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Easter 2017 opening hours

Our opening times for the UK Easter holiday this year are:

Thursday 13th April – OPEN AS NORMAL (08.00 – 17.30)
Friday 14th April – CLOSED
Saturday 15th April – OPEN AS NORMAL (09.00 – 13.00)
Monday 17th April – CLOSED
Tuesday 18th April – NORMAL SERVICE

Orders placed after Thursday 13th will be processed on Tuesday 18th.

NEW 3-5 Day USPS Shipping Service

USPS Shipping

As one of the UK’s leading independent Land Rover & Jaguar parts specialists, we understand the importance of supplying our huge selection of parts to continental US customers. Up until now, using standard Royal Mail International delivery has been a both a financially expensive and time-consuming process, taking around 3-6 weeks to arrive. We are now pleased to announce an entirely new solution for our US customers.

Open for all orders up to 5kg in weight, USPS delivery transit is estimated at 3-5 days, and is a fraction of the cost of Royal Mail International delivery. Your package will be couriered from the UK to the USA overnight by DHL, and is then passed over to the USPS to be sent straight to your delivery address. Every package will receive a USPS tracking number, meaning that you can keep an eye on your purchase from our door to yours.

Use Shipping Type ‘USPS Smart Mail’ at checkout to take advantage of this great new service.

 

48 Years of Range Rover – The Evolution

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With more than 1.7 Million sold since its official launch in 1970, spanning 10 different models, the Range Rover is undoubtedly the King of the SUVs.

This short animation, just released by Land Rover, details the transformation from the original Velar all the way through to the Autobiography.

Range Rover Model Timeline

1969   Range Rover Prototype (Velar)

1970   Range Rover Classic (two-door)

1973   Range Rover Classic (Suffix C)

1981   Range Rover Classic (four-door)

1994   Second-generation Range Rover (P38a)

2001   Third-generation Range Rover

2012   Fourth-generation Range Rover

2014   Fourth-generation Range Rover Long Wheelbase

2015   Range Rover SVAutobiography

2016   Range Rover SVAutobiography Dynamic

 

Range Rover Sport tackles Alpine ski course

Range Rover Sport Ski Course

In a world first, and following on from a series of challenges which seem to be getting more extreme every time, JLR decided to take on the fearsome Inferno downhill ski course in Mürren, Switzerland. British racing driver Ben Collins, most commonly known as ‘The Stig’, was provided with a production model Range Rover Sport, modified only with essential safety features (reinforced tyres, harnesses and a roll cage), and handed the daunting task of tackling the 2,170 metre descent.

During the descent Collins reached speeds of 96mph and facing gradients of 75% in the Range Rover Sport, which was equipped with a 510PS 5.0-lire supercharged V8 petrol engine. Upon completing the hair-raising course, Collins described the challenge as the “hardest thing I’ve ever done”.

The Range Rover Sport itself seemed to perform extremely well in the conditions, reaching 75mph through ice and sleet at the top of the mountain, and topping out at 96mph through fog and wet grass at the bottom of. According to Jaguar Land Rover, this can be attributed to the pioneering Terrain Response technology, which controls a number of different features on the car, to help it quickly adapt to whatever conditions it finds itself in. For example the Anti-Roll Bar stiffens to reduce body roll in dynamic mode, the rear diff is locked to allow controlled wheel slip in ‘Mud and Ruts’ mode and when the ‘Grass/Gravel/Snow’ setting is used, understeer and oversteer are reduced by engine braking.

Overall this challenge has showed the Range Rover Sport is a genuine off-roader, and not just suited to suburban streets, as some may have you believe.

Jaguar Land Rover launch in-car Spotify app

As you would expect from Jaguar Land Rover, they seem to be ahead of the curve as always, and have managed to secure an exclusive partnership with the world’s largest audio streaming service, Spotify.

Spotify In-car App

What is Spotify?

Spotify is a digital music streaming service that allows you to access millions of songs, podcasts and videos. Spotify has over 100million users worldwide, accessing music fram a huge variety of artists and genres. The free version of Spotify is similar to a commercial radio station in the fact that although you get to choose the music you listen to, your song choices are intertwined with short radio-style adverts.

Following launch at the end of September 2016, the Spotify in-car app, available through the InControl Apps library on both iOS and Android can utilise both online & offline Spotify modes, means that you can always listen to your favourite songs, even in low-signal areas. Picking your own offline playlists is a great feature of Spotify, which may mean all of those ‘Driving Anthems’ CDs stashed away in the glove box may need to find a new home.

