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Automobiles Filling Up Junk Yards and Landfills

Saturday, November 6th, 2010

We see run-out, decaying, junky cars in front yards, in fields, tow yards, auto auctions back yards, junk yards and dump areas set aside for this purpose. Hawaii, the Big Island we saw areas where the cars were just piled up. Well on an island it is a big problem because as population expands so do the cars and if people buy new cars what about all the old ones? Well they just pile up and then what do you do? It costs money to ship cars off the island, so you trade in your old car and let the dealership deal with it, but he doesn’t want it either.

We have seen in front yards of mobile homes years of junked cars rusting away in GA, AL, LA, MS, SC. We are talking total junk, not just undrivable but neighborhood rodents and varmints living in them. I can remember as a kid the local cities would have junk days where they would go tot he canyons and hit the streets to pickup abandoned vehicles and take them to a metal recycler or crusher. CA had a CRV-California Redemption value so you could get money for the metal in aluminum cans, old cars or plastic containers. Each year in this country vehicles are recycled, crushed, sent to the middle east in containers and of course recently in the last six years we have had a big push to donate to a church or synagogue or non-profit. Good idea, I can remember making money for one non-profit group allowing people to smash a baseball bat for $1.00 per hit, with a guaranteed uncorked bat. But suspension if you hit the safety glass. Later when OSHA standards came out as Senior Class President of the HS we started wearing goggles when we allowed the people to smash the car. Then a friend whose dad owned a tow company took it to Pick-Your-Part Junk Yard in the Valley, today totally wired with every make and model and part listed on the Internet and most hard to find stuff on Ebay and all the junk yards are all interconnected on a trunk repeater Motorola Radio System. The junk yard business has really progressed over the years.

America has a love for the automobile and many of the old cars are fixed up. About a decade ago you may recall a program where oil companies in some states could buy old cars and get them off the streets and trade for pollution credits, of which El Paso and Enron both enjoyed trading. Enron traded everything from Lumber futures and pollution to energy and just about anything consumable that the Boys in Chicago had not yet created the market for. If it is not bolted to the floor and contracts were drawn for future use, you can bet it was on the potential list to be traded. Bandwidth, oil pipeline capacity, water you name it. Commoditizing the world has advantages and this is one way to control the junk and costs associated. This has always been a free enterprise theme to reduce pollution here in the US.

In the European Union 7.3 million cars per year are ELV’ed or ELV Treated, although there are 11 million total sent to the graveyard, furnace, junk yard or recycle crushers, but first plastics and other items are taken apart. In the US we just crush the crap out of them and deal with the entire pancake. Let’s face it this is a good start. Problem is that each Country in the EU has different guidlines, these countries can never make up their mind. For instance the debt borrowing of the Euro in Germany and France and the rest of the countries having to pay later for the hamburger today.

In the US we have the United States, although often act like the United Countries although we are not much better as in almost every industry we have a different set of laws. Even smaller states with little population bases have conflicting laws, states such as VT, ID, WY, MT, NM, NH, RI, WV, IA, NE, ND, SD. States like CA, OR, WA, MA act like socialist countries and obvious are paying for it now. Beware the socialists in their goal to make all things equal, they can ruin anything, ask Plato. The problem being making non-linear decisions for the best of the country is nearly impossible, for us to come to terms of our leadership role in the Americas we have a lot to be desired on many a front.

We can do better than this, but we fight over the means, why? There can be no excuse. No wonder we cannot come up with solutions to issues like the junked vehicles, which leak all kinds of things when they rot in fields and bleed iron oxides, heavy metals asbestos, and oil, fuel (turns to varnish), brake fluids, radiator fluids and obviously leach into the ground water pf the local farm and cause all kinds of cancers and problems with kidneys. There are issues. But also we see old farm implements and other equipment junked out back. You can see this on every back highway in America and every small town serviced or within 100 miles of a Wal-Mart. In other words every where in every small town. Starting in January of 2007 all European Cars sold will be the responsibility of the manufacturer no matter how long the vehicle is in service.

If a new Ford Mini-van is in a crash after only 2 months on the road it will be the Ford’s responsibility. If it is on the road for 40 years and then junked it will be Ford’s problem. Sounds a bit of a problem to me like our under funded pensions in this country of which the Big three are probably a good example of a serious problem with blue chip companies. Scary thought. You see as countries become more socialist the consumer will not be responsible for anything.

Right now 75% of vehicles in the EU are ELV’ed they wish to increase this to 85% by 2006 a noble cause. 95% by 2015. But we know this is absolutely the wrong way to do this after all the State of CA set and dictated a timeline for electric vehicles and that did not work, today in the Business News GM announced it was completely cutting the plug on all electric vehicles for the newer technology of Fuel Cell. And pursuing the Fuel Cell development project with UPD. Meanwhile with all the EPA deadlines un-met and all the passed costs to businesses by light, Medium and Heavy duty truck manufacturers, FedEx’s Fred Smith put out a challenge that he wanted 50% more fuel efficient units with 90% less emissions. Apparently these do-gooders do not understand entrepreneurship otherwise they would be solving the world’s problems by creating not accusing.

