Ever wondered what happens to your old car once you sell it to a scrap yard? They recycle them. This is a big process and after it is recycled it is used in a variety of places. Let us have a look at the recycling process and see what happens to the car.

Recycling has become very critical in the automobile industry and is now on the list of top 20 industries in the world. Wreckers in Auckland and in countries like the US about 95% of cars gets recycled every year in which 12 million cars has reached its predicted life.

What parts can be recycled in cars?

Almost 90 percent of a car can be recycled. The parts that get recycled mainly are tyres, windshield glass, transmissions, radiators, steel and iron, wheels, mats, oil filters, carpets, car seats, and rubber hoses. Car batteries are 100 percent recycled to produce a new one. Steel and iron which is got from are used to make a number of products. Recycled glasses have also found so many uses such as countertops, jewelry, glass beads, porcelain, and tile flooring. This saves up to 10 gallons of oil which is produced to make new glass.

How are cars recycled?

Once a car reaches its predicted life cycle, you can sell car in Auckland to a junkyard or similar facilities available where they decide how it should be recycled according to several factors. First, the facility will check if the car is repairable. If it is repairable they repair it otherwise send it for recycling if the repairing of the particular vehicle is unprofitable. They start dismantling and recycling immediately.

The next step of recycling is draining the car of all it fluids. Antifreeze, engine oil, transmission and brake fluids are drained and kept aside for safe disposal. Gas and oil are drained, filtered and reused. The engine and transmission are detached from the chassis along with other reusable parts are removed and cleaned. Tyres and batteries are sold again or reused within the facility.
Selling of recovered auto parts is also done. The removed usable parts are resold to the same manufacturing companies or other companies according to demand and sometimes to just local operators.
Once all the parts are removed and sold it is made sure that only iron and steel is left in the body. The body is then shredded to a small ball of metal chunks which is later used for new products.

Some known facts about recycling of cars are:

1. North American automobile industry is saving 85 million barrel of oil and energy by using 40 percent of recycled parts.

2. Most auto recycle companies are small companies with a maximum employee strength of 10 people.

3. The auto recycling industry is 75 years old and now 25 percent of every car is made up of recycled parts.

4. Nearly 8 million vehicles are recycled in Europe every year.

5. Every year 27 million cars which have reached its useful life is getting recycled. This is helping not only the industry but also the environment.

6. A humongous amount of toxic waste such as nonrecyclable oils is being safely disposed of because of the auto recycling industry.

7. Almost 90 percent of aluminum used in automobiles now are recycled aluminum from scrap cars which accounts for 10 percent less weight of the vehicle and 50 percent of the new cars scrap value according to studies.

8. Approximately 40 percent of the ferrous metal supplied to blast furnaces and smelters in the United States is from the auto recycling industry. Thus a tremendous decrease in using fossil fuels is observed which may lead to sustainability.

Now that you have an idea of how the recycling of cars and other vehicles are done in the scrap yards go on and sell your old cars to contribute to a better cause.

Author's Bio: 

Caitlyn Bell is an Arts student whose experiences in life make her really tougher than anyone else. She can lend you expert tips on diverse topics ranging from relationship to fashion, making money, health and so on. Her write-ups are a window into her thoughts and knowledge.