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Sustainable Post-Sale: How the Automotive After-Sales Industry is Reducing Waste

In an era of growing environmental consciousness, the automotive after-sales industry is witnessing a significant shift towards sustainability through the adoption of second-use vehicle parts. As Solera’s “Sustainable Post-sale” report reveals, in Spain workshops are playing a crucial role in giving damaged vehicle parts a second life by repairing and reusing them.


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According to the report, a significant portion of repaired vehicle parts, specifically 58%, are located in the front of the vehicle. This suggests that accidents are more likely due to reaching incidents rather than parking accidents. The distribution of these repaired parts in the front area is as follows: 29% in the front, 14.4% in the front right corner, and 13.7% in the front left corner.

On the other hand, thanks to technologies like parking sensors, the rear of the vehicle is less affected, accounting for only 26% of the repaired parts. The central part makes up 13.5% of the repairs, with the left rear corner at 6.4% and the right rear corner at 6%.

Additionally, the sides of the bodywork account for 13.8% of the work carried out (7.1% on the right side and 6.7% on the left). The interior, ceiling, and lows of the vehicle contribute minimally to the repairs, with 1.5%, 0.4%, and 0.4%, respectively.

This trend in vehicle repairability is beneficial for sustainability, as it gives a second life to damaged parts and contributes to responsible production and consumption, aligning with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 12.5.

The report indicates that the repairability index in Spain has been steadily increasing, rising from 63.5% in 2020 to 64.2% in 2021 and reaching 65.5% in 2022. The repairability index takes into account the parts that are actually repaired, primarily focusing on body parts, and considers all the parts that can be repaired by any workshop.

By fostering repairability and reducing waste generation through prevention, reduction, recycling, and reuse, the automotive after-sales business is making strides towards achieving sustainable development goals.