Yearly Archives - 2018

Vehicle Repairs

The Importance of Vehicle Repairs

There are some cases where you may be meaning to get around to getting a repair job done on your car, but life gets in the way and means that you put it off. On the other hand, there may be cases where you aren’t aware of a problem at all. In either case, it is important to regularly service your vehicle and get any required repairs done as soon as possible. At Billcar, we know how important vehicle repairs are when it comes to prolonging the life of your car.

It’s Only A Minor Issue

It is all too easy to put off something small, believing that it is just a minor issue. However, small things add up, and there are many ways these small things can impact on your car. For example, something as little as needing an oil change could even impact on how much petrol you need just to run your car. It’s always useful to remember that there are many small issues that are good to keep an eye on yourself that can help to avoid needing repairs, such as checking the pressure of your tyres, and the levels of engine oil and screen wash.

Servicing and Repairs

Whilst an MOT test is a legal requirement to see that your vehicle is fit to be driven on the road, regular servicing is also important in order to flag up potential problems, helping you to see if there are any replacements or repairs that may be needed in the future. It will save you money in the long term, as servicing vehicles means that problems can be spotted before they arise. As a result of servicing and repairs carried out at Billcar, your vehicle is then able to run much more efficiently.

Spare Parts and Accessories

Here at Billcar, we offer a great range of spare parts and accessories that may be required to meet the needs of your vehicle repair job. From our repair centre, we’re able to get your car back in working condition when a problem is found, no matter how big or small. Whether you have one or two malfunctioning or broken parts, or whether you need a whole engine replacing, we are sure to have the knowledge and experience to get you back on the road in no time. This particular problem is something we typically see of Nissan Navara cars, and so we have plenty of experience working with these models.

Learn the Signs

If you notice anything unusual about the way your vehicle is running, no matter how big or small, don’t hesitate to get it checked out by the experts. For example, someone may hear a knocking or rattling sound that concerns them, but often if vehicle-owners are still able to physically drive their car they can make the mistake of putting off it being serviced and repaired. The most important thing to remember when it comes to vehicle repairs and servicing is that it is primarily about your safety and that of the other on the road, and it is always better to be safe than sorry.

Contact Us

If you’re in need of any commercial vehicle servicing or car repairs in the Shrewsbury area, come to our local car repair garage. To enquire, please feel free to complete our online contact form, or email us at You can also speak to us directly by calling us on either 01743291740 or 07971063469. A member of our team will be glad to assist you with any questions you may have for us.

MOT Services

Getting Your MOT Today

Here at Billcar, we provide MOT services in Shrewsbury for vehicles between class 4 and 7. But did you know that earlier this year there were changes to the MOT test? Back in May 2018, there were many changes. Today we will cover some of the major changes that are now in place when you get your MOT today.

Defect Categories

When your vehicle comes in for an MOT, we will categorise any defects found as minor, major, or dangerous. It is paramount that all these defects are recorded. If your vehicle is found to have any major defects or dangerous defects then this will result in it failing the MOT test. A dangerous defect means that it has a direct and immediate risk to road safety or environmental impact and you are unable to drive the vehicle until it is repaired. A major defect would also require an immediate repair as it may affect your vehicle’s safety, putting others on the road at risk, and also could have an impact on the environment. Whilst minor defects mean you would still pass the MOT test, you should see to any necessary repairs as soon as possible despite there not being a significant effect on the safety of the vehicle or environment. You may also receive defects that are marked as advisory, which require monitoring in case future repairs are required. A pass is considered the minimum legal standard, and the only way you can make sure it continues to meet this standard is to keep getting your MOT test when required by law.

The New Inspection Manual

Other than the layout changing from landscape to portrait, there are many changes, with an increase in different sections. There are a whole range of additional test items that have been introduced to this new manual, including brake fluid contamination, front fog lamps, noise suppression material, and more. There have also been some changes with what is considered a major defect, with some now moving to the minor category.

Diesel Vehicle Emission Limits

Likely due to growing concerns on the environment, global warming, and reducing our carbon footprint, there are now harsher limits for emissions for those with a DPF (Diesel Particulate Filter). This information will depend on the year when your vehicle was first used, whether it is turbo or non-turbo, and the plate value.

