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The Benefits of Buying Re-Manufactured Vehicle Parts
11.11.2021

As a vehicle owner, it is inevitable that at some point, one of your vehicle parts will malfunction or fail. When this occurs it’s often a first thought to buy a brand-new part to replace it, but this can prove to be a very costly option, particularly if the new part is purchased directly through your dealership. This is the reason many people now turn to re-manufactured parts when something goes wrong, as not only are these a cheaper option, they are also a reliable option, with parts often carrying the same warranties that you would receive with the brand-new alternative.

One thing that gets many car owners confused, is the difference between second-hand and re-manufactured car parts. A second-hand car part is a previously used part, which has been stripped from a car no longer needing it, often due to accident write offs or older cars which have been sent off to be scrapped. These types of parts are usually the cheapest to purchase, however they often won’t have been properly tested, don’t come with any warranties and often there is no way of telling how old the part is, how many miles the part has covered or how well the previous owner maintained it – this means that buying a cheap second-hand part comes with some risks.

A re-manufactured part, on the other hand, is an original manufacturer official used part, which has been carefully cleaned, stripped down, and had any worn components replaced. Most people can’t tell the difference between a brand-new and a re-manufactured part, and they are finished to such a high-quality standard that they are just as reliable too. Like brand new parts, these parts usually come with a warranty and are expected to have the same lifespan, but with a cheaper price tag! Re-manufactured parts are also seen to be a more environmentally friendly option by keeping parts out of the re-smelting process for longer and by massively reducing the amount of raw materials and energy required to produce them, in comparison to the amounts required when building brand new parts. This makes re-manufactured parts a very appealing option to anyone looking for a reliable part at a good price, or anyone who is looking to reduce their carbon footprint.

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How to Stay Safe when Driving in the Rain
17.10.2021

October is here and so is the iconic Autumn British rainfall! Before getting into your vehicle, ensuring that the rubber on your wipers is in good condition and that you have plenty of tread left on your tyres are essential basic safety checks to make in any kind of wet weather, but here is some further advice relating to some of the more dangerous rainy conditions you may encounter on the road:

Heavy Rain:
Even if your windscreen wipers are set to maximum speed, severe rain is going to affect your visibility, so the most important thing you need to do is to slow down. Reducing your speed in heavy rain will give you more time to assess and react to any situations unfolding ahead of you, and don’t forget, Rule 126 of the Highway Code states that you need to leave at least a four second gap for breaking distance between yourself and the vehicle in front of you in wet road conditions. Another thing to remember is to manually turn on your headlights if the weather conditions are causing poor or low-light visibility.

Flooded Roads:
The first rule of a flooded road is: if there is another route you can take to avoid the flood – take it. Driving through flood water runs a real risk of your engine taking on water, and if this should happen, it will hydro lock and your engine will stop working immediately! As a rule of thumb, if the standing water is 6 inches deep or deeper, do not attempt to drive through it (please note: certain vehicles won’t be able to drive through less water than this. Assess the situation, the height of your vehicle and make a sensible choice when deciding whether to drive through). To help you make a judgement call, you can see if other vehicles similar to yours are passing through the flood water without issue, and if you do decide to follow, make sure to travel through the water slowly whilst keeping your engine revs higher than usual – this will help to prevent water from entering your exhaust. Once you have passed the flood water, always check that your brakes are dry and working properly before continuing your journey. If you are in any doubt about whether you can safely cross the flood, turn around and try to find an alternate route.

Vehicle Aquaplaning:
Aquaplaning can be a very scary experience and usually occurs when it is raining heavily and/or there is light flooding or puddled water on the roads. Making sure you have deep tread on your tyres and lowering your speed can help to reduce the chances of this happening, however it’s important to remember that if your vehicle does begin to aquaplane, try not to panic and do not slam on the brakes – instead, ease off the accelerator slowly, don’t make any sudden steering actions and keep a firm grip of your steering wheel. Following these steps will help your car to regain its grip on the road surface and stop aquaplaning.

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How to Get the Best Price when Scrapping your Car
19.09.2021

The sad reality of car ownership is, that one day it will no longer be cost-effective to keep replacing parts and repairing it, and whilst it can be difficult to come to terms with having to say goodbye to your beloved automobile, your wallet will assure you it is the right decision to make. This decision begs the question, how do you make sure you are getting a good deal when it comes to recycling your vehicle?

Here are four ways you can ensure you always get the best scrappage price:

  1. Use the internet to track scrap value.

So long as you aren’t in a rush to get rid of your car, using the web to keep an eye on the scrap market can be a great way to time when is best to deliver your vehicle to the junkyard heap. Scrapping your vehicle when the scrap value is higher, will mean you get more cash for your car! A quick Google search will bring up several sites that will allow you to easily compare, track and find the best scrap prices.

