We know that maintaining your Land Rover and/ or Jaguar is a passion of our customers, and we would love to feature your vehicles on our social media! Whatever model or age of the vehicle, we want to see them.
Whether you’re driving along the Almafi coast or splashing around in local dirt, use your imagination to capture the best image possible to win. It doesn’t matter if you’re an amateur or a professional photographer, there’s no telling what will capture the prize and we’d love for as many of you as possible to get involved.
The winner, chosen by Britcar staff, gets a £200 cash prize to spend on whatever you please.
We will choose 5 runner-ups to get a variety of Britcar/ Land Rover/ Jaguar goodies.
If you choose to e-mail them, we’d love it if you could leave a little comment with information about where the photo(s) were taken! Feel free to drop your Instagram handle too and we can direct users to your account if we use your image.
All entries must be received by Wednesday 31st March 2021.
The closing date is Wednesday 31st March 2021. Entries after this date will not be eligible for any prizes. The winners will be contacted by e-mail within 7 days of the closing date. There are no geographical limits imposed to entry, however, if you reside outside of the UK the £250 prize will be in the form of a Britcar UK giftcard rather than cash.
Please note, by submitting your image, you grant us, without any compensation of any kind to you or others, the right and license to use, copy, distribute, display, publish, modify, edit, create derivative works from, and otherwise exploit all images whether now or in the future. Without limiting the foregoing, you agree that, without further approval from you, we may exercise the rights you grant us herein for any and all purposes we deem appropriate, including, without limitation, for the promotion, marketing, and publicizing of our services and products. We may, for example, use and publish the images on our website or third party websites, in our print, broadcast and digital advertisements, in our marketing materials, and in connection with our promotional events. The right and license you grant us is perpetual, irrevocable, exclusive, royalty-free, unrestricted, worldwide, and transferable without your further consent. You understand and agree that we have the option, but not the obligation, to use the Image you submit to us, and that if we exercise our license rights, we may also use your User Information in conjunction with such Images.
Before you start @’ing us, listen up! Ok ok ok, they’re not going to suit every Land Rover, and yes, some people prefer them to stay as they arrive but here are some ideas of what you could add to your Land Rover, especially if you’re bored in lockdown and just want to do some shopping (trust me, we know the feeling)!
1. Sump Guard/ Steering Guard
While off-roading, a sump guard should be considered essential! A sump guard is typically an anti-corrosive plate that covers the front compartment of the car, fitting to the chassis so the engine is more protected against dust, dirt, and huge rocks.
Ultimately, it’s a wise investment as there’s so much to protect underneath your car and it’ll help save it from any unforeseen obstacles that your Land Rover may encounter while veering off the road. When I drove my Freelander from London to Mongolia and back, I stupidly didn’t have one of these and by the time I got home, the underneath of the car had been utterly destroyed! Needless to say, my baby didn’t live long after that 😭.
If you’re driving a Defender, a Discovery, or a Range Rover Classic, one of the larger vehicles you should prioritise a steering guard and a dif guard over a sump guard as a first investment as these are more likely to get damaged off-roading.
Click here to browse what sump guards we sell! If the sump guard you need for your Land Rover isn’t listed, get in touch and we’ll see if we can help. Click here for steering guards, and here for dif guards.
2. Rock Slider
Keeping on the theme of saving the bottom of your vehicle, if you’re planning to head seriously off-road, I highly recommend purchasing some rock sliders. Typically made of heavy-duty box section steel, they run along each side of the vehicle, just below the level of the door sills, attached to the chassis. As the name suggests, their function is to protect your door sills and the bottom of your door from damage when you encounter large obstacles, such as rocks!
Click here to browse what we rock sliders we sell! If the rock slider you need for your Land Rover isn’t listed, get in touch and we’ll see if we can help.
The best thing I ever installed was a fridge! Ok, I know it’s not essential, but it does improve your experience. Especially if you’re the type that loves veering off-road, out into the unknown, and camping with friends and family. It’s just a super convenient way to keep your essentials cold. Whether you consider essentials to be lettuce or beer (because everyone knows warm beer is the easiest way to ruin a day).
