Recycled Parts Guide, Part Definition Standards

Buying and using recycled OEM automotive parts offers many benefits for both the individual and for the community. Beyond the significant cost savings to the individual that can substantially reduce repair cost without sacrificing quality, using recycled parts also helps preserve the environment in two important ways: it eliminates the need to manufacture more new parts thus savings considerable resources, and it reduces the amount of material sent to the garbage dump.

But an often overlooked benefit of recycled parts is the fact that they are generally sold as an assembly. For example, a simple headlamp assembly can consist of many individual components including the chrome bezel, outer lens, mounting brackets, bulb and more. But when purchasing a recycled OEM headlamp assembly, all these components are provided as a single assembly. Not only does the assembly generally cost less than all the necessary components, it also comes as a single unit reducing the time and effort needed to install it.

In its effort to promote the use of recycled OEM parts, the Automotive Recyclers Association has developed a standardized list of components that it recommends should be included when purchasing an assembly and you can access the standards by clicking on the Begin Search button below. Once you define the specific part you are interested in, the screen will display what should be included in the assembly and what is typically not included but may available from your local automotive recycler. In addition, the definition of how the Interchange for the part is defined (Interchange is a database of what parts from one vehicle can be used in another vehicle) and the criteria for defining the relative quality of the part.

Thank you for considering the use of recycled OEM automotive parts and begin your search now to help you save money and help your community.

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