What Happens After I Sell My Junk Car to a Scrap Car Buyer?
Usually when we think of scrapping our cars, we envision our old vehicle sitting in a landfill somewhere, all torn apart and rusting away. In reality, selling our junk vehicles to a scrap car removal company is a great way to help reduce the carbon footprint we leave on our planet. The majority of the time, older vehicles that may even have salvage status, still have great parts in them that can still be used in other vehicles. This not only is good for the environment, it’s a great way to reduce the cost of repairs to vehicles for consumers.
Also, when you choose to recycle your car with a scrap car buyer like us, you’re saving yourself the cost of towing away your scrap automobile, and the time of dismantling your vehicle in an attempt at getting the most money for it by taking off the most valuable parts. Plus, if you aren’t a license mechanic or professional scrapper, it’s hard to discern what is and isn’t of value.
Environmental Safety First
So, what actually happens when you sell your junk car or truck to a scrap car removal company?
First, the battery is removed for recycling. Next, any hazardous materials and liquids are removed, especially components like switches that can contain mercury. These are disposed of in safe biohazardous material containers, and then sent to be recycled safely by professionals. Mercury is recycled by reheating it to a specific temperature to separate it from anything else it has been bonded to. Then, once separated, it can be used again in other applications. This is one reason why it is so important to utilize the expertise of a professional and fully licensed scrap car removal company like More Cash For Scrap. Here are the kinds of things that must be handled properly to reduce any contamination to our planet or to the living things on it.
- Battery – Lead Acid is hazardous and needs to be disposed of safely.
- Lead Balance Weights – Lead is a hazardous material and all items made from this should be disposed of by a trained professional.
- Gas Tank – Fue, like any other chemical, can harm the environment if not dealt with appropriately.
- Airbags – Airbags are potentially explosive, even after being set off, due to the chemicals they contain that causes them to inflate upon impacts.
- Oils, Fluids and Liquids – All oils, lubricants, coolants, refrigerants, anti-freeze fluids and wash fluids are hazardous to the environment.
- Catalytic Converter – This can be controlled waste if the converter is intact; however, it can also be classed as hazardous if open and the material inside of it is exposed.
- Oil Filter – This is considered hazardous, as oils from the filters can leak.
- Switches Containing Mercury – Mercury is a highly toxic material that can contaminate soil and water, as well as make humans and animals very sick.
Where Does the Metal Go Now?
Once all of the hazardous materials have been removed from your scrap vehicle, the metal that remains it sold by weight to local metal recyclers in your area. This helps to give back to your local economy, and ensure that you are getting paid the most for your junk car when you sell it to us to be recycled. Recycling scrap metals like old broken-down cars is a huge step towards reducing greenhouse gas emissions in Canada. How? Because recycling metal uses approximately 75% less energy than it costs to produce it, and it leaves less over all product out in the world. So, by choosing to use a professional scrap car buyer, you are choosing to reduce waste, save energy, and preserve our natural resources. After all of the car recycling process is complete, only about 10-15% of your vehicle will even end up in the landfill. That’s considerably better than 100% don’t you think?!