Salvage parts is the practice of taking unwanted, used, wrecked vehicles stripping them of all usable parts and components, which are then sold, or recycled. This term applies to basically any vehicle that is being taken off the road, whether it is due to age, after an accident, or mechanical problems.
At a salvage facility or scrap yard, the salvage parts process begins with “pre-treatment” which is the time before the car is disassembled and is drained of coolant, oil, fuel, and other fluids. This prevents leakage while the car is being further disassembled. During this stage, the gas tank, tires, and battery are also removed. Fluids drained during pre-treatment can then be sold, recycled, or used in another vehicle. Depending on the condition and model of the gas tank, it can either be recycled as scrap metal, or sold as a used car part. Everything from the engine parts to floor mats to window controls can be resold, as long as there is a demand for it. Otherwise, parts can be recycled the parts as scrap metal.
I’m glad there is the salvage industry, because it would be a waste to see a lot of useful parts left unused. I never really thought all that had to be done to salvage a car. It makes sense that you would have to drain all of the fluids out of it first because that would make a huge mess. This is a win win situation. We save energy by not having to re-manufacture, and we save money by buying perfectly good used parts.
Generally, auto recycling is beneficial for anyone involved, no matter if you are donating your car to charity, selling it to a junkyard, or scrapping it yourself. It helps reduce the impact vehicles have on the environment and can save people money when shopping for used auto parts. I give salvage car parts a thumbs up because it is great value for money.