We can help you do something good for the environment while you’re with us – and you don’t even need to do anything.
From recycling waste at home to sharing hand-me-downs through schemes like Freecycle, people are recycling and reusing things like never before.
But did you know that the same is starting to happen with car repairs? Car repairs – and the replacement parts they require – have a big impact on the environment, but our scheme, using ‘green parts’ is supporting a change for the better. Established a few years ago, Ageas’ Green Parts programme is going from strength to strength.
Typically, when a new part is needed for a car, it will come new from the manufacturer. This happens on a huge scale; the UK insurance industry replaces millions of car parts every year.
And new parts don’t come cheap. In fact, many damaged cars that could be saved are scrapped due to the cost of a new part outweighing the value of the vehicle.
But a new movement, with Ageas at the forefront, is making the most of ‘green parts’ – undamaged and quality-controlled parts, such as wings, doors, bumpers and headlamps, that are salvaged from cars that are being dismantled and used to fix other vehicles.
These parts are described as ‘green’ because they can not only save a car from being written off, but also reduce the amount of glass, metal, plastic and energy required to make a new part.
Using green parts can also help you get back onto the road quicker after your car has been damaged in an accident. This is because it can be faster to source a green car part than to order in a brand-new manufacturer part, especially if that new part needs to be imported from abroad.
During lockdown, when some car parts became hard to get hold of, green parts were used to help people back on the road quickly.
How we are helping
Ageas’s award-winning green car parts programme helps to reduce the environmental impact of repairs it carries out for its customers who have been involved in a car crash. If a customer’s vehicle is damaged in an accident, Ageas’s approved repair network will first try to repair any parts that can be repaired safely. If not, it will then endeavour to use green parts rather than brand-new ones where possible. This reduces demand for more plastic, metal and glass parts to be made, as well as the associated energy use to produce them.
The green replacements used by Ageas are undamaged and perfectly safe to use. They’re quality controlled by a specialist supplier, given a 12-month guarantee and checked by the repairer before they are used. Ageas doesn’t use green replacements for structural panels, as this could affect the integrity of the vehicle, nor safety related items, such as air bags or brakes.
The next time you need your car repaired, it might be that a more environmentally-friendly ‘green part’ is used to get it back on the road.
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Article updated - 10th March 2023