Parts grading is a process to help vehicle recyclers accurately & consistently describe the condition of parts to potential buyers.

In many cases buyers won’t physically be able to see the part before they purchase it, so it is important that the customer understands its condition before buying.

The idea is that as many vehicle recyclers as possible use the same grading system, so that both buyers and sellers have a good understanding of the condition of parts being offered for sale and this will help avoid confusion, disappointment and dispute.

Good quality images of the parts being offered for sale also help, but this is not always practical or possible.

Remember, the better the buying experience for parts buyers, the fewer problems there will be, the more likely it is that ‘green parts’ and their sellers will have a better reputation, and so more green parts will be bought by more customers.

  • For body panels (including lights & mirrors) parts grading is based upon the size & type of any defects
  • For mechanical & electrical parts grading is based upon the vehicle mileage (which reflects the level of wear & tear)

For most types of part there are 4 grades: A – U, where A is the highest quality & U is the lowest.

All certified recyclers have to undertake & pass an on-line assessed training course on parts grading. Annual audits will then check that the recycler is correctly grading parts.


You can enrol & take the VRAC parts grading course using the link below.

This is currently free to all.

The course workbook and grading handbook are available to download in Unit 1.


Grading of Reclaimed Parts from ELVs

An Introduction to Grading Parts from End of Life Vehicles