  1. Get multiple scrap quotes.

Unless there is a real urgency to get rid of your car, don’t just go rushing off to the first scrapyard you find. We would recommend getting at least three different quotes from separate scrap dealers, and don’t be afraid to haggle for a better pay-out! Getting multiple quotes will give you a good idea of what a fair scrap value is for your vehicle and will alert you to any dealers who are trying to get their hands on your car for less than it’s worth!

  1. Consider breaking your vehicle for parts.

Did you know that you can dismantle your car and strip it of its valuable parts before sending it off to become scrap metal? If you know what you’re doing and have enough free time, you can make additional money by selling off a car’s components as spares. Sometimes you can find just one or two good parts can end up being worth more than the original scrap value of your vehicle – so if you have the capabilities, it’s an avenue worth exploring!

  1. Make your car look more presentable.

This one may seem a little odd, considering your car is destined for the crusher, but the look and presentation of your car could end up fetching you a better price from a scrap dealer. Don’t waste time and money on fixing any major bodywork issues, but if you can buff out a few of the more minor blemishes (such as scratches, minor dents and rust spots) you may just get rewarded!

Ultimately, if you do your research, understand the current market value and are prepared to haggle on price – making yourself a few extra scrappage bucks can be a fairly simple achievement.

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The Future of the Automotive Aftermarket Industry
21.08.2021

Over the past couple of years, we’ve become no strangers to anxious comments circulating within automotive aftermarket industry such as “I love this industry, but I’m not so sure how much longer there will be such a need for aftermarket core”. It is true that times are changing, and ultimately technology is always going to keep advancing, but our view on the future of the automotive aftermarket is still as positive as ever!

At Premier Components, we believe that the key to success in an ever-changing industry is with innovation and adaptation, and this is a belief that’s strongly cemented into all our core business strategies. Fear about change is often a natural human reaction, we are biologically programmed to react in this way, but we believe that being proactive with new solutions and approaches is the healthiest way to tackle any uncertainties, whether in business or in everyday life.

As the future slowly begins to unfold and automotive technology advances we are likely to start seeing a new generation of features within our vehicles, these will most likely include more economical engines reliant on electrical power, safety enhancements and more convenient driving systems with a focus on entertainment and making driving more effortless. Whilst this may be bad news if you are a car enthusiast who is eager to continue driving cars in the more traditional manner, we believe that this is actually great news for the automotive aftermarket industry – as an easier, more enjoyable driving experience will ultimately lead to more availability of vehicle usage to those who may have not been able to drive traditional cars, and more miles being driven, and anyone in the re-manufacturing sector will be able to tell you, that more miles being driven is always good for business!

The bottom line is, any changes in the automotive aftermarket industry aren’t going to appear overnight, the change will be slow and there will be plenty of time for the industry to adjust and adapt, and we have absolutely no doubt that in the future, that both Premier Components and the automotive aftermarket sector as a whole will continue to thrive!

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How Drivers Can Help to Protect our Environment
17.06.2021

Did you know that, according to The Energy Saving Trust, “by driving smarter” the average UK driver could save between £300 and £350 each year? To drive smarter essentially means to drive more economically, which not only helps save you money, but it helps to protect our environment too by reducing your vehicle emissions. An obvious way to keep your emissions low would be to purchase an economically friendly car, which not only reduces the impact on the environment but also comes with the added benefits of low or zero road tax. However, we realise that it isn’t always realistic to simply “go and buy a new car” as not everyone is in the position to do so, so here are six ways you can be more environmentally responsible, in any vehicle you drive:

  1. Be conscious of your acceleration and braking.

By building up your speed gradually, shifting gears smoothly and braking steadily when required, you can make a real difference to your rate of fuel consumption, reducing the frequency of filling up your tank and the ultimately, your carbon footprint, by reducing the amount of burnt fuel fumes entering the atmosphere.

  1. Reduce your speed.

The slower you drive, the less fuel your vehicle burns, so try not to exceed the speed limits – a car speeding at 80mph on a motorway or dual carriageway has been shown to use approximately 10% more fuel than one driving at the 70mph speed limit.

  1. Remove excess weight from your vehicle.

An unnecessary load means that your vehicle will be using extra fuel, so make sure to remove any items you can from your boot if they aren’t required for your journey, particularly if they are heavy!

  1. Turn off unnecessary in-car electrics.

Air conditioning, car lights, radios, windscreen heaters and plugged-in satnavs that are turned on all contribute to extra fuel consumption, so make sure that these are turned off and unplugged when they are no longer required to ensure you are always driving as “green” as possible.

