Old wrecked car in junkyardIn nearly every town across America, there is an automotive scrap yard. They may be called salvage yards, as they are the place where car parts are taken apart and recycled.

These are the grave yards for cars that have been totaled or are mechanically not functioning. While there are some parts on these cars that are no longer usable, even the worst car still has some worth.

How Does A Junk Yard Operate?

A salvage lot takes in cars that are no longer street worthy. They will take all the usable components from these vehicles. Some of the most common items removed are:

• Windshields
• Doors
• Engines
• Lights
• Trim and Accessories
• Windows
• Seats
• Electrical Components
• Anything Worth Value

After they remove these items they access their condition. They make sure they work, and they sell them to warehouses that store the parts and resell them. Some salvage yards allow consumers to come in and get whatever they need from the cars. These types of lots don’t mess with a warehouse and the middle man; they allow anyone with tools to take off just what they need. Additionally, anyone can call in and ask for a part and they will check their inventory. If they have a part on hand, they will remove it for the customer. Since each lot operates with different policies, it is hard to categorize them all as one in the same.

The Recycling Process

Typically, any parts that are not usable are taken to a recycling center. The metal parts will go to a facility that will crush it down and give a price based on weight. Fiberglass parts are sent to a plant that recycles fiberglass. Of the salvaged vehicles in the United States, it is estimated that 75 percent can be sold and recycled. There are more than 12 million cars taken to the salvage lots across the country each year.

What Happens When An Auto Arrives?

The pre-treatment is the first step that occurs when a new automobile is brought to the lot. The pre-treatment period is a series of steps that must be completed before the car can be disassembled. The technicians at the lot must drain the oil, coolant, and any other fluids that can leak out and damage the yard. Next, they will examine and remove the tires, gas tanks, and batteries. The fluids are recycled or utilized by another vehicle. They continue the recycling process for the batteries, gas tanks and tires. Tires are an excellent salvage item that can be reused for many purposed. They are often used to:

• Generate Energy by Being Bunt
• Be Re-Treaded And Sold
• Used As Ground Rubber
• Sold As Is – If In Good Condition

A Parts Evaluation

The other parts of the car are evaluated and rated according to their condition. If the parts are in good condition, they can repair or sell them. If the entire automobile can be salvaged and be driven again, they will either repair it or sell it to a dealer who does this type of work. These salvage lots have an electronic database that keeps a record of their entire inventory and also dealers they work with. Their average customer is one who is having a hard time finding a part. They also work with customers who don’t want to pay retail for a new part when they can get by with a recycled one.

Why Salvage Yards Are Important

Customers have the ability to save a great deal of money by using a junkyard. While it may take some time to search the lots and find the part one is looking for; it is a worthwhile investment. Typically, they have a large inventory on hand or they have connections with other lots nearby. They can get in rare parts that can no longer be ordered, and most offer some sort of guarantee. They sell their parts at rock bottom prices, offering the customer’s a great deal of savings.

Those who want to dispose of their vehicle can sell it to these establishments for a good price. They typically pay by the ton and can take the car off your hands legally. Without auto salvage yards, it would be very difficult for mechanics and the general public to find those obsolete parts that they need for their cars.