Additional Points

There are many more changes that were made to MOT tests, including vehicle categories, and how these relate to their class and definition. For further information on this topic, visit the government website for full details.

Contact Us

If you would like to make an enquiry about out MOT tests or any other services, simply complete our contact form, or get in touch via email at You can also call us on either our landline on 01743291740 or our mobile on 07971063469 to speak to a member of the team directly. We will be pleased to help you with your questions.

Commercial Light Vehicle Repairs

Commercial Light Vehicle Repairs

Commercial Vehicle Repairs

Whether you have a fleet of light goods vehicles or your personal trusty van supports you in your self employed one man business, your van is important to you.  Regardless of your work ethic, your determination and resourcefulness, or the level of trust your customers place in you, without your tools of the trade you have lost your livelihood.  People often quote the old adage ‘a bad workman blames his tools’, but is that always true?  Another proverb states that you should ‘always use the right tools for the job’, and in the case of carrying large quantities of products, materials, equipment and tools, how would you manage it without suitable commercial vehicle repairs keeping you on the road to meet the demand upon your services.

Anybody that has ever had to leave a vehicle in the hands of a mechanic, while waiting for parts and accessories to arrive before any work can commence, will know the frustration it brings.  This is made all the more difficult when you have time constraints and deadlines to meet.  At Billcar, we know what it is like to have people relying on you to deliver, and we understand your desire to meet the needs of your customers. As a company that offers commercial vehicle repairs we too work in a time-sensitive business, and we aim to be reliable and offer you a satisfactory service.

Our family run business provides commercial truck parts and accessories for the Nissan Cabstar and the Renault Trafic, with a 28 day returns service policy available if the need arises.  A lot of products are available for order online, but in the event, you want to talk to someone then please feel free to speak to us in person. You may feel the need to contact us directly if you require the parts quickly, however, we also deliver via a 24-hour courier service as we recognise most commercial vehicle repairs need to be completed as soon as possible.

As commercial trucks generally cover a lot of miles, regular repairs are a common feature in business.  However, the shrewd business owner also recognises the need for regular servicing as well as keeping up to date with any maintenance and MOT tests.  This will inevitably reduce the amount of frustration and stress that unforeseen breakdowns can cause you because at the end of the day ‘time is money’.  Billcar offer MOT’s on private and commercial vehicles up to a class 7.  This includes any vehicles that have a weight limit of 3500kg.  As the goods that these vehicles carry are large and heavy loads, the needs and specifications differ from other vehicle classes for MOT’s.

Billcar can also offer you a reconditioning service for your commercial light goods vehicles.  If you run and own a fleet of vans and trucks then arrangements can be made to help you keep your vehicles and business in the best condition possible.  Please check out the website today

Light Commercial Vehicle Repairs

All About Our Light Commercial Vehicle Repairs

Here at Billcar, we specialise in offering full MOTs for any vehicle between class IV to class VII. So, with this is mind, we are also capable of offering any spare parts and repairs to get you safely back on the road as soon as possible. Today we’re going to focus on our service for light commercial vehicle repairs.


We provide 4×4 parts and engine repairs to trade customers and directly to vehicle owners, which we have been doing for over 37 years. Established in 1981, our team has the knowledge, skills and experience to get your repairs completed as soon as possible, returning your car or vehicle to you in full working order.

Light Commercial Vehicles

The classification of a light commercial vehicle refers to a commercial carrier vehicle that has a gross vehicle weight of up to 3.5 metric tons. Such vehicles could include pickup trucks, vans, and three-wheelers as commercially based goods or passenger carrier vehicles. Also known with the acronym LCV, the concept was initially created as a compact truck. These kinds of vehicles are normally made to be robust, with low operating costs, with a powerful and fuel-efficient engine, best for intra-city operations.


In general, we are able to recondition both petrol and diesel engines, and we can do so for a variety of different vehicles. Leading industry specialists in Nissan, Ford, Mitsubishi, Toyota and Isuzu brands, we are able to carry out engine repairs, reconditioning and engine modification, as well as treatment for your chassis to prevent and eliminate any rust.

