Finding quality used vehicle parts is difficult?

Finding quality used vehicle parts can be difficult for many reasons.

Here are a few points which may help you understand the process  before you are able to lay your hands on ‘that part’ from a  Dismantler’s yard.

  1. Vehicles which are suitable for recycling are generally sourced from Insurance companies who write them off following accidental damage, and in some cases older vehicles which don’t pass their NCT are sold to Dismantlers by individuals and Motor Dealers for the purpose of recycling.
  2. When a vehicle is bought by a Dismantler it may have crash damage on a portion of it therefore the area of the vehicle which is damaged does not yield up any parts for resale.
  3. The vehicle may have had flood-water damage and the Dismantler may not know whether the engine is working or not.
  4. The dismantler decides depending on the age of the vehicle and his knowledge of the business which parts to remove.
  5. The saleable parts are then shelved awaiting a call from customers who need them.
  6. It costs money in terms of time to remove parts, so the Dismantler only removes  parts which sell quickly.
  7. The remaining shell of the vehicle is left whole in the yard for a period of time in the hope that some parts might be sold from it, without going to  the expense of removing slow moving parts, which may not sell.
  8. The Dismantler decides when the time is right to bale up the shell and sell it for smelting all over again for new steel.

This is complex business and in general the customer has to do the leg work in searching for parts which may include:

  1. Looking at Websites where Dismantlers have uploaded the cars which are being dismantled by them. This information is sometimes out of date as the dismantler has to update the site regularly. This is not always doneThe customer must then contact the Dismantler to see if the part is still available, sometimes it is already sold.
  2. Contacting a number of Dismantlers by phone, asking them do they have the particular part which they are looking for? Invariably this leads to another phone call between the parties after the Dismantler has checked his stock for availability.
  3. Emailing directly to Dismantlers websites with a request for the part. This only works if the Dismantler sees and opens the email, but sometimes they do not. Dismantlers will only respond if they in fact have the part, this can be hit and miss.
  4. Using third party Websites who send out alerts to their members for parts needed. You are not guaranteed any answer from this system, as only if some Dismantler responds positively does the information get returned to you.
  5. Calling into Dismantlers yards on spec and asking if they have the part you are looking for. This is very time consuming as you may call to a yard or yards which doesn’t have the part, so you have wasted your time. 

Generally the same parts are being requested for the same Makes and Models from Dismantlers most all of the time. This means popular items are always in short supply!

What to do?

  1. Get as many Dismantlers as possible to see your request  as soon as possible! This will enhance your chances of finding the correct part.
  2. Give the Dismantler good information about what exactly you want, with proper description, engine code  and part numbers where possible.
  3. If you have difficulty in describing the part  send a photograph of the part ‘A picture speaks a thousand words’
  4. Try not to request very small items of low value,Eg. nuts, small rubbers and wear and tear items as it will cost the Dismantler more to find the part than they can charge you for it. They will probably not reply in these cases.
  5. When you get a reply or replies from Dismantlers, contact them right away to buy it,  its ‘first come first served’  in Dismantler yards.
  6. Discuss the age and condition of the car which the part has being salvaged from with the Dismantler. In the case of engines, gearboxes or drive train, if the vehicle had low mileage it is always the best buy.
  7. Agree price, warranty, delivery and  return policy with the seller before agreeing the deal and parting with your money.
  8. Dont waste the Dismantler’s time as they are very busy. Normally 7 out of 10 calls they take daily are for parts they don’t have in stock. can help you!

Having been in the Motor Industry all my life I understand the problems both Customer and Dismantler have in finding parts. So I set up  This system will help you find the parts you require through the use  of modern technology as it ‘connects those who want with those who have’ In essence it takes the hassle out of finding quality used parts in 3 simple steps.

  1. Enter your Registration Number: (the system will get exact details of your car including, Engine code, Car Colour, Make and Model etc.)
  2. Choose your part or parts from the dropdown menu, add a description and photograph if you think it would help the Dismantler to identify the correct part for you
  3. Your request will be sent to all the Dismantlers who work with There is a guaranteed response by email and text within 1 hour.

Dont go to the trouble of calling or emailing Dismantlers on spec: USE  Save yourself Time and Money




Save Time and Money – Use quality recycled parts

Why should you consider using used parts when repairing your car?

The real reason why people consider using ‘Recycled used parts’ is mainly because of the enormous value which you can get if you really know where to look and who to buy from. The average saving between using a new part purchased from a Main dealer and sourcing one in a Dismantler’s yard is about 80 to 85%, depending on what the part is required and where you decide to buy it.

The problem with non trade people using a Dismantler’s, Breaker’s yard to source any part is that they don’t always  know exactly what they are looking for or how to describe it to the ‘Man in the Yard’  and car models change all the time even within the same Registration year.

