit their environmental impact on disposal.

For instance, the EU has now imposed strict limits on the amount of waste ending up in landfill sites – and implemented guidelines for the disposal of all scrap vehicles.

> How to make money in the Scrap Car Business:

There are a number of approved scrap metal recycling centres around the UK – who will pay an amount per ton of scrap metal at the point of delivery. The revenue per ton of scrap metal fluctuates – but is often in excess of £100 per ton.

There is a HUGE demand for a Scrap Car collection and disposal service. More than 2 million cars reach the end of their life each year in the UK. EU Guidelines now stipulate that more than 74% of the vehicle MUST be re-used or recycled.

When a person has a vehicle that they wish to dispose of, the vehicle is often no longer road worthy, no longer insured to be driven – or both. Therefore, the owner NEEDS to have the vehicle collected and disposed of for them – and this is where you come in.

In order to incentivise the flow of business, you may wish to make a small cash payment on collection of a scrap vehicle. But often, people are simply happy to have a vehicle collected and disposed of for free.

> The Basic Car Scrapping Process:

Once you collect a vehicle for scrap, you need to run it through a depollution process before it can be taken to the scrap metal disposal centre.

You start by draining all fluids from the vehicle including oil, fuel, brake fluid etc… and you remove the battery.

You then remove the wheels including the spare – and any other large non-metallic fittings.

There may be certain fittings that you can sell on or reuse – so you should pay close attention and know what is of value. This often comes with experience.

Once the vehicle is fully depolluted, you can then take the vehicle to your local scrap metal recycling plant who will pay you per ton weight of metal.

You MUST have the vehicle log book, or the scrap metal recycling plant will not accept the vehicle for recycling. This protects against people trying to dispose of stolen vehicles.

> How to advertise your scrap car business:

There are a variety of ways to market your new scrap car business, and I have overviewed just a few below.

a) Get a website specifically targeting your local area.

b) Advertise on your local Gumtree, or other free websites.

You can place your adverts in the car section, as people often look on Gumtree when they want to sell or dispose of an old vehicle.

c) Look in local free ads for people that are trying to get rid of their car.

Most areas of the UK have free ads papers and magazines – where you can post adverts about your business or service for free.

d) Look on e-bay for people trying to sell vehicles in your area very cheaply.

You could look on eBay for people selling vehicles very cheaply in your area (eg. for less than £50). You can set up alerts to monitor eBay automatically.

e) Advertise in yellow pages.

When you are more established you may wish to invest in a Yellow Pages advert or a paid advert in your local / regional paper.

> Conclusion.

A scrap car business is a great business to setup, particularly for anyone that is already in the car repair trade. You will likely have all the equipment you need to operate what could turn out to be a very lucrative business in your local region. Not only can it bring financial rewards, but it also feels good to know that you are doing your part to help the environment.

How to Choose the Right Charlotte Limousine

Charlotteans are fun-loving people. They live their life to its fullest, and it reflects in everything they do or own: from their Charlotte limo to their restaurants to their entertainment centers. Talking of the lavish lifestyle I must tell you that the Queen City, as it has been dubbed in the honor of German Princess Charlotte of Mecklenburg, has been voted as number 8th city in the United States in 2008 in terms of vibrant lifestyles and opportunities for new businesses. Prevention Magazine also has admired its lifestyle when it gave no.4 ranking to the city in its 2007 study. Self Magazine called it “Five Cities with Big Outdoor Appeal” for its museums like the Mint Museum of Craft + Design, Public Art Walking Tour, and the U.S. National Whitewater center, an outdoor excursion destination near the Queen City.

Places to see on your Charlotte Limo tour

It is on you whether you take a cab to your hotel and then take a Charlotte Limousine from there for the tour around the city, or you call Charlotte Airport car services directly from the airport and get your favorite limo for a ride. Whatever you do, you need to see the following places in Charlotte once you have seated yourself comfortably on the cushiony seat of Charlotte lavish limousine.

The Mint Museum of Art

The Mint Museum of Art is located in a building that was once home of Charlotte Mint, a branch of the United States Mint. It is the first art museum in North Carolina, which became functional in 1936. It has a good collection African art, American art, American decorative arts, American and European ceramics, Asian art, contemporary art, pre-Columbian art, historic costumes and accessories, photography, and historic maps. It performs both permanent and visiting exhibitions.

The Mint Museum of Craft + Design

This museum has a good collection crafts in fiber, metal, glass, clay, and wood. It also showcases artistic furniture and jewelry. It started mesmerizing visitors and inspiring creation of art in 1999. It provides a platform for young artists to gain wisdom from veterans. Cash in on this opportunity to see, feel, and interact with artists in this craft and design museum.

You will miss a great deal of culture if your lavish limousine is not pulled over for you to soak into the richness of The Mint Museum of Art and The Mint Museum of Craft + Design.

But how to find a right Charlotte Limousine?

Do not worry I have some experience in that as well, and will like to share it with you here.

Step 1: Determine your taste

Always remember, not all limo services are made equal, and not all suit to the taste of everyone. That is why there are lots of different types of limo. First, determine kind of limo you will want, number of people accompany you on your trip through Charlotte, and the money you want to spend then go shopping for a Charlotte limo or call Charlotte Airport car services.

Step 2: Research the limo rental company

First make a list of 5-6 companies and conduct a background study to find out the quality of their fleet, and Chauffeur, their services, and their customer service. If none of the companies qualify, make a fresh list. You goal should be to make a list of 3 quality limo service providers that meet your need.

Step 3: Customer feedback

Read reviews about the limo companies you have shortlisted, and if possible get recommendation. You can find quality reviews on net in which reviewers will share their personal experience.

Step 4: Book a limo

Negotiate on the price and book a limo for your tour. Make sure that the limo you booked comes at your place 10-20 minutes before time.

By following these steps, you can separate wheat from chaff, and get the best Charlotte airport limo for your limo tour of the Queen City.

Collecting NASCAR Diecast Cars

As a young boy I always had little figurines like GI Joe, the green Army men and plastic tanks and don’t forget the little soldier with the parachute that didn’t always open. Those were fun to play with but when I got my first Hot Wheels that changed everything. It started an interest in cars that never stopped. Those little suckers were fast and there were so many models and bright colors to choose from.

From there I got into watching auto racing, not much on the TV those days (I’m going back a bit), I believe Wide World of Sports carried some of the big races of stock car racing. I’m not sure if it was called NASCAR at time, it’s to far back to remember. As time went on TV coverage got much better, I started watching Indy Cars races some Formula One and drag racing of all forms. By this time I was buying car models spending a lot of time gluing them together, painting and adding decals. Most of the time I made a mess of them, I had no patience, not letting the glue dry fully before moving on to the next step.

Then I discovered diecast cars, they came in so many models and sizes and there was nothing to do except to put them on display and enjoy them. I’ve been collecting NASCAR diecast cars for awhile now and it’s kind of addictive, you can’t buy just one or two because you buy your favorite drivers diecast but his car has different paint schemes. So you buy the different paint schemes and then they come out with a Special Edition and you have to it as well.

Now I’ve got them all lined up on shelves and in display cases, I may have too many but I enjoy them and I think it’s a great hobby to get into and I will continue for along time.

So where do you look for that next special edition, hard to find or the newest NASCAR diecast. Well you can go to your local book store and check out the magazines, there are several good ones out there; you can try hobby shows, flea markets, you never now what you can find a garage or lawn sale or you could always search the internet for websites and blogs. So get out there and start collecting today.