Our experience at Silverlake Automotive Recycling [Silverlake] mirrors the findings of the 2022 ABP State of the Industry Report which reports that a record 79% of bodyshops are using reclaimed parts and 74% said their use of reclaimed parts had increased in the last year.

Silverlake has seen a 49% increase in sales of reclaimed parts to bodyshops and a 29% increase in new bodyshop customers in the last 12 months.  We continue to build strong relationships across the bodyshop sector and our nationwide delivery service with our in-house fleet of vans expands our reach and sees us servicing national bodyshop groups including Halo, Apollo and bodyshop parts supplier, JustParts.app.   

It is no surprise that 68% of bodyshops fit reclaimed parts when the new part is not available in a reasonable time frame and 74% when the new part is no longer available.  The difficulties and delays experienced by bodyshops when trying to source new parts have put immense pressure on the whole industry.  Silverlake made a strategic choice to actively take on their bodyshop customers’ parts problems as their own.  The parts team developed a ‘managed approach’ system to monitor individual customer back-order lists daily and proactively notify the bodyshop when their required parts were in stock and available for delivery.  This added value service removes the need for the bodyshop parts manager to use valuable time checking on back orders and has further built Silverlake’s reputation as the ‘go-to’ point of call when bodyshops need reclaimed parts.

60% of survey respondents cited parts availability issues as the reason for their increased use of reclaimed parts in 2022.  This represents opportunity for the vehicle recycling industry to embed reclaimed parts in the repair process by ensuring the delivery of a consistently high-quality, sustainable, reliable service.  Silverlake is investing in its facilities, technology and people to reinforce its reclaimed parts proposition for bodyshops. Data analysis is used to predict and inform the business on market requirements so that it buys the vehicles and dismantles the parts that are in high demand.  Consequently, fulfilment rates and bodyshop customer satisfaction is high. As well as its own stocks of reclaimed parts, as a member of the e2e Total Loss Vehicle Management network, Silverlake also has access to the network’s inventory of over 5Million reclaimed parts; the largest in the UK.    

Carlo Vaccaro, Parts Sales Manager at Silverlake comments: “Confidence in our reclaimed parts quality and service is what will convert new bodyshop customers, who have reverted to reclaimed parts to overcome new parts supply issues, to long-term users of the solution.  The carbon reduction benefits of using reclaimed parts will also add to its attraction as ESG compliance becomes essential for businesses operating in the motor industry supply chain in the future.  Addressing the 61% of respondents who stated that inconsistent quality was the reason that they didn’t use reclaimed parts or increase their usage of reclaimed parts in 2022; please ensure that you buy your parts from vehicle recyclers who are certified to the VRA UK Standard for Reclaimed Parts, which includes the quality grading of parts and a warranty scheme.  Silverlake has just renewed its certification to this standard for the second year running.




December 2022


• Leading UK recyclers partner up to serve the EV market

• EV drivers can feel good about resource recovery when scrapping a vehicle

• UK-based solutions for sustainability, circularity and environmental responsibility


This week, CarTakeBack, the largest scrap car recycling network in the UK, and Ecobat Solutions, pioneers in the world of EV battery recycling, announced an official partnership to collaborate in serving the ever-growing need for sustainable recycling of electric vehicles.

Electric vehicles (EVs) have become more and more popular in recent years, with unpredictable fuel prices and changes in work practices hastening the current rate of adoption – with one in five new car registrations now being fully electric, and around half having some form of battery assistance. Consumers, however, remain concerned about the resources and scarce metals required to produce a new battery, and worries about sustainability of this new technology could slow the rate of adoption.

Even though only a small number of hybrid and fully electric vehicles are currently reaching their natural end-of-life, the number of ‘premature’ (usually accident damaged) end of life electric vehicles needing scrapping has been growing in recent years, and CarTakeBack and Ecobat Solutions have been busy helping businesses, vehicle manufacturers and the general public to deal with these successfully for some time now. Whilst generally the issue of recovering and re-using the precious resources used in the manufacture of electric vehicles has not yet been tackled in earnest by the end-of-life industry, based on their extensive experience in already handling these, CarTakeBack and Ecobat Solutions have been planning for the electric future together for years.

Having already successfully collected and handled hundreds of hybrid and fully electric vehicles, and bracing for serious growth in the numbers needing to be scrapped over the next three years and into the future, customers can rest assured that CarTakeBack have become experts in ensuring these vehicles are safely and effectively scrapped, with no more than 5% of the entire vehicle going to landfill. Fully trained and competent dismantlers ensure that the components are removed and given a second life where possible, and the batteries themselves are safely removed and packaged up for their onward journey to Ecobat Solutions.

Ecobat Solutions opened its UK EV Diagnosis and Disassembly Centre in Darlaston, West Midlands, in January 2021. Since then, it has processed over 3000 EV batteries, using manufacturer-standard diagnostic equipment to grade units and either re-engineering or recycling them.

Tom Seward, EU Key Accounts Director at Ecobat Solutions UK, commented, “Ecobat is the world’s biggest recycler of batteries, and the world’s largest producer of lead from the 99% recycling rate of traditional batteries. We aim to bring the same sustainability and circularity to support EV adoption, and offer a full service from collection, through repurposing into final recycling.” 


