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Spare Parts Policy for Garage Mechanics

Garage operators will have to offer used spare parts to their customers as of 1 January 2017. Initiated under the Energy Transition Law, the measure is expected to result in significant savings.

Car Acessaries

It is a measure that should reduce the maintenance bill. Effective January 1, 2017, garage owners will be required to car accessories if requested by the customer. This new provision is part of a decree signed Tuesday in the framework of the Energy Transition Law by the Minister of the Environment and published in the Official Journal.

The decree provides that ‘A professional who markets maintenance or repair services for passenger cars and vans […] allows the consumer to opt for the use of spare parts from the circular economy instead of New parts … “. These include removable body parts, non-glued glazing, optical parts and some mechanical or electronic parts such as motors, gearboxes and transmission components.

In a statement , the Ministry of the Environment states that “this decree will allow the professionals to propose parts dismantled in the 1700 approved end-of-life vehicle treatment centers, the quality of which has been verified beforehand”. As stated in the decree, this new provision is part of logic to promote the circular economy, which consists of limiting the consumption and the waste of raw materials. These rules are also applied on the bike accessories like bike helmets, tiers etc.   A model “favorable to the purchasing power of households because of their attractive selling prices,” notes the Ministry of Environment.

Specialists of the occasion delighted

“The best recycling is reuse”

Maxime Richaud, Director Careco Paris.

At Careco , a specialist in the sale of auto parts for private individuals and professionals, we are obviously satisfied with this new measure: “We are pleased to see that there is a decree. Light is placed on the re-use part as part of the circular economy. Today, the best recycling is reuse, “says the Figaro Maxime Richaud, Director Careco Paris. According to him, the obligation given to garage owners to offer second-hand parts will allow the customer to “save 50 to 70%” compared to the purchase of new parts but also to “limit CO2 emissions”.

While some customers may be skeptical of having their vehicles repaired from used parts, Careco, which has nearly 100 authorized centers in USA, insists that there is no Have: “The primary goal is to reassure the customer. […] All parts that are marketed come from recycled vehicles. They are dismantled, classified, photographed, referenced and guaranteed one year, “explains Maxime Richaud, who says that Careco is” 100% operational “to ensure deliveries to more and more professionals as of 1 January 2017.

A “fairly balanced” decree

On the side of the National Federation of Automobile Crafts , the measure was finally rather welcomed even if “the repairers regret that the authorities have provided in the law of the heavy financial penalties whose conditions of application remain unclear” , As explained to Figaro Aliou Sow, general secretary of the FNAA, who nevertheless conceives that “the decree of application which has just appeared is rather balanced”.

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