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.
- 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.
- 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.
- The vehicle may have had flood-water damage and the Dismantler may not know whether the engine is working or not.
- The dismantler decides depending on the age of the vehicle and his knowledge of the business which parts to remove.
- The saleable parts are then shelved awaiting a call from customers who need them.
- It costs money in terms of time to remove parts, so the Dismantler only removes parts which sell quickly.
- 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.
- 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:
- 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 This information is sometimes out of date as the dismantler has to update the site regularly.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 done . The customer must then contact the Dismantler to see if the part is still available, sometimes it is already sold.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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?
- Get as many Dismantlers as possible to see your request as soon as possible! This will enhance your chances of finding the correct part.
- Give the Dismantler good information about what exactly you want, with proper description, engine code and part numbers where possible.
- If you have difficulty in describing the part send a photograph of the part ‘A picture speaks a thousand words’
- 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.
- When you get a reply or replies from Dismantlers, contact them right away to buy it, its ‘first come first served’ in Dismantler yards.
- 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.
- Agree price, warranty, delivery and return policy with the seller before agreeing the deal and parting with your money.
- 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.
www.ifindparts.com 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 www.ifindparts.com 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.
- Enter your Registration Number: (the system will get exact details of your car including, Engine code, Car Colour, Make and Model etc.)
- 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
- Your request will be sent to all the Dismantlers who work with www.ifindparts.com 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 www.ifindparts.com Save yourself Time and Money
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. ifindparts.com . 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
In Britain the Institute of the Motor Industry (IMI) is calling on Government to license the automotive retail sector, as it releases new consumer research that shows an underlying ignorance about the qualifications required for anyone to work on a motor vehicle.
- 71% of Motorists surveyed believed that anyone working on a car commercially, should be licensed.
- 80% of today’s consumers choose a garage because of it’s convenient location without ever questioning the professional abilities of those who work there.
- Only 10% of consumers actively check whether car mechanics are properly qualified to carry out the work on their car before putting it into the garage.
- There is no Government licencing Authority which recognizes professional qualifications held by Qualified Mechanics.
- Anyone can work as a Mechanic in the Motor industry without any qualification.
- The industry is totally unregulated by the Government when it comes to Mechanic’s qualifications.
IMI says ‘UK consumers are completely unaware of how vulnerable they are. They believe the Government is taking care of their safety and their rights, but they have a level of trust in their service provider, which may be entirely groundless’.
This is a serious cause for concern as data from Brake, the road safety charity, reported that over 3,000 crashes in Britain were caused by vehicle defects as a result of inadequate maintenance in 2011.
All vehicles are very complex machines and need a high level of skill and training to properly carry out maintenance in a safe and efficient manner.
The IMI have said “The template for licensing already exists, with IMI Accreditation and our Professional Register, which is already in place, so there is no excuse for the Government to delay’.
IMI suggest that ‘148,000 mechanic’s skills and current competence cannot be verified’. It is vital that this issue is addressed as quickly as possible.” (source IMI report)
With 90% of the trade in favour of licensing, the IMI is seeking meetings with the leaders of all the main political parties ahead of the General Election in order to push forward the case for licensing.
The above statistics were drawn from research conducted through Vital Research & Statistics to 2,000 adults with a driving license – September 2014 and by BMG Research** to 600 adults in July 2014.