Why Scrap Yards Are Very Underutilized By Most Americans

Posted on: 12 August 2022


When it comes to scrap yards, most Americans probably think of them as just a general place where old cars and junk are sent to break down. While that is certainly part of the role of a scrap yard, there are many other possible uses that are underutilized by so many people in a range of different industries and for personal use as well. Learning a bit more about a scrap yard is in your best interest and could potentially save you a lot of money over the course of your lifetime, so here are a few services and opportunities you may be missing out on.

Recycled Car Parts

Because a scrap yard accepts so many cars of all different sizes, ages, and models, there are often a lot of very cheap auto parts that are harvested from them. If you are looking for a cheap way to source parts for your vehicle that may be a bit older and harder to find at your local mechanics, then you should try out a scrap yard. While there is no guarantee, you have a surprisingly high chance of finding rare and unique car parts that could help you in your hobby or even for your job if you work with vehicles.

Sell Your Metal

If you work in construction or fabrication and use a lot of metal in your role then you have probably always got spare sheets and pieces lying around. Not only is this metal worth quite a bit of money (especially if it is in a raw or untarnished form) but many scrap yards will even offer to come and pick it up from you. This means that you don't have to do anything at all to make a decent chunk of change off of metal that would otherwise be left to rust in your warehouse or on-site.

Cheaper Than Other Waste Services

If you have broken down cars or a lot of waste from the aforementioned construction site job, then you know just how expensive it can be just to dispose of these items. Often you will have to drive long distances and pay by the pound or size of the waste. A lot of scrap yards will take your waste for a more reduced price and they are also generally more centrally located. Many even offer pick-up services for this waste, but you would have to contact your local scrap yard for more information as this is not industry standard.  

For more information, contact a local company like American Scrap Metal Services.