When I got my first car twenty years ago, I was clueless when it came to maintaining it and keeping it in a roadworthy condition. As a result, I had to pay for costly repairs that could have been avoided if the car had been looked after better. I learned my lesson and started reading everything I could about basic car maintenance. I started this blog to share what I've learned in the hopes it will save other new drivers making costly mistakes. I blog about a variety of topics, such as troubleshooting uneven tyre wear, the benefits of regular servicing and maintaining your car during the winter months. I hope you find my blog useful.
An auto wrecker may have their own salvage yard from which they sell used car parts and materials, or they may work with a local salvage yard, selling them old cars that cannot be fixed and that they pick up. If you have an old car that is beyond repair and are wondering what to do with it, you might consider working with a wrecker to take it away for you. There are some great benefits to doing this, and not just for the few dollars they may pay you for the car. Note the following.
1. Salvaging used parts and materials is good for the environment
When you think about recycling being good for the environment, you may not think of recycling your old car, but this is essentially what salvage yards do. They usually strip down the car and remove all workable parts which they then resell, and also sell the recyclable materials such as the steel used for the frame and the glass used for the windows. These materials can be used in a wide variety of industries, not just for auto manufacturing and repair.
Reselling and recycling these materials keeps them out of landfills, so there is less pollution from them breaking down. This also frees up space in landfills for items that cannot be recycled, so fewer landfills may need to be dug. Recycled materials means that less virgin material needs to be harvested and processed for use, and this too can be safer for the environment. If you're at all eco-conscious, this is a reason to call a wrecker.
2. You help keep prices of auto parts and services low
If an auto body shop needs to buy new steel or other metals for repairs, they need to pass this expense onto their customers. However, if they can get recycled or used parts or materials and this costs them less, they can keep their own prices low.
Used auto parts stores and salvage yards also force new parts stores to keep their own prices low, as they need to stay competitive with these yards. You may not think that you have much to do with the pricing of auto parts and repair services, but if car owners don't call wreckers to have their old cars towed and don't support salvage yards, repair shops and new parts stores may easily raise their own prices. This too is another reason to call a wrecker like Self Service Auto Parts to take away your old car.