Unfortunately, as well as we maintain them, cars do not last forever. Eventually they drive their final mile, and at that point, we have to look for a replacement. Whenever you come to that realization, that your car is too old or too damaged to repair it and drive safely on the road, the best decision for both you and the planet is to consider it a junk car. Give it to professionals that will be able to break down and repurpose it in the most responsible way.
Depending on the vehicle, upwards of 80% can be recycled. Think of the airbags, the tires, the battery, the seats, wheels, oil, mirrors, and all of that metal that makes up the frame. All of these components have an opportunity to be reused or recycled.
This junking process equates to fewer new parts being built, fewer natural resources being used, and also fewer parts going into landfills. For example, in the U.S. and Canada alone, enough steel is saved from vehicles to create nearly 13 million new ones each year. Take that a step further, and it also saves 85 billion barrels of oil.
Beyond the positive environmental impact of this process, automotive recyclers will pay for out of order vehicles, abandoned on the sides of roads and highways. By doing so, they are decluttering our communities and also making them safer by reducing the possibility of accidents from stopped vehicles. This is not just an added bonus; it is something we very much depend on, without realizing.
The production of vehicles is generally becoming greener. Yes, electric vehicles are disrupting the current market, but also car manufacturers are opting for more fuel efficiencies, lighter frames, etc. Junkyards are partnering with these producers to ensure they will be able to continue successfully recycling and repurposing future materials. It is in turn up to us to junk our old cars, to allow them to have a second life.