You can get fridges in a lot of different sizes and from different brands. The most popular brand is ARB but, just a fair warning, it does come with a hefty price tag! You can also get Fridge ‘slides’ if you want to install it into the back under other stuff and still be able to slide it out easily to access it. My favourite fridge is the one you can get that fits into the centre console of some Land Rovers. While it’s not the biggest, it’s great to keep things cool if you live in a hot country!
During lockdown have you been ferrying your mother back and forth to the doctors to get her vaccines? Are you taking your small kids on trips to the local nature reserve? Or are you just feeling the strain in your knee as you get older? A good ol’ sidestep isn’t exactly the most original modification you can make to your Land Rover but it’s certainly a simple and practical one to help to get in and out of such a high vehicle!
Click here to browse what sidesteps we sell! If the sidestep you need for your Land Rover isn’t listed, get in touch and we’ll see if we can help.
5. Sound Deadening
Ok… if you’ve ever driven an old series Land Rover or a Defender, you’ll know that it’s not a quiet ride. If you’re driving for longer than 10 minutes, that noise really starts to grind on you! One of the best modifications you can make to your baby in this case then is to go for some sound deadening!
From Britpart, we offer Dynamat Xtreme Sound Deadening material, the most effective product for stopping both vibration and noise. It can be used on any/ all interior sheet metal and fibreglass body panels so go ahead and place it on your floor, roof, doors, bonnet, and load scape to create a more comfortable ride. Now you can crank that volume up because you enjoy it, not because you want to drown out the sound of vibration!!
As always, if you can’t find what you’re looking for, do not hesitate to reach out to us. We know that our website isn’t always the easiest to navigate (we’re working on it, I promise) but you can either use live chat, e-mail us, or ring us on 01473 907 444. We can tell you if a certain part number will fit your Land Rover or what part you may need if you can’t locate it.
Drop us a comment to let us know what modification you think we’ve forgotten! 👇
All of us at Britcar hope that each and every one of you is well, safe and getting through these tough and unpredictable times.
Though all of the miserable news the world seems to be full of at the moment, we have been fortunate enough to spend our time making some big plans for our future and we have some exciting news that we can now finally share with you all.
Firstly, due to popular demand, starting from 20th June, we will be opening our doors to the public again on Saturday’s so all of our local customers can now have the option to pop in to place an order, collect an order or if you are in the area you can even nip in for a cuppa and a chat with someone as enthusiastic about all things Land Rover as you are. Our opening hours for Saturdays will be between 09:00 and 13:00 and we will be answering phone calls too if you would rather place an order over the phone. We hope this makes it easier for all customers who struggle to collect from us usually due to other commitments, and we look forward to seeing you soon!
More excitingly, we will very soon be receiving six 40 foot containers packed full of genuine Land Rover and Jaguar parts to the value of 3.5 million pounds which will increase our stock value to over 5 million pounds. The first three containers are due to arrive from Doha on the 16th of July. This will keep us very busy and we are expanding our team and taking on new staff members to help us out. A lot of preparations have already been put into place as we now have a second storage warehouse nearby. Our biggest priority once the goods arrive, will be to upload everything, as quickly as possible, onto our website with live stock levels and a lot of items will be going onto our eBay shop too. For any of the items we are importing in, reach out to a member of the sales team before placing your order to make sure you are receiving the best price- why pay more than you need to right? We are lucky enough to be able to offer unbeatable prices on a lot of the items that we will be stocking so feel free to haggle with us!
We will send out updates as and when we have more news to share with you all, but in the meantime, any questions that you may have, our phone lines and emails remain fully operational so please do not hesitate to contact us.
Thank you for your time and we look forward to helping you again soon.
1. The initial joy of buying your first Land Rover.
Nothing feels quite as good as going out and buying your first Land Rover. Or, if you’re lucky, being given a Land Rover as a Birthday, Graduation, or Christmas gift. You are over the moon, king of the road, and enjoy staring down at all the peasants around you as you feel like a monster in charge of the road ahead. The motorway is blocked? You’re in a 4×4! You laugh as you veer off the highway and take the nearest green lane to reach your destination, thoroughly satisfied you own the coolest car on the road.
