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Car parts shortages

  • 1, Jun 2022
  • Read time: 5 mins

It's been hard to ignore the news on falling car production and parts shortages over recent months as manufacturers struggle to keep up with demand amid global supply chain problems.

During the pandemic, car manufacturing plants shut, which impacted car production and the making of car parts: from microchips to seat covers. Ongoing Covid lockdowns in China combined with the Russia-Ukraine conflict means manufacturers continue to feel the strain of parts shortages and this is having a wide impact.

As a result, if you have an accident and need to make a claim, it may take longer to get your car in for a repair. This is affecting all car insurers and repairers. Let's explain what the issues are...

Mechanic working on a car in workshop.

The motor industry continues to face many challenges, which may impact the service our repair partners can provide. In short, the time taken to repair your vehicle following an accident is currently longer than we would expect.

Here are some of the main issues:

Microchips

There is currently a worldwide shortage of microchips. Modern vehicles use microchips which can be found in many parts all around the vehicle for things like cameras, parking sensors and other driver aids.
This global shortage has led to shutdowns at some car manufacturing plants, resulting in the worldwide output of new cars being at an all-time low.

Car parts

There are delays in getting other car parts such as wing mirrors, bumpers and body panels. This is due to the worldwide shortage of plastics and the movement of goods. We are all aware of the well-publicised driver shortages in the UK. This has lead to the lack of availability of car parts in the UK. This means that many car parts need to be ordered from overseas, as stock levels in the UK are low. Most of the UK’s popular car brands are impacted by these shortages. And, in most cases repairers are waiting weeks, or in some cases months, for parts to be delivered.

Repair services

The extra wait times for car parts to be delivered has resulted in fewer vehicles being repaired. As a result, it has reduced the car repair capacity across the UK and increased the time taken to get some vehicles repaired. 

Courtesy cars

Another problem for repairers is the lack of courtesy cars available to replace yours when it is being fixed. One of the benefits of MORE THAN comprehensive car insurance is a courtesy car while yours is being repaired. There are more requests for courtesy cars because car repairs are taking longer than usual. This courtesy car shortage is causing a real headache for repairers. This is affecting all insurers and repairers.

Please speak to us or the repairer and we'll try our best to help you. 

Our repair network

Our repair partners will speak to you throughout your claim and will keep you informed of the progress of your vehicle repair. They will tell you if your repair is impacted by any supply issues.

Finally, we're here for you

We are doing our best to ensure services aren't impacted and any delays are minimal. Our repair network continues to operate a full repair service across the UK. We will keep you informed of the progress of your vehicle repair.