  1. Reduce your vehicle’s wind resistance.

Roof boxes, roof racks, flags and chunky body kits all contribute to an increase in drag, making your car less aerodynamic and therefore less environmentally-friendly, so remove these if they are no longer required. Keeping car windows and sunroofs closed, particularly at higher speeds, will also help to reduce vehicle wind resistance and therefore fuel consumption.

  1. Check and service your vehicle regularly.

By checking and servicing your car or van regularly, you can help to ensure that your engine is running efficiently and that your tyres are always properly inflated, as driving with under-inflated tyres is not only dangerous but has also been shown to increase vehicle fuel consumption by up to 15% as well.

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What part do we play in the Automotive Aftermarket industry?
17.05.2021

The automotive aftermarket is the secondary market of the automotive industry which encompasses several important roles, including the supply of aftermarket vehicle parts to the remanufacturing industry. When a car or truck is sent to the scrapyard, or when a damaged element is removed, many people do not realise that the leftover parts can essentially be recycled through remanufacturing. Not only does the automotive remanufacturing industry help to lessen the impact that vehicles have on the environment, but it also provides motorists with a cost-efficient alternative to buying brand new vehicle parts when replacing defective ones.

But how do the parts at the scrapyards get to the remanufacturing plants? That is where Premier Components comes in! We have an elite team of knowledgeable core purchasers who travel worldwide to find the right yards with the right core, which then gets shipped to either our base in the United Kingdom or our base in Poland, where each unit is thoroughly checked and graded for quality several times before being carefully stored ready for sale. This is where our expert sales team comes in, liaising with some of the largest automotive remanufacturing plants in the industry, to ensure that the right parts find the right remanufacturing partner.

We have over 25 years of experience in sourcing and supplying aftermarket parts and our global reach continues to expand year after year. Our friendly team undergo regular rigorous training sessions to ensure that their knowledge of parts is always up to date to improve the quality of our purchases and the efficacy of our service. For these reasons, plus many more, Premier Components should be your preferred partner for the supply and purchase of quality aftermarket core. To find out more about our range of stock and our pricing structures, please reach out to us today via +44 (0) 1789 720061 or sales@premiercore.com.

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What to do if your car breaks down
16.04.2021

Most of the time, you would not anticipate that your car could break down, but an estimated 7,000 breakdowns occur in the UK every single day! If you found yourself at the mercy of an unforeseen breakdown, would you know what to do? Here are our top tips for what you should do in the event of your vehicle coming to an unexpected halt:

BREAKING DOWN ON A MOTORWAY OR DUAL CARRIAGEWAY:

  1. Use the hard shoulder and use your lights.

If you can access the hard shoulder, pull over as soon as you can and turn on your hazard lights and side lights. It is also wise to turn your wheels to point away from the road.

  1. Wear a reflective high visibility vest.

Reflective high visibility vests are generally inexpensive to buy and do not take up much room in your vehicle, but they will help to alert other drivers to your presence, especially when it is dark.

  1. Exit from the furthest door from the road and go to a safe distance.

Do not exit the car from the roadside door unless it is unavoidable. Once you are out, move to a safe distance away from your vehicle as soon as possible. If there is an embankment, take yourself up it and if there is a barrier, get behind it if possible. Only place a red warning triangle if it is safe to do so, on a fast busy road, it is not worth risking your life to place it.

  1. Do not try to repair the car yourself.

Do not put yourself in danger trying to fix the car yourself, instead call a breakdown service provider to come to your assistance.

  1. Inform the local authorities of the hazard.

Use a roadside SOS phone, or your mobile if there is not one close by, to inform the local authorities about your broken-down vehicle, as it could be hazardous to other road users.

BREAKING DOWN ON A SINGLE CARRIAGEWAY ROAD:

  1. Pull over to a safe place and turn on your hazard lights.

If you can, find a safe place to pull over your vehicle keeping it as far away from the road traffic as possible. Once you have stopped, turn on your hazard lights, and your side lights too if visibility could be impaired.

  1. Exit your car and move to safe distance to assess the situation.

Exit your car so long as it is safe to do so and get to a safe distance away from the vehicle to assess the situation. If you cannot safely exit your vehicle, remain seated and alert with your seat belt securely fastened.

  1. Put on your high visibility vest and place your red warning triangle.

Make use of your reflective high visibility vest and, if it is safe to do so, place a reflective warning triangle around 50 meters behind your vehicle to alert other drivers of the hazard ahead.

