How does junk car recycling work?

Maybe you’ve sold a junk car in the past. Maybe this is your first time trying to get rid of one. Either way, you’ve decided to sell your old junk car. You could try to find a private buyer, but they’re few and far between. Most private parties aren’t interested in old, beat up cars that aren’t drive-able. Dealerships are the same: they only want newer vehicles. In the end, you opt to go with a junk car buyer in the form of a junkyard or scrap yard.

If you call around, you’ll likely get different prices from different scrap yards. Junk Car Traders is proud to say that we can generally beat any other offer in town: take a look at our website,, to learn more about junk car prices in your area. In Illinois our customer service is known for being the best, just give us a call and we’ll be able to give you a great quote. 

That said, where exactly do these prices come from? You know that a junk car buyer does something to effectively recycle your car, but you’re not sure exactly what it is or how it works. Do they dismantle it piece by piece? What happens to the valuable parts? Where does all of that leftover scrap metal end up? If you’re wondering what happens to your old clunker after you transfer ownership to a junkyard, you’ve come to the right place. Read on to learn about the junk car recycling process.

Vehicle recycling

Years ago, cars were recycled somewhat haphazardly. Some parts were salvaged and either put back into use or scrapped for raw materials; however, many vehicle components ended up in the landfill. Now, manufacturers have come onto the vehicle recycling scene and are taking an active role. As a result, cars are being recycled more efficiently.

Somewhere between 12 and 15 millions cars end up decommissioned each year in the United States. When this happens, the vehicles are often transported to junkyards and scrap yards for processing.

How does it work?

First, a scrap vehicle is assessed for its component parts. Fluids are drained, and all valuable parts are removed. If a part is broken but serviceable, it will be sent to a company that specializes in “rebuilding” parts for consumer use. Parts that are usable in their current condition are sometimes sold directly to end users. Once everything of value has been removed, the car’s skeleton is crushed and compacted into a smaller form, at which point it’s shipped off to an industrial mill where it can be broken apart into small chunks. Anything non-metallic is removed, and the remaining metal is sold to steel mills where it can be melted down and re-used.

What does this mean for me?

The proliferation of auto recycling is good news for junk car owners. Rather than sending your car to the dump, you can sell it to a junk car buyer like Junk Car Traders. We want to keep cars out of the dump, contact us in Kansas and we can tow your car for free. Waste will be diverted from the landfill, and you’ll end up with cash in your pocket! To learn more about what your vehicle might be worth, call 855-959-1325.


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