Renault adopted a plan on their own called LEM-Life-Cycle Management and found 13 key vendors to achieve this, a much better and well organized plan this was back in 1999. They made all components recyclable, well 90% including the plastics and other materials for their top selling cars; Laguna II, Mid Size Panel Vans (you have seen them in cops and robber movies in France chasing James Bond), Clio II and the Val Satis. Excellent achievement for the French Car Company. Similar to the 90% of their recycled story about the Oil for Arms Program with Iraq. Did I say Arms, no no FOOD, we we Food, yes food, silly me. Other ideas of the ELV program is to use easy to dis-assemble parts, like what Dell is doing with computer trade-ins, yes Michael is always leading edge, he deserves an award.


You see when you take apart computers especially old ones they have gold plated components on the circuit boards and connections. Dell only charges $15.00 to recycle and they get at least $8-22 in gold out of each one. Once apart they can be 67% recycled. The EU wants certain things to no longer be used in the manufacturing of cars, such as mercury, hexavalent chromium, cadium and lead. Most US Manufacturers have already done this completely and the rest will soon be completed. Smaller companies such as MG Rover which use to produce millions of cars now only sells 200,000 per year in the UK, the UK likes the idea and are up with the compliance anyway seeing as they agree since they are on an island. But you can always drive the cars to Europe in the Chunnel and they do not want the reciprocate, the UK says we are not a junk yard.


The UK has it’s own plan called: ACORD-Automotive Consortium on Recycling and Disposal. They are proposing a cash incentive for turning in a vehicle, the Economist and the Futurists have both had articles on this thought and it is similar to the Oil Companies paying to get off the road those cars which would not run on Unleaded fuels and needed the lead additive. People were paid to dispose, in this case though people are paid to dispose properly and the UK would let the manufacturers off the hook and let the owner be responsible after all they own the car and there is no telling how many owners a car in Europe may have had during its life before it became an end of life vehicle like Logan in Logan’s Run and had to be renewed.

The UK’s Motor Vehicle Dismantlers Association agreed that the owner would be given the $75.00 equivalent in pounds as an incentive. Probably also would need to be based on inflation and the CPI-Consumer Price Index you know the Brits in their need to be exact, they are all wannabe economists. Failure to properly dispose and renew registration on the vehicle would mean that the fine penalty would be issued to their drivers license, they are more connected there. But the problem is inconsistencies for instance Greece had no shredding sites, while Germany has 42, Italy 16, France 42 and in the UK 37 total. Problem too is that those cars from others countries in Europe would not be able to take their cars to the UK, they only want to dispose of their own cars, not everyone else’s. Obviously they do not want to pay the $75.00 for every citizen in Europe who want their car melted and shredded.

In Austria which makes no cars, they want to be paid and have the other countries to come pick up the damn cars, Germany says we can do this since they will levy, guess what another TAX or they call it a LEVY of $100.00, but that levy is dry and Austria is saying that will be the day when I die, meaning Yah Right? Like you guys in Germany are so far in debt you will steal the money from Peter to pay Paul and we will never see a dime of that and we know it. Germany of course loves the upfront money. Ever since Hitler’s economic policy of collecting goods in trade up front and holding payments against those goods until they strung out vendors (countries) like Sears and then owned you. No one is fooling the Austrians and they could care less because they do not make cars anyway, figuring it is everyone elses problem so come get your cars and forget about us building any shredder plants in our beautiful country.

France and Spain are taking the approach that the manufacturer should pay the difference between the scrap that is collected value and the cost to scrap it. Good idea, but what about mergers of car companies or those succumbing to economic pressure of the low dollar today against the Euro. What about those who will not be here in 2015 when these cars are junked, who pays for that? Like all these manufacturers are going to be here tomorrow? And in a merger is the new company responsible? Lots of questions, the UK is still talking with industry and the cars well they keep piling up, in the United States we have more room, but many of these old automobiles have other issues and materials of yester year, just like the old aircraft in the desert are slowly decaying and aluminum in the water may cause the immune system to attack the brain such in Alzheimer’s. Still not proven yet.

Another issue is if the Germans collect upfront and a premature incident such as the Floods in Prague where cars were junked early the junkyards would sell the engines and other components. But also in accidents, theft recovery vehicles already paid on, small car fires, or terrorist’s being killed and bullet holes these vehicles are not sellable but parts can be taken off, why should the manufacturer have to pay, shouldn’t they get a refund? But Germany cannot pay everyone not to work and still have money left. These vehicles have gearboxes, engines, body parts, which may still be sellable.