  1. Get back into your vehicle and secure your seatbelt.

Unlike the advice for motorways and dual carriageways, on a single carriageway road the RSA advise that the safest place for you to wait for assistance is inside your vehicle, just makes sure you have your seatbelt securely fastened and remain alert.

  1. Call the local authorities and your breakdown service provider.

Once you are safely strapped into your vehicle, call the local authorities to inform them of the hazard and then call your breakdown service provider so that they can assist you.

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5 Simple Ways to Reduce your Carbon Footprint
22.02.2021

Your carbon footprint is based on the amount of greenhouse gas emissions released into the atmosphere, which are directly attributed to the actions you take in your everyday life. These emissions have a negative impact on the environment and contribute to global warming. As the core foundation of our business is built on recycling, we would like to share with you five simple ways how you can reduce your carbon footprint and lessen your impact on our planet.

  1. Using less energy around the home.

Recent research has found that approximately 26% of our carbon emissions comes from our home energy. There are many things you can do to reduce the amount of energy wasted around your home such as ensuring your home is well insulated, servicing your boiler regularly, installing a smart meter and keeping lights and appliances switched off around the home when they are not needed. You can also go one step further by switching to a green energy supplier to ensure that clean renewable energy is being used to power your home!

  1. Recycling wherever possible.

This one is something we should all be aware of; many types of packaging are now recyclable, and you can check which ones are by looking at the recycling information found on the packet. It is also important to remember to rinse out and dry any products which are dirty before putting them in your recycling bin, as items that still have food on them can contaminate recyclable material, rendering them useless. Soiled items are regularly taken out of the recycling chain and sent to landfill.

  1. Adjusting your diet.

You can help to protect our environment by supporting sustainable farming practices and making small everyday changes to your diet. These changes could include, shopping organic, cutting down on meat consumption and by shopping local, as the shorter the distance your food must travel, the less greenhouse gas emissions! Planning your meals in advance can also help to reduce your carbon footprint as you will know exactly what food you need to buy and less will go to waste!

  1. Considering switching brands and buying recycled car parts.

Today there is an abundance of different brands at our fingertips, quite literally, as most shopping is now done online with a few taps of your finger. Use this as a force for good and opt for brands that support sustainable eco-friendly manufacturing processes and that use packaging which can be recycled.

One thing that you may not have considered when it comes to purchasing recycled goods, is the replacement parts you use in your vehicle when something goes wrong. Did you know that by using a remanufactured car part, you are purchasing a recycled unit which has been saved from the resmelting process? Plus, most remanufactured parts will be cheaper than a new alternative and come with the same length of warranty!

  1. Volunteering to clean up your local area.

If ever you find yourself with some time to spare, you can also consider volunteering in your local community to help clean up your green spaces. Litter is a huge problem worldwide, and by giving up an hour or so of your free time, you can help to undo some of the damage done to our planet, and it will benefit your local community, keeping it clean and tidy for everyone to enjoy!

We hope that you have found these tips useful; if we all work together and make more environmentally friendly choices, we can help to protect our incredible planet.

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How the Brexit Trade Deal will Affect Us
23.01.2021

Everyone is aware that the UK exited the EU on the 1st January and thankfully at the very last moment a trade deal was agreed and it is now in operation and Premier Components, like many importers and exporters, have experienced some delays due to the new rules, regulations and documents that now apply.

Premier Components have been working extremely diligently with their customers, suppliers and third parties such as logistics and IT suppliers to ensure that we are fully compliant and that any delays are minimised. We would like to thank everyone for their patience and understanding as we all adapt to this new way of working.

By way of a small update we have laid out the main areas that have changed and where new documentation and procedures are applicable:

 

Customs Declarations

Customs declarations will now be required at both export and import, both here in the UK and in the EU. In addition to this, import Vat will apply and will be payable based on the rules of the member state in the EU. The agreement does not affect arrangements on trade between Great Britain and Northern Ireland, which are covered under a separate protocol.

Tariffs and Quotas

There will be no tariffs on goods exported or imported between the UK and EU 27. Supplier declaration will be required from the exporter’s suppliers confirming origin of goods. If the import goods do not originate in the UK/EU add no value (or undertake minimal processes and then export to the EU) then these products will be subject to the MFN standard tariffs and duties may apply. The same goes for goods coming from the EU to the UK.

Conformity

Agreement avoids unnecessary technical barriers to trade with the EU on low-risk products, more specifically information is provided on automotive products, wine, organics, pharmaceuticals, and chemicals.

