About 1.4 million end-of-life cars are recycled in France every year. While some are crushed, others benefit from a new lease of life, such as machines treated by a Tarn company that offers spare parts and refurbished vehicles.
The main business is the recovery of reused parts,” explains Laurent Hérail, head of the 30-hectare industrial-like complex, which processes 24,000 cars a year and offers 750,000 used parts. on its website.
In the company’s parking lot outside Gaillac, burned out combines, bent trucks, motorcycles and damaged cars await transport to adjacent warehouses, where they will be deboned, emptied of reusable parts and, for some, returned. . roadworthy.
The company cares for all types of vehicles, from diggers to Porsches, and is one of the largest approved end-of-service vehicle (VHU) treatment centers in the area.
They are responsible for taking back any end-of-life vehicle free of charge and for both full decontamination and recycling of the vehicle, with a reuse, recycling and energy recovery rate of around 95%. .
This rate was determined at the European level in 2015 and “The remaining 5% is buried because it is the final waste”assures Patrick Poincelet, president of the recycling division of Mobilians, an automotive trade association.
Delay in France
But as France remains, there are ways to improve “late” compared to some of its neighbors, especially in the Nordics, in the second-hand parts market. “Today, only one of every two ELV centers produces spare parts”Jean-Pierre Labonne, responsible for car dismantling for the Professional Federation of Recycling Companies (Federec), rates.
This is the work of Groupe Surplus Recyclage, who even tried “industrialize” this marketplace has thousands of engine, door, cylinder head gaskets and more on its website. “all brands” and “guaranteed for two years”its president Laurent Hérail provides details.
Until then, individuals, repairers and insurance adjusters were hesitant to use second-hand parts.
To do this, the company has partnered with insurance companies to buy damaged cars from them at a low price, which may be almost new, but are discarded because they are economically or technically irreparable.
In the new warehouses, mechanics slide out parts from cars with broken windows, sometimes completely inside, lifted a few centimeters off the ground. “We restore 15-20 units of each car, and 30-35 units of motorcycles”the boss explains “But we could do more”. Other European countries restore more than forty pieces, and the United States more than a hundred.
But there is no demand in France. Until then, individuals, repairers and insurance adjusters were reluctant to use second-hand parts. But for economic and environmental reasons “changes”is happy
“At first we were 100% selling to individuals, and now we are 50-50 with professionals”, says Laurent Hérail. This development is particularly related to the entry into force in 2017 of the obligation of car maintenance or repair professionals to offer reusable parts to users.
Otherwise, “Insurers are interested in the market today”Completing Jean-Pierre Labonne Federec. “This allows policyholders with economically unrepairable vehicles (with new parts) to fix”Confirms Nuno Borges, national expert advisor of GSR group partner Generali France.
There are second hand parts “sells between 50-70% of the price of a new part”lower interest repair costs and “immobilize the car for less time” because “the lack of materials and the fact that there are parts from the other side of the planet”, made the repair market more complex. The company is going a step further and offering used parts from its stock of cars launched this year.