Tuesday, 29 April 2014

Used Parts, Salvage and ELV's

Used Parts
The use of second hand vehicle parts is as old as the motor car itself, and is probably the single greatest success story in the reuse/ recycling of any consumer product.  And re-use is the best possible form of recycling!  Apart from saving the motorist money & creating employment in the UK, it has enormous environmental benefits.  All this, & yet the vehicle recycling industry remains saddled with the old ‘scrap yard’ image and largely unappreciated!

MVDA members:
Are the UK’s largest suppliers of quality used vehicle parts
Most parts are sold ‘off-the-shelf, over-the-counter, on-line’
All parts are supplied with a guarantee
Nation-wide delivery is usually available
Meet environmental and consumer protection legislation

Motor salvage
Every year more than ½ million vehicles are written off as total losses by insurers and self-insured fleets/ lease companies.  Motor salvage can be a great way for consumers to save money & get a vehicle for a fraction of forecourt prices.  And it helps the environment by extending the life of a vehicle, especially when repaired using 2nd hand parts.  But whether buying or selling salvage it is important understand exactly what is required of you, what to be aware of & what to avoid.

MVDA members are amongst the longest established UK salvage agents
MVDA believes:
ABI COP should be mandatory for all insurers & self-insured fleet/ lease operators
All motor salvage should be recorded on MIAFTR
ABI COP & ETC Guidelines are out of date & must be reviewed by all stakeholders (not just insurance industry) & updated
Salvage producers must have legal responsibility for ensuring correct handling of salvage
All category A and B vehicles should be destroyed in the UK with a COD produced within 30 days
The widespread manipulation of salvage category (carried out to optimise financial returns) must be stopped
The uncontrolled export of motor salvage must be stopped
Compliance with ABI COP should be transparent & audited

End of Life Vehicles
Every year in UK it is estimated about 2 million vehicles become End of Life.  ELVs are already one of the most highly recycled consumer products.  But unless they are recycled in the correct way, the materials they contain (such as oils, coolant and air-con gas) can cause major environmental pollution.  Over the last 20 years there have been huge improvements in the operating standards of many vehicle recyclers, helping to protect the environment.  But this has come at a huge cost to operators.  Sadly, professional recyclers that belong to MVDA are still heavily outnumbered by illegal and sub-standard operators, with over 500,000 vehicles every year being dismantled and scrapped by illegal operators.

MVDA believes:
The huge costs of legal compliance by professional operators severely disadvantages MVDA members
Government & regulators must work more closely with & support legal operators by ensuring a level playing field
Greater & more consistent enforcement effort is needed by EA/ SEPA/ NRW, DVLA, BIS, local authorities and Police Forces

DVLA must track vehicles all way through their life, from 1st registration via AFRL, through motor trade and private ownership, to final destruction with COD at an ATF

Wednesday, 23 April 2014

Auto Trader to Highlight Write Off's

Tuesday, 22 April 2014
Generic_write-off 250Auto Trader has announced plans to flag-up any car being sold on its website which has been the subject of a category C or D insurance write-off.
The move follows an agreement to use Motor Insurance Anti Fraud and Theft Register data in an automated process on all dealer advertised stock.
Affected cars will be highlighted with a yellow circle displaying either the letter C or D, the icon will be presented on every page listing the car, including searches on mobile devices. Similar changes will be applied to motorcycles and vans in the near future.
“Dealers are already required by law to declare category C or D cars to buyers, and many have approached us calling for this change,” said Jason Biffin, Auto Trader consumer marketplace director.
“We have worked closely with them to set up a fully automated process to make it as easy as possible. The prominent icon will also benefit consumers, delivering a message of caution, enabling them to make a fully informed decision about the vehicle they intend to buy.”
Although category C or D write-off are not necessarily unsafe or beyond repair, Auto Trader said it is encouraging dealers to provide as much information as they can about the car’s condition. Many buyers are also unclear about what each category means, so the icon can be hovered over to reveal further information.
The term ‘written off’ is applied to cars that suffer accident damage, but which are not repaired at an insurance company's expense. Each is assigned a rating from A to D. Category A and B cars are destined only for scrap, the accident damage being so severe that they are deemed too unsafe to be allowed back on the road. Auto Trader does not list category A or B cars anywhere on its site.
Category C write-offs can return to the road following repairs to significant damage, however the cost to repair is more than the value of the car, so is not economically viable for the insurer. Category D write-offs have also suffered damage and, albeit repairs won’t exceed the car’s value, the total costs in settling a claim are deemed excessively high.
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Welcome to the Motor Vehicle Dismantlers Association Blog

The MVDA was formed in 1943 to represent the interests of UK based Automotive Recyclers and Dismantlers.
  • About 200 UK company members
  • Membership is open to companies of all sizes, from owner-operators to national multi-site & international businesses:
    • Vehicle dismantlers, salvage agents, metal recyclers
    • Companies associated with the industry (auction houses, recovery operators, body shops, equipment suppliers, service providers etc.
  • Represents the interests of members
  • Provides advice & guidance to members
  • Acts as a conduit for information to and from Government, other industry sectors & consumers
  • Checks new legislation affecting the industry is both practical and effective;
  • Provides feedback to government on legislation to highlight shortcomings, unintended consequences or negative impacts on legitimate business
  • Encourages professionalism in order to give confidence that members are:
    • Operating legally
    • Meet certain standards
    • Protect the environment
What can MVDA do for you?
For just £1.35 per day you can have the following benefits all year round:
Telephone Advice Service
MVDA staff are ‘at the end of the phone’ to assist you with any queries you might have about legislation, permitting, Health & Safety, recycling targets, technical competence, consumer protection, illegal operators, training etc.
Site Insurance Schemes
MVDA can provide advice & assistance in both obtaining insurance & reducing the costs through minimisation of risks.  MVDA has special arrangements with a number of major insurers/ brokers that provide insurance cover for our industry
UK & European Government Representation
MVDA is the conduit for the flow of information to and from Government, both UK and European; the means by which our members are warned of new legislation or changes to existing legislation; and the means by which we let Government know the practical implications of these changes to our members and the industry as a whole
Industry Training Schemes 
Information about & access to training schemes for vehicle recyclers, including Technical Competence, Health & Safety, Airbags, Part Worn Tyres, Fuel recovery etc.
Quarterly Magazine
Delivered to you, by e-mail or on paper, every quarter and giving you the latest information about the Industry, legislation, new equipment, and much more.  Back copies archived in the ‘members’ section of the website
Representation on MVDA Website
Your company and contact details listed on the MVDA website with details of the services you offer to customers
Access to the ‘Members-Only’ Section of the MVDA Website
Updated every week with latest information on a wide range of subjects affecting our industry, technical guidances, MVDA presentations & consultation responses and a wide range of documents available to download