Spare Parts

At Billcar, we provide commercial vehicle parts and accessories in order to carry out your repairs. In particular, we provide our services for the Nissan Cabstar and Renault Trafic. For the former, we offer a varied range of parts, including ACL main shells/bearings, injectors, crankshafts, the F24m Turbocharger, Inlet Turbo Gasket, valve spring and thermostat. For the Renault Trafic, we can offer common rail diesel cylinder head assemblies. Furthermore, we stock conrods (connecting rods) and bolts, plus head gaskets and bolts. Lastly, we can also supply the Nissan D40 D40/R51/F24 EGR Valve. You can view most of our spare parts and accessories online, but we can also provide you with additional information from our base in Shrewsbury.

Our Guarantee

We guarantee that if you are not completely satisfied with your purchase, you have the option of returning the parts or accessories within 28 days for any products that are unused and in te original packaging.

Contact Us

If you would like further information about our commercial light vehicle repairs or any other services, please do get in touch by completing the web contact form, or by emailing us at You can also speak to a member of the team directly from our Shrewsbury address by calling us on either 01743291740 or 07971063469. We would be happy to help you with any questions you may have for us.

Nissan Pathfinder Accessories

Nissan Pathfinder Accessories

The Pathfinder has been part of Nissan’s line up in some form or another since the 1980s, but it was not until the SUV boom of the noughties that cars like this became a common sight on the roads of towns and cities.  The Pathfinder falls into the ruggedly functional category of off roader, rather than the stylish new sports utility vehicles which are more about image than ability.  Like other Nissan products it boasts a good reliability record, which means that many owners will be willing to perform the routine maintenance required to keep their cars on the road

All Pathfinder models featured seven seats, so anyone with a large family will appreciate the space they offer.  They also made good towing cars, and could handle a large caravan or heavily loaded trailer with ease.  The on road ride quality was a compromise, but with a workhorse like this very few drivers are going to quibble about a little lack of comfort.

Nissan Pathfinder Parts and Accessories

Billcar of Shrewsbury supply Nissan Pathfinder parts and accessories for owners who want to keep their cars going.  While more modern, sportier models like the Juke are more likely to be spotted around town these days, there are still a good number of Pathfinder owners in rural areas who value the car’s no nonsense four wheel drive ability and copious interior space.  Billcar supply parts to the trade, but also have no problem dealing with owners who are looking for Nissan Pathfinder spare parts in order to perform their own repairs and maintenance.

The Pathfinder’s engine was a powerful 2.5l diesel, and although engines like this are out of fashion these days it can certainly get the job done.  Engine internals are available on our website, so if your car is having engine trouble have a look through our online inventory or bring your car to us for a full service.  Some featured automatic transmission, while clutch kits for the manual models are available here.

Nissan Pathfinder Off Road Parts

The car was so capable off road that it has become a bit of a favourite among enthusiasts who like to go out and find rugged roads which test the limits of their cars and their own driving ability.  While the standard vehicle was designed to make light of difficult road conditions, it can always be further toughened up by modifications such as suspension upgrades.  We also supply genuine Nissan Pathfinder suspension parts for those who may have suffered damage to their car and want like-for-like replacements.

Other Services

Aside from being leading suppliers of Nissan Pathfinder parts and accessories, Billcar Ltd offer a full range of MOT, repair and tuning services on a wide variety of vehicles.  We specialise in reconditioning engines made by Nissan, Toyota, Isuzu, Mitsubishi and Ford.  If you can’t find just what you need for your Nissan Pathfinder on our website, get in touch with us and we’ll be happy to help you out.

Nissan Navara NP300 Accessories

Nissan Navara NP300 Accessories

At Billcar, in addition to providing customers with MOTs, we supply a range of spare parts and accessories. This may be for a particular repair, or it may simply be to give your car that extra something special. Today, we’re going to focus on the Nissan Navara NP300, so you can find out more about the different accessories that you could get your hands on.

The Nissan Navara

Nissan is a brand of car, recognised the world over. Founded in Japan in 1933, it is famed for its constant innovation, as well as being the biggest producer of electric vehicles.  The NP300 (also known by D23) was manufactured in 1997 as a pick-up truck. It is a third-generation model of the Navara series, which is similar to the D40 model.

Accessories for The Nissan Navara

The Nissan Navara has many different accessories which can add to your experience of this vehicle that is already packed with various features. Some of the following accessories could offer you that something extra: airbag-safe waterproof seat covers, cattle rails, LED lighting for a tow bar, and more. You may consider a bonnet guard, which uses UV-stabilised acrylic to protection paint and bodywork from stone chips. For aesthetic reasons, rather than practical, there’s also the option to get a custom-made headlamp trim, which can be easily installed without any drilling needed. Another example of an optional accessory is a set of fender flares. These can protect your paint from damage, and give your Nissan Navara a particularly rugged look.

