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Parts sales that can build confidence

Mint Green parts
A typical part that's available under the Mint Green banner. Audi A4 gearbox that’s only done 24 miles.
If you want to keep the cost of repairs down, then used parts are a great way to go. Unfortunately, as many of us are aware, the repair industry in this country is often rather nervous about their use. Car Transplants believe they have the answer.

Car Transplants has always been at the forefront of pushing the boundaries, whether that’s developing new markets or expanding the existing customer base. Their latest development is aimed at breaking that deadlock where the customer has a confidence issue with the use of green parts.

Car Transplant’s Sales Manager, Steve Thackara explained, “We tried a few years ago with our RecycALL brand but found a lot of resistance from body shops, unless the insurance company pushed them. Times have changed since then and apart from what we do, people such as Jason Cross at FAB, have done a great deal to demonstrate how to build confidence with customers by offering guaranteed standards”.

For Car Transplants, the journey to build this acceptance has resulted in the launch of mint-green, and as the name implies, mint condition, green parts.
So how does it work?
Only the very best of parts are sold under the mint-green label. These are cars with ultra low mileage, we are talking less than 5,000 miles. All parts are inspected and graded. If they aren’t in ‘as new’ condition, then they don’t make the grade and are sold under their normal classifications.

Obviously, all parts are original equipment so you never get a factor part sold under mint-green, only OE, mint parts which have done very, very little work. All parts are supplied that can be reclaimed and in the correct condition, with all engines being videoed. All parts come with Car Transplant’s standard, 180 day warranty. The price includes boxed delivery where applicable.

Naturally, prices are way cheaper than the new price, so for the customer it means parts that are as close to new as it makes no difference, yet substantial savings can be made.

Steve said, “We handle a large volume of very low mileage vehicles, packed full of parts which have done no work to speak of. Their OE nature coupled to this is really helping to bridge that confidence gap”.

Steve continued, “ mint-green has highlighted some peculiarities though. As an example, because these parts are so new, Thatcham’s part numbers are sometimes incorrect as they haven’t caught up. This does make me wonder how often a bodyshop may order the incorrect part from the manufacturers. we always quote, and where possible image part numbers so customers can be sure the part is correct”.

This is a great initiative by Car Transplants which ticks all the boxes for those wanting to buy with confidence. We shall revisit them when mint-green has been running for while. For further details about Car Transplants, visit their website here You can also download a free app from their site that lets you search their parts, salvage and auctions.

December 2015

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