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A guide to green parts vs new car parts

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During the cost of living crisis, many of us are finding more affordable ways of living. Alongside this, we are also becoming increasingly aware of the environmental impact we have on the planet. Making small changes can make all the difference to our bank accounts and also our environmental footprint.

With the rising awareness of eco-friendly practices, many car owners are now turning to sustainable options when it comes to their vehicles. A central part of this shift is the use of “green parts”, also known as used car parts. 

One cost-effective and environmentally friendly practice is purchasing green parts instead of brand new parts. But is there really a huge difference between the two, and are green parts really worth it?

In this guide, we’ll delve into the importance of green parts, exploring their cost-effectiveness and the many benefits they have compared to new car parts.


Firstly, what are green parts?

Green parts, often referred to as recycled or used car parts, are salvaged from end-of-life vehicles. Overton Automotive’s sites, located in the north, midlands and south of the UK, salvage green parts from end-of-life vehicles to then recycle and reuse.

These vehicle components undergo rigorous testing, cleaning and refurbishment to ensure they meet the highest quality standards. By using green parts, not only are you contributing to environmental sustainability, but you’re also benefitting from the cost savings they offer.

Green parts lined up in an automotive salvage yard.

Benefits of green parts compared to new parts

More affordable

One of the primary attractions of green parts is their cost-effectiveness. When compared to brand-new car parts, green parts typically come at a significantly lower price point. There are a few reasons why this is the case.

Reduced Manufacturing Costs: The production of new car parts involves extensive manufacturing processes, which contribute to their higher cost. In contrast, green parts are essentially recycled from existing vehicles, reducing the need for new manufacturing.

Labour Savings: The process of salvaging and refurbishing green parts often requires less labour compared to manufacturing new components. This means there’s lower costs involved, which are reflected in the final price.

Sustainable Practices: Embracing green parts is not just an environmentally conscious choice; it’s also an economically prudent one. With a focus on sustainability, these recycled parts are priced more competitively, making them an affordable option for vehicle repairs.

With the price of OEM parts increasing by 44% since 2013, it’s no wonder green parts are a popular choice.


Quality assurance

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A common misconception with green parts is that they might compromise on quality. Although, this couldn’t be further from the truth. Reputable auto recycling companies, like Overton Automotive, test and refurbish green parts to ensure they meet industry standards. 

All of our green parts are cleaned, tested and inspected to VRAC standards and covered by our 90-day guarantee.

These parts are just as reliable as their brand-new counterparts, providing you with a cost-effective solution without compromising safety or performance.



The availability of green parts has significantly improved in recent years. As a car recycling company, we offer a wide range of recycled components. This makes it easier for customers to access the parts they need for various makes and models. 

Our ebay store means customers can browse and order car parts from the comfort of their home. Check out our green parts stock.


Environmental benefits

During the manufacture of a new petrol or diesel car, around 5.6 tonnes of CO2 are released. That’s why it’s crucial that we try to reduce greenhouse gas emissions during the lifecycle of our vehicles where possible.

Recycling our vehicles and reusing car parts has an enormous positive impact on our environment. Recycling car parts minimises waste, reduces landfill space, and decreases the pollution associated with manufacturing new components. It also means that when a vehicle is recycled or scrapped, the individual parts can live on!


It’s clear that the benefits of purchasing green parts outweigh the benefits of purchasing new parts. As we live in an age where protecting our planet is more important than ever, making these small changes can have a huge impact. 

If you’re thinking about purchasing car parts, visit our ebay store and browse the thousands of green parts available.