Most motorists would use "green" parts if given the option

New study also reveals that motorists look to repairers to offer them the choice

Most motorists would use "green" parts if given the option

Motor & Fleet

By Duffie Osental

Most motorists would use a recycled “green” replacement part if presented with that option.

Research commissioned by Allianz Insurance has revealed that most motorists (69%) would choose the option of a green replacement part to repair their vehicle - with protecting the environment given as the main reason (77%).

The survey also revealed that over half of motorists look to repairers to offer a green part when discussing the repair to their vehicle.

Nick Rossiter, motor damage strategy manager at Allianz Insurance said that the study, which surveyed 250 motorists, was carried out to see how receptive motorists would be to using green parts in the repair of their vehicles.

“It’s encouraging to see so many are positive about the idea,” he said. “Recycled parts are not a new concept, but there has been a clear societal shift and more people are receptive to choosing environmentally sustainable solutions. Other benefits to using green parts include reduced repair costs which could help reduce the pressure on claims inflation and can prevent delays in the repair process when new parts are not immediately available.”

However, there are some people who need to be persuaded it’s a good idea (24%) and a small minority (6%) for whom it simply isn’t an option.

“It’s interesting our survey revealed a quarter of people were unsure about accepting a green part, with 6% of motorists saying they wouldn’t accept one at all,” said Rossiter. “Sometimes the term ‘recycled parts’ has been used, which may have caused concern about how safe the parts are.”

“Second-hand doesn’t mean second-rate. Green parts are subject to strict inspections and Allianz will not be using any parts that are safety critical. This clearly demonstrates that more education and information should be available to highlight the benefits green parts can bring. We look forward to starting the trial and learning from the results.”

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