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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

cheque handover

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.

Charity eBay auction – 110 Station Wagon roof rack (BA3861)

Bearmach have very generously donated a brand-new Defender 110 station wagon roof rack for our charity open day. We’ve used our other donated items for the tombola and raffle, but this fantastic part is a very specific fitment, so we decided to list it on eBay instead. As with the rest of the open day, the full amount taken for the roof rack will be donated to Parkinson’s UK.

Full details for the roof rack can be found on the auction listing, or on our product page.

Open day – Grand Raffle prizes

Britcar are having an open day on the 3rd September 2016 to promote the move to our new premises, and raise money for Parkinson’s UK. There will be a range of activities on the day, but the headline event is a Grand Raffle with some really rather good prizes.

Our final list of goodies is made up of:

  • A fantastic 9,000lb T-Max winch
  • 20″ Land Rover child’s mountain bike
  • Hawkeye diagnostic tool (suitable for home or professional use)
  • Land Rover factory tour
  • Meal for two in a local restaurant
  • £30 Amazon voucher
  • Scorpion Martial Arts Academy voucher for 3 months’ free training in universal karate / kickboxing / fitness (choose when redeeming your voucher)
  • Magnum of Champagne

T-MAX OUTBACK SERIES 9,000LB WINCH

BA 2609

  • 5.5HP/12v
  • Remote control included (cable 3.7m)
  • Gear Train – Planetary 3 Stage
  • Gear Ratio – 172.8:1
  • Clutch – Sliding Ring Gear
  • Brake – Automatic in-the-drum
  • Rope – Wire 28.5m x 9.2mm diameter
  • Fairlead – 4-Way Roller
  • Recommended Battery – 650CCA min for winching
  • Weight – 36.5Kgs
  • Dimensions – 557 x 205 x 160mm
  • Mounting Pattern – 254 x 114.3mm
  • Drum Size – 224 x 64mm diameter

 Retail value: £308.96 +VAT!


20″ LAND ROVER “CORDONZA” BOY’S MOUNTAIN BIKE

BA4820

Land Rover no longer produce kids’ bikes, so this could be your last chance to grab one! A lot of ‘brand’ bikes are based on a cheap frame and built with unbranded components, making them a bit of a gamble. This isn’t the case with the Land Rover bikes; they’ve got solid frames and proper, branded components (brakes and gears).

The Cordonza features:

  • Lightweight 7005 Aluminium frame
  • Suntour M2025 front suspension forks
  • Shimano Tourney 6-speed gears
  • SRAM MRX gripshift
  • Tektro alloy V-brakes & levers
  • Alloy rims with Innova 20″ x 2.1″ tyres
  • Front mudguard

For the full specification of this great kids’ bike, see the full listing on our site.

Retail value: £230.69 +VAT!


HAWKEYE OBD-II FAULT CODE READER

ba5070_4This popular tool connects to the on-board diagnostic port on your vehicle (OBD-II ports only), and allows you view and reset stored fault codes. This Hawkeye prize comes with a J1962 cable (BA5071), zipped protective couch, quick reference guide, and one vehicle type unlock code. Once you’ve unlocked the Hawkeye to work with your vehicle (P38 / Discovery 2 / L322 etc), you’re able to use the tool on other vehicles of the same type. If you need to use it on more vehicle types, further single unlock codes (BA5075) can be purchased separately.

  • Robust and self-powered hand held unit
  • No PC / laptop required
  • Free unlock code for one Land Rover vehicle type
  • Can be unlocked for additional Land Rover vehicle types
  • Free updates for future applications
  • Reads fault codes with descriptions
  • Live data real-time monitoring
  • Service reset option
  • Ideal for DIY enthusiast as well as specialists

Retail value: £236.25 +VAT!


MEAL FOR TWO

This prize is for 2 people to have a free meal in a local restaurant. If you win this prize, we’ll get in touch to discuss the final details and get your meal booked.


LAND ROVER FACTORY TOUR

If you win this prize, we’ll send you and a friend on a guided tour of the Land Rover manufacturing plant at Solihull. This fantastic prize takes you behind the scenes at one of the most high-tech factories in the world. See more information on this amazing prize on the Land Rover website.


We’d like to say a special thanks to all the companies who have generously donated prizes to support our charity open day, we very much appreciate you all!

We are moving!

moving

As of the 1st of August, we will be operating out of our new base in Ipswich.

Over the years, we have progressively expanded our operations, gathering more rare stock from closing dealers and workshops, and updating our goods in / goods out processes to handle more (and bigger!) orders. We’ve finally reached a point where our current home can no longer handle us, so we’re moving a few miles up the road into Ipswich.

The new unit is a far more modern workspace, with more flexible storage and facilities. We are currently relocating the larger and slower-moving items over, as well as fitting out all the packing, stock handling, and trade counter areas. We’re completely overhauling the electrical and digital infrastructure as well, so there’s plenty of work going on!

