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In the UK, Mini’s are very popular cars, however if you have held onto your beloved car for a few too many years, maybe now is the right time to consider scrapping it. By letting your mini deteriorate each day, you are inevitably allowing more problems to occur, whether that be causing more damage to the environment or creating more expense for yourself, there is no doubt that your mini will give up one day, leaving you carless.

Even if you have had your mini for years and it hasn’t been any trouble, like any car, as it begins to get older the efficiency of the vehicle will decrease. Some of the problems that seem to occur a lot with mini’s include: clutch failure, thermostat leaks and transmission issues – all of these aren’t cheap to repair and if you have experienced these problems during your time of having a Mini, it is more than likely that they will happen again, leading to an even higher expense.

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Why Should I Scrap My Mini?

There are many reasons why you should scrap your old mini. One of the main being to allow you to purchase a newer, more reliable car which won’t leave you with the worry of breaking down every time you go to work or embark on a long journey. With the money we offer you for your car, you can put this towards a deposit to put down on a brand new, energy efficient vehicle.

You may have spent a fortune of repairs for your car in the past, but this shouldn’t be a reason why you shouldn’t decide to scrap your mini. These repairs that you have had done will slowly start to wear away and the longer you ponder on the decision whether to scrap your car or not, the more expensive it will be for you.

Rusty and Damaged Minis

If your Mini is covered in rust and has been for several months/years, it would be a good and sensible idea to start looking at scrapping your car. Severe corrosion can cause holes in the underside, compromising the safety of the vehicle which could result in MOT failure. When a car fails an MOT, this makes the car illegal to drive on the road and you are no longer able to sell it. The repairs on a car which has failed its MOT are more than likely going to be very expensive and so, in the long would be more financially beneficial to you if you scrap the car and purchase a new one.

How we can help you!

At Scrap Car Kings, we offer a trusted and professional service which customers can use to scrap their old and unwanted car. We will ensure that your experience choosing to scrap your mini with us is positive and simple. If you would like to receive a free quote for your mini, enquire on our website today or give us a call and speak to one of our experts.

The Classic Mini Comeback: Is It Time to Let Yours Go?

You’ll remember the rebirth of the Mini (the classic one) 2000-2005. Built by BMW, it was the great British facelift with some good specs to boot. Of course, they weren’t without their weaknesses, so here’s a quick look at the good and bad points of the early 21st century Mini.

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The Engine

All Minis were front-wheel drive, and powered by a transversely mounted, four cylinder, 1.6 litre Tritec engine. For the Mini One, this translated to 90bhp, a top speed of 115mph, and the ability to reach 0-60mph in 10.5 seconds. A variation, the Mini One D, was released in 2003 with 75bhp, a 0-60mph rate of 12.9 seconds, and a top speed of 110mph.  Meanwhile the Mini Cooper enjoyed a cool 115bhp, reaching 0-60mph in 8.7 seconds and boasting a top speed of 118mph. The Mini Cooper S was a different beast altogether, with a straight four 16-valve engine and Eaton M45 supercharger lashing out a zippy 168bhp. The governor-limited top speed of 135mph, and a 0-60 mph time of 7.4 seconds, became major selling points. 

Transmission

The Mini One and Mini Cooper initially offered continuously variable transmission, with conventional five-speed manual transmission offered between 2002 and 2004. The Cooper S and One D upped the ante with a six-speed Getrag manual transmission.  Reviewers frequently praised the smoothness of the gearbox, but many drivers have encountered serious transmission failures. This seems to get worse with age, and with transmission replacement costing up to £4,500 you’re probably better off scrapping your Mini.

Handling

Mini hit a clever stroke with handling, with all four wheels placed as far into the corners of the car as possible. Minis are meant to feel tight and fun, but pay attention to any pull to the left, as this could mean your front suspension turrets have been knocked out of alignment.

Power Steering Issues

As responsive as the Mini’s power steering is, there are some serious issues in all Minis built between 2001-2007. After a spate of sudden power-steering pump failures, a BMW spokesperson finally admitted that an electrical issue was causing the failures. While it’s normal to hear a whine from the power-steering column when idling, get your power-steering pump checked immediately if it gets too noisy.

Fuel Economy

The Mini One’s official 45 mpg rating seems respectable but many Mini One owners report a less than impressive real rating of 28-30 mpg. The Mini One D similarly boasted 58.9mpg but some reviewers rated it at 34mpg on a leisurely drive. The Cooper and Cooper S come in at the same rate.

If it’s time to let your Mini go, contact Scrap Car Kings today.

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