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Selling a Damaged Mitsubishi Warrior L200 With Airbag Triggering ECU Fault

The Mitsubishi L200 is a popular pickup truck for commercial buyers, although it is not without its mechanical faults, one of which resulted in a recall back in 2018.

A common issue exhibited by this vehicle is associated with the ECU, which may not function correctly when it comes to triggering the airbag in the event of an accident, or may trigger deployment unexpectedly without due cause. This issue may arise following an impact, and if your L200 is damaged, you might have a tough time selling it.

If you are in this position and you want to sell a damaged Mitsubishi Warrior L200, what are the options available to you?

Selling privately or scrapping your L200

The two most obvious options for selling a damaged Mitsubishi L200 are also the two most problematic, from a seller’s perspective.

Choosing to put it up for sale privately is going to be a challenge not only in terms of actually getting prospective buyers interested in the pickup in the first place, but then overcoming the complications of haggling and time-wasting that are innate to this process.

Scrapping your L200 because it is in a state where paying for repairs would be uneconomical is also an option, although again you may not get a good price for the vehicle and you will also have to do a lot of legwork to offload the vehicle, costing you more cash and time.

Selling to a specialist

If your Mitsubishi Warrior L200 has a faulty ECU which is giving you grief, it makes sense to get in touch with We Buy Broken Vans.

We can value vans of all makes, models and conditions, including examples which are suffering from a known fault or have been damaged in accidents. Even if the van has been completely written off by an insurer, we will still make a competitive offer for it, with our no-nonsense approach putting us head and shoulders above selling privately or scrapping.

Service that avoids stress

As well as getting a good price for a damaged L200 with an ECU fault affecting the airbags, when you sell to, We Buy Broken Vans you can also take advantage of the many other benefits that we offer our customers.

One of these perks is free collection of your Mitsubishi L200 from anywhere in the UK. Wherever it might be on the mainland, whether it is in London, Birmingham, Glasgow or even Belfast, we will send out a team member to pick it up. That means you have no need to drive it or transport it to us, as we will do all of the heavy lifting.

Add to that the fact that we pay promptly upon collection and you can see why selling a Warrior L200 to us is the most sensible solution to your problems.

Get in touch to sell your Mitsubishi today

Drop us an email or call us on either 0121 285 9859 or 07582 859 859 to get further guidance on selling a faulty L200 today.


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Sell Your Van to We Buy Broken Vans – Simply Enter Your Registration Number Now

Are you ready to sell your van, but you do not know how to get a competitive offer while sidestepping the tire-kickers and time-wasters that are commonplace if you go private? We Buy Broken Vans is the answer to your prayers, as our service is set up to help commercial vehicle owners exactly like you who are looking for a no-nonsense approach to used van valuation.

So how does our valuation process work and what are the perks of selling to us? Let us talk you through the main points of interest.

Harness your registration number for fast van valuation

Our site has an integrated van valuation tool that lets you type in your registration number and submit it to our team for assessment.

Once you have added the registration details, you will be taken through to a page where you can fill out a few more details so that we can give you an accurate offer. The details to provide include things like the vehicle’s current mileage, the value you expect to achieve and also any faults and flaws that are present.

Provide us with as much accurate information as possible to ensure that your van can be given a precise, competitive valuation based on the factors that are in play.

Get a response in a jiffy

Our team works tirelessly to make sure that van valuation requests are dealt with as quickly as possible. That means when you enter your registration number and other vehicle details into our site, you will not need to spend ages twiddling your thumbs waiting for a response.

Another perk of selling your van to We Buy Broken Vans is that we guarantee the valuations we make for 7 days, so there is no obligation to accept the offer we make immediately; you can take your time to think about it and then let us know when you are ready to proceed.

All vans valued

If your van was made after 2001, you can get it valued on our site. It does not matter if it is a non-runner, or if it has any significant mechanical faults that make it a challenge to use normally. You might have realised that it is not economical to pay for repairs, even if it is technically possible to make it roadworthy again. Because we are specialists in buying broken vans, all of these issues and more besides are encompassed by our service.

As well as buying vans of all conditions, you can also enter the registration of a conversion van into our valuation tool to find out how much it is worth. Ice cream vans, ambulances, security vans and lots of other commercial vehicles can be sold to us for a price that will put a spring in your step.

Call, text or email for more information

Whether you chat to our team on 0121 285 9859, text us on 07582 859 859 or use our contact form to get in touch, informative answers to any queries are assured.