While we’re in the process of moving, we’ll have people at both sites, so there may be a slight delay in answering phonecalls and emails. Live chat will also be unavailable until the move is complete.

In case anyone wants to plan their route to the new trade counter, the full address is: Unit 2 Riverside Industrial Park, Rapier Street, Ipswich, Suffolk, IP2 8JX. Our phone numbers and email addresses will remain the same during and after the move.

Christmas opening hours

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LAST UK DELIVERY ORDER DATES

This year, our last ordering point for UK Mainland delivery is 1pm on Tuesday the 22nd December. This is the last point where we can get unstocked items in from our suppliers and delivered by DPD on the 24th.

Delivery to UK Highlands and Islands is a 2 day service, so the cutoff point will be 1pm on Monday the 21st for these areas.

If you’re one of our overseas customers, and you need a order delivered before the Christmas break, just get in touch to find out when your last order point will be.

CHRISTMAS OPENING HOURS

Britcar will be closed for the holiday period for the three days between Christmas and New Year – the 29th, 30th, and 31st of December. Over these three days, the website will be moving to a new hosting platform. This means the online store will be unavailable and we won’t be able to respond to telephone calls, emails, or live chats.

We will be back to normal opening hours on the 4th of January.

Which is the right part type for me? Genuine, OEM, or Pattern?

Most of of the parts on our site are listed several times to offer a range of choices – for example our site currently lists 14 different versions of ERR3340 (an oil filter). If you search for this part number, you’ll see different combinations of Supplier, Brand, and Type. We do this so we can offer you the choice of Genuine parts, a preferred Brand, or simply the cheapest option.

The options for Type are: Genuine, OEM, or Pattern; but what do those choices actually mean?

ERR3340 genuineGenuine Parts

Genuine parts will come in a Land Rover (or Jaguar) box, with matching tape, stickers etc. These are the exact parts you’ll get if you walk into a dealership and buy the parts direct. Most of the time, you’ll pay the same price regardless of where you buy a Genuine part – the manufacturer often insists on this. With Genuine parts, you’re guaranteed to get the exact, current part for your vehicle and the manufacturer’s warranty. Interestingly, not all Genuine parts are actually made by the vehicle manufacturer – parts will often come from established specialist suppliers such as Bosch, Lucas, and K&N. The parts will still be supplied in Genuine boxes, direct from Land Rover (or Jaguar).

 

 

ERR3340 OEMOEM Parts

OEM stands for Original Equipment Manufacturer – this is the part originally fitted to your vehicle, but provided from the original part supplier (Bosch etc.). These are exactly the same as the Genuine parts, just not Genuine branded. OEM parts generally offer the best compromise of quality and cost.

 

 

 

 

ERR3340 PatternPattern Parts

A Pattern part is an aftermarket version of a part, made by a licensed manufacturer. Most of our Pattern parts come from our three main suppliers: Allmakes, Bearmach, and Britpart. Pattern parts offer a huge improvement in value over OEM and Genuine parts, with some Pattern parts being a tenth of the cost of the Genuine equivalent! It’s worth bearing in mind that sometimes you will compromise quality for value, and the part may not be as well finished as the OEM or Genuine version.

 

So, which one is the right choice?

Generally, we recommend getting the best quality part you can budget for, particularly if you’re working on critical systems such as braking and steering. There are people who will only use Genuine parts on their vehicles, and that’s fine as you know exactly what you’re getting every time. Most people will go for the OEM or Pattern option though, if they’re available.

If you need any help or guidance with choosing the right part, our experts are available on the phone, email, or live chat.

New product range: WILDBEAR from Bearmach

WILDBEAR

Britcar is excited to announce availability of Bearmach’s impressive WILDBEAR enthusiast off-road product range. To celebrate the launch we are offering a 10% discount across the whole range until the end of August 2015! The discount will be applied automatically when you checkout on the website.

The WILDBEAR range has been designed and engineered to be a class above everything else in the market, containing products that are exceptionally tough yet stylish.

Every part has been designed in conjunction with dealers and enthusiast owners, then rigorously tested in a variety of environments. All this was done to ensure that the whole range was fit for purpose and ready for hard use.

BA 7533

Bearmach strongly believe in the skills and expertise of British industry and have kept the design, engineering, and manufacturing of the products within the UK as much as possible. This has been embraced to the point that 95% of the products are designed and manufactured in the UK.

BA 7567

The range covers most common modifications, including:

  • Underbody protection
  • Rock / Tree sliders
  • Winch bumpers
  • Heavy-duty bumpers
  • Headlamp surrounds & radiator grilles
  • Chequer plate (in three colours)
  • Steering wheels & bosses
  • Radius & trailing arms
  • Springs & lifts
  • Shock turrets / mounts & relocation cones

We’re already getting quite a bit of interest in this range, so come and see what all the fuss is about and keep an eye out for future releases!

wildbear launch discount