Recycling that hunk of junk in your driveway could put some money in your pocket
"First, they'll remove any parts that can be directly resold," Steve Fletcher, managing director of the Automotive Recyclers of Canada, told the news source. "Engines, transmissions, mirrors, taillights, anything that doesn't have to be reworked and can be directly reused."
Even the internal fluids, antifreeze, transmission oil, brake fluid, washer fluid and engine oil can be put into new vehicles if it is fresh enough. If not, these essentials will be properly recycled and refined into new products. Best of all, auto recyclers will remove and dispose of products that are made with hazardous materials, such as mercury-filled switches that are sometimes prevalent in older vehicles, making it a sustainable step for car owners.
"Once you factor in the the parts we take out, such as tires and reusable parts, up to 83 percent of the vehicle is recycled," Fletcher told the news source. "You get about $500 to $600 for the metal in a flattened hulk for about $100 in time and effort, so a car has positive value."