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eBay Motors Group research finds that 71 per cent of drivers could switch from new parts to ‘green’ recycled vehicle parts

With the cost of living crisis, the automotive industry could see more motorists choosing ‘green’ recycled parts over new parts to help cut costs.


eBay Motors Group research finds that 71 per cent of drivers could switch from new parts to ‘green’ recycled vehicle parts f

According to car dealer magazine, the survey found that in a bid to save money, 71% of surveyed motorists would consider changing from installing new car parts to ‘green’ recycled parts on their vehicles. And approximately half of the 2,000 car owners surveyed by eBay Motors Group, also said that saving on waste and helping the environment contributed to their desire to switch from new to green parts. 

Dr Tony Tong, head of automotive at eBay UK, said: 

“As budgets continue to tighten across the country, motorists will understandably look to save money where they can, and eBay’s ‘Certified Recycled’ items are the perfect solution. They’re typically up to 70 per cent cheaper than new items and are kinder to the environment by recycling existing components. Most importantly, all VRA Certified items meet strict quality standards, so buyers get peace of mind, as well as saving money.”


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Owain Griffiths

Owain Griffiths

Head of Circular Economy at Volvo Cars

Owain joined Volvo Cars in June 2021 to lead Circular Economy in the Global Sustainability Team. The company has committed to being a circular business by 2040 and has financial, recycled content and CO2 based targets for 2025, all of which Owain is working across the company to make happen. Owain previously worked for circular economy consultancy Oakdene Hollins where he advised businesses on evidence led circular economy implementation. 

Turning into a circular business and the importance of vehicle reuse and recycling.

The presentation will cover the work Volvo Cars is doing to achieve 2025 but mainly focus on the transformational work towards 2040 and the business and value chain changes being considered. Attention will be paid to the way vehicles are being dealt with at the end of life and the complexities of closing material and component loops. Opportunities and challenges which Volvo Cars is facing will be presented including engagement with 3rd parties and increasing pressure from stakeholders.

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e2e Total Loss Vehicle Management [e2e] is the UK’s only salvage and automotive recycling network with nationwide, environmentally compliant sites delivering performance resilience and service reliability to the insurance and fleet markets.  The network’s online salvage auction drives strong salvage resale values and faster sales.  e2e’s salvage clients have access to the network’s stocks of over 5 million quality graded, warranty assured reclaimed parts. 

The power of the network model means e2e has the ability to influence industry standards and is committed to continually raising the bar whilst redefining the role and perceived value of the salvage operator.  Network members adhere to robust service level agreements, against which they are audited, in order to ensure performance consistency and a market leading customer experience.  

The salvage and recycling operating environment is evolving rapidly, and e2e is anticipating, listening and responding to changing market needs.  Regulatory compliance, ESG, reclaimed parts, customer experience, EVs, new vehicle technologies, data and reputation risk are just some of many considerations linked to the procurement of salvage services.  e2e will drive further added value to clients and members through the adoption and application of emerging technologies, continuing to differentiate its proposition and position salvage services as a professional partnership. 

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