Accessories at Billcar

At Billcar, we currently stock a lower radiator hose (2016) and a set of genuine front brake pads (2017) for the Nissan Navara. Radiator hoses are recommended to be replaced every four years, but this also depends on the usage. Your MOT should reveal whether this is something you need to consider. When it comes to brake pads, it is necessary to replace them once the pad friction material has worn down to a thickness of 3 millimetres. It is also required to check the brake disc thickness is at least at the safe minimum set out in the manufacturer’s specification, or otherwise, replace them.

Contact Us

To find out more about our range of spare parts and accessories for the Nissan Navara, please complete our web contact form, or email us at You can also speak to a member of the team directly by calling either 01743291740 or 07971063469. Based in Shrewsbury, you can also find us on Facebook, and whatever way you get in touch, we will be happy to help you with any queries you may have for us.

Mitsubishi L200

How You Can Use Car Parts and Accessories to Improve Your Mitsubishi L200

Are you driving the Mitsubishi L200? This strong and reliable drive is one of the UK’s best-selling pick-up trucks. With every car however, there are always ways to modify your vehicle to better suit your own needs whilst on the road. Whether it’s to improve the quality your vehicle or to replace damaged or faulty parts, there are many reasons to buy Mitsubishi L200 parts and accessories.

At Billcar, we are dedicated to finding new ways for you to upgrade your car to make your driving experience as good as it can be. To give you some inspiration as to how you can achieve this, here are just some of the ways that you can use Mitsubishi L200 accessories to create the car you’ve always wanted to drive!

Make the interior more comfortable

Most of your car’s interior can be modified using car accessories, whether that’s to improve the grip of your pedals and steering wheel or by making alterations to your seats such as changing the covers or inserting extra padding for added comfort. Simple changes like this can make all the difference, especially if you are regularly making long distance journeys in your Mitsubishi L200.

Improve the performance of your vehicle

There are many car parts that can improve the performance of your vehicle whether that’s to increase the power and speed of your vehicle, to improve the handling or improve the fuel economy. There are a few great accessories that we would recommend, such as brake discs, hoses and pads to improve the durability and control of your brakes. Shock absorbers and wheel spacers are also effective in improving the quality of the suspension of your Mitsubishi and will reduce the impact caused to your suspension whilst you’re out on the road.

Save money on repairs

In the unfortunate event that you start having problems with your car, it’s never a bad idea to have spare Mitsubishi L200 parts in your garage, even if it’s just to be on the safe side. The kinds of parts that are always useful to have include parts for your Mitsubishi L200 engine, such as engine bearings, sumps, fan couplings and gaskets. All these parts are essential to the safe and efficient running of your engine and are always useful to have spares of. Having replacement parts for your Mitsubishi can also save you the time, hassle and expensive charges involved in taking your car to a mechanic.

Improve the fuel efficiency of your vehicle

There are many car parts and accessories out there that can significantly improve the energy efficiency of your vehicle. For example, swapping heavier parts for lighter, carbon fiber parts can improve your vehicle’s speed and improve the venting in your car to increase the effectiveness of your cooling system. Another easy way to improve your fuel efficiency is to replace the air filter in your car, as unclean air filter can damage a car’s fuel economy and replacement air filters are affordable and easy to replace!

Get in contact

At Billcar, we are a family owned and operated business, proud to offer car repair services and products that are both reliable and affordable. As leading specialists in Nissan, Ford, Mitsubishi, Toyota and Isuzu engine repairs, reconditioning and engine modifications, we are dedicated to sourcing and providing our customers with high quality car parts and accessories, including Mitsubishi L200 parts and accessories. If you’re like us and want to discover the true potential of your car through car parts and accessories, we’re here to help.

If you would like any more information, professional advice, or if you cannot find any of the car parts mentioned above on our website, feel free to get in contact and we shall be happy to help track them down for you!

Nissan Pathfinder

What Are the Benefits of Nissan Pathfinder Replacement Parts?