In the US the Argonne National Laboratories have been studying

ASR-Auto Shredding Residue

About 10 million vehicles are scrapped in the us each year. Now remember the net gain of 7 million is the traffic you see. You see the 10 million vehicles crushed or shredded in the US each year contains about a million tons of polyurethane Foam and about 1,500,000,000 pounds of thermoplastics, which is trucked to the landfill or incinerated. We need to look at the options for ELV as the US has to come to grips with the problem as junked cars increase.

By recycling the ASR-Automotive Shredder Residue as per Argonne’s tested model, a reduction of 75% of the waste can stop on the way to the landfill. In the US we have discovered this can be resold to make other products, both in automotive and other fields. This is done by a two stage trummel, it is like a rotating screen, same principle as fishing for gold in Auburn, CA gold country. Or the Rock Crusher sifters in Sunlight goldmine in Butte, MT. The sifter splits up the debris into three parts, similar to the quarters, tokens and dimes sent into the coin-op car wash for processing into rolls for the bank and recycling of tokens back to the machine. In this process the University of Chicago was able to build the machine able to take out the dirty foam, oxides of less than 6 mm, like rust chips and also the glass chips, dirt. Also taken out of the ELV junk cars would be sand granulars, other metals and plastics. Smaller holes allow these materials to filter and the foam rises and is left. It is merely dumped over the side and collected in a huge bin and trucked away. Very efficiently however recovering nearly completely debris free dirty foam larger and lighter foam chips. Like the water, which weighs more than the gold.

Foam and we have studied it on this board previously, go ahead an look it up after you are completed with this topic. the Foam is then washed, rinsed, dried and then of course re-used. Foam when missed with chemical is easily dissolved and then the chemical precipitated out and the foam is reblown with gas and made into the next substance and preferable shape. Foam being 5% liquid and 95% gas until it hardens is cheap to make, but having the substance the 5% for free is also cool. The only issues are the same involved in bulky cardboard recycling and the economies of scale and mass production depend a lot on transportation issues, trains and trucks cost money to run and the stuff is bulky for it’s value. If the substance can be removed onsite it is much more feasible and the foam turned to liquid is reduced from 100 volume to 5% volume and now in liquid form and can easily be transported by CSX tanker car anywhere you want it and then shipped anywhere in the world in bulk. This is very cool.

Plastics can be easily separated by froth flotation and precipitates and therefore can be recycled cheaply, the Industries dealing with Mineral Separation use this method as well. The ABS-Acrorylontitrile-buta-diene-stryrene is abstracted by difference in density to the high-impact polystyrenes, which sinks faster. So you can separate the two types of plastic with 95 plus percentage accuracy. The recovered ABS can be used for a multitude of things in another automobile. There are a few issues also with the thin galvanized steel used to keep cars light which is used in modern cars, it is zinc coated and when your melt it, it gives off toxic clouds of dust.

The best idea is to strip the zinc before the process and there is a way to do this by using sodium hydroxide and electrolysis at room temperatures. To remove the zinc from solution use a centrifuge.

The Argonne is going to sell this entire process to Belgium, and the other EU countries are saying that for every 35 ELV cars just one engine can be sold, nearly 95% of all ELVs have negative value, yet the Argonne solution solves those issues. One issue with the recycling of steel is much is contaminated with copper, this could cause failure in steel frames on cars and especially with grain memory methods of manufacturing where the steel is trained to stay straight such as in steering rods, axles, truck frames, bridge components, buildings etc. if bent the steel returns to it’s intended design shape without worries of fatigue from torsion or other forces. The Japanese would by it after all they claim their stainless is the same, but when 5% nickel is really used it does not rust like the Japanese steel, no wonder we are upset with their imported steel. Even with 505 stainless for underground tanks if we use the Japanese stuff our tanks will corrode much faster leaving us with significant damage to environment and drinking well water and underground aquifer contamination although that was never discussed in the Kyoto treaty either.

You can recover about 50 lbs of zinc from a ton of steel and yes zinc has value such as undercoatings of bridges, use in pigments or marine or aircraft corrosion prevention. Plastics recovered is about half the cost to producing plastics from corn due to corn prices, with other plastics, eating and ethanol. Also in drought years plastics cost more due to oil companies getting more as less corn is produced for taco shells, Kellogg’s corn flakes and Tony the tiger. In all seriousness though this is correct along with the artificial manipulation of the commodity markets as margining players, market movers, farmers hedging their bet against the crop production and speculators let it all hang out. One issue still remains, window tint, laminated glass, antenna and heating element materials often embedded in the windshields, windscreens and rear windows.

In the EU there are also the same issues we have here, those old five-gallon flush toilets, refrigerators, washers and dryers, all an issue. I cannot tell you the amount of toilets traded in drought areas and the non-energy efficient refrigerators traded in, in nearly every city in America and this has helped America become more energy efficient, but the mountains of debris are unbelievable. Think about it.