In summary:

  • The UK/EU FTA eliminated duties and some invisible tariffs on goods which qualify subject to rules of origin.
  • Duties will still apply (subject to the Tariff) on non-originating goods as we have left the Customs Union.
  • Check conformity issues for specific goods.
  • Import VAT will need to be accounted for/payable in the EU.

Whilst some of this information may seem a little overwhelming, we can assure you that we have all aspects of import and export compliance under control here at Premier Components, and we are more than happy to offer any assistance, advice, or reassurance to any of our current (or prospective) trade partners.

We are so pleased that our transition out of the EU has been successful, and that we have an exciting prosperous future ahead with the European automotive aftermarket and remanufacturing industry!

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10 Common Mistakes that Could Void your Car Insurance
12/18/2020

Car insurance is a legal requirement for all motorists in the United Kingdom, and in most other countries Worldwide, but did you know that in the UK alone, around 43,000 claims are denied by motor insurers each year? Here we have listed 10 of the most common mistakes made when taking out an insurance policy to help you avoid invalidating your insurance:

  1. Listing an incorrect main address

The postcode of your main address can impact your motor insurance quote, but as tempting as it may be to use a relative’s postcode to bring down your premium, please avoid doing so as it may render your insurance invalid, particularly if your car gets broken into at your actual address and you try to make a claim! It is also important to remember to report any main address changes to your insurer as soon as possible for the same reason.

Motor insurance companies have their own investigative departments dedicated to making sure the information provided by policy holders is correct, so the likelihood is that an incorrect address will be flagged if you try to make a claim further down the line.

  1. Not disclosing car modifications

Car modifications can affect the cost of your car insurance for two main reasons: if they are deemed to increase the likelihood of a motor collision, or if they will make your car more desirable to car thieves. Not disclosing even minor modifications can leave you at risk of losing out if you end up needing to make a claim.

  1. Declaring a false annual mileage

Your annual mileage is an important factor insurance companies use to quote your premium and as expected, the higher your annual mileage, the higher the cost of the premium. Whilst it can be tempting to disclose a slightly lower mileage to keep the price down, it could end up costing you a lot more in the long run as a claim can be rejected if your vehicle has exceeded the mileage stated on your policy.

  1. Selecting the wrong car usage category

Motor insurance covers three types of car usage, these are social only, business only, and social and commuting. If you select the wrong category, you risk not being covered in the event of an accident. For example, if your policy states that your vehicle is only insured for social purposes, and you then try to make a claim resulting from a collision you were involved in whilst commuting for work, there is a good chance that your insurance company may reject your claim!

  1. “Fronting” the policy with another main driver

If you are deemed a “higher risk” policy holder, for example if you are a newly passed driver or have made claims in the past, it can often be tempting to put a “low risk” driver (such as a parent or partner) as the main driver on your policy, and to list yourself as an additional driver instead. Declaring the main driver as a named driver on your policy is a form of insurance fraud and is often referred to as “fronting”. If your insurance company discovers this, your policy will be cancelled immediately with any claims denied. It can also result in the insurer taking legal action against you and, if found guilty, you could face fines of up to £5,000 and six points on your driving licence.

  1. Driving with unsecured pets

With more than 40% of UK households reporting to own at least one pet, it isn’t unusual to be transporting them in your cars – but did you know that if you have a collision and it is reported you had an unsecured pet in the vehicle your insurance company could refuse to pay out? Having your pets properly secured in your vehicle is now a legal requirement as unsecured pets can cause you to be more at risk of having an accident, as they can distract the driver or physically get in the way preventing you from being able to drive safely.

  1. Selecting an incorrect occupation

The occupation you select when searching for a car insurance quote is another essential element motor insurance companies will consider when determining your risk profile. If you try to make a claim, and your current occupation does not match what is stated on your insurance paperwork, you may find your claim is denied. Therefore, it is also equally as important to inform your insurance company of any new job changes to ensure that you are always fully protected.

  1. Letting someone else drive your vehicle

Whilst most fully comprehensive policies will cover drivers using other people’s vehicles, most of these will only cover them on a third-party basis. This means that if someone else is involved in an accident whilst driving your car or if your vehicle is damaged or stolen whilst in their care, your insurer may not pay out for the damages!

  1. Not informing your insurer of minor accidents

Often if people have a small bump or scrape while driving, only cosmetic damage occurs and when this happens it is common for motorists to fail to report this damage to their insurance providers, as they aren’t planning to make a claim. However, by not informing them of this damage you are likely in breach of your policy, and if you try to claim for any other damages further down the line, if additional damage is found which is inconsistent with the nature of your claim, your entire claim may be refused.

