Car parts auction highlights ‘disastrous’ conditions for buyers and sellers
Cars and cars, all things considered, are good.
If you’re interested in buying a used car or used parts for it, you’re probably in luck.
But it can be hard to find the parts you need.
The UK’s Car and Car Parts Association said last week that “a number of serious problems” had led to parts shortages, with suppliers having “significant difficulties” filling orders.
And in the UK, many of the parts being used in vehicles are not sold through independent dealers.
Many dealers are simply unable to sell to the public because of the costs involved in obtaining a licence, the UK’s Vehicle Standards Agency (VSA) has warned.
And, crucially, even the UK government is not doing enough to tackle the problem.
Last month, the Department for Transport announced that it would “ensure that the supply of vehicles, parts and services is managed by the industry rather than the government” and said that the Government would also “address the supply chain of car parts” to help them “be made and delivered more efficiently”.
The Government’s “one size fits all” approach to car supply is “not working”, the VSA’s vice president, Ben Foll, said.
But some experts are arguing that the government has the power to intervene.
“There is a real concern that if the government wants to intervene, it should not be the vehicle suppliers but the industry who are putting up the barriers to supply,” said Nick Clegg, the Liberal Democrat leader.
There’s not a lot of evidence that that has been done so far, so I don’t think that we should be relying on the car suppliers.””
And the industry needs to be doing more to ensure that the vehicle supply chain is managed properly.”
There’s not a lot of evidence that that has been done so far, so I don’t think that we should be relying on the car suppliers.
“It is a lot more likely that the car industry will find a way to get around the government’s rules and regulations and find ways of dealing with the supply problems.”
The government’s plan for the industry to tackle supply shortages has so far been criticised by the car parts industry, with one organisation calling it “disastrous”.
“This Government has a lot to learn from the automotive industry when it comes to managing supply, and that includes dealing with unscrupulous suppliers,” the Institute of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (IMMT) said.
The car industry has also been hit by a surge in the use of lithium ion batteries and batteries made from lithium polymer, a polymer that has a lower melting point than aluminium.
According to IMMT, the government needs to “take urgent action to increase the supply, quality and safety of all vehicles and motorbikes”.
The industry has been accused of failing to supply enough parts, with the VSCA saying it was “inadequate” to supply a “realistically-needed supply of aluminium parts”.
The government has been criticised for failing to ensure the supply was managed properly and by failing to “ensuring that the market is adequately protected”.
“We have a responsibility to protect the automotive sector from the worst of supply disruptions, but unfortunately it seems that the automotive supply chain has been hit very hard by these disruptions,” said VSA chief executive, Martin Baker.
There are some good reasons for the shortage, but it’s not all bad.
For example, some of the best parts are made from a mixture of metals, so it’s a cheaper alternative to making new ones.
It’s also possible that the industry could be making cars more cheaply if there were a cheaper route to getting them into production.
“If you have the cheapest materials, you can make a lot cheaper cars,” Clegg said.