Valuable & Recyclable Metals Found in Your Car
At Logel’s Auto Parts, we’re experts in car recycling. Many car owners don’t know how valuable their junk cars can be, but they’re full of valuable and recyclable metals. Knowing what your car is made of can help you make an informed decision about selling your old car.
Platinum is categorized as a precious metal and many cars contain platinum in their catalytic converters. Platinum is a precious metal because it’s highly valuable and has rare properties. Platinum is also extremely useful and is considered one of the most high-priced metals in the auto industry. It also has the added benefit that it can be used over and over again without any loss to its value.
2. Iron & Steel
Almost 65% of the metals in your car are steel alloys. Steel isn’t quite as valuable as platinum, but because your car contains so much steel, what it loses in value, it makes up for it in quantity. Parts of your car like the chassis, body, frame and wheels contain steel alloys. Steel is valuable because it’s durable, and strong. Similarly, iron can be found in older models of cars, but is used less in more modern models. Iron is highly durable, and can be stripped and sold as scrap metal.
3. Copper & Aluminum
On the other end of the spectrum from iron is aluminum. It’s very lightweight and durable, and is used in the auto industry as a replacement for the heavier iron. Aluminum reduces pollution levels and the amount of fuel your car uses, and it’s most common in engines, radiators, cylinder heads, pistons and wheels. Copper, on the other hand, is found in the car radiator, wiring, moving engine parts and more. It’s highly sought-after because it’s so useful across a wide range of industries.