A car is actually made of 30,000 distinct and different parts, though you would be hard pressed to name them all. For starters there’s the headlights and the other lights, all the seats and upholstery, mirrors, engines, hubcaps and so on. We think these parts disappear when they are crushed but it’s vital as many parts as possible are recycled. More so with some parts than others. Many of these must be reused or destroyed.
Let’s look at the pieces that make the car up one by one:
The windows are difficult to recycle due to having layers of plastic.
The car battery is a problem: they are toxic and so cannot be placed in the public waste. There are various other plastic parts which are also tricky to recycle, the only thing that can be done is to grind them down.
There are small metal parts that can be melted down.
There’s no reason why the carpets and so on cannot be sold off. There’s value in selling off items such as alternators too.
Watch out for used car parts, they could be made on the cheap meaning they are worn out easily. Anything from seat belts to spark plugs could be counterfeited. The other problem is that should something go wrong it can’t be recalled. You’re having to deal with parts which are more worn than the rest of the parts, meaning you have uneven wear in the car, not a good selling point. And in the worst-case scenario they could be from a car which has been involved in an accident, even scrapped. The only thing to avoid this is to attempt to go to the best dealer as possible and don’t go for cheaper prices.
In order to get the item you require you can search by the make and model of car. Going for the actual model is important especially if the car brand produces a range of cars.
Aftermarket vs Used
You will find references to aftermarket car parts online. This may have been covered before but it simply means parts which aren’t made by the original car brand. They aren’t made with an intent to deceive. They are used as replacement parts when bits wear out or become damaged. It can mean your insurance is affected if you install aftermarket parts though.
The opposite of aftermarket parts are also known as OEM or Original Equipment Manufacturer. Even mechanics prefer the original parts as many aftermarket parts do not even fit some models. The range of parts can be confusing too, so try to go for original parts if you can.
Some of the Wackier ReUse Ideas We’ve Discovered:
A 12 volt car battery can be used as a portable lighting system or as a power source for making medium sized robots, powering an electric car, running a radio studio and so on. You will need a power inverter though which will change the battery from direct current to alternating current. Remember that all household devices work on a different voltage-the quicker the voltage the quicker the battery will be drained.
Other transformations include a car hub to a beer table, assembling tires to create an assault course or, more simply, turning them into swings. Let’s face it, it’s your car, you can do what you like with the parts!