Car Maintenance Guide and Car Recycling Options

June 10, 2013

Cars, Running Costs, Tips

scrap metalIt is often said that buying a car is the second most expensive purchase you will ever make, behind the purchase of you home of course.

With that in mid, you want to do everything you can to extend the life of your vehicle and in this article I am going to share some basic tips on how to maintain you vehicle and prolong the life-span of your car.

I’ll also share some advice on what to do once your car reaches the end of it’s life, particularly if the vehicle is involved in an accident and written off.

You would be very surprised at how many options there are available, and one that make a lot of sense to me is handing your car over to a scrap metal company. Not only can this contribute a few dollars to your back pocket, but it also has some fantastic benefits on the environment.

Did you know that around 85 percent of your vehicle components can actually be recycled and re-used? The typical way this can be achieved is by the car scrap metal being recycled into recycled steel.

A few phenomenal statistics that I have come across in my research are below:

  • Recycling metals requires 74 percent less energy than producing new metal!
  • There is a 40% reduction in water use (and we all like conserving water don’t we!)
  • 90% less raw materials are used
  • For every single ton of steel derived from scrap metal, a whopping 625 kilograms of coal is saved

If you would like to know a little more about the topic of scrap metal, take a look around online by searching for “Car scrap metal for example.

I was able to uncover some fantastic online resources while searching this article, however whilst I was in the US recently I visited a scrap yard in Ohio that specialise in junk car removal in columbus oh. The name of the company is The Clunker Junker  and you can get a good idea of how the car scrap metal industry works by checking out their website.

Top Tips on Maintaining Your Car:

Choose a good car insurer: Of course, you want to ensure that you are well-covered if anything goes wrong with your car, an accident for example. In the event that you require repairs, the last thing you want to be doing is having to skimp on repairs. You truly get what you pay for, so take the time to compare car insurance quotes, look around at your financing options and choose the most suitable car insurance based on your individual needs.

Take it easy early days: Don’t go flooring it right from the word go when you first get a new car. You want to make sure that you run your car in adequately because the last thing you want to do is cause irreparable damage to your engine and car parts right out of the gate!

Fill up at a reputable servo: I might be a bit biased here given that I work at a servo, but I have heard countless horror stories of dodgy service stations ripping off motorists and causing damage to vehicles. You want to make sure that the service station you fill up at changes their pump filters with regularity – just ask the service station attendee for some information on their filter replacement policy.

Go easy with you keys: Most people do not give any consideration at all, but just consider for a moment, the impact of a heavy bunch of keys hanging out of the ignition for long periods of time, bouncing around and jigging about the place… Easy to see how this can reduce the life-span of your ignition components right?

I found this a really interesting article to research as I had no idea exactly how much of a positive impact recycling scrap metal can have on the environment. I hope you have found it helpful and enlightening also.

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Damian is the author of Rate Your Drive Australia, a passionate "car guy" and all round nice bloke. He is committed to finding the most up-to-date motor vehicle information from around Australia, which he shares on his personal website. Connect with him on Google+

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