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Common Faults with Vauxhall Vans Which Will Make the Van Beyond Economical Repair

There are common van faults which impact many makes and models of commercial vehicles, regardless of their origins. However, each manufacturer has its own set of quirks and pitfalls associated with its products which are worth discussing in isolation.

This is useful not just for people who are thinking about buying a particular brand of van but also for those who are hoping to sell a damaged van or simply keep up to date with maintenance expectations of the model they already own. With that in mind, here are just some of the faults which are typically seen on Vauxhall vans that will ultimately make it uneconomical to pay for repairs.

Leakages leading to corrosion

This is a particular issue with the Vauxhall Vivaro range, as some models suffer from an imperfect seal around the bonnet which causes rain to trickle through from above and wreak havoc in the engine bay.

Where the corrosion takes hold will vary from van to van, but it can lead to fuel injectors becoming compromised. If these fail completely then the cost of repairs might outweigh the value of the van. The ingress of rainwater can also result in cylinders being impacted, as well as a host of other important components, any one of which might take the engine out of action if it gives up the ghost.

Fuel pump flaws

The Vivaro is roughly as reliable as its closest competitors in this segment of the van market. Even so, it has its fair share of issues that are unique to the range, including a problem with fuel pumps which can strike suddenly or come on gradually over time.

Unusual heaving and whining from under the bonnet can be a sign that the fuel pump is on its way out and while replacements are not exorbitant, it can lead to other issues if left unchecked and lumber you with a hefty repair bill.

Gearbox upsets

Any well-used van will need to have its transmission maintained. In the case of Vauxhall vans, this is certainly the case, since the gear linkage is prone to wear at a faster rate than owners might expect. This can lead to sudden disengagement and if this occurs at an inopportune moment the damage can be catastrophic.

If you are faced with having to pay hundreds or even thousands of pounds to repair a Vauxhall van because of any one of these common faults, you may well be better off just selling it.

That is where We Buy Broken Vans can help. We buy damaged, faulty or otherwise compromised Vauxhall vans from all parts of the country, assisting owners in the case that it is not economically sensible to splash out for repairs.

Speak to us to sell a faulty Vauxhall van

You can get a valuation for your van on our site and you can also call us on 0121 285 9859/07582 859 859 or email our team for advice and guidance.


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How Can I Sell a Van Quickly and Hassle-Free?

To sell a van quickly you have several options available to you, although not every avenue will be without its pitfalls to take into account.

So, if you want to remove the stress from shifting a second hand van as swiftly as possible, what is the best way to go about it?

Get an online valuation

If you sell a van to a private buyer or head to a dealer to do the deed, you will definitely need to deal with the arduous process of haggling over how much they are willing to pay for it. This is more anxiety-inducing for some than for others, but in either case, it can feel like a waste of time if the price on the table is not right for you.

Using the online van valuation tool offered by We Buy Broken Vans is the perfect antidote to this since you can get a competitive offer for your vehicle in minutes. Furthermore, you can benefit from the fact that this valuation is guaranteed for 7 days, meaning that there will be no unexpected changes that come out of the blue, so long as you accurately describe its condition when getting the offer in the first place.

Get your van collected

In some cases, you will be expected to deliver your used van to its new owner after you agree to a sale. This might not be convenient, or even possible, depending on the state of the van or the location of the buyer.

Once again We Buy Broken Vans can come to the rescue, as we offer free collection of the vans we buy from customers. It does not matter where your van is based either, because we operate nationally, visiting places as far-flung as Edinburgh, Birmingham and London to satisfy the needs of van owners.

Sell a damaged or faulty van to a specialist

Some buyers might steer clear of second hand vans for sale which are listed as having mechanical issues, or those that have been in accidents. Even if offers are made, they may be far from fair if there is something seriously wrong with the van in question, which leads to yet more hassle, haggling and headaches for sellers.

We Buy Broken Vans takes all of these annoyances out of the equation by specialising in buying vans that are lumbered with a wide array of complications. This includes vehicles which have been struck down by ECU errors, gearbox grips and cambelt catastrophes.

Furthermore, there will be no delay in payment when the van is collected, since we can send the cash straight to your bank account. No other way to sell a van quickly will be as convenient or free from holdups.

How to get in touch with us

Now that you know why selling a van to We Buy Broken Vans is the fastest, easiest option out there, you should contact us online or give us a ring on 0121 285 9859 or 07582 859 859.


