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ABP’s 12th annual State of the Industry Report shows increase in green parts use by bodyshops

The 12th annual ABP State of the Industry Report was released today which was compiled from their annual survey, which this year was completed by 264 repair businesses representing over 600 bodyshop sites. One aspect of the questions in the survey relates to green parts.


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There were three questions relating to green parts, two of which have been asked in previous years, showing clearly that the use of green parts has increased, with a record 79% of bodyshops saying they now used green parts, whereas, in 2019, this figure was only 57%. And 74% of respondents said their use of green parts had increased in the last year.

The two main reasons that 79% of bodyshops said they use green parts was due to poor or non-availability of a new part.

The reason that bodyshops didn’t fit more green parts was “inconsistent quality” for 61% of those asked. This year, 52% said that “too much rectification work was needed on them”, whereas, in 2021, this figure was 32%. And “poor quality” was another reason for not fitting more green parts, yet this figure has decreased from 64% in 2020 to 38% in 2022.

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The new question relating to green parts was, ‘as a result of parts availability issues, are you using more green parts than last year?’ To which, 60% of the bodyshops said yes.

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