2. Pride over your model of Land Rover
You start to notice more and more Land Rovers on the road around you. If you own a Defender, you start to look down on Discovery. As a Discovery owner, you start to look down on Freelanders. You join all manner of Facebook groups and brag about how your motor is the best vehicle ever made.
3. You start to kit it out
You find yourself scrolling through the Britcar website late at night. Chequer plates? You go crazy and put them all over the car. Stickers to announce your allegiance to your LR club and favourite parts shop (Britcar obviously)? Tick – you cover the back window with them. You want your Land Rover to be unique and the envy of your Landy friends. You tell yourself if you do a good enough job, you’ll look just like James Bond – cool, collected, and ready to crush whatever comes in your path.
4. Things start to go wrong…
As you drive along, you hear a strange knocking noise coming from somewhere in the engine. You pop the hood, stare inside, and ponder what it could be. Grabbing a hammer, you poke around, knock on some bits, and try to figure if anything has come loose that could be simply bashed back into place. Setting off again, a mere moment later you find that you have rattled to a stop on the highway and have to call the RAC for the first time. You’re embarrassed but it must be because you lack mechanical knowledge. There’s obviously nothing wrong with the car, at least that’s what you tell yourself.
5. Your first trip to the garage
“That’ll cost you £650”, the mechanic informs you. You have a heart attack at how much that tiny noise will set you back. “See, we have to take apart half of the car and that part of your engine in your Freelander is notoriously hard to reach… sorry”. You sigh, and reluctantly hand over the money. You’re secretly starting to have some doubts about whether it’s worth it but you don’t tell your friends about this because you don’t want them to think any less of your baby. “Of course, it’s worth it, have you seen this beast?” You gingerly reply.
6. First trip out of the garage….
Happy to have your Land Rover back in your life, you cruise out of the garage, wind the windows down, and set off to find adventure. You’re giddy and over-the-moon to be back in charge of the road. That Ford Fiesta you had to borrow from your daughter just wasn’t cutting it. 5 minutes later, that noise they fixed? It’s come creeping back…. You break down and cry into your hands, return to the garage, and after another £100, you’ve left and it’s finally back to normal.
7. The fever sets in
Ah yes, the open road once more. “Wait a minute, what’s that?” you say, nudging your partner sat in the passenger seat. “Is that a Land Rover for sale over there??” It’s £600 with no clutch, propshaft and no rear window? A bargain! You’ll be able to fix it up on the cheap in no time. Despite all the problems you’ve just had with your own Land Rover, you go over the dealer, bargain, and somehow still manage to pay £650 but smile knowing he included a jerry can ‘for free’. Classic.
What can we say! Land Rovers, they give you hell, keep burning a hole in your pocket, and make you want to tear your hair out half the time, but we wouldn’t have it any other way!
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Love it or hate it, Facebook has a HUGE Land Rover community. These days, Facebook has largely taken over traditional Q&A online forums. Of course, these still exist but Facebook is there to fill to the gap and make it more accessible to a broader range of people.
There is literally a group out of there for pretty much every Land Rover vehicle you could want to learn about. If there is not one for the specific model you love, there are general ones that cover all Land Rovers. Alternatively, you can start your own!
These communities are a great place to learn more about your vehicle, share pictures of your latest modifications, or just jointly trash-talk other cars!
This list is not comprehensive but will certainly give you enough content to scroll until your hearts content.
Of course, before driving in the snow, make sure you check that everything is functioning and working on your Land Rover. Check your oil and coolant levels and ensure your screen wash is full, consider adding anti-freeze to it too. Ensure all your lights are working and that your windscreen wiper blades are in good condition.
You should also check your tyre tread too! For winter driving, you should have between 2-3mm at the very least as you will not be able to grip icy roads otherwise. Do not over-inflate your tyres as this can reduce grip. Similarly, avoid under-inflation as this can also reduce stability. Check your handbook to work out the best option for you.