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How to Sell a Van Which is a Category N Insurance Write-Off

Insurance categories for written-off vehicles have been adjusted in recent years, although the same basic principle applies to owners; once your accident-damaged van has been classified, this is something you will need to deal with when you come to sell it.

Category N is one of the recent additions, covering vehicles which have been in accidents where the damage done to them is superficial rather than structural. If you are wondering how to sell a van which is a category N insurance write-off, we have some excellent advice to follow.

Your options

Even though Cat N vans are usually in full working order, with minor damage to things like headlights and bumpers apparent but no other issues affected roadworthiness, selling them can be a challenge.

The Cat N classification will reduce the vehicle’s residual value and you have to declare its status to any buyer. This makes selling it on privately a bit of an ordeal, as you may struggle to drum up interest or have to deal with time-wasters and people who want to low-ball you on the price.

You could also sell your Cat N van for scrap, although again this is going to leave you seriously out of pocket.

Because of all this, it is often best to get in touch with We Buy Broken Vans, as you can get your Cat N van valued online and receive a competitive quote that will leave you much happier than if you went a different route.

Benefits of selling to experts

There are lots of reasons to sell a van which is a Category N insurance write-off to We Buy Broken Vans, aside from the promise of getting a good price.

We will gladly make offers on vans regardless of the insurance category they have been classified as, so from repairable vans which only have surface damage to non-runners that fall into Cat S, all vehicles will be considered.

We go above and beyond your other van selling options because we also collect the vans we buy from across the UK. Any mainland location is eligible, from London to Glasgow and beyond. Furthermore, the collection is free of charge, so even seriously compromised vans can be taken off your hands.

Why sell a Cat N van to us?

When a van is written off in an accident, it instantly becomes a burden to your business, rather than an asset. Because of this you may want to sell it as quickly as possible, rather than forking out vast amounts for repairs.

We Buy Broken Vans is the quickest and most efficient option for selling a Cat N van in the UK, with no need to quibble over price or pay for collection. With our help, you can get cash for your write-off van and get back on the road in a new vehicle as soon as possible.

Give us a call or send an email to our team

Solve your Cat N van woes by calling We Buy Broken Vans on 0121 285 9859 or using our contact form to ask us a question. Also, call our mobile on 07582 859 859.


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Is it Possible to Sell a Van Even if it is a Non-runner?

Vans can become clapped out for plenty of different reasons, leaving owners with a real headache on their hands. It is not just the fact that vans serve such an essential purpose in plenty of business operations; non-runners might also be a burden because of where they are when they stop working.

So if your van is a non-runner, are you stuck with it or can you sell it? The answer might surprise you.

Common complications

Trying to sell a non-runner on the open market might certainly be a challenge, as most private buyers will be looking for vehicles which are still roadworthy.

You could, of course, choose to scrap your van, although doing so throws up a number of other obstacles to overcome. First, you will need to see whether you are eligible for any number of scrappage schemes aimed at commercial vehicles. There are usually a lot of hoops to jump through and caveats to overcome, which means that this is not for everyone.

Also, you may be required to actually get your van to the scrap yard itself, or alternatively pay a charge to cover the transport if it is handled by a third party. This might make it impossible to actually recoup any cash and you might even end up out of pocket.

Sensible solutions

One of the best ways to sell a non-runner van is to get in touch with We Buy Broken Vans. Our site and service take all of the hassles out of ditching a dodgy old van which no longer works.

We buy vans which are completely out of action, including those that have failed MOTs, been written off in accidents, been damaged by fire and flood and encountered every other conceivable mechanical issue.

Even if your car has been registered as SORN for some time, we will value it for you and give you a competitive price for a vehicle that you might have assumed was worthless at best.

Collection included

When you sell a non-runner to We Buy Broken Vans, the issue of the collection is taken care of as part and parcel of the service we provide. We can help recover your van from wherever it might be free of charge, as we operate nationally to ensure that our customers are able to enjoy the utmost convenience and the minimum amount of hassle.

If your van has been accumulating rust in some out of the way spot for months or even years, it is still possible to sell it to We Buy Broken Vans. We buy vans for spares and those that do not comply with the latest emissions standards.

Contact us to sell a non-runner van

The We Buy Broken Vans team is standing by to assist you with your non-runner van conundrum, so use our contact form to tell us all about your vehicle and we will jump into action to provide the best service around. You can also call us on 0121 285 9859 today or on our mobile at 07582 859 859.


