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The Bay Area auto parts team here at Rock&Roll Auto Recycling is often asked to explain the whys and wherefores of auto salvage. If you’re the proud owner of an “old beaut” from the ‘60s or ‘70s, what can you do to keep the warhorse in gem condition? Read the whole article here: Classic Car Salvage Restoration
Different cars have different life expectancies, but all cars become unusable over time. In fact, the United States sees 15 million vehicles become unusable each year! Finding a use for these vehicles is important for reducing waste and promoting preservation. Auto recycling offers a variety of new uses for steel, aluminum, and other metals and elements found in unusable cars. Take a look at this infographic created by a Naperville auto recycling company to learn more about the benefits of choosing auto recycling.
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GM Scraps Transformed into Coats for Homeless
When General Motors has leftover sound-absorbing materials from the Chevrolet Malibu and Buick Verano, it doesn’t just recycle the material. Instead, GM donates the material to Veronika Scott of The Empowerment Plan.
Scott then turns the recycled auto parts material into self-heated waterproof coats that can be converted into sleeping bags. These coats are then distributed to homeless individuals in Detroit and other cities.
Scott came up with the idea to make weatherproof coats when she was a student at the College for Creative Studios in Detroit. After designing the product, she hired homeless women to make the coats for distribution. Since December 2010, Scott has hired eight full-time employees that make 150 coats per month.
One of Scott’s biggest challenges with the program is a challenge that all small business owners face — funding. Specifically, funding for expensive insulated material.
“Among other challenges — from design to project funding — the insulation is the largest expense in the coats’ production,” Scott said in a GM release. “With GM’s help and recommendations, I was able to think about materials in a different way and incorporate a sustainable, durable and practical product from GDC, Inc. that benefits struggling community members.”
General Motors donated 2,000 yards of the Sonozorb material to Scott. This was enough material to make 400 all-in-one weatherproof coats. This donation will help keep 400 individuals warm this winter and it also helps General Motors meet its waste reduction goals.
Written by Melissa Hincha-Ownby, Mother Nature Network
photo: John F. Martin, General Motors
Used Auto Parts You Should Never Buy
The cost of maintaining a vehicle is skyrocketing and usually the added expense is from labor costs rather than parts. To offset the cost of auto repairs even more, many homegrown mechanics are discovering the value or reconditioning slightly loved parts. In some cases, including an engine, transmission, washer pump and even automotive seats, fixing up a used component is a smart way to save money. However, there are several parts that are intended for use on a single vehicle and should never be purchased used.
In an attempt to save money, many car owners purchased used tires from scrap yards, their local mechanic or a handful of service centers that sell viable radials at a discount. As a tire’s tread begins to wear, it loses grip, compromising your stability and safety. If you’re in desperate need of tires, but can’t afford a set of four, consider only replacing them two at a time, the front first and then the back. Watch for advertising specials on four sets of tires or even consider purchasing the radials and mounting them yourself.
Once again, purchasing use brake pads will greatly compromise your safety and can have dramatic ramifications on your brake system as a whole. When you depress the brake pedal, the pads close in on the rotors, making your car come to a halt. As the pads wear, the time it takes to bring your car to a complete stop increases. Basically, if you purchase used brake pads, you’re decreasing your car’s functionality and potentially putting your safety at risk. To save money, replace the brake pads yourself or shop around for the best price and warranty.
The fuel from your gas tank is delivered to the engine through a series of lines, which are either constructed from rubber or metal, depending on your car’s age. As the fuel lines degrade, or come into contact with obstruction in the road, they can become severely damaged. Salvage yards don’t let anything go to waste, including fuel lines that should otherwise be recycled or tossed. If you’re in need of fuel lines, your best bet is to look around for a mechanic that is willing to cut you a deal, or else take on this task at home with brand new parts.
Before Purchasing Used Parts
If you’re in the market for a used part, it’s important to know what you’re getting into, and purchasing components that are still viable. Here are a few tips to make purchasing used parts more successful:
- Know your car’s model, make and year before searching for used parts. Nothing irritates a salvage yard worker more than having to make an educated guess, or help you determine the exact year of your Buick Skylark.
- Inspect the parts. Don’t take anyone’s work for it. Before handing over money, get the parts in your hand and give it a thorough once over. If it’s not mechanically sound, walk away.
- Haggle. You’re purchasing used parts for a reason, so don’t be afraid to talk the owner down even more.
If you have any questions, concerns or cart part requests don’t hesitate to call an experienced, certified Recycled Auto Parts Company. We love to help and work hard to get you the parts you need to get your car back on the road and driving like new!
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