The availability of well-priced and reliable used car parts is essential for motor traders to keep their business moving. New research by ChoiceQuote has analysed data to reveal the most in-demand used car parts.
Like most businesses, motor trade companies are currently facing challenges due to the current economic climate and the cost of living crisis. Today many motorists either can’t find the car they want to buy due to limited supplies or can’t afford to replace their vehicles due to the cost of living crisis placing pressure on personal finances. Therefore, many people keep cars for longer and replace faulty or obsolete parts.
The availability of well-priced and reliable used car parts is essential to keeping motor traders businesses moving. Marketplaces such as eBay are often a go-to for traders looking to replace parts as they keep up with the demand of the used car market. A study by ChoiceQuote has revealed the most popular used car parts for motor traders.
The most popular used car parts
Relatively easy to replace and install, wheels, lights, and grilles were overwhelmingly the most popular parts searched for on eBay.
Mini Grilles were the most searched car part out of all parts on the used models, with an average search volume of 1,900 every month. With lights, tail lights, headlights, and fog lights all proving to be popular items on the eBay marketplace.
Mini and Ford were the most searched-for models for used tail lights. But for headlights, Vauxhall Corsa and Ford Focus parts took the top spot. Light bulbs were the cheapest used car parts for VW Polo, BMW 3 Series and Vauxhall Corsa. Across all models, wheels were the most sought-after used car part for 77.7% of car models.
The most sought-after parts for each of the most popular models are:
- Ford Fiesta wheels
- BMW 3 Series wheels
- Audi A3 wheels
- Mini grille
- Ford Focus wheels and headlights
- Vauxhall Corsa headlights
- VW Golf wheels
- VW Polo headlights
BMW 3 Series have the priciest used car parts
Whilst the correlation of the pricier the car, the pricier the parts remain true – certain parts mean that any repairs or replacements could be costly for motor traders.
The top ten most expensive used car parts on average on eBay (during Q3 2022) are:
For the most part, tyres and wheels are the most expensive parts for motor traders to replace – but replacing a Volkswagen Golf grille is likely to set them back around £327.17 on average on eBay.
Whilst the Golf may be a popular choice, if the grilles need replacing, it’s worth assessing the return of the fix.
Derek Henry, Managing Director at ChoiceQuote, commented:
“Motor traders are still looking to navigate the industry through more difficult economic times. Therefore using online marketplaces, like eBay, makes buying used car parts easier and faster. For motor traders, studying popular models and part prices on online marketplaces are a great indication of vehicles they might want to buy and sell.”
To gather the facts, figures, trends and rankings for this article, ChoiceQuote analysed eBay search volume using keywordtool.io. This enabled us to find:
- The UK’s most purchased used car parts in 2022 Q3
- The most searched-for parts for each model in 2022 Q3
- The average price per part
This information was supported by additional industry data from: www.cargurus.co.uk