Owning a car can be costly; trouble can come around any corner and leave you in a situation where you need to repair your car, potentially on a budget. It can be a difficult time paying bills and simply living without having to think about paying hundreds of pounds for car repairs on top of all your other outgoings. One of the more affordable solutions to mechanical problems with your Nissan Pathfinder can be to source available new spares or refurbished parts, so you can repair your Pathfinder for a price that suits your needs and your budgetary constraints. Our aim at Billcar is to provide our customers replacement parts for their cars that are affordable and durable as you go about your lives; today we’re going to discuss the benefits of using Nissan Pathfinder replacement parts to repair your Nissan Pathfinder.


One of the main considerations when it comes to repairing your vehicle is the cost; many of us have to work to a limited budget, especially when it comes to our vehicles as problems usually come as surprises and aren’t factored into our normal outgoings. It can be hard to afford brand new replacements, which is why it can be better to purchase refurbished parts, but regardless of what you purchase here at Billcar, we source high quality products at competitive prices so you can fit it into your Pathfinder and get back on the road as quick as possible. The cost of purchasing spare parts shouldn’t leave you out of pocket, and it’s what we try to avoid with our Nissan Pathfinder off-road parts.


Is there anything worse than having a part on your car fail? It could be the suspension after rigorous driving on rugged terrain, it could simply be general wear and tear that takes place over time, regardless, it can make life extremely difficult once a part has broken down. But this doesn’t mean your car can’t be put back on the road; choosing to source Nissan Pathfinder parts to replace old ones can instantly rectify the problem with your vehicle and have you driving about your day to day lives, safe in the knowledge you’ve installed a working part designed specifically for your vehicle. It goes without saying that repairing a vehicle is always the first step and usually the best solution for problems with your car.


Many of our customers decide to purchase Nissan Pathfinder spares in order to upgrade the current parts they have on their vehicle. This can have the added outcome of being a preventive repair by replacing an original part with a brand new one, but it also allows our customers to tweak their Nissan Pathfinder in order to fit their lives, so they can adjust it to the surroundings they normally drive their off-road vehicle. Upgrading is a great way of getting more out of your vehicle and this is done by purchasing Nissan Pathfinder parts which are available right here from us at Billcar.

Our Range

Please feel free to browse our range of Nissan Pathfinder spares; whether you’re looking for much needed repairs or if you’re thinking of upgrading your current parts, we’re sure to have the product your looking for, including suspension parts, alternators, hoses, clutch kits and fan couplings. If you can’t find a part you need, or if you have any other questions for us at Billcar, don’t hesitate to contact us directly via our website.

Nissan Cabstar

Which Spare Parts You Should Buy for Your Nissan Cabstar

Nissan Cabstars are known for their reliability and functionality whilst on the road. Often owned by those who depend on their Cabstar for work or those are truck drivers by profession, we understand that you can’t afford for your Nissan Cabstar to break down at the wrong moment. Whether you’re wanting to upgrade the quality of your vehicle or just want to be prepared in case things take a bad turn on the road, its always good to have some spare car parts in the boot just in case.

To ensure that you are investing in car parts that are high quality and will run smoothly in your vehicle, it is best to purchase them from a reliable dealer who really knows their stuff. Here at Billcar, we have a wide selection of Cabstar parts available for sale that are of the highest quality. Our aim is to provide our customers with the high quality car parts that they need at affordable prices.

Here we shall run through which Nissan Cabstar spares are available to you and are always useful to have in your garage as backup.

ACL main shells or bearings

These are used to reduce friction between the moving parts of your engine, which therefore reduces the production of heat which will help to protect your engine from overheating and breaking.


Injectors are responsible for spraying the right amount of fuel into the combustion chamber your engine using the nozzle and value. As well as dispensing the right amount of fuel, it is also essential that the injector dispenses the fuel at the correct angle, pressure and pattern.


The crankshaft is an essential car part, responsible for performing a conversion between reciprocating motion and rotational motion. The crankshaft connects to the piston via a con rod and is essential for getting your vehicle to move whilst the engine is running.

F20m turbocharger

This car part is a turbine driven forced induction device that acts to increase the internal combustion engine’s power output and does this by guiding additional air into the combustion chamber to improve the efficiency of your engine.

