eBay and insurers are getting into the recycling of auto parts
eBay UK is joining forces with insurers Aviva & LV to encourage the use of ‘green’ recycled car parts in the automotive sector. The reader encourages motorists to use a more durable and faster way to get their car back on the road.
Through eBay UK, garages and car owners can source the exact part they need to get the job done, with delivery times as short as three days, allowing drivers to get their car repaired much faster than if they used new parts.
eBay also works with green parts sellers to ensure that every product sold is certified, giving buyers complete confidence that their cars will be repaired with reliable parts.
For some repairers – like James Dunn – of AW Repair, using green parts has reduced wait times for customers, with green parts available in just three days compared to longer lead times. Insurers, such as eBay partners, are now offering customers these recycled options, increasing the sustainability of the process.
eBay is also pushing for garages to be part of the green parts revolution, working with partners like whocanfixmycar to bring recycled auto parts to more than 8,000 garages.
The use of recycled car parts is increasing within the industry as Britons are increasingly aware of the benefits of using sustainable options. Meanwhile, sales of recycled auto parts grew 24% year-over-year in the first seven months of 2021 on eBay, with 92 certified recyclers on the platform. This follows an 11% increase in sales of green parts between 2019 and 2020, as garages and consumers realize the time-saving and environmental benefits of choosing recycled parts.
But eBay would like that number to be even higher and the use of green coins to become even more common. That’s why the online marketplace is working on a long-term program to help the UK automotive sector drastically reduce its carbon footprint and the UK meet its overall recycling targets.
Additionally, recycled auto parts have a huge environmental benefit, research estimates that if all insurance demand had been met by parts recycling in 2019, nearly 47,000 tonnes of carbon emissions could have been be saved.
Laura Richards, Senior Automotive Business Manager at eBay UK, commented: “Many drivers are unaware of the huge benefits green parts can have when looking to get their car repaired. The number one priority when your car breaks down is to get back on the road as soon as possible and green parts can play a vital role in this, especially when Brexit slows down the import process. The environmental benefit of green parts is enormous, and at eBay we do everything we can to provide these options to our customers and partners.
James Dunn, Group Operations Manager at AW Repair Group, said: “Recycled green parts have been a great alternative for us, particularly in the current climate where the manufacture and supply of parts has been hampered. Green parts help complete repairs and get cars back on the road faster when an original part may be out of stock or no longer available.
“Additionally, and more importantly, is the environmental benefit. Having recently achieved the PAS2060 standard for carbon neutrality, this program actively supports our sustainability commitments.
“Having a household name like eBay at the helm of the program reassures our customers when we explain recycled parts to them. Today, 70% of our customers allow us to source green parts. Everyone is more aware of the need to protect our planet and working with eBay gives us a simple and straightforward platform to help drive positive change.
A spokesperson for Aviva said: “Aviva is working closely with eBay and VRAC to support the development of a high quality, safe, environmentally friendly and sustainable supply chain to deliver on its commitment. towards its customers and the environment. We are working closely with all stakeholders and eBay to help co-create the future model which we hope will meet all of our objectives and alleviate the pressures felt on post COVID and post Brexit supply chains that lead to delays in many cases. We are committed to repairing our policyholders’ vehicles safely, with high quality, with the utmost respect for our environmental responsibilities and as quickly as possible so that policyholders have an excellent claims experience.
Chris Morgan, Director at ASM Autos, said: “As one of the leading companies in the use of green parts, we have seen demand for these products increase in recent years. We also saw a further increase in purchases when we left the EU, as manufacturers simply could not deliver products to customers. Working with eBay has been a great process, and for us it’s absolutely crucial that our customers know that our parts are certified, so we’re pleased to see this is an area the platform is honing in on. focus, because reliability is essential in the automotive industry.”