Netherlands and Sweden have had auto disposal plans in affect for quite a while. I hope you learned something from this, because as used car prices fall and cars are worthless, there will be more scraped. As we sell more cars and newer more efficient vehicles their will be more scraped, as fuel cells come into play and we work out the bugs of technology problems we will see all those cars on the road end up scrapped. We need to have a plan and we are well on our way in the states, we can work better since we are in the same country and all on the same team, as long as the other states follow the BMP that fits the needs of the American People and do not try ot build some special program to pay off their over spending as their tax base dwindles from cutting off the hand of the businesses that fed them all these years.

The US is going to have to come to grips with the growing number of old junk cars in this country within the next 5-10 years, it is getting to be bigger and bigger issue, so we need to set a course to make fix the situation.

“Lance Winslow” – Online Think Tank forum board. If you have innovative thoughts and unique perspectives, come think with Lance; Lance is an online writer in retirement.

How a Junkyard Operates

Friday, November 5th, 2010

These are parts of broken down vehicles and are usually scattered all around the yard. Nevertheless, they function just well when re-installed into newer vehicles. No matter how damaged a vehicle may be, it would still have a useful part. Salvage yards are able to do well financially because they have so many auto parts for re-sell, just about any spare part can be found. No matter how old the vehicle model is.

Another good thing about salvage yards is the spare parts here may not be found in local auto part shops. Some cars are manufactured in other countries and so spare parts, especially of older models, have to be ordered from the manufacturer, which is very expensive. However, in a salvage yard, it can be gotten at a cheaper price.

Every state and town has at least a salvage yard where useful parts of dilapidated vehicles are salvaged for re-use. Most of the parts would be non-functional. But even the most dilapidated vehicles have a usable part either on the inside or on the outside.

So if you need a spare part and can’t seem to find one in your local auto part store, then you would do yourself a favor to check a junk yard where you can get salvage parts. You may have to search several junkyards but it sure beats having to order a spare part from a manufacturer as well as make financial sense.

The first thing to do when you want to purchase a spare part from a junkyard is to call the junkyard and request for the part. Of course, you have to give details of the vehicle such as the brand, model, when it was manufactured and the spare part you need. A search would have to be conducted on the available parts and if they do have it, then they would let you know. Vehicles disposed in junkyards are assessed for the useful parts both inside and outside which are collected. When you arrive at the junkyard, you would be allowed to see the spare part and if you decide to purchase it, payment is made right there.

For parts that are too large to transport, some junkyards would actually haul it for you. Examples of such parts include the hood, trunk lid or roof. Some people may decide to buy the whole junk car and scrap it themselves. Although you have to enquire about this during your first call. You want to know if this added service is free or if you have to pay for the haulage. It is best to compare costs across different junkyards in order to make an informed decision. If the price of one junkyard is too high, you can always try another. You are under no obligation to purchase the spare part especially if the terms of purchase do not sit well with you.

As you can tell, the junkyard is a great place to go find those hard-to-get auto parts. Even if these parts are not new, they are still functional. This is because these parts will last the life of the vehicle. Although, they may need replacing in the future, the cost of replacement sure will not exceed the cost of ordering the part from a manufacturer. Even if you do not have to order parts, you would find parts from a junkyard to be cheaper.

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Car Removal – What to Do With Your Old Junk Car?

Thursday, November 4th, 2010

Car removal is becoming a very popular type of business in Melbourne. It’s a lucrative business that employs are large amount of workers. In most areas of Melbourne, the business is actually thriving.

Car removal in Melbourne mainly refers to the all-important act of evacuating old, used, and damaged vehicles from the beautiful streets of the city. Many times, people abandon their damaged vehicles in the front or back of their homes. Others abandon them on major roads or in remote areas of the city. In most of these areas, the cars are a tremendous obstruction and they constitute an environmental nuisance to the public.

Oftentimes, government officials in charge for the preservation of the environment will go on a tour and tow these vehicles away. They will also charge the owners for causing an obstruction as it is considered a misdemeanor in Melbourne. You may end up paying through the nose if you just abandon your car on the streets.

However, you do have an alternative when it comes to getting rid of your old vehicle. There are various companies that will pay you when they remove your old and damaged car out of the road. These businesses are known by various tags. They could be called car wreckers, car removers, scrap-car removers, and so on. In any case, their duty is to help you do away with your damaged car. In most cases, the majority of these companies will take away the cars and pay you the agreed amount.

The cars that are taken away are usually dumped in junk yards. These are large areas of land that most car-removing companies own. You’re sure to see all types of damaged and used cars in these junkyards. The cars are then usually recycled, repaired, or dismantled. In most cases where the cars are badly damaged, they are properly dismantled. Oftentimes, damaged cars still have useful inner parts that could be used for repairing other autos.

Many of the cars that are taken away are great resources for a lot of auto parts dealers in Melbourne. Most companies that are in the car-wrecking business also have shops where they sell the spare parts that are taken from the wreckage of the old cars. In most cases, the company is able to cover the costs they pay out for damaged vehicles by selling its parts.

