Selling your car with a

ECU Fault

Has your car run out of steam? Is the engine on the brink or the alternator on its way out? Whatever state your car may be in, we’re here to offer you a speedy valuation and an extremely fair price. No faff, no haggling with private sellers or the local scrap yard. Just a simple valuation process,  agree the sale and arrange free collection and immediate payment – potentially within the hour.

About the ECU (or Electronic Control Unit)

Various ECU faults can arise on cars. It’s a shame to say but some cars are actually shipped by the manufacturer with common faults or ones which are likely to develop over time. Whilst not costing an absolute fortune to fix, ECU faults are irritating and can be very dangerous to drive with.

Examples of ECU failures that can arise due to various modules having issues within the ECU include power steering column failure, sunroof control failure, gauge and instruments panel failure, ignition failure, etc.

Often the location of the ECU can create issues such as a tendency for water damage and also heat damage due to the ECU location in some models.

Most ECU’s can be repaired in the region of £100 – £250 for remapping the ECU. Costs for repairs vary according to the make/model with some vans being more complex than others. One of the problems with remapping is that it can re-occur and therefore prove quite costly in the medium-long term and sometimes appear to be a problem, which never quite disappears.

In certain circumstances, it may not be possible to repair/remap an ECU (even when using very specialist ECU repair companies), in such cases, a replacement ECU will be needed.

The cost of replacing an ECU could write off a car quite easily. It’s advisable to buy second-hand models from scrapped cars, which are dramatically cheaper, and cost could a similar amount to remapping. A new manufacturer ECU is usually out of the question due to cost grounds, which is why second-hand ECU’s usually are quite popular and work well.

Sell a Car Today with a Broken ECU

ECU problems can be annoying and may be the final issue that makes you decide you want to sell your car. Don’t let this issue put you off contacting us, We Buy Broken Cars regularly buy cars with ECU issues – it’s “bread and butter” business for us. If we buy your van with an ECU fault and can’t fix it, we always have the option of breaking the van up for spares and selling these as a part of our regular business.

The First Step is to Contact We Buy Broken Cars

So, to sell your car with a faulty ECU contact us now on 0121 285 9859 or by mobile on 07582 859 859 (text us here too!). We can collect your car from anywhere in the UK mainland and can normally settle for cash within two days.

We buy cars with other common faults too.

3 steps to selling your car

Agree a fair value

Start by entering your car's registration plate number into our vehicle valuation tool and you'll get a quote in just a few minutes.

No-Quibble Collection

Once you agree to sell your car, we'll find a time to collect it. We work around your schedule to find a time that works.

Instant Payment

Our recovery team will arrive, transfer your cash and get on with taking away your car. It's that simple, so you can sit back and relax.