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London Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) – When It Makes Sense to Sell Your Van

With the ultra low emission zone now enforced in central London, van owners are confronted with the likelihood that driving in the capital will cost them an extra £12.50 a day on top of the Congestion Charge.

Of course for some, it will make more sense to sell an old van and replace it with a newer model which does not fall foul of the ULEZ’s requirements.

So which van owners are better off selling up and which will be better off if they keep hold of their current commercial vehicle rather than upgrading?

Emissions issues

Under the rules of the ULEZ, only diesel vans with engines that meet Euro 6 standards for emissions will be allowed to drive in the designated area of London without paying the charge. This applies to the vast majority of vans registered prior to September 2015, which obviously impacts plenty of owners in the UK.

This issue is further complicated because even vans which are otherwise in perfect working order will still be subject to the charge. As such you might have to perform some fairly tricky calculations to work out if it is worthwhile to sell your van as a result of the implications of ULEZ.

Whatever the age and state of your van, there are a few very good reasons to sell it and get a Euro 6 compliant vehicle in its stead. As well as avoiding the ULEZ charge, more modern diesel engines are more efficient and reliable, which means you could save money on fuel and make the upgrade easier to justify from a financial perspective.

Out with the old, in with the new

For van owners whose vehicles are getting long in the tooth, the ULEZ charge could be the ideal excuse to finally get rid of an ageing van, especially if it has technical troubles that are already causing you grief.

From particulate filter faults to fuel pump foibles, at We Buy Broken Vans you can get a quote for your vehicle regardless of whether it is running or not.

Future expansion

Perhaps the most important reason to sell a van which does not meet emissions standards imposed in central London is that the ultra low emissions zone is actually going to be expanded in October 2021.

This means it will go from encompassing a relatively small area right in London’s core to covering parts of several major boroughs, including Camden, Newham and Hackney as well as parts of Greenwich and Lambeth.

Ask us about selling your van

For advice and information about selling your van if it fails to meet the standards set in the ULEZ, get in contact with our team online or give us a call. We can be reached on 0121 285 9859 or on 07582 859 859 and will gladly answer any questions you have today.


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Common Timing Chain Fault on 1.3 Models of Vauxhall Combo, Fiat Doblo and Peugeot Bipper Vans – Buying These Models Now

Van faults can crop up at any time, regardless of the make, model or age of your vehicle. However, there are some vans which are susceptible to specific, known issues which are worth bearing in mind.

The Vauxhall Combo, Fiat Doblo and Peugeot Bipper are all perfect examples of this since versions with the 1.3 litre engine onboard are united by the fact that timing chain troubles are commonplace.

So how does this fault manifest itself, what can you do if it occurs and can you still sell a van with a dodgy timing chain? Read on to find out more.

Why timing chains matter

Without a timing chain, a van will almost instantly become a non-runner. This is not a part which can fail without bringing the whole vehicle to a shuddering halt, since it keeps the engine synchronised.

In most cases you can expect a van’s timing chain to survive from the day it rolls out of the factory to the point at which the entire vehicle is ready to be scrapped. The problem is that not all vans are equipped with components that live up to these expectations of reliability.

Common complications

The Vauxhall Combo, Fiat Doblo and Peugeot Bipper are amongst the UK’s top-selling vans, but that does not mean that they are without any flaws. The 1.3 litre HDi engine, in particular, are prone to timing chain faults. Furthermore, if this part fails it can render the entire engine a write-off, meaning the whole unit needs to be replaced.

Of course, even if you do manage to catch the fault early and replace the timing chain before it goes awry, there are significant costs to pay to fit the new chain, since it involves removing the entire engine and is very labour intensive.

Sell a van with a timing chain fault

Whether your Vauxhall Combo, Fiat Doblo or Peugeot Bipper van is getting long in the tooth and is thus more likely to be hit with a timing chain disaster at any point, or you have already suffered this fate, We Buy Broken Vans is here to help.

We buy vans of all types, regardless of whether they are repairable or ready to be broken down for parts.

You can get a quote for your van with a timing chain fault using our online valuation tool and you do not even need to worry about getting it to us, as we offer national collection across the mainland UK.

So if your van’s timing chain is on the brink of breaking, or has already tipped over the edge, you can still sell it and recoup some cash to fund a replacement.

Contact us to sell a broken van

We can guide you through the process of selling a faulty van if you get in touch online or give us a call on 0121 285 9859 or 07582 859 859 at your convenience.


