Welcome to the Vehicle Recyclers Association

the trade body for vehicle recycling professionals

Spare Parts

The use of second hand vehicle parts is as old as the motor car itself, and is probably the single greatest success story in the reuse/ recycling of any consumer product. Apart from saving you money & creating employment in the UK, it has enormous environmental benefits.

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Sell or Scrap a Vehicle

Selling your vehicle to someone advertising in a local newspaper or on the Internet, especially if they have no premises & operate with just a mobile number, is fraught with risk. Chances are they are illegal. To avoid fines for speeding, parking or tax offences, only use VRA members.

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Buy a Damaged Vehicle

Buying salvage can be a great way to save money, & get the vehicle you want for a fraction of forecourt prices. But to make the most of it you need to understand exactly what you’re doing; in particular, what to avoid.

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About the VRA

VRA represents the interests of members to Government, other industry sectors & consumers. It provides advice & guidance to members, and encourages professionalism in order to give confidence to ‘consumers’ that its members are operating legally & that they meet certain standards

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Welcome to the VEHICLE RECYCLERS' ASSOCIATION, the trade body for vehicle recycling professionals

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Representing the interests of vehicle recycling professionals since 1943

The Vehicle Recyclers' Association (formerly known as the Motor Vehicle Dismantlers' Association - MVDA) was formed in 1943, and has been representing the interests of UK vehicle recyclers ever since.  Our members, many of which are older than the Association itself, are spread throughout the UK - England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland - and were quietly going about their business of recycling motor vehicles long before the term 'circular economy' became trendy.

Latest News



    IAA, Inc. (NYSE: IAA), a leading global digital marketplace connecting vehicle buyers and sellers, announced it has signed an agreement to acquire the stock of SYNETIQ Ltd. (“SYNETIQ”), a leading integrated salvage and vehicle dismantling company in the United Kingdom, for £225 million. IAA, Inc. will acquire the stock of SYNETIQ through its indirect wholly owned subsidiary IAA International Holdings Limited. Founded in 2019 from the merger of four entities, SYNETIQ provides salvage auction services for insurance companies, accident management companies, and other public and private sellers. In addition, the company is a leading seller of reusable parts that are dismantled from salvage vehicles and reissued into the automotive supply chain. SYNETIQ has 14 locations and approximately 500 employees throughout the United Kingdom. The business has capabilities covering the entire salvage journey, from collection to vehicle auction or dismantling, and optimizes vehicle value through parts and material recycling. For the 12 months ended September 30, 2021, the business generated revenue of approximately £154 million. The transaction is expected to be immediately accretive to earnings per share.

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    The EC is consulting on changes to the ELV Directive which aim to increase the level of parts reuse & reduce the number of missing vehicles. So far there have been only 2 responses from the UK, including ours. The EC is asking what should be done about the VMs practices of parts coding & supressing parts information available to ATFs. And also whether it should be law that used parts are offered in vehicle repairs. This opportunity has arisen partly due to the hard work of EGARA (of which VRA has been a member for many years), who must be congratulated for their persistence. All recyclers should take the opportunity to fill in the on-line questionnaire - as it is likely that the UK will be watching closely & may follow suit. VRA will circulate a summary of questions to members tomorrow.

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    In yet another misguided move to encourage illegal scrap metal dealers to continue to avoid licensing, Government has published details of new tax checks that will be required during the next round of SMD licence renewals. The details are enclosed in the accompanying e-mail from HMRC. There is also a survey which members can undertake, so you can let HMRC know what you think of their scheme.....Government has ignored our advice that much of the 'hidden economy' lies with unlicensed operators...but what do we know! HMRC has published information on Gov.UK to help licensees to prepare for the new tax checks that were introduced in Schedule 33 of Finance Act 2021. This will be a new addition to the checks that licensing bodies already have in place and it will need to be completed when people are renewing their licences to......

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