One of the UK’s largest car insurers has combined its salvage operation with its green car parts supply, significantly increasing its capacity for green repairs.
The move by Ageas will give the insurer access to tens of thousands more ‘green’ car parts by feeding its salvaged vehicles through to its green car parts supply.
With the current climate emergency, insurers are increasingly seeking to introduce this more environmentally-friendly approach to vehicle repairs and BIBA (British Insurance Brokers’ Association) has called upon the industry to do more in this area in its 2020 manifesto.
Leading the charge
Ageas has been using green car parts for more than a year. Already, it has used close to 5,000** recycled parts on customer and third party vehicles, helping to save cars from the scrapheap and reducing the amount of plastic, metal and glass required to make new parts.
Now, Ageas has appointed Hills Salvage as its salvage provider and Hills’ green car parts arm, The Green Parts Specialists, as its green parts provider. By integrating the two, it means parts from Ageas’ salvaged vehicles now feed back into its repair network as ‘green’ car parts.
It’s hoped that the move could see Ageas triple the number of green car parts used by its approved repairers by 2023.
Claims Director Robin Challand says this will have benefits for the insurer, its customers and the planet.
Robin Challand, Claim DirectorAs well as reducing the amount of glass, metal, plastic and energy required to make a new part, it means quality controlled parts get a second life, extending their use and reducing unnecessary waste.Reusing these parts also reduces the likelihood of damaged cars being scrapped due to the cost of a new part outweighing the value of the vehicle. On occasions where new car parts have to be shipped in from overseas, it can also reduce the environmental impact through less need for international transportation of parts.
Once the relationship is in full flow, The Green Parts Specialists is expected to have access to around 500,000 green car parts available on any given day.
Our partnership with Ageas represents a big step forward for Hills and The Green Parts Specialists. We are passionate about sustainability, and look forward to helping keep Ageas’ customers on the road.Ian Hill, Managing Director
This is a revolutionary step forward for Hills and The Green Parts Specialists, with an industry first in taking over a salvage operation and supplying used parts back into the repair network through #GreenParts.
To view the press release from Ageas check out the press release below