In Melbourne, parts dealers are always on the lookout for cars that have been taken away by wreckage companies. In many cases, the old motor parts will last longer than new ones. This is why many parts dealers visit and do business with most of the car-removal companies in Melbourne. You’d be surprised what parts can be recovered and used again, including small items such as nuts and bolts. In fact, there are several businesses that only deal in the nuts and bolts that are retrieved from the wreckage of cars taken away in Melbourne.

These car-removal businesses are very useful and they help to keep Melbourne obstruction free from old and damaged vehicles.

Ben Holiday writes for ezines and locksmith blogs. More importantly he writes for the site Car Removal Melbourne and the Australian based blog, Car Removal. For more information, visit Car Removal today.

Save Even More Buying Used Car Parts

Wednesday, November 3rd, 2010

When there is a need to replace a part on an automobile or truck, the options are endless. Of course, one can always go online or to one of the new auto parts chain stores or the dealership but if there is enough time and not too much money buying a used part can be the best option. However, even when it comes to buying a used part there are options.

There are some auto parts stores that operate just like the big retailers that sell new car parts. The customer arrives at the counter and asks for a specific part for a vehicle. The attendant then searches the inventory on a computer, and informs the buyer if the part is in stock and its price. This type of used auto-parts retailers provide convenience and hassle-free transactions for their clients. Most accept credit or debit cards, have air-conditioned lobbies and paved parking lots. However, if the purpose is to save the most money possible then the best place to buy used auto parts is a junk yard.

Yes, good old junk yards where most sales are cash and no refunds are available. The parking lot is loose gravel and the counter at the office is greasy and dirty. The prices are not set on a computer but the attendant sets the price when he is selling the part. A junkyard owner or manager sometimes will allow the buyers to remove the parts themselves making the price even lower. And of course, there is always the opportunity to negotiate a lower price for a part does not have a label and that is not registered in a computerized inventory.

Junkyards are a little further away from the city, but provide the most savings for the low budget mechanic or the do-it-yourself kind of people. There is rarely a warranty on the parts but if the used car part is around one hundred dollars cheaper than a new one, well it might be worth to take a risk. The phone book is a good tool to shop around in junkyards to get quotes on prices and then used that as a tool to get a cheaper price at the one that is the shortest drive away. “Come on, this same part they have it for $50 at the junkyard down the road, but this is close to my shop.” It takes time and bargaining to shop at junkyards but it always feels good to get a good deal.

Ronnie Tanner is a contributing writer at Quality Auto Parts. He writes about Used Car Parts and other industry specific topics.

Used Auto Parts – Craigslist Versus Pick and Pull Junkyards

Tuesday, November 2nd, 2010

When many vehicle owners need car, truck, van, RV, or jeep parts, they usually turn to their local junkyard. Many of these junk yards have a pick and pull policy. Meaning, you can buy the part for cheap, but you must find that part yourself and remove it from the vehicle in question. Although it sounds like a lot of work, it is a great way to find cheap auto parts. Another way is visiting In fact, which is the best approach?

Unfortunately, not all junkyards in the United States sell used car parts. This is unfortunate, as these pick and pull yards have shown us that even the oldest cars and those in the worst shape still have salvageable parts. If you do not have access to one of these auto establishments, it is best to visit To get started, select your state and then the nearest city. Browse or search the website to find car, truck, van, RV, or jeep parts.

One of the many benefits to using Craigslist to find cheap car accessories is the search function. You don’t have to spend hours sifting through a junkyard to find what you need. Instead, you sit at home on your computer and perform a search. To find the best deals and what you need, search with targeted phrases. Search with the make, model, or part you need. For example, Honda Civic fenders, Mercedes hubcaps, Geo Tracker door, Dodge Ram tailgate, and so forth.

At most pick and pull auto yards, you are charged a set price for each part. This is good if you only need one or two items. However, many buyers want to have an entire junk car on hand for parts in the future. At an established auto yard, this can cost you thousands of dollars or more. On you are likely to find better prices. You may get a junk car for as little as $100! These cars don’t run and the seller doesn’t want to bother with needed repairs, so they sell the vehicle as a junk car and sell it for next to nothing. The only downside is you may need to rent or borrow a car trailer to tow it home.

As you can see, both car part yards and have their benefits. If you want to find car, van, truck, motor home, or jeep parts on Craigslist, download the Craigslist Reader at to try free. You can search all of Craigslist, entire states, or multiple cities at once. Don’t waste time finding used car parts; search quickly and with ease to find the best deals.

Click here to find a cheap auto parts on Craigslist; with the Craigslist Reader you can a search Craigslist nationwide and more!