  1. Charging people when car-sharing

Did you know that by charging friends or colleagues for lifts your car insurance company could technically classify you as a “taxi hire service” which could render your insurance invalid? In fact, some policies will specifically exclude cover for car sharing altogether, whether you are profiting from it or not, so it is always worth reading through the small print of your insurance policy paperwork to check beforehand!

In fact, it is important to read the terms and conditions of your policy thoroughly regardless, to ensure that you are always going to be covered in your current circumstances and that you are not going to make any mistakes which could accidentally result in voiding your policy. If you are unsure about any of the terms stated within your agreement, give your insurer’s helpline a call to gain clarification and always make sure to report any changes which could affect your policy, no matter how small or insignificant they may seem.

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Our Logistics Brexit Preparations
21.11.2020

Back in March 2017 the UK government officially gave notice for leaving the European Union by filing a notification under Article 50 of the EU Treaty, but what exactly does that mean for freight transport operations when the Brexit transition period ends on 1st January 2021?

Currently, with just over a month to go, this is still not clear as trade deal negotiations between the UK and the EU remain ongoing, with a no-deal Brexit now looking increasingly possible. Despite the uncertainty around exactly what terms the United Kingdom and the EU will be trading on in the new year, Premier Components are working proactively in the background to ensure that we prepared and ready to continue trading with our EU suppliers and customers once this transition period comes to an end.

To help us prepare, we have established an in-house Brexit taskforce who meet together on a weekly basis, at a minimum, to focus on ensuring that the company will be ready to trade seamlessly with our EU counterparts once the transition is finalised. As part of this work, our IT department have developed an automated system which links to our accounting software to create commercial invoices for both sales and purchase transactions. By systemising customs declaration requirements, and other relevant administration processes, we will help to eliminate the possibility of delays relating to shipping documentation preparation.

In addition to streamlining our administration procedures to improve efficiency, we are also currently in the process of contacting our current customer base to discuss each individual’s desired trade needs going forward, to determine what plans and new measures need to be put in place within our logistics department in particular. Part of these talks include whether customers want to arrange their own goods collections or use Premier’s own transport solutions post-Brexit. Gathering this vital information, in addition to our own preparations, will enable us to source a frictionless customs solution to offer our customers, and to develop a staff training programme which will ensure our workforce are knowledgeable on all new processes and procedures relating to Brexit.

Once the Brexit negotiations are concluded, we will keep our customers and suppliers informed of any internal or external changes which may affect their future shipments, but you can be assured that Premier Components’ priority is to keep our logistics processes and supply chain both efficient and competitive, whatever deal is agreed.

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Our Post-COVID Working Environment
16.10.2020

Billions of people all over the World have had their lives and livelihoods affected by the novel coronavirus. As employers, it is our responsibility to put measures in place at our premises to help protect our staff and to play our part in the fight against the spread of COVID-19.

As a company, we have been fortunate in a sense, as our facilities already had many of the foundations in place making our transition into a post-coronavirus working environment relatively straight-forward. Most of our on-site workforce spend the majority of their time in one of our large open warehouses, which are so spacious and open that social distancing measures were easy to implement, as there is plenty of room to move around without having to come too close to other employees. Our main warehouse doors are also kept open during working hours, due to the volume of activity we have moving stock in and out of the buildings, which also ensures a fresh flow of air is always present. In addition to this, we have also always actively encouraged our warehouse team to wear face masks, to protect them from inhaling dust particles, something which has now become an important part of all our lives to help protect us from inhaling germs.

Around all our buildings we have introduced extra measures, which include social distancing and hygiene importance signage throughout, installing hand sanitising stations and allowing our staff to work from home if appropriate, and in their own private office spaces wherever this has been possible to do so. We have also arranged for all on-site staff to have staggered break and lunch times with a one-in one-out procedure in place in certain communal areas such as kitchen and toilet facilities.

As a business we have also limited the number of visitors we have on site and are opting to host meetings with clients over Skype or phone conferences instead wherever possible. We also regularly reiterate to our workforce that strict hygiene rules and government advised self-isolation rules and health advice must always be followed stringently.

We hope that this short update has allowed for some peace of mind about our pandemic compliancy, and we look forward to welcoming future business opportunities with safety at the forefront of our company values.

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Pointing you in the right direction
02.09.2020

In our July blog, we put a spotlight on ELVPP as the Premier Components smart tool to be use by our partners -  vehicle dismantlers. Of course, there is more positive of facets of having the ELVPP but the important one is that the system quickly identifies the vehicle and displays a list of parts with a value to sell to us


Our database cover over a million products and recently has been added transitions and engine section


The database is growing and also, Premier Components is keep on moving. We are happy to inform you that we are  moving turbo and commercial section from unit 22 to 21 as number of our stock is constantly increasing.


