It happens everyday throughout North America, junk cars a towed, crushed and melted down only to be re-incarnated at a later date in the form of cars, steel for buildings, and a variety of other daily essentials. In fact you might be surprised to learn that automobiles are the most recycled consumer product in the country with the equivalent of 13.5 million cars worth of steel being recycled each year (Steel Recycling Institute). This recycling process is not only environmentally beneficial but also helps to keep the price of raw materials for cars lower than it would otherwise be.
The basics of car recycling are quite simple, they start with you calling a participating auto wrecker and giving them details about your car, truck or SUV and getting a quote of what they will pay for your junk car. From there an appropriate towing vehicle will be dispatched and your vehicle will be taken to a scrap yard. Re-usable parts from the interior, exterior and engine compartment will be pulled apart for resale and the rest of the car will go into a large shredder.
The shredding process takes under a minute on newer machines and the metals are separated for recycling using a series of magnets while the rest of the components are usually thrown away. After separation, the metals are most commonly sent to individual plants where they are processed and sold to car manufacturers, construction companies and a variety of other vendors.
This simple process is highly beneficial for the environment and even more beneficial to consumers. If you happen to have an old run down vehicle that is no longer running, you can get cash for cars in a matter of days. The amount car junkers will pay varies greatly based on the weight of your car but on average ranges between $200 to $500. Some SUVs and larger trucks can fetch an even higher premium. In most cases your vehicle gets towed within 24 hours and from there, you usually get a check in the mail within a week (this varies depending on the vendor you choose). The best part of the whole process is you can get rid of your oil leaking, eyesore vehicles without it costing you a penny while doing something good for the environment!