2. Ideal Equipment to bring with you
When driving your Land Rover in the snow, especially if off-roading, it is best to carry extra equipment with you in case of an emergency. A shovel (to help dig you out of a tight spot), heavy-duty jump leads, a tow rope, torch, blanket/ warm clothes, snow chains, traction aids, and a light bulb kit.
3. Rules to Remember
DO NOT use warm water to clear your windscreen as it may cause your windscreen to crack. Avoid recirculation mode on your heater as it will make the interior more humid.
Allow for greater stopping distance between cars and keep your speed slow to help you remain in control.
Steer gently, brake progressively, and be cautious with the throttle.
Inform a friend or family member of your route so they know where to look if you are later than expected.
Follow the weather closely and allow for extra time.
4. How to handle snow
Remove snow from your roof – if you accelerate, you stand a chance of it falling onto your windscreen and blocking your view.
Change to a higher gear as soon as possible.
If you get stuck, straight your steering wheel. Get out of the Land Rover and clear the snow from beneath your tyres using the handy shovel in your trunk.
5. How to handle ice
When you are moving on packed ice, use the highest gear possible to aid grip of packed ice and keep your speed down.
Leave 10 times the normal recommended stopping distance between you and the car in front.
If you skid, avoid braking hard, keep your hands on the steering wheel, and steer into the skid. If your car is sliding to the right, steer right for example.
Be careful of particularly icy spots – shadows cause certain areas to become icier. Other obstacles, such as overpasses and bridges, also ice over quicker than normal roads so take extra caution.
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Here at Britcar UK, we have been thinking about all that we have achieved this year. We have new suppliers, new customers, and new employees on board. We are thankful for you all! Join us as we look back at the 5 best Land Rover stories of 2018.
1. Special Edition 400bhp Defender Works V8
To celebrate Land Rover’s 70th birthday, engineers built 150 new ‘Works’ Defenders to pay homage to the early V8 Defenders Land Rover fanatics know and love. Top Gear wrote about too!
2. They put GOOGLY EYES on Jaguar Land Rover autonomous vehicles
It is well-known that people do not trust self-driving cars. To help remedy this, JLR’s Future Mobility division designed digital eyes to follow objects in front of them. While these eyes do not actually see anything, they provide peace of mind to passing motorists and pedestrians. Read more about it here.
3. Introduced The Range Rover Evoque!
Land Rover unveiled a new luxury compact SUV, the Range Rover Evoque in November 2018. It features a ‘modernist exterior design, with a luxurious technology-rich interior with new materials crafted from eucalyptus, wool, and recycled plastics.’ Priced at £31,600+. Read more on Land Rover’s website here.
4. Land Rover sponsored the Invictus Games in Sydney
JLR sponsored the Invictus Games, a sporting event for wounded, injured, and ill veteran/ active serving personnel. France won gold in the Land Rover Driving Challenge while Australia came second and the UK came third, awarded Bronze. More here.
5. Unique 110 Defender Soft Top Goes On Display at Selfridges, London
This work of art took five Land Rover Classic workers more than four days to rebuild on the shop floor after it entered the building as a rolling chassis! Complete with a custom trademark yellow Selfridges hood, now located in the menswear department. More here.
Don’t forget, if you need any Land Rover or Jaguar car parts for your vehicle, we are here to help you in any way we can. Reach out to our sales team if you need any help/ advice and we will do our best to help. Or you can just shop online if you already know what parts you need!
Is your loved one a Land Rover fanatic? Are you stuck wondering what to get them for Christmas? We all know that one person who lives, breathes, and thinks about Land Rovers non-stop. Why not give them a gift they will really enjoy this Christmas and pick something from the following list?
1. Fender and the Cliff Rescue Kids Book
Do they have children and want to pretend they’re purchasing for their kids when they really want a good late-night read? Wow, how niche! Because we have the perfect gift for you… Written and beautiful illustrated by Veronica Lamand, this is a charming gift idea for and Land Rover fan.
Are you always rushing out of the door without time to sit down and enjoy your coffee? Well, with this branded travel mug you can take your coffee with you! This item comes with an easy-to-use silicone grip around the middle with Terrain Response icon branding. It is both microwave and dishwasher safe.
