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Crash repair in the UK: reusing salvaged parts in car repair centres

Aitken, J and Murray, A (2010) Crash repair in the UK: reusing salvaged parts in car repair centres International Journal of Logistics Research and Application, 13 (5). 359 - 372. ISSN 1367-5567

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The reuse of salvaged parts from vehicles deemed to be at the end of their life is viewed as an opportunity by insurers and crash repair firms to reduce rectification costs and improve service to policy holders. This research investigates the opportunities and challenges that confront an important but under-researched part of the automotive supply chain in establishing a reverse logistics flow of salvaged parts. The aim of this paper is to explore why the development of a reverse logistics system for the reuse of salvaged parts has not been successful in the UK yet flourishes in North America and Europe. Through answering this question, the paper seeks to provide a framework for managing the development of a partial closed-loop reverse logistics system for salvaged parts. Economic and ecological benefits are identified as potential outcomes. The implications for practice and further research are discussed.

Item Type: Article
Divisions : Faculty of Business, Economics and Law > Surrey Business School
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Date : 1 October 2010
Identification Number : 10.1080/13675567.2010.512558
Additional Information : This is an Author's Accepted Manuscript of an article published in International Journal of Logistics Research and Application, 13(5), pp. 359-372. The final version of the article as published in the International Journal of Logistics Research and Application (2010) © Taylor & Francis is available online at:
Depositing User : Symplectic Elements
Date Deposited : 11 Sep 2012 08:50
Last Modified : 09 Jun 2014 13:21

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