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Worried about the push towards single use parts?

single use parts
The manufacturers keep adding technology to their latest models but with this comes the ability to lock down parts to a particular vehicle.
The manufacturers are constantly pushing the number of parts that cannot be reused and EGARA, the European Group of Automotive Recycling Associations), has requested information from vehicle dismantlers throughout Europe about spare parts that are designed for just a single use and cannot be reused.


These are becoming increasingly common. These parts cannot be reused because they are programmed to the original vehicle, and sometimes to multiple other parts within that vehicle and so cannot later be erased/ updated/ reprogrammed with the new recipient vehicle details. The only option in the event of a fault/ failure, is to buy new OE parts.

Paul Fox
Paul Fox bows out as chairman of EGARA after many year’s commitment. He considered his role as chairman a privilege and EGARA thanked him for his work.
MVDA, who are a member of EGARA report that they have heard reports where even the vehicle manufacturers’ dealer networks are having problems, although it’s always difficult to tell whether dealers are just being unhelpful, and angling for a new part sale themselves or whether they are genuinely unable to reprogramme.

EGARA plans to refer the vehicle manufacturers to the European Commission because preventing reuse of parts is contrary to the EU ELV Directive, which says reuse is the priority. To achieve this, EGARA needs proof – as many examples as possible to take to the EC. We don’t know the future but for now, we are still part of the EU for the next two and a half years and this issue would be no less serious if we were not.

Although EGARA only deal with dismantlers who are part of their national member associations, I am sure they will be happy to receive as much information as possible on this problem You can report examples to EGARA using this e-mail address giving the following information:
  • Reporting country (UK)
  • Make
  • Model
  • Engine cc & fuel
  • Date of registration
  • VIN-Number
  • Part name
  • OEM-Number
  • Supplier-Make
  • Supplier number

This is in everyone’s interest so please pass on any information you may have.

EGARA’s spring meeting earlier this year, saw the resignation of Paul Fox as chairman. After a long stint as chairman and being no longer active as a dismantler, he felt he was no longer in a position to be EGARA’s chairman. In his final address he explained how he had enjoyed his time as chairman and considered it a privilege. EGARA expressed their thanks for all his work over the years and offered their best wishes to him for the future.

Other topics on the EGARA agenda include VAT issues in some countries and waste status of spare parts. In some countries selling parts still equates to selling waste. This is based on these countries’ incorrect interpretation of the law. We may have voted for Brexit but the ELV directive will be applicable to us for at least the next two and half years as it stands, and it is hard to imagine that it will not then continue for the foreseeable future as the basis for the UK’s control of our industry. It will always be in our interest to maintain close ties with our European neighbours.

August 2016

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