Here are  few tips which may help you with your search for quality used vehicle parts:

  • Know what you need for your car. Dismantlers don’t like when people call them without their facts. It wastes both your time and their time.
  • Get your mechanic to write down exactly what you require to repair your car, explaining how to describe and discuss it accurately with the ‘Man in the Yard’……….. The vehicle Dismantler.
  • Before you start phoning any of the yards ‘ad hoc’, find an a GOOD Website on-line who can do the searching for you. This will save you a huge amount of time making phone calls looking for parts which may not be in stock in the yards which you choose to call.
  • Try and find a website which has the facility to allow you input your Registration No at the start of the search. . This function will display the accurate Make, Model and Engine Code to the Dismantler who needs this correct information to pick your part/s.
  • Describe exactly what you are looking for in the space provided on the site. The more description you give the more chance you have of locating the correct part, first time every time.
  •  Attach a photograph to the request if possible. A picture speaks a thousand words! This option will be available on good Websites who operate in this space.
  • Wait a while and see who replies to your request. If you get some replies then call them to discuss the Price, condition, and terms of sale.
  • You may find that some Dismantlers will reply with a price already attached, but you should always call them to discuss the terms and conditions of sale, before deciding who to buy from.
  • Always ask the Dismantler to agree that if the part is faulty or incorrect, you can return it and get your money back.
  • If possible try to buy from a Dismantler closest to where you live as it is easier to bring the part back if something goes wrong with it.
  • Dismantlers are very knowledgeable about vehicle parts and they may be able to advise you about some alternative part which could be used.
  • Don’t’ buy any ‘wear and tear items’ from dismantlers E.G brake pads, clutch discs, brake hoses etc. These parts should always be purchased new, either from a Main dealer or spurious from a Motor Factor.
  • If you cannot find your part today…try again tomorrow as Dismantlers stocks are constantly changing.

Buying good quality used vehicle parts  is good for our environment and good for your pocket too. It keeps lots of people gainfully employed in the recycling business and

How is the motor industry in Ireland in 2015

After many years of sales decline there is a lot of good news  around the Motor Industry in Ireland – 2015.

For those who are in the new Car and Van (LCV) business , there has been a marked increase in sales.

  • New car sales were up 33% (19,046) in March compared to (14,297) in March 2014, and up  30% for the first 3 months on the same period last year.
  •  Light Commercial Vehicles (LCV)  up 54 % (2,846) compared to March 2014 (1,852) and are up 59% for the first 3 months compared to 2014.
  • Heavy Goods Vehicles (HGV) are up this month 5.5% (241) when compared with March 2014 (236) but  are still down -15% year to date. (Source for all stats SIMI)

This is all good news and shows that consumer confidence is getting better, added to the availability of credit…. people are changing their vehicles. 

Petrol and Diesel prices have also decreased over the past year which adds to the disposable income available to consumers. This feelgood factor is allowing people consider changing their vehicle and in turn giving a much needed boost to the Motor industry which has been in survival mode for the last 6/7 years. Nobody can begrudge anybody in the Motor Trade a change in fortune having hung on in business while sometimes losing money since 2008. Hopefully lessons will have been learned by all concerned Banks, Manufactures and Dealers. To stay in business you don’t just need sales, you also need profit. That profit should come from the core trading business and not be overly supplemented by interference from Manufacturers to gain market share at all costs and also from  Banks pushing credit on Dealerships in return for the introduction of customer vehicle finance from them.

Pre 2007 the risk to reward in the Motor Industry was bordering on the ridiculous with few looking at ROI (Return on Investment), opting rather to look at ROS (Return on Sales). When the sales and availability of finance slowed, panic set in and used car prices tumbled which brought many good business down as they had invested in their premises to meet Manufacturer standards and the Banks wanted their money back both for stock and premises.

There are still some problems ahead for the Industry.

  •  There has been no recruitment in the Industry over the past number of years  and there is now an acute shortage of trained personnel.This problem cannot be sorted out overnight as it takes 4 to 5 years to train a technician.
  • Vehicles are now complex pieces of machinery and on going training is needed to keep the technical staff up to speed with the new models which are launched by all manufacturers on a very regular basis.
  • Training is very costly on the dealerships as invariably the training is done away from the dealership which incurs extra expense and lost productivity.
  • With the decrease in  new vehicle sales over the years quality used cars were not being traded in and there will be a scarcity going forward.
  • All  Dealerships depend on getting a good supply of used cars to sell and make a contribution to profit.
  • Traditionally some cars were imported from Britain to fill the void if necessary, but now as the  Sterling/Euro exchange rate is very  poor so there is no real value for either Dealer or Consumer.

While we are seeing a welcome respite for Dealers and the Motor Industry generally we must be acutely aware that it can change very quickly. It is important that the lessons learned are not forgotten and a balanced approach from all stakeholders involved in this very important business sector is adopted by all which also includes the Government to safeguard jobs and businesses into the future

The Industry employs about approximately 42,000 people in Ireland and collects almost €2bn in taxes for the exchequer annually. 

NCT – Information and news.

At the moment, there is a real problem getting your car tested. It seems that there is  a huge backlog of tests and the NCT centres are not able to cope with demand . A lot of people are complaining about being unable to get appointments in a timely fashion despite NCT Centres’ extended opening hours and working 7 days a week.

The notice on the NCT website today reads:

There is currently heavy demand for NCT appointments on-line. If the only dates available fall beyond the expiry of your current NCT, please contact our booking helpdesk on 01 4135992′.

