Motorists in the UK saved £99 million in 2022 by opting for used parts and accessories instead of brand-new replacements, according to research by eBay.
The online marketplace revealed the impact of second-hand parts as it relaunched its Certified Recycled programme, which sells recycled vehicle parts from 81 certified sellers.
Certified Recycled parts can be up to 70% cheaper compared to OEM parts RRP, and deliver peace of mind for shoppers. All parts are vetted and warrantied – body parts feature a 12-month warranty while mechanical parts come with three months of protection – and are only supplied from end-of-life vehicles from approved sellers.
Additionally, they also come with a reduced environmental footprint. Last year, eBay UK shoppers buying used car parts and accessories saved more than 16,000 tonnes of CO2e and prevented 3,000,000kg of waste from ending up in landfills, simply by choosing not to buy a box-fresh part.
This saving resulted from the millions of used parts sold across the eBay site last year, including almost one million exterior parts and accessories (including items such as mirrors, bumpers and door handles), over 400,000 lighting parts, and over 130,000 engine-related parts.
Certified Recycled parts provide motorists with added peace of mind. They are sold by businesses that have been checked and certified by the Vehicle Recyclers Association (VRA) and are subject to an annual audit of their processes and policies. This means that any part listed has been sourced from and can be traced to an end-of-life vehicle, and has been accurately identified, recorded, tested and graded.
- Motorists opting for non-new parts and accessories could save up to 70% compared to Original Equipment Manufacturer parts RRP
- Picking used parts helps reduce carbon emissions, with eBay shoppers saving 16,000 tonnes CO2e last year – and 3,000,000kg of waste was saved from landfill
- Sales of Certified Recycled parts increased more than 10% between 2021 and 2022 and eBay now clearly highlights all such listings online
- eBay’s Certified Recycled programme delivers peace of mind, with all parts vetted, warrantied and only supplied from end-of-life vehicles from approved sellers
eBay is the UK’s biggest online automotive marketplace with five official brand stores and thousands of sellers.