Where do junk cars end up?

If you’ve sold your junk car, then congratulations! And, if you’re considering selling it, we congratulate you all the same. Junk cars are a real pain, and keeping one around in your life is just a waste of your precious time and energy. And, of course, that’s not even mentioning the money you can pour into one. Talk about a drain on your finances!

Either way, we’re glad you’re ridding yourself of your junk car. Have you ever wondered, though: what happens to it after it’s gone? Maybe you have an image in your mind of a junk yard: old, beat up, broken down cars in every direction, as far as the eye can see. Well, most junk cars don’t end up sitting in a junk yard like that forever. Instead, they’re recycled.

In fact, nearly 90% of vehicles end up being recycled at the end of their life. So, whether or not you’ve decided to junk your car, you might be curious about where all of those other vehicles (hundreds of millions of them) end up. In Washington we focus on recycling as much of the car as possible because every inch of steel is worth something. That is why we can have give you such a high quote. Read on to find out.

Step one: removing valuable parts

First off, any and all valuable parts are removed from the junk car. Even a car that’s practically falling apart may have valuable, working parts under the hood. These can be restored and sold as used parts to both end users and mechanics. There’s often a surprising amount of value in an old junk car’s parts.

Step two: crush the junker

Next up, the vehicle is crushed flat. This is an amazing thing to witness: it’s literally compressed until it’s little more than a couple of feet tall. All of that compressed metal is now ready for recycling.

Step three: shred the metal

Afterwards, the compressed junk car is run through a shredder. This incredibly powerful machine chops of the compressed vehicle into tiny pieces of scrap. These pieces are easier to transport and sort through.

Step four: sort and recycle

Finally, the base component materials are sorted individually: aluminum and steel are separated, for instance. These materials are then shipped off to be melted down and turned into new manufactured goods, including new cars.

Do you have an old junk car that you want to recycle? It’s good for the planet, and good for your wallet, too! If you’re looking to sell your old junk car, Junk Car Traders will gladly pay you major cash for it. Check out our website to learn more: JunkCarTraders.com.

References

https://www.des.nh.gov/organization/commissioner/pip/publications/wmd/documents/where_junk_cars_go.pdf

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