An auto wrecker is someone who buys old, broken-down vehicles and then strips them, usually to resell the salvageable parts and then recycle materials that can't be salvaged, such as severely dented body frames or old batteries. If you're thinking of getting rid of an old car that doesn't run and which isn't worth much when it comes to its trade-in value, note a few reasons to sell that car to a junkyard or auto wrecker.
They pick it up, sight unseen
Trying to sell a car to private buyers can be a hassle even when it's in good condition, but having to explain to potential buyers everything wrong with a junked car can make it even more difficult. Buyers will also tend to haggle more when it comes to a junked car, and trying to get rid of it can then take weeks longer than you expected, if you can ever sell that car at all.
An auto wrecker will usually pick up the car with their own tow truck, sight unseen, since they expect the vehicle to be wrecked and not salvageable. This makes it fast and easy to get the car off your property and off your mind!
People need recycled materials
Recycled car parts and materials are often in great demand. Businesses use recycled metal, plastic, and rubber from car parts in their own production, including the production of containers, furniture, home accessories and even materials for paving and construction. Using recycled materials means keeping them out of landfills and also less environmental damage that's caused by harvesting virgin materials.
However, these businesses can't use recycled materials if no one brings waste material to a salvage yard or scrapper! Supporting a salvage business can mean supporting other local businesses who are willing to use recycled materials to lessen their impact on the environment, but if they cannot find these recycled materials, they may need to turn to new materials for their needs instead.
Salvaged car parts are used for more than you may realize
You may understand how individual buyers would use salvaged car parts for repair work, but people often use these intact parts for a variety of other uses. Furniture and home accessories made from car parts are very unique, durable and great choices for car lovers. Artists and furniture designers may scour scrap yards and junkyards for workable parts or raw materials they can use for their own designs; this also keeps these parts out of landfills and reduces the use of virgin materials that are harvested for these pieces.