An automotive recycler does exactly what their name implies, they RECYCLE AUTOMOBILES
When vehicles are involved in accidents, insurance companies send them through auto salvage auctions to be sold. Auto recyclers acquire them through a cutthroat auction process where the highest bidder doesn't always win. With an average win rate of only 2 out of 100 vehicles calculated for a bid, the recycler bids online (rarely in person) on each vehicle solely based on auction provided information and pictures. Each vehicle won, must be towed to the recycler's location, sometimes hundreds of miles away, to be drained of all fluids & components harvested for reuse & recycle. This process, while largely unknown by anyone outside of the industry, SAVES CONSUMERS MONEY both DIRECTLY by providing quality, direct fit, OE auto parts such as engines, transmissions, doors, fenders, & so much more at sometimes half the cost of new parts and INDIRECTLY by providing a cost effective way for insurance companies to cover their loss in disposal of the vehicles & therefore can keep insurance rates lower. Without auto recyclers, our landfills, air, and groundwater would be contaminated with pollutants, our vehicle repair costs would skyrocket because only new parts would be available thus destroying marketplace competition, not to mention what would happen to our car insurance costs since the insurance company would lose all ability of recouping their losses. Modern day auto recyclers benefit the planet and customer pocketbooks. Auto recyclers also employ over 140,000 at more than 9,000 locations around the country.
Using highly sophisticated computer inventory management systems, auto recyclers have the ability to evaluate what is reusable on a car, match their product to customers' auto parts needs, upload VIN records to NHTSA to aid the government in recall identification & automobile fraud prevention.
The Automotive Recyclers Association (established in 1943) has been working diligently to advance the industry and promote its beneficial effects on society. Here is a link industry statistics detailing the economical and environmental impacts of automotive recycling done right.
RE-THINK RE-CYCLED was developed by lead recyclers in the industry, TeamPRP, to encourage people to Re-CONSIDER what they believe about automotive recycling, and through education, come to an understanding of its' environmental importance.
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