Some points worth noting:

  • You must not drive a car which does not have a current NCT certificate. Its the law.
  • The Gardaí can impound your car if they stop you while  driving a car with an out of date NCT cert.
  • You can also be given 3 penalty points on your driving licence.

Some tips and Stats which might help you.

  • Prepare properly for the test by having your car serviced .
  • A lot of Garages now do a Pre NCT inspection. This can save you money and time.
  • Check all of the simple items by visual inspection like, all lights working,  tyre thread should be 3 mm min. depth. Seat belts etc.
  • If your car fails the first time the re-inspection costs you an extra €28 on top of the original €55 you paid.
  • Visit the NCT website where there is a lot of useful information which could help you.
  • Stats below from 2014 show just how many cars have to return and be reinspected.

Year   2014


      Fail       Refusal

Fail   Dangerous


Full Tests

609,575  (48.3%)

       648,106   (51.3%)

     4,542 (.4%)



581,977   (91%)

    57,187   (8.9%)

        770  (.1%)


Statistics from full year 2013

               The Main failure items for 2013 were:


   Front Suspension


   Tyre Condition


  Brake Line / Hoses


   Stop Lamps


  Steering Linkage

  • 2009 Reg Vehicles: First time Pass Rate was 73% and Re-test Pass Rate is 96%
  • 2007 Reg Vehicles: First time Pass Rate was 65% and Re-test Pass Rate is 95%
  • 2005 Reg Vehicles: First time Pass Rate is 53% and Re-test Pass Rate is 93%
  • 2003 and older Reg Vehicles: First time Pass Rate is 37% and Re-test Pass Rate is 89%

As  you can see from the above stat., as your vehicle gets older the fail rate increases, so preparing for the test is very important.

  • Car testing is not just another government imposition. It is very important that the vehicle you drive is in a roadworthy condition.
  •  Keeping your car in good condition makes driving safer for you and other road users.
  • A well maintained car is less likely to breakdown or be involved in a crash.
  • This could save your life or avoid injury to yourself or other road users.

For People involved in the Motor trade business, note:

You can now avail of the NCT trade scheme for Main Dealers, Independent Garages and sPSV Industry. This entitles you to:

  • Quick and smoother check in process, no need to produce identification as your details are already saved.
  • A monthly statement of your activity emailed directly to you containing such information as a full breakdown of the number of cars brought for inspection by your company during the month, where the vehicles were inspected, the dates of the inspection, the registration numbers  etc.
  • Receive regular updates regarding important information for them on NCT test criteria and other NCT related data that we feel will be of use to them.
  • The possibility in the future of been informed of cancellations/slots available in the centre nearest to you. 

You can sign up on line at choose the TRADE button. You will need to provide them with a copy of the following documents:

  • VAT Number – The Tax Clearance Certificate
  • TAN Number – For TAN numbers they do not require any documentation
  • Company Registration Number – Company Headed Paper
  • Personal Insurance Policy Number – Personal Car Insurance Policy
  • Motor Insurance Policy Number – Motor Traders Policy

The worry for  all going forward is that as the car parc gets older, as it has been doing for the past few years during the downturn the present NCT set up may not be able to cope with the increased demand for testing. It will be interesting to see how it will be handled by the Department of Transport and Applus+ Car Testing Service Ltd. At the very least in the short term a lenient view should be adopted by the authorities and the Gardaí if a motorist is driving a car which doesn’t have a current NCT cert, provided of course that the motorist can prove that they have applied and are waiting in the queue which seems to be getting longer by the day.

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Fuel prices – who gets what!

Oil prices have being dropping recently so now we should all be looking forward to much cheaper fuel for our cars. How does the reduction in the cost of the crude oil transfer to us ordinary people? Crude oil now costs $70 a barrel, but a little over a year ago  stood at $140 per barrel.

Where did this reduction go?

The truth is we don’t get the the % drop in the price at the pumps which we think we should .


This is the breakdown in % terms, on where the money goes!

  • 57% – Duty and tax: Paid directly to the Government . (The monetary amount per litre does not drop as the crude price drops. This is a set amount by Government)
  • 36% – Oil exploration Company: To source and refine the crude oil to make it usable.
  • 4% – Oil Company: To Market and Distribute the fuel.
  • 3% – Retailer: To stock and sell fuel to the end user. (Source:

The price of crude oil is not set to rise anytime soon, nor can we expect to see a huge drop in fuel price at the pumps due to the fact that the tax take is set by Government as a fixed monetary amount per litre and not aligned in % terms to the price of crude oil.The reduction will only come from the portion which is dependant on the crude oil section  which is 43%.

Ever country adds tax and duty to the sale price oil as it is a necessary source of tax revenue to help run the state.

This may vary from country to country depending on where you live, but it is quite standard in most European countries, some take more than Ireland and some take less.

The fact that our VAT rate here in Ireland  is 23% also contributes to the high price of our fuel at the pumps.

Unfortunately tax is a necessary evil, so if the government reduce the take on fuel, have no doubt but they will add it on to something else.