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What happens in the auto salvage industry?

The Booming Popularity of the Auto Salvage Industry

Climate change has had an adverse effect on the health and well-being of global populations, as well as on industries related to agriculture, tourism, and energy production. However, one area where climate change has had a positive effect is the auto salvage industry. This stands to reason: as more stringent government and industry controls are unleashed on the auto industry (one of the world's biggest producers of greenhouse gasses), environmentally-conscious consumers are looking to buy used or refurbished parts or vehicles. Not only does this help combat climate change, but it also saves the consumer at least 50% or more on the price of parts and vehicles!

The process is simple and can be broken down into the following phases:

Phase 1: Depollution: Removing Hazardous Substances

Your car is a storehouse of hazardous fluids and materials that need to be removed safely. Fluids such as windshield washers, coolants, battery acid, antifreeze, oil, and gas can wreak havoc on local ecosystems and populations if they leak into the nearby grounds, rivers, drainage systems, and water supplies. Removing them according to government rules is necessary to ensurer a safe environment, and company worth its reputation in the auto salvage industry, such as Auto-Scrap, will strive to do this safely and responsibly. Aside from protecting the environment and their reputations, recycling and reselling these fluids is a lucrative income stream for any company in the auto salvage industry. Therefore, processing these fluids efficiently and safely also makes good business sense.

Phase 2: Dismantling: The BackBone of the Auto Salvage Industry

Once your car has all the hazardous fluids and materials removed, it will be stripped for parts. This action forms the backbone of the auto salvage industry, as everything from catalytic converters to tail lights to seats will be removed and refurbished for resale. It's important to note that just because a part comes from a non-functioning car doesn't mean that it won't work- many parts in perfect working order have been salvaged from scrap cars to enjoy purpose and longevity in other automobiles! For example, tires tend to be a popular item for resale. Since new or unworn tires can be found on old or even scrap cars, it makes perfect sense to resell them!

Phase 3: Destruction: Putting your Old Scrap Car to Rest

The final phase of disposing of a scrap car is a bit of a misnomer; although your car will be physically taken apart and destroyed, all the materials that comprise its construction will be broken down and recycled. For example, the rubber will be shredded to create flooring for sports pitches and children's playgrounds. Glass will be reconstituted into items like windows and mirrors. And finally, metals like steel and tin (after having passed through a magnetic separator) will be melted down to create everything from household appliances to new cars.

As you can see, nothing goes to waste in the auto salvage industry, which saves both the environment and our clients' money! For more information on disposing of your scrap car or to set up an appointment, contact Auto-Scrap today!

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