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Whether it's help with technical competence or services such as their instant online quote system that's available to members, it all adds up to helping you keep costs down and profits up.

Then you need to be in the know. It’s very easy, particularly if things are relatively easy, to simply get on with your life and not pay too much attention to what’s going on around you. But so many times, that’s when you take your eye off the ball and all can go wrong.


An article in this issue covers the EA’s report on illegal sites. They found 1,000 of them last year and the trouble is, whether it’s government, local authorities, the EA or even the police, they all tend to tar us all with the same brush.

That’s why it’s great to have someone on your side watching your back. That someone is the MVDA who do a great deal behind the scenes to ensure that we can operate in a relatively sensible environment. But they do so much more than that to help your business to be more profitable and reduce costs. We just wanted to bring to your attention just some of what they have done in recent months.
Insurance
MVDA has always worked hard to make sure sensible cover is available for members. Only last month we reported on a new insurance deal (see article here) they have launched for members which is aimed at those who don’t require the same level of cover that their existing packages offer. Insurance can be a nightmare but members have real options.
Industry Services
Recently, all members were updated with detailed information of companies that deal with many of the waste streams from ELVs. Whether you need to find someone to take your waste oils or your washer bottle fluids, or even to buy any excess fuel you may have; having this information can save you a great deal of money.
Instant ELV quotes
Do you offer this on your website? MVDA members can offer this facility at no cost, apart from an initial £80 setup charge. This was launched at CARS2016 and one user, Ray Kirk of Albert Looms in Derby told us it’s fantastic. They have a ‘sell your car link’ on their website which takes you straight to the quote page. Ray told atfPro, “We handle ELVs and we don’t pay top prices, but having this facility still brings us in 15+ cars a week”. Not bad eh!
Directory
Also at CARS, MVDA launched their latest directory. Anyone who picked up a copy will know it’s packed full of relevant information about the industry and the service each individual member offers. These are distributed not only to this industry but also to body shops and garages who have members’ details at hand. They also know that they all work to a code of conduct. Trade sales have huge potential for this industry and getting your name in front of buyers can only be good news.
Information
None of us get excited about WAMITAB and technical competence but it’s law and we have to comply. To make it easier, MVDA recently announced the availability of five updated guides that should make things easier. Ok, this isn’t exciting but it’s necessary and members can contact the office to get copies.
And there’s more...
Don’t forget, MVDA are the people constantly in contact with government agencies and have your back. The majority of items listed above give members a specific benefit over non members but everyone benefits from their work with within our legal framework. Their influence over the years with law makers has done a great deal to protect this industry. I am not saying they have always been successful but we do know they’re out there fighting our corner. And when they don’t win, it often buys us time to adjust.

Are you one of those who can’t see the value. After all, it costs around £10 per week. The way we see it, just having a system to give instant quotes that pulls in an extra 15 cars week for free must make it worthwhile, not even considering any of the other benefits.

That’s it, MVDA plug over - if you want further details visit their website.

October 2016

Latest stories

Who’s buying our salvage vehicles in Europe?
It seems that there are some questions surrounding the purchasing of vehicles by other European countries, in particular Cat B vehicles. One of our readers asked us the following:
Diesel and petrol car sales to be banned from 2040
In recent news and following on from France’s commitment to take polluting vehicles off the road by 2040, Britain has also followed suit by banning the sales of all new diesel and petrol cars and vans by 2040. The final plan is due by the end of July.
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The pressure’s on for tyres!
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Volvo to go electric by 2019
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We’re not a scrap yard, we’re a vehicle dismantlers
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Code of practice flawed, the opinion of the BVSF
One has to be concerned when the insurer’s new Code of Practice (CoP) that received its “soft launch” a week or so back isn’t supported by either the Motor Vehicle Dismantlers’ Association or the British Vehicle Salvage Federation, two of the main owners of the pre-existing code.