Cars are complex machines. They have incredibly intricate parts and are made of a variety of materials. How exactly are you supposed to scrap a vehicle? In order to understand the process of scrapping a vehicle, you must first understand the different components of the car.
First, all vehicles have multitudes of fluids that really shouldn’t leak into the environment. A typical car being prepared for scrapping has anywhere between five and ten gallons of fluids left in it. Whether that fluid is leftover fuel or the various brake, power steering, or transmission fluid, dumping them is dangerous as even a single gallon of gasoline can make 750,000 gallons of water unusable. Instead, you recycle them. Motor oil can be reused as a lubricant, Freon can be cleaned and reused, as can antifreeze.
The inner workings of a car can oftentimes be pulled and reused. Engines, radiators, transmissions, and various other internal parts can be pulled, cleaned, and put up for sale. However, some parts do require significant processing and recycling. Batteries have their lead pulled and recycled to make new batteries. The plastic on the batteries can be melted down and reused as well. Old tires are rarely used to make new tires, but are instead used for garden mulch, welcome mats, railroad ties, portable speed bumps, and even weightlifting plates. The steel of the vehicle is broken apart and used in the production of many other new vehicles.
Over 85% of a vehicle is recycled and reused when it is scrapped. Salvage specialists at the Fair Salvage Company are looking forward to helping you get your old car recycled.