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What are the most valuable salvage car parts?

  Friday, 16 November 2012

A lot of people still aren’t aware of the potential money they can make from recycling their car. For too long recycling facilities or scrap yards have been labelled as places visited by people looking for a quick fix or wishing to use the area as a dumping ground for their old vehicles.

But at ASM Auto Recycling we have always championed the value in used car parts and how motorists can save significant maintenance costs and be good to the environment just by making the most of salvage parts from end-of-life or damage-repairable vehicles.

It is an unfortunate fact that car accidents result in a plethora of salvage car parts being available to the consumer. If your car requires a replacement part that may hit you hard in the back pocket your local salvage yard may prove rather more inviting – that is why we have such a vast department of over 250,000 recycled vehicle parts of our own here at ASM!

Ever wondered what the most valuable replacement car parts are? Here are some of the most crucial components to your vehicle that may need replacing whilst it is under your ownership:

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Catalytic converters

Often the causes of many vehicle thefts in the UK, catalytic converters are a big money salvage car item. To get a converter off a vehicle requires the exhaust pipe to be dismantled in front and behind the converter. These parts are very popular, with over 4,000 car catalytic converter models on the market.

Air conditioning

Any parts from an Air conditioning unit are generally very valuable. Compressors are often the most expensive part to replace with the cost often running well into the hundreds. Even filters and condensers can also cost upwards of £100 to purchase and install.

Car stereo & GPS

One of the most expensive salvaged car parts is also said to be an all-in-one stereo and satellite navigation system (GPS). Thieves often make a target of portable GPS units that are left visible in many vehicles as they are often sold on the black market illegally for considerable sums.

Air bags

There is also an enormous demand for air bags. When you consider the number of air bags recovered from accident write-offs and multiply that by the lawful requirement of two air bags per vehicle then you can appreciate the market.

What else?

Exterior parts are also very popular from damage-repairable vehicles, simply because we all have a prang once in a while. Some of the more common external salvage car parts include the front bumper, the front bonnet and the rear bumper, all of which can take a bang and are vulnerable on a daily basis.

Not only do quality used car parts make sound economic sense you can also do your bit for the wider environment by prolonging the life of existing machinery recovered from a vehicle dismantling ‘breakers yard’ without paying the full price of brand new parts from a dealership.

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