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More green parts are used by the UK body repair industry, according to survey

ABP Club releases their 11th Annual State of the Industry Report in which it shows that of those body shops using green parts, 57% have seen an increase in volume in the last year.


More green parts are used by the UK body repair industry, according to survey f


Supported by Mirka UK, ABP Club has released its annual report on the state of the UK body repair industry, including information on green parts. The survey is in its eleventh year, and this year more than 250 bodyshops provided their views.

In this year’s report, all aspects of the body shop industry are covered, including information on green parts. It shows that the percentage of bodyshops using green parts remains high at 71%, a slight decrease from last year’s 74%, and of those who use do green parts, 57% said that the volume of these parts used by their body repair business has increased in the last year.

When asked the reason for fitting reused parts in the survey, the main replies were when the work provider asked them to or if the new part was not available. Although, 58% said that parts were fitted at the request of policyholders to avoid total loss, a decrease of 26% compared to last year’s survey. There has also been a further decrease in the request from policyholders when the risk of total loss was not a concern. In 2020, that figure was at 57%, whereas this year it only commanded 48% as the reason for using green parts.

For repair businesses that answered YES to fitting green parts in the last year, they were asked in what situation they fitted them (see the chart below):

(Shown is % of those who said they DO fit recycled parts; adds up to over 100% as multiple answers permitted.)

More green parts are used by the UK body repair industry, according to survey p one

When asked why bodyshops don’t use green parts, it appears that the biggest factor was inconsistent quality, with 40%. On the upside, poor availability and poor quality of these parts have seen a decrease in responses with 32% and 28%, respectively, of the reasons why bodyshops don’t use green parts.

Compared to last year, and allowing for multiple answers, there has been a decrease in all reasons that some bodyshops were reluctant to use green parts, including policyholder resistance and work provider resistance.

Repair businesses that answered NO to fitting green parts in the last year were asked, ‘why don’t you fit recycled parts?’ (See the chart below):

(Shown is % of those who said they do NOT fit recycled parts; adds up to over 100% as multiple answers permitted.)

More green parts are used by the UK body repair industry, according to survey p two

Even though, according to the survey, poor availability of recycled parts remains an issue for bodyshops, it is encouraging to see that poor quality of these parts has seen an improvement of 50% compared to the previous year.

The full report is available FREE online for anyone to view/download here, alternatively go to


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