Disposing Of Junk Cars

by | Jan 24, 2018 | Automotive

If there is a junk car sitting in your driveway, think of it as cash. It represents easy cash for you as well as the junkyard. Once junk cars in Chicago reach the junkyard, any usable parts are stripped off and sold. What is left is most often recycled. Some cars that are seen as junk by the current owner can be sold outright to an enthusiast that has the time and talent to put it into roadworthy condition.

Every year, many thousands of junk cars in Chicago reach the end of their useful life, but they have not reached the point where they have no value; recycling is a multi-million dollar business.


There are many ways that junk cars in Chicago find their way to the scrap yard and then on to a recycling facility. Many local junkyards are purchased from local owners, others have been abandoned on the street and impounded, while others have been in an accident and written off by the insurance company. Most junk cars end up being stripped of any useful parts and sold. Many components are sold on to recyclers; there is a lot of glass, non-ferrous metals, and steel in a junk car. These materials are in demand by recyclers that see junk yards as an important part of the supply chain.

A typical car is almost 60 percent steel. If this material were to end up in a landfill, many years would go by before it rusted away. Not only is this environmentally unacceptable, but it would also take over 18 million tons of steel scrap from steel mills. It is far less expensive and environmentally friendly to use scrap than it is to start the steel making process from scratch.

Parts can be reused:

Just because a car is a junker does not mean that there are not parts that are still usable. These parts are taken off the junk car, identified, cleaned, and sold to “backyard” mechanics who enjoy repairing their car. Buying used parts is the most economical option, certainly a lot less than new parts as well as aftermarket parts.

Regardless of what happens to junk cars in Chicago, everyone is a winner. You eliminate an eyesore in the driveway and society is helped through recycling efforts.

Aero Auto Parts are happy to pick up junk cars in Chicago and pay the owner cash on the spot. If you have a car that you want to get rid of, contact Aero Auto Parts.

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