Like most businesses, motor trade companies are currently facing challenges due to the current economic climate and the cost of living crisis.
Today many motorists either can’t find the car they want to buy due to limited supplies or can’t afford to replace their vehicles due to the cost of living crisis placing pressure on personal finances. Therefore, many people keep cars for longer and replace faulty or obsolete parts.
The availability of well-priced and reliable used car parts is essential to keeping motor traders businesses moving. What’s more, Stellantis recently said it was considering reconditioned used parts as replacements on models to extend vehicle life and reduce the carbon footprint created by sourcing and fitting new parts.
Marketplaces such as eBay are often a go-to for traders looking to replace parts as they keep up with the demand of the used car market. A study by ChoiceQuote has revealed the most popular used car parts for motor traders.
Mini Grilles were the most searched car part out of all parts on the used models, with an average search volume of 1,900 every month. With lights, tail lights, headlights and fog lights all proving to be popular items on the eBay marketplace.
Mini and Ford were the most searched-for models for used tail lights. But for headlights, Vauxhall Corsa and Ford Focus parts took the top spot. Light bulbs were the cheapest used car parts for VW Polo, BMW 3 Series and Vauxhall Corsa. Across all models, wheels were the most sought-after used car part for 77.7% of car models.
The most sought-after parts for each of the most popular models are:
- Ford Fiesta wheels
- BMW 3 Series wheels
- Audi A3 wheels
- Mini grille
- Ford Focus wheels and headlights
- Vauxhall Corsa headlights
- VW Golf wheels
- VW Polo headlights
For the most part, tyres and wheels are the most expensive parts for motor traders to replace – but replacing a Volkswagen Golf grille is likely to set them back around £327.17 on average on eBay.
Whilst the Golf may be a popular choice, if the grilles need replacing it’s worth assessing the return of the fix.
Derek Henry, Managing Director at ChoiceQuote said, “Motor traders are still looking to navigate the industry through more difficult economic times. Thereforeusing online marketplaces, like eBay, makes buying used car parts easier and faster.
“For motor traders, studying popular models and part prices on online marketplaces are a great indication of vehicles they might want to buy and sell.”