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Can, Could, Would and Should

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Car Transplants guarantees that all CAT A and B salvage is broken and cannot find its way back onto the road - at home or abroad.
Allianz Insurance has changed its approach to categorising salvage vehicles to help improve road safety in the UK.

The move has been prompted by concerns that other arrangements risked allowing written-off vehicles to be repaired and sold to new owners. There was also a risk that the new owner might not realise the vehicle had been written off.

To address these concerns, Allianz now categorises all total loss salvage that has suffered impact, flood, fire, or safety related damage as A, B, C or D using the ABI Salvage Code of Practice and the Engineering Technical Committee (ETC) guidelines.

The inspecting engineer will now also consider the phrase ‘Can, Could, Would and Should’ the salvage be repaired. If it is considered irreparable, it will be categorised as ‘B’, broken and removed from the public domain. Allianz will not be using the section of the ETC guidelines that applies to unrecorded salvage.

All total loss vehicles will be fully estimated using original equipment parts and full bodyshop labour rates, and all salvage categorisation will be agreed with Allianz’s salvage partner Car Transplants Ltd. In order to enhance the inspecting, estimating and categorisation process, Allianz will now also have engineers permanently stationed on-site at Car Transplants Ltd.

The Motor Insurers Anti-Theft and Fraud Register will be notified of salvage within 48 hours following the engineer’s inspection and categorisation.

All category A and B salvage will be broken in-house by Car Transplants Ltd, and a Certificate or Notification of Destruction (COD or NOD) will be issued to DVLA within seven days following body shell destruction. These measures will minimise the risk of written-off vehicles returning to the road and create an audit trail, allowing for improvements in the process of checks on second-hand vehicles.

Car Transplants, with depots in Nantwich and Winsford tell us they’re pleased to have been appointed as solus provider of salvage services for insurance Allianz” across the UK.

The company, which is celebrating its 40th year of trading offers class leading innovative solutions to a number of major insurers and public bodies. This latest addition to their portfolio of clients will see the company handling 35,000 vehicles per year.

Car Transplants which employs 92 staff , exports to 28 countries, has always been at the forefront of the industry,achieving the 95% recycling target two years ahead of European legislation.

Ian Guest, claims supply manager at Allianz Insurance, said: “While the previous arrangements were entirely legal, as a responsible insurer we have a moral duty to safeguard the public.” He added: “Hopefully this will create a better way of working and other insurers will follow our lead. It’s a simple matter of doing the right thing.”

Here at atfPro we hope other insurers will follow Allianz’s lead and take their responsibilities more seriously. Anyone can go on eBay and find cat B’s for sale - they should be breakers by the industries’ own code of practice!

July 2014

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