Jaguar Land Rover say they have been working alongside Spotify for a number of years to bring this partnership to fruition, and are extremely excited to bring this new app to all vehicles, past and future, with InControl apps (vehicles since 2014).

As excited as we are about this new innovation from JLR here at Britcar, nothing quite beats a cassette in a car, does it?

New features on brit-car.co.uk

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At Britcar, we’re always working on new ways to improve both the online store, and how we process orders. After a significant amount of behind-the-scenes work, we’ve just launched three major updates to brit-car.co.uk:

New streamlined checkout process

We’ve overhauled the checkout experience on the site to make it easier to complete the checkout and payment steps. The new layout breaks up the various stages of entering your information, making it clearer and quicker to pass through the checkout. The updates to the checkout were designed to complement the other changes launched on the site.

Fully-functional mobile site

We now have a completely redesigned mobile site, which you will automatically switch over to when viewing the site. The mobile version still contains all of the content and functionality of the desktop site, all bundled up into a neat little package.

International address finder

Fed up of typing in your full address details into websites? Our new checkout design and account creation includes a global address finder, making it far quicker to enter your details. The same system allows our staff to rapidly identify addresses from postcode or street name, completely eliminating the risk of failed deliveries due to incorrect addresses.

There are more changes coming in the new year, and we welcome any comments or feedback on our online store.

Christmas 2016 opening hours

The last ordering date for dispatch before the Christmas break is Wednesday 21st December. For UK customers, the 21st will also be the cut-off date for delivery before Christmas (mainland addresses only). If you are an overseas Trade customer, please get in touch to find out your last ordering date for a pre-Christmas delivery. Please bear in mind that we will not be able to guarantee delivery before Christmas for overseas orders, due to possible delays in transit.

Our opening hours over the 2016 festive season are as follows:

Friday 23rd Normal opening hours
Saturday 24th Closed
Monday 26th Closed
Tuesday 27th Closed
Wednesday 28th – Friday 30th Open 9am – 5pm
Saturday 30th Closed
Monday 2nd Closed
Tuesday 3rd => Normal opening hours

While we are open on the days between Christmas Day and New Year’s the office will be manned by a skeleton staff only, so there may be a slight delay in responding to emails and phonecalls. There will also be no Live Chat support.

We would like to wish all of our customers and friends a very merry Christmas and a prosperous New Year!

Fundraising cheque handed over to Parkinson’s UK

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Duncan and Sandy Mansfield, and the team at Britcar (UK) Ltd were delighted to present a cheque for £4,077 to Lisa Burns from Parkinson’s UK this week.

The funds were raised during their charity open day on the 3rd September 2016, and online at justgiving.com. Several hundred friends and customers attended the open day, playing games and taking advantage of some very good deals available on the day!

Sandy, who was recently diagnosed with Parkinson’s, will be working closely with the local branch of Parkinson’s to decide where the money will be directed.

Britcar are proud to be supporting a charity that makes such a huge difference to the lives of local people.

Thanks for coming!

Britcar’s first charity open day was a resounding success, with over £4000 being raised for Parkinson’s UK across several fundraising channels. We had a great turn-out for the day, with lots of people trying the games and activities.

There was a minor interruption with some rain later in the day, but plenty of visitors were still around to grab a bargain at the end as some stock and prizes were traded for donations at bargain prices!

We’ll post an update once we have the final total for the fundraising, as we’re still waiting on a final run of donations to come in.

Thank you again for everyone who came or supported the day.

Charity open day activities and guests

We’ve pretty much finalised everything that’s going on during the Charity Open Day on the 3rd, so we thought it would be good to publish a full list so that people can see what there is to do on the day. Don’t take this as 100% complete though – Duncan is still throwing ideas around like they’re going out of fashion!

Activities

  • Raffle (see our other post for the prize list)
  • Tombola
  • ‘Make me an offer’ stand – lots of good stuff on offer, and a chance to practise your haggling!
  • Name the teddy
  • Guess the number of packing air pockets in the van (they’re better than balloons)
  • Radio-controlled Land Rover racing
  • Name the part / odd part out (amateur and pro versions)
  • Darts challenge (a score of over 60 with 3 darts wins a prize)
  • Many cakes
  • Hot & Cold drinks
  • Hog roast & hamburgers

Special Guests

  • Bearmach
  • Britpart
  • Sealey Tools
  • Hangar 53 Custom Motor WorksMarshall Land Rover
  • Mansfield 4×4
  • Several of Duncan’s toys

Remember, anything you spend on the day is being donated to Parkinson’s UK – whether you’re buying raffle tickets, cake, or coffee every penny is going to a good cause.