Would you have car to be repaired with recycled old parts to save money? It can cut waste, reduce emissions and lower premiums, says eBay
- Use of reconditioned car parts in repairs is more common in other countries
- Drivers in France, Australia, New Zealand and the US have a choice of new or used replacement parts when their motors are repaired
- Recycled components are said to cost up to 60% less than brand new parts
- Ebay is backing a new certification scheme for recycled car parts sellers
- SMMT backs the use of recycled components apart from airbags and seat belts
If your car needs new brakes or the clutch has worn out, would you want these parts replaced with brand new components or recycled items?
Ebay says that eco-conscious drivers should be offered the choice and is calling on UK insurers and independent garages to provide the option for repairs to be carried out with reconditioned parts.
The online buying platform estimates that if the UK increases its use of recycled car components by just 10 per cent it will prevent 390,000 vehicle parts going to landfill each year – and save almost 190,000 tonnes in carbon emissions.
Cut costs, and waste: A greater use of recycled car parts would not only result in lower costs for motorists but would prevent 390,000 components going to landfill each year, Ebay says
The concept of using recycled car parts for repairs might sound foreign, but it’s fairly common in countries like France, Australia, New Zealand and the US.
Most UK motor insurance policies also allow for the use of reused parts.
A drive to offer more recycled parts would not just reduce the amount of reusable items sent to landfill, it would also reduce the CO2 outputs required for the manufacturer of new materials and components, eBay says.
And while drivers might not be thrilled with the idea of having old parts fitted to their cars, the cost savings might tempt them.
That’s because, over average, refurbished components cost up to 60 per cent less than new parts.
In France, it is now mandatory for insurance companies and garages to offer refurbished parts when conducting repairs on vehicles
Mike Hawes, chief executive at the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders, said UK manufacturers currently need to ensure that 95 per cent of cars can be ‘recycled, resued or recovered at the end of its life’, though warned that not all vehicle parts should be available for resale.
He added: ‘While responsible reuse and remanufacturing of vehicle parts is important, safety is the ultimate priority and not all components, for example airbags and seatbelts, are suitable for reuse.’
Such a commitment to offer remanufactured vehicle parts by insurance companies and garages would bring the UK in line with France.
In February this year the government passed a Circular Economy Law in which the use of recycled vehicle parts in repairs is mandatory.
There is already an independent standards certification scheme for the safety of reconditioned parts, back by the Vehicle Recyclers’ Association.
Parts recycling businesses in the automotive sector that are recognised by this scheme will benefit from increased exposure on eBay as part of a new sponsorship deal – which already sells a car part online every two seconds, on average.
Ebay says the recycling of old vehicle parts would have huge environmental benefits as it would cut CO2 emissions produced in the manufacture of new components
Laura Richards, senior automotive business manager at eBay UK, said the wider use of reconditioned car parts in vehicle repairs would not only result in substantial environmental benefits but would also ‘drastically reduce pressure on premiums’.
The eBay-backed scheme has garnered the support of the Environment Agency.
Tania Tucker, senior advisor at the public body, said: ‘We support eBay’s plans to encourage the safe use of recycled car parts.
‘The scheme supports both the Environment Agency’s commitment to move towards a circular economy and the 95% recycling target set for end of life vehicles. It also enables consumers to make sustainable purchasing decisions.’
One car part drivers are urged not to purchase second hand are tyres.
An undercover investigation in October 2018 by TyreSafe and Trading Standards found that 99 per cent of part-worn tyre traders were selling dangerous tyres.
All but one retailer it visited sold illegal and dangerous tyres that contravened the legislation governing their sale, the probe found.
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