Head gasket

The head gasket works to seal the cylinders in an engine which increases compression and prevents leakage. As well as the head gasket we can also provide bolts to secure the part.

Valve springs

The valves in an engine act to control the passages of fluid and the valve springs work to hold the engine valves closed within the cylinder.


Thermostats help to regulate the temperature within your engine, which can be crucial to spotting problems in your engine before they develop into something more damaging and difficult to fix.

Get in contact

If you are interested in any of our Nissan Cabstar parts or would like more information about any of our services, please do not hesitate to get in contact with us today. We are always happy to offer our advice and expertise on buying car parts and which ones would be most suitable for your needs.

Nissan Navaras

Common Issues with Navaras and How to Fix Them

The name Navara refers to both the D22 and D40 vehicle from Nissan, which is designed as a pickup truck and has been in operation since 1997. It is one of the UK’s best-selling 4×4 pickup trucks. Today at Billcar Ltd, we’re going to tell you about some of the common issues that can occur with this vehicle and advise you how best to deal with any problems.

Transmission Coolers

One of the major common faults you may find yourself battling with the automatic transmissions and transmission coolers. They perform a vital function within the radiator for the engine coolant. The problem that has often been reported with the Nissan Navara is that the radiators can rupture internally, meaning the engine coolant may enter into the automatic transmission. This can then spiral out of control because the electronic controls are placed inside the transmission itself, and if it’s not properly fixed this can result in loss of the reverse gear. In this case, it will be necessary to remove and strip the transmission down to fix the issue.

The Clutch Unit

Another mechanical problem customers also find is that the clutch unit feels a bit too small for a vehicle this size, making it a bit more difficult to pull. Fortunately, any issues that occur with the clutch related to this can be solved by a routine replacement of the unit with spare parts from Billcar.

Other Common Complaints

As with all vehicles, anything can happen and you need to be prepared for that when investing in car ownership. Some other common problems you may face with your Navara include issues with the timing chain and crankshaft, where rotation is synchronised to enable the engine’s valve to open and close at the correct times during each cylinder’ intake and exhaust strokes. If you hear any knocking noises, don’t just ignore it. There could be bolts that have come undone, and if left longer any simple issues could get even worse. Whether there’s a problem with EGR blockages, a failing Cruise control, or an SRS air bag fault, make sure to address any mechanical problems as soon as you have concerns.


If you find yourself stuck in a rut with your pickup truck, the simplest solution is to let the experts assess the situation. At Billcar, we provide MOTs and repairs and can source any spare parts you may need to get your vehicle back in tip-top working condition. Whether you need an engine replacement or upgrade, we will be able to offer you a reliable and personable service as an independent Nissan specialist based in the Midlands.

Contact Us

If you’re having any problems with your Nissan Navara, feel free to get in contact with us by filling out our web contact form, or by emailing us at Alternatively, you can give us a call on either 01743291740 or 07971063469. A member of our team will be pleased to advise you and answer any questions you may have about MOTs and repairs on your vehicle.

About Billcar Limited

About Billcar Limited

At Billcar Ltd we offer full MOTs for your vehicles from class IV to class VII. We are able to repair any damage to your vehicle as part of our services. We can also supply you with any spare parts and other services to ensure that your future drives will be as smooth and problem-free as possible. Not only that, but we also offer a chassis treatment to tackle and prevent rust forming on the underbody of your vehicle.

MOT tests are a legally obligatory annual safety test to prove your vehicle meet the correct requirements to be on the road. We are fully authorised by the DVSA to perform these tests, and you will be welcomed by experienced professionals when you bring your vehicle to Billcar Ltd.

We service vehicles from class IV to class VII, which includes the following:

  • Class IV — cars, taxis, minibuses and ambulances, goods vehicles, motor caravans and dual-purpose vehicles.
  • Class V — private passenger vehicles, ambulances, motor caravans and dual-purpose vehicles (those with 13 or more passenger seats).
  • Class VI — PSV test for public service vehicles used for hire or reward with more than eight passenger seats.
  • Class VII — Heavy-duty goods vehicles over 3,000 kg up to and including 3,500 kg DGW.

At prices starting from just £40, we are affordable, yet reliable. We provide an experienced, professional and friendly service, offering honest advice, and quality work, fully catering to your needs.

Get in contact today to discuss your requirements, or if you would like to book your vehicle to be serviced.