Car ownership is expensive, and with the cost of petrol, insurance and tax increasing year on year, it's only getting more so. While we are often prepared for these regular costs, sometimes the occasional expenses can be a shock – like the cost of breakdowns, repairs and spare parts. Over time they can really add up.
Using salvaged car parts can help you save money on spare and replacement car parts. Using salvaged car parts is a smart way to get quality spare parts, spend less money, and do your bit for the environment.
What are salvaged car parts?
Salvaged car parts are great quality car parts which expertly trained mechanics have reclaimed and recycled from vehicles like cars, bikes and vans that are no longer usable. They come from various sources – some salvaged car parts are from cars that have failed an MOT, some from cars written off by the insurance industry, and some from cars which are simply no longer wanted by members of the public or by businesses.
Are salvaged car parts safe?
Yes, of course – we wouldn't recommend them otherwise. Salvaged car parts do come from cars which have been removed from use, so it's easy to understand why motorists might worry that salvaged car parts might not be safe to use, or might be damaged. However, a car is made up of thousands of parts, and usually only one or two of these car parts are damaged or fail when a car is written off or crashes. This leaves many perfectly usable, undamaged and safe parts looking for a home.
Always choose a trusted breakers yard which has been recognised by the Department for the Environment as an Authorised Treatment Centre. These breakers yards have trained and highly skilled mechanics to expertly identify and remove components that are in good condition and suitable for reuse as recycled salvaged car parts. A reputable scrapyard that is an Authorised Treatment Centre will only sell salvaged car parts that have been inspected and which are 100% safe and fit for purpose. Your safety is their highest priority.
Where do I buy salvaged car parts from?
Authorised Treatment Centres are the best place to get salvaged car parts – breakers yards and scrap yards which are recognised by the Department for the Environment as vehicle dismantling and recycling specialists. An Authorised Treatment Centre can help you quickly identify and find the salvaged car parts you need. Shopping at an Authorised Treatment Centre may pleasantly surprise you – there's no clambering over stacks of wrecked cars to find the salvaged car part you need. The modern scrapyard more closely resembles a specialised catalogue shop, and often keeps a computerised list of their stock, enabling them to locate for you the salvaged car part that you need, within minutes.
How much money can I save by using salvaged car parts?
Whether you're buying them through your local car repair business and paying
for them to be fitted, or sourcing and fitting them yourself, brand-new replacement
car parts can be extremely expensive.
A salvaged car part will usually cost about half as much as a new part, and a salvaged car part will often last as long as the same replacement car part when bought new. Using salvaged car parts over the course of a car's lifespan can save you a significant amount of money.
Stock up on salvaged car parts.
Some common car parts are notorious for breaking regularly, and are relatively easy to fit. Buying them as salvaged car parts is such good value that it's worth considering buying them before you need them, and keeping them either at home or in your car. If you've ever had a windscreen wiper break on a frosty windscreen, you'll appreciate how convenient it would have been to have had a salvaged spare windscreen wiper in the boot, ready and waiting.
How do salvaged car parts help protect the environment?
Salvaged car parts help protect the environment in several ways. Using a salvaged car part means that you're using previously acquired and processed materials – no need for the same amount of materials to be taken from the earth and processed to make a new spare part. Furthermore, making a new spare part takes energy, fuel and further materials used in the process. So using a salvaged spare part means none of those resources need to be used in manufacture.
Using salvaged car parts shows that you directly support the recycling industry – European directives state that up to 80% of a car can and should be recycled. The more of a car we can recycle by salvaging and reusing its components in other vehicles, the less waste we have to send to landfill sites.