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Advantages of Selling Your Old Van to Buy a Euro 6 Compliant Van

Euro 6 emissions standards have been impacting the way that van engines are made for almost half a decade now, yet there are still plenty of people driving around in vehicles with older Euro 5 and even Euro 4 engines onboard.

If you need a bit more convincing to sell your old van and upgrade to a Euro 6 model, here are a few of the advantages that come with making this leap.

Improved eco-friendliness

With growing signs that climate change is taking its toll on the world and causing various catastrophes, there has never been a better time to start thinking about how your business operations impact the environment.

This is not just a practical move from an eco-friendly perspective; it is also one that will make your firm seem more conscientious and engaged to current clients as well as to prospective customers.

Better efficiency

While it is not universally true for all van models and engine types, in general, it can be assumed that newer vehicles will not only be cleaner, but also more fuel-efficient.

With diesel prices prone to fluctuation, it makes sense to minimise the amount of money you have to spend on fuel. With a Euro 6 compliant van, this is something you can achieve without having to dramatically change your driving style, even if doing so is also worthwhile from an efficiency perspective.

Improved reliability

Even the most robustly made vans will succumb to the effects of wear and tear over time, so you may need to sell an old van sooner rather than later if faults emerge, whether or not they need to get a Euro 6 replacement is pressing. Everything from cambelt problems and gearbox complaints to wiring issues and particulate filter failures can hamper old vans.

A newer van with a more modern engine will be less likely to develop issues in the short term. It may also be covered by a manufacturer’s warranty which will help you to avoid steep repair costs if something does go wrong, which cannot be said for significantly older vehicles.

ULEZ charge avoidance

Van owners in London will no doubt have heard about the Ultra Low Emissions Zone, which covers a decent sized area in the centre of the city. Vans which do not meet Euro 6 standards are charged £12.50 for entering this zone, which over time can really mount up and become hard to justify for regular visitors.

Selling a non-compliant van and buying a Euro 6 replacement will be an excellent investment, letting you avoid the need to pay the ULEZ charge. The zone is set to expand even further soon, so a pre-emptive upgrade will make sense for plenty of people who live and work in London, as well as those who travel there for business frequently.

Get in touch to sell a van

We Buy Broken Vans will value your van, inspect it and collect it from wherever you are based. Get in touch online or call our team on 0121 285 9859 or 07582 859 859 if you want to find out more.


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We Buy Broken Vans – A Viable Alternative to the Mayor of London Van Scrappage Scheme

Following the introduction of the Ultra Low Emissions Zone (ULEZ) in London, a scrappage scheme has been introduced by the authorities to coax van and minibus owners to sell their old vehicles which do not comply with the stricter pollution regulations.

As with any such scheme, there are plenty of caveats and conditions that need to be taken into account, meaning lots of vehicle owners are either not eligible to apply, or may find the rules of the application too restrictive for their needs.

We Buy Broken Vans is, therefore, an excellent alternative to this initiative offered by the Mayor of London. So what makes our site the best place to scrap a van?


In order to be eligible, van owners must either represent a micro-business or charity or be a sole trader. They must also have their organisation registered at an address within the Greater London area.

Other requirements include that the old non-compliant van is replaced either with a more modern vehicle which meets Euro 6 standards, purchased outright, or acquired as part of a lease or hire deal that lasts for a minimum of 24 months.

These factors clearly limit the number of people who can actually take advantage of the mayoral scrappage scheme quite significantly. Fail to meet even one and there will be no cash available.

On the other hand, customers of We Buy Broken Vans can rest easy in the knowledge that there are almost no such restrictions in place. We will provide a valuation on almost any old van you want to sell, no matter where your business is registered and regardless of its condition.

Furthermore, we do not force you to invest the money you receive from scrapping your van in any particular replacement, so there is no need to worry about the length of a lease contract or any other external factors. Once we inspect and collect your car, payment will be made quickly to your bank account and the cash is yours to do with as you see fit.


As well as not having to jump through any bureaucratic hoops to sell a van to We Buy Broken Vans, you can also let us take an older light van off your hands even if it is riddled with technical faults or if it has been involved in an accident and written off by insurers as a result.

We are experts in buying damaged and broken vans as well as repairable vans, non-runners and lots more besides. All makes and models of van will be considered.

Our valuations are always competitive, our service is convenient for customers across the country and as long as your van was registered after 2001, there is no need to worry about its age or condition.

Scrap your van with us

To get questions about our van buying service answered, please use our contact page or give our team a call. Our landline number is 0121 285 9859 and you can also reach us via mobile on 07582 859 859.


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