Getting Rid Of Your Old Car? Consider Auto Recycling

by Owner on February 11, 2011

During our lifetimes we often find ourselves buried under a pile of material possessions that we no longer need or desire. It’s easy to liberate ourselves from this excess when the items are smaller, but what if you need to get rid of an old car? Luckily, auto recycling is easier than you would think.

We often overlook our options when getting rid of a car. The task can seem to be a hassle or too large of a project to take on, because our lives are busy and filled with other time sensitive task.

It is important to remember that the old car you no longer need or want may be an environmental hazard. Consider the fluids contained in the radiator, gas tank, or brakes. Antifreeze, for example, has a sweet taste and smell that attracts local wild or domesticated animals. Yet it is poisonous to all living things and therefore should be removed from the vehicle safely.

Auto recyclers make it very easy to recycle an unwanted vehicle, often times removing all of the hassle for those who wish to make this type of donation. Auto recycling yards will arrange for the removal of your used or junk vehicle, as well as handle all of the necessary paperwork. There is no need for you to worry about towing fees or other red tape.

Additionally, the recycler you choose will make a determination on how to best use your donation. You do not need to decide prior to making your donation whether or not you wish to part out the car to charity or donate the entire vehicle to a needy person.

Auto recyclers may choose to scrap your vehicle for parts or for its metal.  In many cases a person in need may already own an automobile of their own that has simply broken down due to the need of a replacement part. When you decide on auto recycling for your vehicle, the receiving recycling yard may be able to remove commonly needed parts and therefore be able to help several needy people at once.

If you live in the United States, another consideration is that the Internal Revenue Service allows a tax deduction of up to five hundred dollars per donated vehicle. The IRS provides an auto recycling guide via their website at

Ready to recycle your car, then? The Internet is a great place to find local auto recycling yards as well as more information on the subject. The environment will appreciate your contribution to sustainability, a person in need will appreciate your charitable donation, and you will appreciate the extra space in your driveway, garage or yard. If you’re in the US, the money in your wallet from your tax deduction will thank you too.

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