Federal Help for the Vehicle Scrapping Industry

Monday, November 1st, 2010

Like much of the economy, the vehicle scrapping business has been suffering a deep recession. Because more people have been deciding to forgo buying new cars and to hold onto their old cars longer, automobile dismantlers have seen a major decline in volume. They have fewer cars coming into their lots which means fewer used parts to sell. Moreover, the price for scrap steel dropped from $550 to $125 a ton in 2008, as carmakers and other manufacturers purchased less recycled steel.

As a result a federal program known as CARS – the Car Allowance Rebate System – was implemented last year in order to assist the automobile industry. Under this program consumers can trade in their gas-guzzlers and clunkers, and receive $3500 or $4500 off the price when they buy a new car. The program has sparked an uptick in new cars sales as well as flooding auto scrap yards with used vehicles still in good condition. Besides small, removable parts like headlights, taillights, blinkers, mirrors, parts of the exhaust system, seats etc. which can be resold as used repair parts, major parts such as transmissions and engines can be sold to auto parts companies who rebuild the parts and sell them to the public.

When a car comes into an auto scrap yard under the CARS program, thethe engine was destroyed by the dealer by injecting a solution of sodium silicate into the oil intake.As autos have been flowing into yards under the CARS program, the competition for them is heating up. Auto dismantlers want the cars so that they can sell the used parts. Recyclers of scrap metal want them to crush into tiny metal fragments, which can be sold both locally and internationally.

Besides steel, other metals such as aluminum and copper can be salvaged and have high value as scrap. It is always cheaper and more efficient to recover metals from scrap than it is by mining and processing raw materials; and it is much more environmentally-friendly. Unbroken windows and windshields are removed intact and resold to car owners who need replacements and broken glass can be recycled. What is left of a vehicle after removing usable parts is put in a crusher which uses a mobile bailing press or flattener to crush the car, and then is run through a hammer mill which smashes the remains into fist-sized pieces which can then be sold as scrap. Besides auto salvage yards and scrap recyclers, there is an industry of auto scavengers and auctioneers who compete to be the middlemen in obtaining cash for scrap car by selling the cars to the highest bidder.

The CARS program has been termed a bonanza for the entire automobile industry including advertisers, dealerships and other auto businesses as well as auto junkyards and metal scrap recyclers. The federal cash for clunkers program is breathing new life into the whole economy.

The federal CARS cash for scrap car program has been a big boost for the entire automotive industry, from auto manufacturers to auto scrap yard owners like North Shore Towing & Recycling in the Chicagoland area. The CARS program is a great deal for consumers, and gives the vehicle scrapping business a shot in the arm as well.

Why Should You Buy Used Auto Parts?

Sunday, October 31st, 2010

Everybody who owns a car, truck or even a motorcycle have to shop for spare parts at some point of time. These parts generally, come very expensive and along with the service charges they tend to burn a hole in your pockets. However, you can avoid this by doing some smart business and getting yourself used auto parts at a fraction of the original price.

People, usually, have an opinion that these second hand parts are of very poor quality. They think that the only place where they could hunt for them is a nearby junkyard. This is, however, not the truth. In fact, there are many reliable and reputed places where you could find used auto parts that are as good as new ones. What’s more, you get them at incredibly low prices. This, however, doesn’t mean that they’re of inferior quality.

While junk yards are one of the most common places where you can find used parts, they’re not the only places. Though, you will always get much better deals at junkyards than any other place. Most of the damaged and old vehicles always have a number of spares that work perfectly well. Sometimes these parts are almost new. The only problem with junkyards is that at most of the times you will have to locate and remove the spare part yourself. On the flipside, this saves your money on labor charges that some other dedicated stores might charge you.

Another option that you have is to buy reconditioned parts from an authorized – or private – service center. Even though, these are used auto parts, they are almost as good as new ones. Have you ever wondered what happens to your vehicles’ old parts when you order a replacement? Those parts are restored by the stores and they sell them for peanuts to people who don’t want to spend on brand new parts. Not to mention that sometimes these parts carry a warranty with them. This is what makes it the next best thing after buying new parts, if not better than that.

What’s more? The more you reuse these parts, the more you would reduce your carbon footprint. You will also save the earth and its valuable forests from excessive mining. When these parts are dumped in a junkyard then over a period of time they contaminate the soil due to lubricants and other toxic substances used in them. The pollutants can also reach the groundwater and contaminate your water supply over a period of time. So, by purchasing used auto parts you are not only saving loads of cash, but you’re also helping in preserving the environment and ensuring a safe future for your next generation.

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Junkyards and Junkyard Dogs!

Sunday, October 31st, 2010

I enjoy a good junkyard!

I mean, most people who really like cars can find almost anything in a junkyard. I have seen very old cars, hot rods and antique cars and parts as well as cool engines that were ready to be rebuilt, come back to life and power a new hot rod again for another 10 or 20 years.

