Uses of Old Vehicles

Reusing and recycling your old vehicle

When a new car reg is released it may be used as an excuse to scrap or part exchange their old car for a new one, however, no price may be deemed big enough due to that strong bond you've developed with your vehicle! In fact, in the UK, 39% of drivers name their cars to cement this bond meaning it can be difficult when it comes to part with your loved one.

Our social media buffs at First Response love finding new and interesting trends on the internet and recently stumbled across ways to up-cycle or reuse parts of your old vehicles (just in case you’re looking for ways to hang onto your car a little bit longer).

Up-cycling is a term used to describe recycling where the old product becomes something of higher value in its new form and in our case we’d like to think that this higher value is personal, not monetary.

Up-cycling in the house

Recycle a truck to make a new bed

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It may seem like a random suggestion but up-cycling your old vehicle and proudly displaying it in your house could be one of the best ideas you’ve ever had. The first example we love is turning it into a bed. For those who have motor fanatic children this could be one way to ensure they’re going to bed on time, or at least keep them quiet for a little longer! This doesn’t necessarily have to be with the use of a truck - just visualise chopping the roof or bonnet off an old Mini or Fiesta and mounting it against the bedroom wall. Simply add a mattress (it would be best to check the size before you reach for the jigsaw!), smooth the edges and voilà, you’ve got a vintage, up-cycled and unique piece of furniture.

Reuse an old bus to create a new office

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For those motor-happy dads there’s the computer office/study made from the front of an old bus. Although you may not have an old bus lying around this could be achieved with an old campervan or people carrier.

Recycle old car wheels for a new pool table

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Want something a little bit more subtle? Try a pool table mounted in old tyres. This one will take a little bit more time and engineering but just look at the results!

In the garden

Upcycle old tyres to create comfy garden seats

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For many people their garden is like an extra room and it’s a place for relaxation, BBQs and showing off to the neighbours. Imagine how awesome tyre seats would look on your porch or decking, plus they’re unique and fairly easy to make.

Upcycle old car headlights for retro garden lights

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If you’re looking for something a bit more subtle why not hunt down old car lights to use as outdoor lighting. These may be trickier to source and we recommend asking a qualified electrician to help you install them, just to ensure they’re safe to use. You can use these in a man cave, on the decking or even as security lighting (additional work will have to go into fitting sensors).

Turn an old vehicle into a new garden

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Subtle not your thing? Go all out by using your old vehicle as a retro planting pot. We’ve seen this on a few vehicles but the picture of the VW van is definitely our favourite!

Think you’ve got an original idea? Follow us on Facebook or Twitter and share your inventions with other fans, we’d love to see them! If you're in the middle of finding a new vehicle make sure you check out our top tips for finding the perfect one.

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