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BBC picks up on the salvage category problems

BBC highlights salvage issues
It really is time for the insurance industry to get their house in order.
Earlier this month BBC’s Inside Out programme for the North West raised the issue of CAT A and B vehicles getting back on the road. Any regular reader of atfPro will be more than aware that we have been raising concerns on this topic for a long time but there’s nothing like mainstream TV to get a topic in the public’s eye.

We felt that the report was very well covered and not simply a scare story about the salvage industry. Rather, the reporter explained the categories within the insurance industry’s code of practice, pointing out that cat A and B vehicles should never be returned to the road. It went further than this though, explaining also that a cat C or D is quite capable of being repaired and had been written off due to economic reasons rather than the amount of, or type of damage sustained. Naturally it was stressed that any repairs have to be to a safe and proper standard but I don’t think any of us would disagree with that. I wouldn’t want any on my kids driving around in a badly repaired vehicle.

With 7 million used cars sold every year and HPI identifying more than 600 write offs each day, it’s easy to appreciate that buying a ‘dodgy’ used car is pretty easy for everyone except the most knowledgeable buyer. The show included an example of a crash test of a vehicle with a poorly repaired B post compared to a correctly repaired vehicle which showed 70% more damage to the badly repaired vehicle. This was a scary demonstration.

The show also visited Hills Recycling, one our leading auto recyclers who explained to the presenter that they would like it to be impossible for cat A & B vehicles to return to the road. The Insurance industry code of practice says just this and it was a shame that the presenter didn’t really take the insurance industry to task over the lack of effectiveness of the code. Let’s face it, it is the insurance industry that is letting this happen.

As we mentioned earlier, we have ‘banged on’ about this many times and we believe things are slowly moving. They need to move faster and the insurance industry must get its house in order otherwise it may be the auto recycler who suffers. After all, we are a great industry for the press to beat with a stick!

March 2015

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