(Where else ya gonna go to find a real live junkyard dog? I am talkin’ bout the real deal here. A dog that will let you walk right past him during the day when business is conducted, but will tear you apart after hours! No foolin’ around.)

I have gotten lots and lots of junk car parts that work fine and are half price at junkyards. I found parts that are available nowhere else.

If a particular junkyard does not happen to have the part you are looking for that day, they can make a search through a computer network especially for junkyards and locate that part in seconds.

Many junkyards will specialize in the make of car it deals with. Most junk yards will have more of one kind of car parts than others, too like Chevy, Ford, Mustang or Corvette parts. The same with BMW, Mercedes or Jaguar they are all specialty parts that would be kept in certain areas, or they might be a specialty of a particular junkyard. Antique parts are hard to find and show up mostly at automobile auctions or auto trading shows like at Carlisle Pennsylvania.

Online junkyards are popular too. Just do a search for “junkyards” and up pops a whole list of them just waiting to take your order and ship that part right back to you – for a price! But that price is going to be a lot cheaper than a parts house, usually! Always check the after-market stores before calling a junkyard to determine the price and availability of your part before trying junkyards.

Remember, electrical parts are non-refundable from junkyards.

Happy hunting!

Jim Furr – If you happen to be in the market for a good junk yard, go here: Car Junk Yard Also: be sure to visit Auto Junkyard

Is it Very Difficult to Get Classic Auto Parts?

Saturday, October 30th, 2010

If you are working on restoring a classic car, finding parts can be a challenge. Depending on the vintage and popularity of the model you own, parts may or may not be available through the original manufacturer. If they are, the manufacturer will charge a premium price, because there is less demand for those parts then there would be for parts for newer models. If you cannot get parts from the dealership or original manufacturer, you are going to have to get creative. Here are some options for you to consider.

Shop with Other Enthusiasts

If you can join a classic car enthusiast club or website or simply network with other enthusiasts in your area, you may be able to find some contact information for parts suppliers that deal with used classic car auto parts. Some of the enthusiasts themselves may have parts they no longer need or cars they are willing to take parts from to sell. Of course, there is no guarantee that you will find parts in this way, but it is worth a try.

Go Online

Another option to consider is shopping online. You can find many classic car parts on eBay and online classifieds websites. Shopping online opens the entire world to your disposal, so if you are searching for a very rare part, you have a greater chance of finding it. Keep in mind, however, that many stores and websites are geared toward American shoppers, so you might have to pay extra for shipping when shopping from Canada. Always watch the shipping fees before you commit to making a purchase, because these can greatly affect how much of a bargain or value you are getting for your money.

Also, keep in mind that you will not have the chance to see the parts before you buy. Make sure the online listing has very detailed photos. Even with pictures, though, you still run the risk of ending up with a rusty part, because the photographer can conveniently forget to show a side of the part that contains rust damage.

Head to the Junk Yard

Another option is to visit a junkyard. Junkyards deal with cars of all years, makes, and models, and they salvage every part possible from the cars they get. Because most of the cars they take in are older, you have a high likelihood of finding something to fit your classic car.

Most junkyard owners are experts in car parts, simply because of the nature of their work. You can ask the junkyard owner to keep his eyes open for a particular part that you need.

Some junkyards even list their inventory online, giving you the chance to see what they have from the comfort of your home. If you do not live near the junkyard, you can order over the phone or Internet if they have what you need. Shopping for parts for your classic car can be like a treasure hunt. You have to be creative and the search can be a challenge, but with these resources you are sure to find what you need. 

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The Economic and Environmental Impact of the Automobile

Friday, October 29th, 2010

There is no such thing as a car. So what does this mean to you? What does this do to your lifestyle?

Can you see the point I am trying to make? It is this: you could not visualize your present day way of life, if somehow, incredibly, the automobile were suddenly subtracted from our midst. The longer you think about the consequences of such a hypothetical event, the longer becomes your list of all the ways that you would be affected.

Starting with the obvious point, most people would quickly find that their travelling range was sharply limited. The number of places they could visit, or the things that they could do, would be cut in half at the very least. At the simplest level, the scope of interesting experiences open to most people would be greatly reduced without the widespread availability of the automobile.

Look at the problem in another way. For a great many persons, the car is the only practical means of getting to work. Without cars, nearly everyone who now lives in suburban areas, for instance, would be unable to go to work. Something would have to change; either their work would come to them, or they would have to move. It wouldn’t take much time to figure that unless the whole structure of the industry were to alter, the suburbs would virtually disappear. Or to juggle slightly with the framework of our imaginary discussion, it is entirely reasonable to claim that the automobile is a major factor explaining why the suburbs are continuing to grow.

Nor does the discussion of this particular point end here. People living in suburbs want expressways that can get them to and from their job in the middle of the city in the shortest possible time. People who live in metropolis areas don’t always think so much of this idea. They claim – or at least many of them do – that expressways carve up the cities and leave them ruined. Who is right? That is a question that may well turn into one of the most controversial political issues regarding infrastructure and domestic policies in the future.

