The correct maintenance of a vehicle over its lifetime plays a key role for the sustainability of road mobility, reducing emissions and pressure on raw materials.
The regular check and maintenance of the vehicle and the replacement of some parts, through the lifetime of this vehicle, is essential to maintain its environmental performance. For example:
- A correctly maintained older vehicle can emit less that a newer vehicle which isn’t.
- By enabling its repair through the replacement of specific parts, the aftermarket improves the lifetime of a vehicle – it reduces the footprint of manufacturing entire new vehicles.
By offering competitive services and solutions, the independent aftermarket, and in particular the distributors of spare parts, make this repair and maintenance work more affordable for the customers. If there were a monopoly on a brand-specific aftermarket, these operations might be more costly, discouraging the customers to regularly have their vehicles checked and fixed, and reducing their overall environmental performance.
With over 320 million vehicles on European Union’s roads – and they are getting older – it is essential that all leverages are used to improve road sustainability – including the affordability of the related operations.