Do you have an old vehicle that no longer works? Have you tried selling it, but you can’t find anyone who wants to buy a car with a blown engine? Right now, you may be contemplating how to get the vehicle to the dump, just so it’s no longer taking up room in your driveway. But before you go that route, you may want to think about taking it to your local vehicle recycling center instead. Here are some reasons why you should consider this option:

  1. Better for the environment: When you take your vehicle to the dump, they may simply compact it and throw it in with the rest of their trash. Unfortunately, this will waste a lot of materials that could be reused. Even if the vehicle is complete junk, there may still be parts that can be taken off and reused. As an example, a vehicle with no engine has no need of working window motors, so the recycling center can take those out and sell them to a car owner who is in need of a working window motor. Even the engine itself can be taken apart and melted down, to help reduce the need for mining of new metals.
  2. Save money: Unless you own, or know someone who owns, a vehicle trailer, you are going to have to pay to have your vehicle towed to the dump. This could range from hiring a tow truck to take it there to renting a trailer and doing it yourself. If the dump is relatively far from your home, your costs for disposal will only go up. You’ll either have to pay the tow truck more to compensate for the additional miles or you will have to buy additional gas for the vehicle that’s being used to tow the broken one. Fortunately for you, many vehicle recycling centers will pick up your unwanted vehicle at no cost to you. Because not every center will offer this option, you should contact your local recycling centers to see if this is a service that they offer.
  3. Make money: When you take a broken vehicle to the dump, they will likely charge you a relatively hefty fee to dispose of it. The exact fee will depend on many things, including state regulations and local ordinances. But recycling centers will often pay you a nominal fee for giving them your vehicle. While this is unlikely to be very much, it’s still a net gain instead of loss like you would get if you took your vehicle to the dump. In addition, some dumps may even take your vehicle to the nearest recycling center anyway. So not only would you be paying the dump a fee, they may also be getting paid by the recycling center for turning over your unwanted vehicle to them. Instead of doing that, you can cut out the middleman and get any potential money for yourself.