Cars are built by people. Self-evident but significant. The automobile companies collectively are the largest employer in the industrialized world today. Quite obviously, cars and their manufacture are a vital component of our economy.

Beyond the manufacturing sector of the auto industry are the people who design, advertise and sell automobiles, there is almost an endless succession of men and women who earn their livelihood in an occupation that is connected in some way with that one central object, the car. The miner who extracts iron ore from the ground, the smelter-worker who converts the iron to steel, the metallurgist who decides the exact composition of the steel according to what function it must perform – these persons operate at the beginning of the process. The chemist who synthesizes artificial rubber for the tires, or invents a new plastic for the tail light, is equally involved in the creation of the automobile.

How about the engineer who designs the highways and bridges we drive on? How about the truckers carrying gravel to the construction site, or the pavers who finish the asphalt surface? Don’t forget the geologist who searches for crude oil, or the well driller who brings it to the surface, or the engineer who separates the crude oil into gasoline, oil, grease, and related products.

Driving instructors depend on the car for their living. So do mechanics, rust-prevention specialists, chauffeurs, race car drivers, taxi drivers, truck drivers, and countless dozens of other drivers. Tax collectors, traffic policemen, lawyers, and judges all have the car to thank for some portion of their income. Accessory manufacturers produce anything from fancy hubcaps to state of the art stereo systems, GPS systems, etc. Finally, at the end of the cycle, there is the auto wrecker. The next person on the scene is the car salesman and the process starts over.

A large percentage of Americans either work directly for an auto manufacturer or make their bread due to the automobile industry. If the automobile were to suddenly disappear, the economic consequences would be utterly impossible to predict.

Our dependence on the automobile is the root of two particularly worrisome problems presently facing our society.

Problem one is that automobiles damage the environment. The fear of a future landscape completely covered with asphalt is a topic that many environmentalists and the next generation are extremely concerned with. Automobile junkyards and roadside billboards are only beautiful by those who are making money from them.

But the aesthetics of paved roads, junk yards and billboards isn’t the primary concern. By far the most immediate and serious worry posed by our involvement with the automobile is the danger of air pollution. The petroleum based fuels used by car engines emit small quantities of carbon monoxide, nitrous oxide, and other green house gases. Given the tremendous number of cars being put on the road each day in emerging countries such as India and China, the problem only promises to get worse.

Despite the danger that exists, considerable progress has been made towards minimizing the emission of green house gases. Perhaps as important a change as any is that public awareness of the problem now exists, so that the pollution caused by automobiles is no longer ignored.

The second major problem with the automobile is that it is dangerous. Even with the introduction of additional safety features over the past thirty years such as air bags, anti-lock brakes, and traction control a North American is killed in a car accident every hour. More North Americans have been killed in automobiles than in wars. These are incredible statistics if you stop and think about them.

What can be done about this highly unpleasant side-effect of the car? The problem can be tackled in a number of ways. One approach is that of improved highway design. Better lighting, better signs, better intersection control, less rigid light standards and guard rails, and other improvements have all contributed to a less painful accident per mile figure than might otherwise have been the case.

Another approach is to improve the design of the car from the point of view of safety. Unquestionably, great steps have been taken. Fifteen years ago, air bags were an oddity; now, even passenger side air bag and side door air bags are becoming common.

Despite these measures, “consumer protection” groups have been outspoken in their criticism of the manufacturers, whom they accuse of dragging their heels, being more concerned with designing glamour into their cars versus designing them safely, with the intention of attracting a younger consumer base. Given the fact that they are obliged to pay satisfactory dividends to shareholders, the manufacturers not surprisingly are opposed to any change that threatens to decrease their profits.

However, by and large, the car companies have been agreeable to accept government imposed safety standards. All car manufacturers are on the same playing field, so none will suffer a competitive disadvantage. Despite this acceptance, however, there has still been some resistance in recent years by the manufacturers, on the grounds that some government standards are too tough to be met in the time allowed.

Nevertheless, innumerable objective studies have all pointed to the same conclusion – that the greatest single cause of accidents is, in fact, the driver. The reasons for this vary with the circumstances – in one case, the problem may be lack of driving skill; in another, a momentary lapse of attention. Or poor vision. Or failure to compensate for bad conditions. Or intoxication. Or over confidence. Or a combination of several of these, or a different reason altogether. But these problems we ourselves can correct – and that is the whole point of this article. Anyone can learn to drive. But expert driving – and really, safe driving is exactly the same thing – it is a skill that takes time to acquire, and has as its benefits the pleasure and satisfaction that come from doing any task properly.

My name is Kris Kolanko. I am co-owner and operator of the site Our goal is to provide new and current drivers with information and education products that will help them obtain a license or find a driving school, anywhere in the United States. Feel free to explore our site and take advantage of all we have to offer.

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