The Benefits of Recycling Scrap Metal

The Benefits of Recycling Scrap Metal

You’re most likely aware of the large-scale scrap metal recycling industry, however you may be surprised by its size of it. A significant amount of the metal that ends up in finished products like appliances and structural steel is recycled or “recovered.” This brave new world has some obvious and not-so-obvious benefits for the economy, the environment and the average consumer. Earth-Friendly Practices Scrap metal recycling is less energy-intensive and more efficient than extracting and refining raw metals through traditional mining processes. Whereas mining, produces a number of environmental hazards, including poisonous runoff, groundwater pollution, habitat destruction and unstable geological conditions. Something else to consider is that most types of mining require large inputs of fossil fuels. Recycling scrap metal requires fossil fuel inputs as well. However, it’s generally regarded as less energy-intensive than mining. It also doesn’t subsidize to groundwater pollution or create physical scars on the environment that can take hundreds of years to heal. After all, recycling plants don’t require massive open-pit mines to perform their work. Waste Reduction, Space Production Scrap metal recycling frees up landfill space for true junk like discarded food matter and non-recyclable plastics. Since many recyclable metal products are quite bulky, continued growth in the scrap metal recycling rate is likely to reduce the need for unsightly, space-consuming new landfills near our population centers. Tangible Economic Benefits The recycling business is fairly labor-intensive, and studies have shown that it contributes tens of billions of dollars to the country’s gross domestic product. In 2013 alone, a seminal study by the Institute for Scrap Metal Recycling found that nearly 500,000 jobs had been created by the industry. Total federal, state and local tax receipts from the activities of scrap metal recycling outfits added up to more than $10 billion. Across all 50 states, the industry generated about $90 billion in economic activity. Benefits for Consumers and End-Users Recycling scrap metal has plenty of assorted benefits for consumers and businesses as well. If you’ve ever sold an old car to your local wholesaler for “parts,” the amount that you were paid was based in large part on the value of the metal in your vehicle. Payments for old vehicles provide down-on-their-luck consumers with valuable infusions of liquidity during tough times. Scrap metal is also used to produce plenty of new products that don’t appear to be recycled in any fashion. From smartphones and televisions...

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What you need to know when buying a salvaged auto

What you need to know when buying a salvaged auto

Many people don’t like the term salvage simply because that means the price of a salvaged car might, in fact, drop below what it’s really worth. However, that is not always the case. Think of it as equity you are creating as you put in the work and worry of finding, troubleshooting, insuring and, likely, fixing a salvage auto. You are rewarded for your effort in the form of savings on the sticker price of a regular car. The truth is, finding cars and parts at a salvage yard can be somewhat of a teeter-totter as far as your time, money and effort are concerned. So, which way does the teeter-totter tip?  Here are five tips that may help tilt the teeter-totter in favor of a purchase.   Learn the exact damage    By far, the most common reason for a car or truck to get labeled “salvage” is involvement in a crash. In some states, flood and fire damage are also listed as salvage. Flood and fire salvages are deceptive. Things that seem to be working can and do fail, and it’s hard to predict what, exactly, needs to be done to bring these flood and fire cars into reasonably reliable condition. Know the purchase details    Some of the things you’ll want to consider when looking at a salvage car are insurance, warranty, financing, registration, claims and resale. Insuring a salvage car varies by state and by insurer, but you should expect to get, at least, liability insurance in most states from most companies. Don’t count being able to get a warranty. In fact, you can almost be sure there will be no warranty offered on a salvage auto. Asking never hurts. Some salvage dealers may offer some warranties. Repair yourself vs. buying refurbished    There are two conditions in which you can buy a salvage auto: repaired or in need of repair. Obviously, the first is the easiest. The work is already done, and a salvage auto dealer might have done some of the inspection and licensing legwork for you. If you buy a repaired salvage auto, you might be able to drive it out of the showroom. Get the facts    So, you’ve had the salvage auto inspected by a qualified repair shop, still, the inspection might not tell you anything about the car’s past history as a wretched lemon. In addition to going on...

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First time at a junk yard, here is what to expect

First time at a junk yard, here is what to expect

The scariest part for junkyard first-timers is passing through the gates. Before you even step one foot in the salvage yard, a clerk/employee may ask you to sign a document that relieves the company of liability in case you do in case you may get hurt. Some places may charge a small fee for entry as well, usually about a dollar or two. Don’t let this discourage you; it is much cheaper than buying a ticket for a movie. In well operated yards such as Emmet Head Auto Parts and Salvage, there is an underlying logic. The items that are in high demand are usually kept up front, where as the items that are not in so high demand are further in the back. Salvage yards are usually divided by vehicle manufacturer or their point of origin. Domestic versus Japanese versus European, or GM versus Ford versus Toyota, and so on; think of it like the Dewey Decimal library systems. In most cases a map of the grounds is posted, or you can ask an employee/clerk where the item you are looking for is located. Now, the first thing you should look for is the price board. This is a lot simpler then putting a price tag on all the items on every car. Most salvage yards post a list of the different parts in cars and generic prices for each. While you are looking for parts, think about it like shopping. You don’t want to jump and grab the first part you see. Take your time and look around to find the best possible match. Inspect it to make sure it is good quality and in working condition. Also, remember if you are buying an electrical component, test the part to be sure it works properly. Most salvage yards usually have 12-volt sources, such as batteries you can use. Lastly, remember that inflicting structural damage on a vehicle is the fastest way to pull a part: cross members, brackets, and wiring get chopped up all the time. Just be considerate and do not destroy anything someone else might want. Be aware of your surroundings, not everyone who visits salvage yards works safely. So before crawling around, inspect your quarry for safe working conditions. Move on if something looks dangerous. After find what you are looking for and extracting the part, take it up to the clerk you passed...

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Benefits of Auto Salvage

Benefits of Auto Salvage

The automotive industry as expanded so much over the years, with numerous brands, make and models. Over the course of time vehicles begin to ware and tare, they may need to be repainted, a new transition, air compressor and so on. With thousands of parts that make up your vehicle it can cost an arm and a leg just to figure out what exactly is warring down in your car let alone find the correct part at a discount rate. This is where auto salvage yards (also known as junk yards and/or scrap yards) come into play, with the number or brand manufactures; aftermarket parts salvage yards have become part. As the name suggests, auto salvage yards contain numerous amounts of dismantled vehicles. Why to choose auto salvage yards? You might be thinking that auto salvage yards are where the wreckage from old cars is. Even though this is true, salvage yards are more in demand for many reasons. Majority of them are – Salvage yards are the main sources of used auto parts and rebuilt auto parts from the auto salvage. These parts have great demands in the market. There are many expensive auto parts like engine parts, radiators, alternators, transmissions etc. Buying these new parts is not economical option for automobile owners. Here, used parts are preferred more to save money and restore your vehicle. This makes salvage world more demanding. In earlier days, the salvage yards were the large places crowded with scraped vehicles scattered here and there. One had to search for required auto parts in this place for long time. Nowadays, these yards and maintained systematically with computerized systems. There is no need to spend time in searching required auto parts. You can get it with few clicks. Many brand car/ automobile owner opt for buying salvage truck or salvage car as a good source for replacement parts in economical way. There is growing market for buying salvage truck or salvage car to save large amount of money in buying brand new vehicle. The people concerned with budget go for salvage yards to get these vehicles in bargaining prices. Auto Salvage sale At Emmet Head Auto Parts and Salvage you can find any auto part you need in our large inventory managed systematically. If you do not find any part, it is our responsibility to get you perfect auto parts with our nationwide network....

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