What happens at the end of a junk car’s life?

It’s time. Your car has reached its end. It cannot be driven or, if it can, it cannot be driven safely, and no amount of fixing will allow it to return to its former state when it controlled the road. Now that you’re looking ahead, your thoughts are likely turning to wondering what goes into recycling an old car. The good news is that how old vehicles are recycled tends to be pretty environmentally friendly as more than 80 percent of an average vehicle can be reused. You can sell to a reputable junk car buyer like Junk Car Traders and have your car recycled, no matter where you are. They serve areas all over the country including Alabama.

First steps for end-of-life vehicles

After the paperwork is signed, you have said goodbye to your beloved vehicle, cash is in your pocket and the DMV and insurance company have been notified that your junk car is no longer going to be on the roads, its VIN is removed from the database.

Reusable parts of the junk car are recovered

Before it is crushed, everything that can be salvaged in its current state will be. Possibilities include its tires, brake pedals, floor mats, bumper, doors, seats, stereo and perhaps even its engine and transmission if they’re still strong but an accident caused your engine to not really have anything workable to power – i.e. your car was otherwise totaled. Fluids are carefully recovered and passed on too; these can include things like gasoline, oil and coolant.

In fact, things such as these are often removed even if they’re not working now as they can often be fixed to working condition and resold. Additionally, parts within them can often be reused even if the entire thing cannot.

How old vehicles are recycled: the shredding

After any usable parts and fluids have been removed, whatever remains is shredded. This tends to be a noisy experience as windows and headlights explode while the crusher compacts a junk car from full size to about a foot or two in height. In today’s automated age, this entire process takes moments. It’s actually kind of surreal to watch it be crushed while you either remember everything that it had been through if it’s your car or you imagine what those adventures were like for another if it wasn’t.

Environmental impact of recycling an old car

According to Automotive Recyclers Association, about 100 gallons of diesel fuel and gasoline, 25 million gallons of motor oil and 10 million gallons of coolant are recycled every year.

As far as the non-liquid aspect of how old vehicles are recycled goes, junk cars are mostly turned into scrap iron and steel, which are often used to create more. In fact, about 15 million tons of recycled steel are derived from recycled junk cars, and about a quarter of an average new car contains this reused product. Every ton of recycled steel saves about 2,500 pounds of ore and 1,500 pounds of coal.

Economic impact of recycling an old car

Bringing your junk car to be recycled also helps keep and create jobs as this industry is the country’s 16th-largest with about 100,000 people working in the field. It contributes $25 billion to the economy. In fact, more cars are recycled than any other item.

Benefits of getting a junk car shredded

Of course, the most immediate benefit is simply getting your junk car off of your hands. Even if it’s still beloved, if it can’t safely take you from point A to point B, it needs to go. Having some cash as a result is an obvious plus too. Then you add on top of those benefits that it helps the environment and that future buyers of these recycled items get to enjoy quality products at a fraction of what new ones would have cost, an economic enticement at that end of the process that helps keep the recycling circle going.





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