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Ever wondered what happens to your deregistered car at scrapyard?
Most people assume it would get crushed and turn into a metal cube, but in true fact, it’ll actually be stripped of parts to either be resold or recycled. In the following post, we explore at the various stages that your car undergoes after its sent to a scrapyard.
A Detailed Inspection Will be Carried Out
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Once your car has been sent to a scrapyard, a detailed inspection will be carried to determine whether your car can be stripped of its parts to be resold. High value components include alternators, engine, and transmissions. If these parts are deemed valuable, they will often be repaired and sold to motor enthusiasts or workshop mechanics. If profits can’t be made, the scrapyard will send the car for dismantling and recycling.
Stripping of Parts
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After the inspection, the car will usually be stripped and dismantled of all its parts. For instance, the wheels, engine and battery will be removed, followed by its seats, windows, and other electronic components. All engine parts must also be drained of fluids, as they can be hazardous to one’s health. Once all parts have been stripped, only the chassis of the car will remain.
Separation into Recyclable and Profitable Parts
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As previously mentioned, profitable parts will often be repaired and sold to local workshops or car enthusiasts. For the recyclable components, they will be repurposed into various other materials. For example, leather seats will be turned into upholstery for furniture, while glass windows can be turned into floor tiles, glass beads, porcelain, and even jewellery. Even steel and iron parts can be turned into construction materials. As for tires, they either be resold or used as pavement bases for new roads.
Crushing and Shredding of Overly Damaged Cars
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If your vehicle has been in a serious accident, there's a high probability that it will be sent to the crusher if the parts are too damaged and can't be repaired. For those unaware, the crusher is a large industrial machine that either flattens your car, or compresses it until it resembles a cube. After it has been crushed, the car will either be stored or sent for recycling at a metal recycling plant.
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