 This is a time to use Premier Components web purchasing tool ELVPP. When you are searching to sell your selected core units. This tool gives you the satisfaction of having both a guaranteed sale and revenue stream.


In the heartbeat you can become our partner. You just need to contact with our ELVPP team via the purchase link on the website or by phone 01789722908 and email at support”elvpp.com  you can of course visit website www.elvpp.com

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We want to say Thank You
30.07.2020

 During this time we want to take opportunity to update you on how we are approaching the new uncertainties associated with changes brought about by the Covid-19 pandemic.

Firstly, we want to thank you, our valued customers and suppliers for being with us during these unusual times. We are truly inspired by your commitment to making a difference in these unprecedented and challenging times.

The Premier Components UK Ltd team have been working hard to come up with  practical tools and techniques to make things work better for our colleagues and most importantly for our customers and suppliers who use our services.

The determination and dedication that has always characterised the Premier Components UK Ltd spirt is fully displayd in a single action that has been taken across the UK and the Europe.

We are proud to announce that  we have successfully moved forward our ELVPP launch data from October 2020 to July 2020.

ELVPP is our web purchasing tool which is ready to be used by our Partner Vehicle Dismantlers from July 2020. This innovating and simple dismantling tool has a database of over 50 000 vehicles and a wide range covering a multitude of unique parts.The database covers over a milion products.

Do not wait to become our partner. You can apply by contacting our ELVPP team via the purchase link on the website  or by phone 01789722908 and email at support@elvpp.com you can of course visit our website www.elvpp.com

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COVID-19 : Announcement for our customers and business partners
04.05.2020

In those difficult times, Premier Components UK Ltd. is committed to health and safety of our families, colleagues, customers and, business partners who make up Premier Component’s alive and well kicking worldwide company. It is our highest priority to maintain business continuity needed to provide support and service to all our customers around the world.

As we all experience uncertainty of COVID-19, you can rely on Premier Components for continuity of the service. We are here to support your business and enable you to meet the needs of your company.

Over the last few weeks, we have taken all necessary precautions and steps to deal with COVID-19 outbreak, as well as the measures we have taken to prevent the spread of the virus and minimize the risk to our employees, customers and society in general.

Introduction of new tools of keeping teams connected enable our service to stay up and running at all the times.

If you have enquiries or needs, please do not hesitate to use links below to contact our Purchase team or Sale team, and we will respond as soon as possible.

Email: sales@premiercore.com
Email: purchase@premiercore.com

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Our Visit to ReMaTec Amsterdam 2019
27.02.2020

Since 2001 ReMaTec has been well-known throughout Europe for being one of the leading remanufacturing trade shows for industry professionals. The exhibition is hosted bi-yearly at RAI Amsterdam in the Netherlands and at each event attracts an impressive array of automotive aftermarket and remanufacturing leaders from across Europe, but is ReMaTec worth a visit? Last month, some of Premier Components’ team travelled to Amsterdam to exhibit at the show and have kindly provided their honest feedback on the event.

"As always, ReMaTec was very good for us this year as a company. The attendance levels were high on all three days and there was a great positive energy circulating throughout the show. We felt that by exhibiting at ReMaTec we were provided with a great opportunity to create new business deals for the company and to reconnect with some of our current customers and build on already positive intercompany relationships.” – Alex Holland.

“Premier Components are one of the leading aftermarket core brokers, not just in the United Kingdom, but throughout Europe as well, and the bi-yearly ReMaTec exhibitions are a fantastic base for us to meet with current customers to discuss ongoing business arrangements, and to meet new prospective customers to discuss how we can provide them with a mutually beneficial solution for their aftermarket requirements. From our perspective, the show was very enjoyable and overall a great success for the business. By exhibiting at ReMaTec 2019 we also found that we were offered a fresh insight into how the European market is developing and changing as a whole, and we are now able to utilise this information to ensure that Premier Components remains at the top as a preferred supplier across the European continent. Premier’s leading presence in the European marketplace is something that we are very proud of as a company and we are always excited to be able demonstrate our expertise at ReMaTec. We are already looking forward to attending again in 2021.” – Keiron Pope.

 

As you can see, the feedback we have regarding the ReMaTec event has been very positive overall; this show in particular is one that the Premier Components team never misses – so if your business operations fall within the European automotive aftermarket sector, we would confident to say that it is definitely worth a visit.

