Online car salvage auction site Bluecycle is calling for a global salvage code to be introduced to improve standards and tighten controls surrounding salvage categorisation and recycling.
According to the firm, more vehicles are forecast to be produced in the next 20 years than in the whole history of the motor industry to date.
It believes millions of scrapped cars may leak back on to the roads as the increasing cost and complexity of vehicle repair presents a “clear and present danger” that more unsafe vehicles will be sold on and fraud will escalate.
Bluecycle reputation manager Andy Latham said: “Vehicle salvage has global reach now but there are differing standard of repair and legislation regarding recycled or ‘green’ parts, not to mention a severe lack of information exchange and documentation control.
“Continuing technical advances are making vehicle repair much harder and more expensive and this has the potential for sub-standard repair and fraud to increase on a global scale unless collective measures are taken to address these issues.”
Latham believes that by doing nothing, lives will be lost as consumers may unknowingly buy dangerous vehicles. He added: “A single code of practice would empower the industry to change.”