Does your Landy loving pal have a pet that sits alongside them at the wheel? If you answered yes, then this is an ideal gift that will blend right into their household. This water bowl, embossed with the numberplate HUE 166, is a subtle nod to the first production Land Rover.
We have ONE in stock! They are backordered elsewhere.
Is your friend or partner constantly losing their keys? Do they lack a key fob that lets everyone know they’re driving a Land Rover? Never fear! A solution is here. Buy this cheap but high-quality branded lanyard so they have more chance of finding their keys and letting everyone at the pub table know they have a beautiful motor sat outside.
When purchasing a part from us at Britcar UK, you may be overwhelmed by the choices on offer. We pride ourselves on stocking up to 15 suppliers of each Jaguar Land Rover car part. For example, our website currently lists 14 different versions of ERR3340 (an oil filter).
When you search for a part, you will see different combinations of suppliers, brands, and types. But what exactly do we mean by type? There are three options for your Jaguar/ Land Rover parts: Genuine, OEM, or Pattern.
Of course, we are often asked what the difference is – now, we have a more comprehensive answer for you!
Genuine Car Part
Genuine Jaguar Land Rover car parts come from the company Jaguar Land Rover itself. JLR supply these parts in genuine packaging. They tend to be the safest option as you know the part in question will definitely fit your car. Further, these parts are usually required by garages if you want to retain the warranty on your car (should it still be in place). These parts, however, are generally the most expensive option you can choose.
OEM Car Part
‘OEM’ stands for Original Equipment Manufacturer. These parts are manufactured by an external company that may now or in the recent past have supplied parts for Land Rover or Jaguar vehicles. The only difference to the genuine part is that it comes in the manufacturer’s box instead of a genuine box. For example, instead of printing Land Rover on the side, it may come with ‘Lucas’ if it is a switch or Hardy-Spicer if it is a U/J, for example.
While they are cheaper than their genuine counterparts, you may invalidate your car’s warranty if you do use them – it depends on the supplier so make sure you check in advance. Realistically, OEM parts are most suited to cars that are at least three years old. OEM parts are the same quality as genuine.
Pattern (P)/ Aftermarket Car Part
A pattern/ aftermarket part is usually a replica of a genuine part. Pattern parts, for example, are produced by a manufacturer who copies Land Rover’s design.
One advantage to a pattern part is that they tend to be a lot cheaper. This does not automatically mean they are substandard, rather the part has simply been made by someone else. However, you should bear in mind that sometimes there is a reason they are cheaper – they may make the quality of the material worse to save on money for example.
Sometimes, however, high-quality aftermarket companies have actually analysed why the initial OEM part has failed and opt to improve the design for customers using better materials (for example). Overall though, they are likely to be cheaper than Genuine or OEM parts and present an ideal option for older cars.
An Extra option: Custom 3d printing and molding
Did you know that a regular car contains over 30,000 different components and parts, all made of different shapes and materials – produced with different manufacturing methods? What parts out of those 30,000 could be produced with 3D printing? We have already informed you on how 3D printing affects the future of the automotive industry, one of the principal benefits are the chance of making on both plastic and metal discontinued parts, which is very useful for classic vehicles reconstruction.
Those are some of the parts you can make with a prototype injection molding service
The unibody: or ‘’the underlying frame/spine’’ is nearly always produced from a mix of steel and a special high-strength steel.
Body panels: These panels are made of steel and have a plastic front/bumper.
The hood: The hood of some cars may have an aluminum hood and rear deck lid making it weigh less.
The Interior: a car’s dashboard, gauges, dials, switches, air conditioner vents, door handles, floor mats, seat belts, airbags and similar are nearly always made from different types of plastics.
Energy management & control systems
Thermal management system
Energy storage unit (for hybrid cars)
At the end of the day, it comes down to how much you want to spend, the age of your car, and the quality you desire. Typically, there is no difference between genuine and OEM parts, other than the box but if you want to keep your guarantee intact for a newer car then you should be careful with what you choose. Remember, pattern and aftermarket parts are not necessarily worse than their genuine or OEM alternatives, rather they may be a copy or even an improvement on their counterparts.