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Our Visit to Autopromotec Bologna 2019
27.02.2020

For those who may not know, Autopromotec is a highly anticipated European aftermarket exhibition with a 50-year history, which is held bi-annually in beautiful Bologna, Italy. With almost 3,600 exhibitors at the 2017 event, this show hosts an array of companies within the automotive service sector, including aftermarket part dealers, remanufacturers, workshop equipment and tyre specialists to name but a few. This year, the show was expected to be even bigger, but is Autopromotec worth a visit? Last month some of Premier Components’ team travelled to Bologna to attend the show and have kindly provided their honest feedback on the event…

“From my perspective, the show was very interesting, and we were extremely busy there covering more than 30 meetings each day with the objective of meeting and securing new potential customers and suppliers in the Italian market. We have lots of follow-ups to do now which will soon show the full value that attending Autopromotec has delivered for us. From a market perspective, I believe that this exhibition has offered us valuable insight into Italy’s aftermarket part market structure, conditions, trends and developments. All of this new information can now be used to help us increase our European presence and to offer a more tailored service to Italy’s rebuilding industry and our customers there.” – Tomasz Kowalski.

“The Italian automotive market is one that Premier Components are very much active in, and from our perspective, the show was a real success and offered an insight into how the Italian market is changing, and with this where we fit in as a preferred supplier in this region. As with all trade shows, the follow up is the most crucial element and since returning from the show I have tasked my team, who are experts in the field, with following up each customer relevant to their specialist product knowledge and this is something that they have been doing a tremendous job of so far. Our presence in the European marketplace will always be extremely important to us as a company, and though we continue to take a good market share over this part of the world, I am always excited to see both current customers who have grown over the years, and new companies that we do not currently have the pleasure of dealing with as this show how far we have come as a company, and also how far we can go with all of the opportunities around us.” – Keiron Pope.

Overall, the feedback from Autopromotec has been extremely positive for us as a company – so if your business is within the automotive aftermarket sector, we believe that it’s a show that is definitely worth attending.

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The Honest Truth about Electric Cars
27.02.2020

Environmental impact is becoming a growing concern for most people in Britain and across the globe, and we are always thinking of any small ways we can help to make a difference. One thing you may have considered is whether to switch to an electric vehicle. But how realistic is this option, and do electric cars really live up to their “green” expectations? Read on to find out about what Britons are concerned about and the truth behind their worries:

Can I afford to buy an electric car?

The truth is electric cars don’t come particularly cheap. In fact, the cheapest on the current UK market is a Renault Zoe, which can be picked up for around £22,000 when purchased using a Government Grant. You may be able to get an older model a bit cheaper but beware that previous versions will most likely feature older tech, which can mean decreased battery sizes, a shorter driving range and motors of a poorer quality. The good news here, is that as electric cars become more popular and widespread, new models will emerge and these will no doubt include vehicles that are more affordable to purchase.

Do they take a long time to charge?

The answer to this question really lies with which electric vehicle you are charging, what charging point you are using and what you consider to be a “long time”. Currently in the UK we are a bit behind when it comes to car charging speed, typically the average electric car has a 60kWh battery, which would take approximately 8 hours to charge from empty to full using a standard 7kW charging point. However, if you were to use a 50kW rapid charger, you would be able to top up 100 miles of electric driving power in around 30 minutes.

For those of you who need a faster charging speed, you may be in luck in the future, as a new generation of electric cars is rolling out across Europe which can be charged using a super-fast 350kW charging point, which could mean fully charging your electric vehicle in as little as 10 to 15 minutes! The bad news is, it may be a while before the UK catches up, as currently there is only one vehicle on the UK market which can accept even a 150kW charge (The Audi E-tron) so there are currently no charging stations here capable of charging anything even close to 350kW.

Are they really “greener” than regular cars?

Electric cars are certainly more environmentally friendly to drive than a petrol or diesel alternative, but are they really as green as they are marketed to be? The uncomfortable truth is this may not be the case! Whilst they are undoubtably better for the planet than non-electric cars, ultimately their carbon footprint is determined by the nature of the electricity generation that is feeding the battery pack. Currently only around 27.9% of electric energy produced in the UK is generated by renewable production, meaning that almost three quarters of all electricity produced here is from non-renewable sources, this means that charging your vehicle may be more environmentally damaging than you have been led to believe by marketing campaigns!

Are they actually cheaper to run?

Currently yes! Due to high costs of petrol, diesel and the higher rates of road tax for regular fuel powered vehicles, electric cars are currently much cheaper to run. However, this may not always be the case in the future! As the electric revolution unfolds, the government is inevitably going to lose billions currently raised from fuel taxation. This deficit will need replacing, and they will have to find another way to raise the funds, which in inevitably lead to having to tax electricity in the same way. So, you may find in the future that charging your electric car won’t come quite so cheaply after all!

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