Instead of trashing your totaled vehicle, consider recycling it. 

Get some return on your investment, even if your car is damaged.

In the United States, nearly 15 million vehicles are slated for recycling each year. 

As far as metal quantity is concerned, cars are the most recycled product in the entirety of the United States, year after year.

Why Should I Recycle My Used Car? What Are the Environmental Benefits?

You may be surprised to realize that nearly 90% of vehicles are recyclable. 

But why should you care?

Recycling steel from your vehicle can save a tremendous amount of energy and natural resources that would be used in the manufacturing process for new steel. 

Recycling metal uses about 75% less energy than the manufacturing process.

Stipulations Regarding Car Recycling:

A valid ID and title (in or notarized in the customer’s name) are required to recycle your vehicle. The VIN plate must be visible and attached, and all four tires must be on the vehicle.

How are Cars Recycled?

  • Inspection: First, vehicles of all shapes and sizes undergo vigorous inspection to determine which materials and components are capable of being recycled. 
  • Fluid draining: Professionals carefully drain all necessary fluids such as transmission oil, gas, brake lubricant, and antifreeze.
  • Dismantling valuable components: Experienced technicians remove all valuable parts and scrap material for potential remarketing, getting the most value possible out of your old or totaled vehicle.
  • Crushing the remainder of the vehicle: The remainder of the vehicle is sent through the crushing and shredding process.

What Types of Vehicles Are Recyclable?

  • Cars
  • Trucks
  • Vans
  • Motorcycles

How Do I Recycle Car Tires?

Because they’re made of rubber, tires can be recycled and reused in a variety of environments. They can be repurposed as fuel or shredded to make rubber chunks for artificial mulch on playgrounds.

The tire recycling process consists of dismantling and rubber shredding.

First, the used or flat tire is removed from the wheel. Then it’s sent to the rubber shredder, where it is ground into remarketable, rubber pieces. 

The process of converting used tires to new tires is a costly process, and it’s a service that Cohen does not currently offer.

Which Parts of My Car are Recyclable?

Depending on the condition of the vehicle, certain parts and accessories will be worth more than others. For example, a newer, slightly damaged model would typically yield more value for its parts than a totaled vehicle.

In the case of a totaled vehicle, recycling these parts may be your best option.

  • General scrap metal: All vehicles on the road today contain plenty of sheet and scrap metal that can be recycled for cash, even if the parts don’t work.

  • Batteries: Car batteries have a 99% recycling rate. That’s nearly a “pure loop,” a term used by the recycling industry to refer to a substance that retains nearly 100% of its original make-up as it completes the recycling process. Because of the laws preventing these environmentally hazardous items from being disposed of improperly in landfills, the recycling rate for car batteries has skyrocketed.

  • Wheels: Vehicle wheels can be resold as “used” or melted down and restructured to be sold as a new wheel. 
  • FendersPeople are constantly looking for new fenders to slap on their slightly damaged vehicles. If you can’t find a buyer, don’t worry! They can be recycled.

Mercury in Vehicles:

Vehicles produced before the year 2003 contained mercury auto switches that were typically used in antilock braking systems. This mercury present in this mechanism needs to be removed prior to the vehicle shredding process so that this harmful liquid doesn’t seep into the environment. 

Next Steps

By recycling our cars, trucks, and other vehicles, we’re taking steps to reduce our carbon footprint, preventing the deterioration of the ozone layer, and promoting a healthier environment for us all. 

Let Cohen properly recycle your vehicle.