Green parts, also known as ‘recycled parts‘ or ‘used parts‘ are original equipment manufacturer (OEM) parts . These are genuine parts that have been removed from a vehicle during the dismantling and recycling process. If you use green parts you can save a considerable amount of money as they can cost up to 80% -90% less than buying from the Main Dealer who sells new (OEM) parts.
Choosing recycled parts doesn’t leave you with a narrow choice, instead there is an abundance of parts available through the network of Licensed Vehicle Dismantlers who operate Authorized Treatment Facilities (ATF’s) These dismantlers dispose of damaged and end of life vehicles in an environmentally friendly way.
The future of green parts? The future is most definitely green! Great potential can be expected for an uplift in demand for green parts now that better industry standards are in place.Consumers from garages/mechanics to everyday car owners will be able to buy green parts with ever increasing confidence.
Now that car manufacturers are striving towards producing ever more Eco-minded vehicles it would be fair to assume that the buying public will switch from expensive manufacturer (OEM) parts , to affordable, recycled parts that really help their budget and our environment as well.
After all, why would you buy new, when recycled will do ?
Here’s a summary of why it’s good to ‘go green’ for parts:
- Save lots of money – you can save as much as 80-90%% by choosing green parts over new (OEM) parts.
- Quality – parts come from cars which have been fitted with OEM parts (Original equipment manufacturer).
- Used parts are checked for quality before selling to the customer.
- All parts carry a guarantee (terms & conditions apply).
- Helps our environment by reducing carbon footprint.
- Why not purchase a green part and prevent unnecessary wastage/over-production of parts.
After all my years in the motor business, I still find one of the most common questions I’m asked is, “How often should I service my car” and where ?
From my experience I suggest that vehicles should be serviced in-line with its manufacturer’s recommendations as specified in the manual. These vary considerably, but a fair guide is that it requires a comprehensive inspection every ten-thousand miles or twelve months. Most modern cars now have service indicator lights which come on when your are approaching the time for a service.
There are two options available to you:
Authorised service dealer.
- In the main they will have most of the parts required in stock
- Will typically be more expensive as they use OEM (original equipment manufacturer) parts only.
- If you have always used them, your car will have a history of being serviced at their garage and this may increase its value when the time comes around to upgrade it.
- While under warranty the dealer would do any updates which need to be carried out as they would check for these while carrying out routine servicing.
Independent Service dealer
- Tend to be less expensive as their overheads are lower.
- There are more of them, so there is a good chance that there will be one local to where you live.
- Have a wider variety of parts available as there is no restriction on the parts which they can use i.e. new OEM parts, spurious parts, second-hand OEM parts.
- Tend to have more flexibility with their opening hours and will generally be available after hours if you get into trouble.
If you are unsure about when to service, a good qualified mechanic will always advise you and will be able to ascertain what needs to be done by carrying out a brief inspection
It is always advisable to ask for a quote before any work is undertaken by a mechanic or garage or dealer.
It is also important to recognize that a car might reach a point when – despite the numerous advantages – the cost of servicing is to high in relation to its condition and life expectancy.
What Are The Benefits Of Servicing A Car?
There are numerous reasons to service a car.
- The first is to ensure that you are driving a safe vehicle which will maintain its value. When selling or trading in , your car value can plummet if the service history is missing or incomplete. Why? Because a fully-stamped service book suggests a vehicle has been cared for and that the mileage reading is correct. Always ask your mechanic or garage to stamp and sign your vehicle service booklet after each service.
- Servicing keeps a car reliable as the mechanic can spot minor issues before they become major problems, this will save you money in the long-term. He/she can ensure, for example, that the battery has enough power to reliably start the engine. If not, it can be replaced before it leads to a breakdown on a cold rainy morning. For example the mechanic might also find a minor oil leak from the transmission/gearbox that could be fixed before the oil runs out of the system which would cause expensive components to fail outright. Finding this kind of problem early tends to save money long term.
- Safety is probably the most important consideration as servicing your car regularly will highlight hazards such as tracking faults which in turn lead to uneven tyre wear which may lead to an accident when trying to stop your car. Most of all there is a feel good factor in driving properly maintained vehicle, it’s nice to use! The engine runs more smoothly giving the proper power output, your handbrake cable is tight which makes you feel more secure while taking off on a hill or parking your car, there are fewer or no rattles, which always makes you feel that your car is going better.
Always use a qualified mechanic to carry out your servicing needs. To use the old saying ‘ A Stitch in Time Saves Nine’