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Total Loss Vehicle Management and the Restructuring of France’s EPR Policy

Original publication : - June 27, 2023

Auto Recycling World had the opportunity to speak with Mathieu Millet, President of Evalucar France, a specialist in total loss vehicle management. In this interview, Mathieu sheds light on Evalucar’s role in the auto recycling industry and discusses the current process of managing vehicles involved in accidents in France. He also shares insights into the potential changes that could arise if the proposed Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) policy on vehicles is adopted. Additionally, Mathieu provides his perspective on finding a satisfactory solution or compromise that aligns with the current focus on sustainability.

Efficient Accident Management for Total Loss Vehicles

EvaluCar is a specialized company that excels in accident management, particularly when it comes to handling “Total Loss” cases involving economically irreparable vehicles.

Our expertise lies in providing comprehensive services which encompass various crucial aspects. Firstly, we conduct meticulous market valuations of vehicles, ensuring accurate assessments of their worth in the current market conditions. This enables us to determine fair and equitable settlements for insured individuals. EvaluCar also facilitates seamless transactions between insured parties and their insurance providers, streamlining the process and ensuring smooth and efficient resolution.

We also facilitate transactions between insurance companies and recyclers, ensuring environmentally responsible disposal and maximizing the utilization of salvageable parts. With our extensive knowledge and dedication to delivering top-notch accident management services, EvaluCar is the go-to choice for navigating the complexities of total loss cases and achieving optimal outcomes for all parties involved.

Current Process in France for Accidents and Written-Off Vehicles Amidst EPR Restructuring

Currently, damaged cars are being offered to recyclers through two buying methods. The first method involves tenders, which are similar to auctions, where the recycler with the best offer wins the damaged vehicle. The second method involves agreements with insurance companies, where the recycler purchases the damaged vehicle at a predetermined price established by the insurance company. However, there are imminent changes to the rules in this industry.

Under the new regulations, manufacturers will assume responsibility for their vehicles until the end of their life cycle. They will be required to organize the processing of these vehicles through eco-organizations or individual systems specifically created for this purpose. These newly established structures will directly handle the recycling process or cover the costs incurred by existing recycling facilities.

But what about the existing recyclers? They have two possible scenarios. Firstly, recyclers can be under contract with the respective brand, enabling them to take charge of the damaged vehicle. Alternatively, recyclers without contracts may opt to store the damaged vehicle for a fee until its removal is arranged.

Potential Changes if the Proposed New Policy is Adopted: Evalucar’s Perspective

If the proposed new policy is adopted, Evalucar foresees minor impacts on its operations. As an intermediary responsible for the resale of cars between insurers and recyclers, any potential changes resulting from recyclers transitioning into car manufacturers would have little bearing on Evalucar’s business. The shift in recyclers’ roles would not significantly affect Evalucar’s core function of facilitating car resales. From Evalucar’s perspective, the proposed policy’s adoption would not bring about any substantial positive or negative changes to its operations.

Seeking a Sustainable Solution or Compromise: Addressing the Proposed EPR Policy in the 21st Century

From my perspective, I find the proposed Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) policy to be quite fair. However, it is crucial to ensure that ample time is given to the existing stakeholders to adapt and organize themselves. Abruptly disrupting the established balance could have unintended consequences and hinder the smooth transition towards the new system. Allowing sufficient time for the industry players to adjust and make necessary arrangements will facilitate a more seamless implementation of the EPR policy while minimizing potential disruptions.


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