Grade reclaimed vehicle parts

Business Sectors (Suites): Vehicle Recycling
Developed by: IMI
Approved on: 30 Mar 2022


This standard is about applying a quality classification to reclaimed vehicle parts based on its condition in order that it may be re-used or sold.

Performance criteria

You must be able to:

P1 use suitable personal protective equipment throughout all grading activities

P2 support your grading activities by reviewing:

P2.1 target parts grading criteria
P2.2 legal requirements 
P2.3 regulations relating to vehicle parts
P2.4 vehicle manufacturer information
P2.5 contractual obligations 
P2.6 customer expectations
P3 carry out all grading activities following;

P3.1 health, safety and environmental requirements
P3.2 your workplace procedures
P4 work in a way which minimises the risk of:

P4.1 damage to vehicle part
P4.2 contact with leakage
P4.3 contact with hazardous substances
P4.4 damage to your working environment
P5 use appropriate testing methods to assess the performance of target parts  to evaluate if suitable and safe for re-use or recycling
P6 apply the most appropriate product category and grading criteria based on the primary part
P7 complete all vehicle parts grading activities within the agreed timescale
P8 promptly report any anticipated delays in completion to the relevant person(s) 
P9 ensure your records are accurate, complete and passed to the relevant person(s) within the agreed timescale in the format required

Knowledge and Understanding

You need to know and understand:

Legislative and organisational requirements and procedures
K1 current relevant legislation, regulations, codes of practice and guidelines relating to end of life vehicles 
K2 the requirements for and importance of how to select and wear personal protective equipment when gra*d*ing vehicle parts 
K3 your organisation's systems and procedures for: 

K3.1 testing and grading target parts 
K3.2 creating and maintaining records *
K3.3 vehicle parts mark-up and storage
K3.4 dealing with special considerations
K3.5 the referral of problems
K3.6 reporting delays to the completion of work
K4 the hazards associated with working on or near petrol and alternative fuel vehicle systems and components 
K5 the importance of working to agreed timescales and keeping others informed of progress
K6 the importance of promptly reporting anticipated delays to the relevant person(s) 

Parts grading
K7 how to evaluate whether *target parts are suitable for re-use or re-cycling
K8 the principles of parts grading and the circumstances where the grade might need to be amended and recorded
K9 the different target parts categories
K10 how to apply grading criteria when grading vehicle parts
K11 the difference between the grading criteria
K12 why a part may be excluded from grading
K13 the difference between bare and dressed parts
K14 how grade can affect warranty applied to parts
K15 why description of parts must be accurate and parts must be fit for purpose 


1. **Target parts categories** include:

1.1. mechanical
1.2. non-appearance sensitive electrical
1.3. appearance sensitive
1.4. appearance non-sensitive
1.5. batteries and high voltage components

2. Testing methods are:

2.1. sensory
2.2. functional
2.3. measurement

3. Parts grading to include:

3.1. assessment of quality
3.2. extent of wear and tear or damage (if any)
3.3. whether to be supplied bare or dressed

Scope Performance

Scope Knowledge





This section contains examples and explanations of some of the terms used but does not form part of the standard.

Appearance non-sensitive
A target part that is not visible to the customer when in situ.

Appearance sensitive
A target part that is visible to the customer when in situ (interior or exterior).

Bare *
A multi-component target part that is supplied on the same basis as the original equipment as supplied by a dealer.

A bare multi-component target part that is supplied with additional associated components, as specified by the customer or stipulated in the part description.

An electrically controlled/operated target part.

To include:

  • A damaged or worn target part deemed unsafe for repair or re-use, or where its use would render the recipient vehicle illegal for road-use. 
  • Sheet metal body parts with significant damage or previous repair
  • Wheels with cracks or distortions
  • Tyres with bulges, splits, deterioration, distortion, uneven tread wear or exposed ply/cord.

A non-electrically controlled moving target part

Parts grading criteria
For example VRA Parts Standard

Target part
A vehicle part that has demand for re-use and that the vehicle recycler removes from an ELV for re-use. May also be referred to as reclaimed, re-usable, recycled or 'green'.

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Indicative Review Date

30 Mar 2025





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Relevant Occupations

Vehicle Recycler

SOC Code



Vehicle; recycling ELV; target parts; green parts;