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A Peek into the Process: What Happens to Junk Cars?

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Do you want to sell your junk car that’s been in your garage for ages? You’ll probably call the local salvage yard for their services. They’ll send a tow truck and haul it away.

Things are quite simple this far down the line. However, this is not the end of it. Keep reading to have a peek into the car junking process.

Recycling Junk Cars

Every year around 27 million junk cars are recycled.  These cars go through several processes before they are shredded into small pieces. As soon as they reach the salvage yard, they’re depolluted and inspected for parts still in good condition.  Working parts are usually removed to be sold later, and what can’t be sold is usually crushed and recycled.

Following is a breakdown of the complete process your car goes through at the end of its life.

Safe Fluid Disposal

A junk car carries approximately five to ten gallons of fluid. These fluids include engine oil, brake fluid, freon, antifreeze, power staring fluid, and others. Dumping these fluids in landfills can be hazardous. To ensure eco-friendly disposal, responsible salvage yards adopt safe disposal practices. Used fluids from your car are either recycled or repurposed.

Recycling of Parts

Once the fluids are out, your car is inspected for parts that can be recycled. Dead car batteries are the first thing to be removed for recycling. Car batteries contain lead, which is toxic to the environment.  New batteries are made from this lead. Among all individual parts of a junk car, batteries are the most recycled.

The old tires from the car are removed to be recycled or repurposed. These tires can be recycled as swings for children, highway asphalt, welcome mats, garden mulch, railroad ties, and weightlifting plates.

After removing the batteries and tires, begins the tiring part of the job. Cars are usually 50% plastic. And as we all know that plastic is to the environment what water is to fire, and dumping it in the landfills is never a good option. Some of this plastic is recycled back into car appliances and parts; the remaining is used for making packaging material, plastic caps, and bottles.

Resellable Components

The inside of a car

Junk cars usually have parts that still have life in them. These parts can still serve their purpose if incorporated in a perfectly working car. The salvage yard then inspects your car for any resellable components, carefully removes them, recondition them, and tests them for their functionality before reselling them.

Resellable parts usually include engines, transmissions, starters, axles, batteries, and alternators. Some exterior components such as bumpers, hoods, doors, and mirrors can be resold too. Salvage yards only sell these parts after being certain that they are in perfect condition.

Steel and Iron

Approximately 14 million tons of steel from disposed vehicles is recycled every year. And steel is not the only metal in a car. Various other metals like aluminum, palladium, platinum, and rhodium are removed for recycling as well.

Once all these processes are completed, the remainder of your junk car is flattened by a huge crusher before being ripped into bits by a powerful shredder.

A reliable car disposal company not only gives you a good cash value for your junk car but also handles it in a manner that is beneficial for others and isn’t harmful to the environment.

If you’re a resident of Memphis and are looking for a reliable junk car service to sell your broken car to, contact Chips4Whips. We provide free towing services to our clients who want to sell scrap cars in Memphis.

For further information, feel free to give us a call at 901-949-3656 or drop an email at cash@chips4whips.com.

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