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85pc of motorists likely to use recycled car parts

The motoring industry is witnessing a significant shift towards sustainability, according to a recent survey conducted by independent supply chain solution provider, REvolve.

The survey, which gathered insights from 221 individuals across Ireland, highlights a growing awareness and acceptance of green parts, also known as recycled or used parts, among consumers and industry professionals.

In total, 75 per cent of participants stated that they were aware that recycled car parts are commonly used in the automotive industry; with 85 per cent of respondents expressing a willingness to consider using recycled car parts for future maintenance or repairs.

Cost and environmental sustainability emerged as the most important factors influencing the decision to use recycled car parts, followed by past positive experiences, safety assurances, and convenience.

Forty per cent of respondents reported a change in their opinion regarding the use of recycled car parts compared to five years ago, indicating a growing acceptance and recognition of the proposition offered by green parts.

Commenting on the survey findings, Richard Brennan, managing director of REvolve said: “Recycled parts are not a new concept, but there has been a clear societal shift and it is encouraging to see more people are receptive to choosing environmentally sustainable solutions.

“As sustainability becomes increasingly important to consumers and businesses alike, there’s a tremendous opportunity for innovation and collaboration to drive positive change and reduce the environmental footprint of the automotive sector.”

Pictured is Richard Brennan, managing director of REvolve. Photographer: Gillian Murphy Photography

Among those hesitant to use recycled car parts, concerns about guarantees, durability, and safety were given as the main reasons. However, 86 per cent of the survey’s respondents stated they would be happy to use green parts if their use resulted in insurance premium decreases.

Highlighting the benefits of choosing recycled parts, Brennan explained: “Green parts not only help to reduce carbon emissions, but notably, ‘going green’ also translates to a faster and more cost-effective solution, as green parts are more readily available and are approximately 30 per cent cheaper than OEM parts.”

The survey confirmed that garages and vehicle repairers can play a positive role in the take up of green parts, with over 60 per cent of motorists looking to repairers to offer advice about car parts before they make a decision; with 50 per cent of respondents saying that have been given the choice of a green part in the past.

Just over half (51%) said they would choose a green part over a new part if offered it by their repairer; with six in 10 saying their first port of call when sourcing a green part would be their garage or mechanic, while three in 10 would turn to the internet to find what they need.

REvolve says that its survey findings do however indicate a lack of awareness and understanding on the topic, with 39 per cent admitting they do not know which parts can be reused for cars in need of repair.

Just 20 per cent of respondents were aware that all parts except ‘safety critical’ parts such as bumpers, trims, panels, and door glass, can be used in repairs; demonstrating that more education and information is required to highlight how green parts are used, and the benefits they can bring.

Ninety per cent of respondents expressed the belief that there should be more government support or regulations promoting the use of recycled car parts, underscoring the importance of policy initiatives in driving sustainability within the automotive industry.

The survey also revealed a strong preference for digital (paperless) versions of motoring documents, with over 72 per cent of respondents in favour of digital tax discs, and insurance discs, and 80 per cent in favour of digital vehicle registration certificates.

REvolve says it focuses on maximising the re-use of automotive parts and resources, with all of its defined carbon savings independently audited and verified to ensure complete transparency.

In 2023, the Monaghan-based company took a decisive step towards fully embracing the circular economy revolution with the introduction of carbon labelling on car parts, a first for Ireland.

REvolve will be exhibiting at this year’s Auto Trade EXPO, which takes place at the RDS Dublin from 12th-13th October.