End-of-life vehicle centers, key players in the circular economy » PACA’s economic and political letter

Nelson Jourdin, founder of Gièvres Auto and co-director of the CARECO network, appreciates the rapidly changing profession.

Casseurs 2.0: a sector of the future in favor of purchasing power and the environment

Led by Nelson Jourdin, CARECO Gièvres Auto (41) is one of the most innovative and largest “car breakers” in France. Involved in recycling, depollution and accessibility at the best prices, the Gièvres Auto teams work for the environment and the circular economy thanks to the “reuse” of parts with a record recycling rate (95%) but also the ”reconstruction” of VHU and their return to the road.

In this center containing more than 250,000 spare parts ready for reuse, Nelson Jourdin has developed an optimized sorting, reconditioning, certification and warranty process with an on-site or online offer at selling on a national scale.

Today he is developing his ”vehicle rebuilder” offer with one goal: to give a second life to vehicles classified as ELVs and to offer a new buying alternative between new and used to as many people as possible whenever possible and at the best price. .

– Offering parts reuse lowers the repair bill

The latest ELV decree, published on December 1, 2022, places the activity of car scrapyards at the center of the strategy for depolluting vehicles through the resale of reused parts.

Thus, the “breakers”, now called wreckers-recyclers, have a strategic and economic role to play in the management of end-of-life vehicles, in recycling parts but also in creating a new range of vehicles. .

Of the more than 1,600 ELV centers, 800 carry out this dismantling-recycling activity accessible to professionals and individuals.

Since 2017, car repairers must offer quotes with new or used parts and insurers include this price offer to avoid vehicles being declared economically unrecoverable . Almost 95% of this market remains supplied by insurers through damaged vehicles.

Sold at -30% and up to -70% cheaper than new, reused parts keep repair bills down and are increasingly in demand.

The health crisis and the shortage of parts boosted the market.

It is estimated that almost 20 million parts (20 parts on average per ELV based on 1 million ELV per year) were removed in 2022 from end-of-life vehicles for reuse, a jump of +8% in 1 year. These reused parts, which now represent only 3 to 5% of the entire market, have strong growth potential in the coming years.

Reclaiming democracy

To better recognize the profession, its offers and to popularize the purchase of “breakage”, Nelson Jourdin launched in 2008 at Gièvres Auto the “Fair at 15€” day! This annual event, truly open doors for all audiences, offers ALL reused parts for the price of 15 €, whether it’s an engine, a door or simply an exhaust pipe…

– ”Rebuild” VHU to create a new offer between VN and VO

Today, we are no longer talking about “vehicle scrapping” but an End-of-Life Vehicle (ELV) Recycling Center. The European Union was the first to take up the subject by encouraging manufacturers to opt for “more circular” production. In fact, on a European scale, 12 million vehicles reach the end of their life each year, of which 1.3 million vehicles are declared end-of-life (ELV) in France.

Gièvres Auto deploys for many years the activity of rebuilding the vehicle whenever possible to restore it to its original state. This includes mechanics, electronics, bodywork, parts of the passenger compartment, wheels, windows … if necessary.

Nelson Jourdin optimizes prices and quality of services using reused parts and modern equipment and components that will make maintenance easier and cheaper while providing professional guarantees.

Every year Gièvres Auto puts several cars back on the road according to a strict procedure followed by an expert before, during and after repairs. The vehicle can be put back on the road only after verification of compliance provided by the vehicle expert. Vehicles not repaired at the establishment are sold exclusively to automotive professionals.

– Recycle to protect the environment

Manufacturing, building vehicles and new parts has a negative impact on the environment.

The automotive industry, both upstream and downstream, must reduce its ecological footprint.

It is estimated for the reused parts of the vehicle to complete the depollution and recycling, according to the rate of reuse, recycling and energy recovery represents about 95% of the weight of the vehicle.

Hazardous waste, such as brake fluid, batteries, air conditioning refrigerant, etc., are also recycled by certified and approved organizations.

”The recent order will make it possible to strengthen the traceability of vehicles, waste and reused parts and create new synergies between manufacturers, eco-organizations and automotive professionals. It is also a controlled, secure and economical offer that caters to the purchasing power of individuals in a car market where prices are rising. More than a depot for damaged cars, Gièvres Auto is an autonomous ecosystem. Its purpose is to recycle ELVs and ensure the traceability of reused parts, but also to create a new network of ”reconstruction” in an upcycling approach to put vehicles back on the road.

Like clothing, furniture… recycling in the automotive sector, which is one of the most polluting in the world, is a simple common sense solution that should be used as a matter of urgency” commented Nelson Jourdin.

Purchasing power and the environment: the DNA of Gièvres Auto

By purchasing the Gièvres Auto company in 1996, Nelson Jourdin completely withdrew its codes and operating modes.

In addition to the store, professional and private customers can buy from 2020 on the website, headlights, mirrors, engines, tires etc. resulting from the dismantling of end-of-life vehicles (VHU).

This “breakage 2.0” has the advantage of offering parts guaranteed for 1 year throughout France.

About Gièvres Auto

Gievres Auto CARECO, recycling center for out-of-use vehicles (VHU) has established itself as a leader in the reuse of parts since 1996 in the Loir et Cher in the Center Val de Loire. Every year, Gièvres Auto processes almost 4,000 ELVs from partnerships with insurance companies, mutuals, automotive professionals and even individuals. The company offers more than 250,000 reused parts, all computerized, under the original reference, traceability that ensures the origin of the parts and guarantees.

Its prefectural approval and the Qualicert service certification (SGS) confirm the regular treatment of the vehicles entrusted to it, in accordance with the rules imposed by law, respecting the procedures for depollution, dismantling, recycling of materials, materials and traceability, from their reception to their complete elimination.

In 2009, the company joined the CARECO France group. Nelson Jourdin has been its co-director since 2020.

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