How End-of-Life Vehicles Could Help Reduce the Size of Your Motoring Budget


The Australian government does not have a policy surrounding end-of-life vehicle (ELV) recycling at the moment, although work is underway to address this shortcoming. In the meantime, you may still be able to take advantage of recycled parts when you require components for your own vehicle. Some manufacturers already have a circular system in place that may allow you to pick up these parts at a much more favourable price. What do you need to know about this approach?

Vehicle Dismantling

When an ELV goes to recycling, many of the major parts will be broken down and sent to other industries to be used in an entirely different way. However, the top manufacturers insist that certain parts are recovered, refurbished and then used again for the same purpose. These companies employ a process that can restore components to the same state as when they were first manufactured and to a very high quality.

Serviceable Components

Just because a car has been classified as an ELV, it doesn't mean that all of its parts are spent. In fact, the vehicle may have been written off by an insurance company due to accidental fire damage, and some of the components are still in excellent condition. Either way, the manufacturers have a process to ensure that such parts are inspected and passed for processing before they find their way back into the recycled parts programme.

Individual Part Availability

You may be able to find major transmission parts or steering components that have already seen active service but are now available to fit your vehicle. If a power steering pump, steering rack or crankshaft pulley has failed on your current vehicle, you may be able to find a recycled alternative.

Replacing Perishables

Remember, any perishable pieces will have been discarded and replaced, including oil seals and o-rings. The recycled parts that you purchase will always include new degradable components. Meanwhile, engineers and quality control inspectors will ensure that the recycled part performs its task as required. Crucially, it will represent great value as you seek to save money on your overall motoring bill.

Asking Your Parts Supplier

So remember, you may have some additional choices when it comes to replacement car parts and do not necessarily have to opt for new or salvage. Ask your supplier about recycled components for your vehicle's make and model, and they will introduce you to the various options. 

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30 June 2022

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