Cars and other vehicles are usually sent to a salvage yard because they no longer work. However this does not mean that they are worthless; a car contains a variety of parts and elements that can still have a lot of value, even if it has been severely damaged. It is the job of a salvage yard professional known as an auto dismantler to take these these vehicles apart and salvage any useful parts from them.
What parts of a vehicle are valuable to an auto dismantler?
As every car or vehicle varies, the actual parts that can be salvaged also vary. In every vehicle the metal it is made from (generally steel) can be recycled, and this is usually done by crushing the vehicle and removing any impurities. Auto dismantlers, however, have a different job: they look for the parts of a vehicle that are still functional and attempt to salvage those. In most cars and vehicles some of the engine components are very resilient and can be salvaged even if the vehicle is severely damaged. Other parts that remain functional and can be used as spare parts in other cars are also generally salvaged. An auto dismantler is generally very familiar with one particular type of car or vehicle, such as a truck, or a car of a particular make, and knows which particular parts are worth trying to salvage and which ones are more likely to be broken or worthless. Any particular part may be useful to an auto dismantler depending on the specific vehicle.