Fewer cars scrapped, export of second-hand cars on the increase

03/05/2005 14:00

In 2004 over half a million cars were taken out of circulation; 293 thousand were taken to car scrap yards and 255 thousand cars were exported.

Stock of scrap cars decreases annually

The stock of scrap cars has slightly decreased each year since 2001. Export of second-hand cars, on the other hand, has shown an upward trend in recent years.

Motor vehicles taken out of circulation
Motor vehicles taken out of circulation

Passenger cars and commercial vehicles dismantled

In 2004 the number of vehicles sold to scrap yards for dismantling totalled 293 thousand; 94 percent were passenger cars and 6 percent were commercial vehicles. The total weight amounted to 283 tons; 89 percent were passenger cars and 11 percent commercial vehicles.

Modern cars last longer

The age of cars taken to scrap yards for dismantling is rising. In 2004 nearly 40 percent of scrap cars were older than 15 years, five years ago 21 percent. In 2004 the average car was 14.6 years before it ended up in a scrap yard, the average commercial vehicle 13.8 years. Currently, scrap cars are on average 14 months older than five years ago before being taken to a scrap yard.

Vehicles taken out of circulation for demolition by age category
Vehicles taken out of circulation for demolition by age category

Robust rise in export of second-hand cars

The export of second-hand cars rose by approximately 30 percent in 2001 compared to 2000. In the period 2001–2003 the same high level was maintained. In 2004, however, the export of second-hand cars again showed a considerable increase, by 40 percent this time, the equivalent of 70 thousand cars. Foreign countries are not only interested in relatively recent used cars but also in older cars. Half of second-hand cars exported are ten years or younger and 40 percent are in the category 11–15 years. Cars are mainly exported to Eastern Europe and Africa.

Export of second-hand vehicles by age category

Export of second-hand vehicles by age category

René Jolly