EV owners whose cars have reached the end of the road can simply contact CarTakeBack for an instant valuation either online or by calling their award-winning customer services team, then arrange to drop off their vehicle or have it collected at their convenience. Where the vehicle needs to be scrapped, CarTakeBack will ensure that this happens in line with the End-of-Life Vehicle regulations and it is fully depolluted with 95% of the vehicle by weight reused, recycled or recovered. Where the car is an electric or hybrid vehicle, Ecobat Solutions takes on the battery pack and transports it safely for analysis. If the pack is found to be capable of further operation, it may be re-engineered for use in a second-life application like a home energy storage system, according to the wishes of the original manufacturer. If it is truly at the end of its life, then it can be sent to first-stage recycling, and the precious metals can be supplied back into the supply chain for new battery manufacturing.

Together, both companies are accelerating sustainability in the automotive market, providing a responsible and consumer-friendly solution for end-of-life vehicles – and even more reason for UK drivers to feel good about their shift to EVs, at all stages of the vehicle’s life.



SYNETIQ, an IAA company (NYSE:IAA), participated in Sheffield Hallam University’s Green Future AIMday as it continues to drive its sustainability strategy forward and helps to build a more sustainable future for motoring in the UK.

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SalvageMarket.co.uk, the UK’s premium online salvage auction from e2e Total Loss Vehicle Management [e2e], has been relaunched, taking advantage of latest technology to improve user experience and deliver a technically robust solution with the flexibility to adapt to future market needs.  As part of the relaunch, the new look Salvagemarket.co.uk logo firmly positions the auction platform within the e2e brand family. 


There are 1000’s of vehicles available to purchase on SalvageMarket.co.uk with 100’s of new listings and many auctions taking place every week.   Bidders are rushing to register on the new auction platform.  In just three weeks since launch, SalvageMarket.co.uk can report a 25% increase in its subscribed bidder base.  The changing face of the UK car parc, and limited availability of new vehicles due to supply chain issues, continues to drive demand as people seek a trusted, reliable source from which to buy a used vehicle.  e2e is forecasting significant growth for SalvageMarket.co.uk in 2023.  


The investment in the new platform is aligned to e2e’s strategy to drive added value to clients and network members through the adoption, integration and application of emerging technologies. Ongoing investment will be matched with operational agility, enabling Salvagemarket.co.uk to respond to bidder and market needs and reflect its service positioning as the ‘auction platform of choice’.


Jim Loughran, CEO of e2e said: “We worked closely with our existing bidders and network members in the run up to the launch to ensure a seamless transition from our old auction platform.  We are delighted with the result and the demand from new bidders to sign up.  Designed with an uncompromised focus on user experience, this is much more than a platform upgrade; we see it as one of a number of technology driven, strategic spring boards.  Building our services around the latest technologies opens up opportunities; in this case to enhance our auction offering with new functionality and to explore wider possibilities for developing future integrated solutions that add even more value for our bidders and our network members.” 


Global leader in online vehicle remarketing and recycling, Copart UK, is bringing investment and job opportunities to the Fife area with the opening of their new CashForCars.co.uk headquarters in Iona House, Kirkcaldy.

Launched in 2021, Copart UK’s sister company CashForCars.co.uk (which also incorporates Cash-For-Cars.ie) is the UK’s leading online car buying service.

Unique web-based technology enables customers in the UK and Ireland to sell their cars instantly, straight from their driveway.

Since launching in the UK and Ireland last year, CashForCars.co.uk has seen rapid expansion in line with growing customer demand for online used car sales, and as a result, has invested into new executive offices in Kirkcaldy, Fife.

Sourced in collaboration with Fife Council, this exciting investment is the next stage of Copart’s ambitious growth programme in Scotland, which includes the development of a new Operation Centre in East Kilbride.

The new CashForCars.co.uk headquarters at Iona House in Kirkcaldy, has improved road access and more modern facilities, providing both a better working environment and increased green credentials in line with the company’s Plan-Net-Zero sustainability strategy.

The team includes specialist vehicle buyers and skilled customer sales advisors, as well as technologists and marketeers who help customers to find CashforCars.co.uk and sell their car instantly.

The company is already anticipating further job opportunities as it ramps up growth plans and is actively recruiting for Customer Sales Representatives to help more people sell cars quickly, easily, and directly from their doorstep.

Mark Godfrey, Director of Strategy, Marketing & Copart Automotive, said:  

“As we continue to increase our footprint in Scotland, we’re delighted to announce significant investment into the Fife area with the opening of our new CashForCars.co.uk HQ in Kirkcaldy, Fife.

“Our new spacious offices, with easier road accessibility and modern, energy efficient facilities, perfectly complements our ongoing Copart Cares CSR commitment to caring about teammates, customers, local communities, and the environment.

“As CashForCars.co.uk continues to grow, supported by Copart’s extensive operational capabilities, we fully expect to bring further expansion and job opportunities to this area of Scotland.”

Councillor Altany Craik, Fife Council’s Spokesperson for Finance, Economy, and Strategic Planning, welcomed Copart’s announcement. He said:

“Copart’s announcement to relocate and expand its operations at Iona House, John Smith Business Park, is extremely encouraging. The new premises will enable the business to grow and support the creation of a significant number of new jobs in Kirkcaldy, generating a significant boost for the mid-Fife economy.

“Copart is also the first business to take occupation of Iona House, following refurbishment works by Fife Council. The facilities will offer Copart a modern, flexible base from which it can develop and flourish, and we hope others will soon follow suit, with John Smith Business Park becoming a destination of choice for businesses.”

Cash For Cars is already a well-established global brand, with over 200 locations across the US, Canada, and Germany, buying cars directly from customers and re-selling them through Copart’s patented online auction platform.

Customers receive a free online quote within sixty seconds, a free nationwide home collection service normally within two working days of quotation acceptance, and a “Faster Payment” secure bank transfer at the point of collection. 

For more information on the job opportunities available, visit cashforcars.co.uk/jobs.