Exhaust replacements ready for UK’s ageing cars, Klarius reports

Manufacturer continues to analyse market data to ensure replacement components are in stock

Exhaust replacements ready for UK’s ageing cars, Klarius reports

With official data suggesting UK vehicles owners are keeping their cars for longer, Klarius Products is reassuring the automotive aftermarket that it’s ready to supply emission controls components for an aging car parc.

The number of cars on UK roads aged over 13 years has grown from 6.3 per cent in 1994 to 19.1 per cent in 2019, an increase of around 3,781,900 vehicles.

This effective tripling of older vehicles on UK roads shows that motorists are willing to operate older combustion powered cars despite scrappage schemes and financial subsidies from the government designed to incentivise electric cars.

The overall build quality of vehicles steadily improved from the 1990s into the mid-2000s, ensuring that cars from this era have an increased service life compared to cars that were more common in 1994.

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Additionally, car enthusiasts are drawn to models that may deliver a more traditional or involving driving experience.

Typically, these owners will maintain their vehicles to a high standard, further increasing service life.

To keep these cars on the road long after manufacturer support has expired, owners often rely on the aftermarket to provide high quality replacement components.

However, with such a variance across older cars, in some cases it can be difficult to source an optimum component that fits and preserves the original performance of the vehicle.

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Doug Bentley, head of research and development at Klarius Products Ltd, said: “While developing replacement exhausts, catalytic converters and diesel particulate filters for modern vehicle applications is important; our range of over 11,000 components has also been designed to support older models too.

“By analysing market data, we can identify older vehicle models that are popular or lack replacement parts.

“We then develop a new component with a test vehicle of corresponding marque, model and production year.

“This means we have replacement components in stock for older sports cars, saloons, MPVs, SUVs, hatchbacks, estates and vans.”

Klarius ensures total availability across its range thanks to dynamic stocking procedures.

Components are manufactured in Staffordshire to meet current market demand.

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Extensive stock warehousing ensures that a replacement exhaust system for an old Mazda MX-5 offers the same lead time as a system for a newer Nissan Qashqai.

Doug added: “At Klarius, we are passionate about older vehicles. Many of us are enthusiasts, so we are very proactive in offering likeminded vehicle owners access to quality components that provide OEM levels of performance.

“As this data illustrates, it is clear that the aftermarket will need to provide this replacement support for many years to come.”

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