You might have heard or seen wrecking yards – centres where wrecked and totalled vehicles are collected. They are known by many other names, amongst which are ‘scrap yards’, ‘wreck yards’, and ‘wrecker’s yards’ for example. The most common question that people tend to ask when it comes to these centres is – how exactly do these wrecking yards profit from accepting totalled cards? The answer is quite simple: they profit from salvaging and recycling parts of old and wrecked cars. If you are interested, read on below to find out more about wrecking yards.
Wrecking yards play a very important role in the process to recycle cars NZ and other parts of the world. They help to minimize the accumulation of scrap metal in landfills and also help prevent the uncontrolled emission and release of harmful gases and fluids into the environment. In other words, they are the reason why our planet is not overflowing with old vehicles, and why the harmful fluids and gases emitted by these old vehicles are not constantly released into the environment. Naturally, given this responsibility, the activities of wreck yards are monitored by the state and the local government authorities. Whilst the exact standards and legal compliances tend to vary from country to country and from state to state, generally, it is expected that the wreck yards safely dispose of metals and other car parts.
Wreck yards generally take in unwanted cars for cash in Hamilton and other regions of the country, meaning that their services can be used by just about any individual in possession of old or totalled vehicles. You might believe that there are specific conditions for a wrecker to accept your vehicle, but actually, any model or type will be accepted regardless of the condition it is in. As such, instead of keeping an old vehicle lying around, it is often a better idea to give it to a wreck yard – especially if you know for sure that it is not possible to repair the vehicle in question (whether that is because of the price or because it is far too gone for repairs).
As for what happens to a vehicle once it has been given to a wrecking yard, the general process is quite simple: the fluids of the vehicle are first drained, and then, any parts that can be salvaged and sold or refurbished are removed from the vehicle. Other parts that can be recycled, such as batteries and plastic, is then removed and given to the relevant recycling plants. This leaves the unusable remains, or the scrap metal, which is then crushed and shredded to separate it out through a special process. This allows the metal to be melted and reused for other purposes.