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Recover the best value for flooded vehicles with Copart’s Polygon Partnership

Copart has an exclusive partnership with Polygon Restoration Servicesproviding a unique vehicle recovery, restoration and resale service for flood or fire damaged vehicles.  


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Flood or fire damage to vehicles can significantly reduce returns at auction, but Copart’s exclusive partnership with Polygon, a specialist drying and decontamination business, helps their customers to recover the best possible value! 

With extreme weather events becoming more commonplace, Copart are delighted to be able to offer this bespoke service to their customers alongside their well-established emergency response and surge management capabilities, which enable us to rapidly handle large volumes of vehicles following flooding or other catastrophic incidents.  

With the number of electric and hybrid vehicles steadily increasing in the UK car parc, their safe handling by experts following flood damage is essential due to waterlogging and corrosion of the battery packs, and potentially high or even lethal voltage.  

How does the Polygon service work? 

Polygon’s patented vehicle restoration process offers innovative solutions for recovering the best possible value from a vehicle that has suffered damage due to water (or smoke).  

Water damaged vehicles are fully disassembled in a controlled environment, including removing carpets, upholstery, and trim to allow for further assessment and decontamination.  

How are vehicles treated?  

A bespoke restoration plan for our customers may include elimination of moulds and contaminants, ultrasonic cleaning process, odour removal, dehumidification, and bacteria testing.  

Vehicles with serious storm damage, which cannot be dried out, are taken to one of our Operation Centres to be auctioned or recycled for parts.  

What benefits will Copart customers receive?  

Copart’s insurance customers benefit exclusively from: 

  • Vehicle collection from the damaged site and assessment by Copart. 
  • Triage service from Polygon from images. 
  • Delivery of vehicle by Copart to Polygon. 
  • Report and hygiene test supplied by Polygon.  
  • Vehicles being returned to a condition which enables them to be returned to the policyholder in some cases.  
  • Maximum exposure to our global buyer base and improved sales return at auction due to vehicle re-categorisation following completion of the decontamination process. 

Giving vehicles a new lease of life through value-added services like this reduces scrappage and helps contribute towards the successful delivery of our Plan-Net Zero commitment to both global sustainability and becoming a greener business! 


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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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