Auto salvages have a long history of recycling. Cars are the most recycled item. Salvage cars and parts help reduce, reuse and recycle.
Our environment has become one of the foremost issues of the 21st century. There is genuine concern and efforts are being made globally to reduce, reuse and recycle. The auto salvage industry is by far, one of the oldest, organized forms of recycling. The most recycled item in North America, with over 80% of its’ weight being reused or recycled, is the automobile, according to the December 2014 issue of Automotive Recycling Magazine. Auto salvages have been reusing and recycling well before the thought of refundable containers and bundled paper. My grandfather has made a business out of recycling vehicles for over 65 years!
In the auto world, there is little waste. Vehicles with little or no damage are sold and returned to the road. These include late model vehicles that meet both safety and emissions standards. You can even find the environmentally conscience hybrids, at seriously discounted prices in salvage, like for example the Chevrolet Volt and the Toyota Prius. Returning these vehicles to the road has a number of implications, but essentially it comes down to less new vehicles that need to be produced, which means less waste in pollution from the manufacturing process.
Vehicles that are titled as non-repairable are stripped of all viable parts, which will be reused, once sold. With used parts, you are able to buy OEM parts at half the cost. A question we are routinely asked about our parts is how do we know they are good? Well, to begin with, at reputable yards, parts are tested and inspected before they are inventoried and/or sold. My father is also quick to remind people that in for a vehicle to be in an accident or be stolen, there is a very high likely hood that it was being driven at the time, therefore, the parts were functioning. Most salvage yards also offer, at least, a 30-day warranty on parts. Used parts inventories across North America can be viewed at MyPartsShop.com. Fluids such as waste oil and antifreeze can be processed and reused. Metal and rubber are sold to buyers representing the appropriate recycling facilities to process these materials. Programs that ensure dangerous chemicals are not left to decompose in our earth have been in place for years, take for example the Switch out Mercury program in Canada.
The Automotive Recycler’s Association reports that recycling steel produces enough new steel to make 13 million new vehicles. Another interesting fact presented by ARA is that the sale of reused parts reduces the amount of oil needed to fuel the industrial processes of making new or replacement parts, by 85 million barrels a year. These statistics alone should leave you considering used parts for your repairs and salvage for your next vehicle.