In a scenario in which new car sales seem hopelessly doomed to gradually decline, second-hand cars will take more relevance in the commercial plane. There are firms that already know about this, such as Toyota, which will begin a process of recycling their cars through reconditioning after the first and second life cycles.
At the moment it is a methodology that the Japanese firm will only put into practice in one of its factories in the European market, that of the United Kingdom, located in the county of Derbyshare, and it intends to do so through his mobility firm Kinto, presented just a year ago, although at the moment there is not much information about the start of this activity.
Based on what Toyota has exposed, the Japanese manufacturer is willing to face new processes in its British factory to renew each car up to two times after having abandoned it for the first time as a new car, which would derive a useful life composed of up to three cycles. In a way, the methodology that Toyota wants to launch supposes a recycling process through which they pretend give value to used cars previously both by Toyota itself and by leasing, rental and other types of use companies that return to the manufacturer through contracts of buyback.
It has been through the British Autocar as Agustín Martín, president and director of the British division of Toyota, has given the first details about this new recycling process for the British firm’s cars in the United Kingdom. In the statements collected by the English magazine, Martín makes it clear that one of Toyota’s objectives with this novelty is to change the way in which they approach the useful life of the car and go beyond the sale to the first user, and the second in case of having been a leasing or renting car.
Marín commented to Autocar, more specifically: “I think we are very familiar with the usual two to three year cycles, which are extremely popular in the UK, but we must go beyond that two to three year cycle and ask ourselves, ¿ what happens in that second cycle? and in the third cycle? “.
In the absence of more concise details about this recycling, it is probably a process of replacement and / or restoration of both interior and exterior parts that have suffered severe wear and tear, as well as probably a mechanical overhaul to face its second and third life cycles with sufficient guarantees. After the third life cycle, the car will already have a useful life of around 10 years behind it, and after that the goal is to fully recycle the car, which will also help to lower the average age of the fleet. Of each country.
In short, and with new car sales that promise to gradually decline, what Toyota intends is control more life cycles of your cars than the first and with this, obtain more benefits than the initial ones from the sale of the car to its private user or to the second owner in case of having previously used a rental or leasing car.
At the moment the British division of Toyota has not given more details about this new process, but if it ends up being a viable methodology that brings clear benefits to the manufacturer, it would not be surprising if they exported it to other factories of the Japanese manufacturer in Europe, such as the one that has in Valenciennes, France, or that other brands will join in to carry out similar practices.
Another manufacturer that has expressed a similar vision about the car ownership model is Volkswagen, who already look beyond the useful life of the car, although taking into account the battery that their electric vehicles will carry in the future, perhaps , not too far away. It was Herbert Diess himself who during the past year admitted that they want to seize the batteries in electric cars, not “give them away” to the customer when he buys them.