DEALING with ELV’s
End of Life Vehicles present many-a-problem and like the machines themselves, are accumulating. Peter Moore, a long-time industry professional, along with cameraman Keith Bushnell take an interesting, educational tour and you are welcome to come along.
This Video/DVD runs for two hours and contains so much material that we’ve included a pause half way through. Even so, there is still so much information here you’ll probably want to see it more than once.
In Osaka, Japan we visited Shinsei Auto Wreckers where they process a thousand vehicles a week on 5-acres.
Big Wave is a cooperative for selling parts.
The Kanemura Company in Kyushu collects the change ‘lost’ within vehicles (about 100 Yen per car) and they pick up about $120,000 per year in change!
Foreigners move into nearby units for as longs as it takes for them to dismantle and extract what they particularly want.
In Tokyo, Nissan have their own dismantling facility from which they supply ‘Green Parts’ which are supplied to Nissan repairers.
In Bangkok, Thailand we visit another major after-market parts producer. Come and see one of the biggest suppliers of well bodies for pick-ups.
In the USA, Rancho Cordova near Sacramento is a designed and designated ‘suburb’ specifically for Auto Dismantlers.
We spent some interesting days meeting visitors and displays at the ‘Locator on Location’ at Nashville, N.C.. Speakers were presenting parts as a Global Issue and we met Parts Brokers there, too. The yard visit was to Johnson Auto Wreckers.
Many would have heard of the Brandywine chain for auto parts. At the time, they administered 18 yards and employed 280 people operating 60 delivery vehicles.
Another monster outfit is Cars of Maryland, operating on the ‘Wal-Mart approach’. They reckon they can recycle 95% of a car.
At B&B Auto Salvage they leave the parts on the cars in their yard. “The vehicle becomes its own rack”.
The then Vice President of ARA in Washington, D.C. explains the designation, Certified Auto Recycler.
We go to Detroit and meet with representatives of GM, Ford and Chrysler who are particularly concerned about ‘future regulatory developments’.
Still in Detroit, Schram’s had a contract with GM and Chrysler who provided them with complete motors with ‘5 miles’ on the clock.
Logel’s in Ontario, Canada think that the involvement of the Big Guys are ‘boosting the image of recycled parts which must be better for the industry’.
In the United Kingdom, we talk to find-a-part middlemen who put ‘parts in touch with buyers, worldwide’. ‘The European Union’s directives concern everyone’.
Universal Salvage appears to specialize in high-value vehicles: ‘need parts for a Ferrari or as-new Mercedes, for example?
In Holland they’re believed to be The Model for the EU directives. The Dutch system may have been the first but it surely won’t be long in coming to a country near you.
Recycling of Propane Gas Tanks. Somebody’s got to do it.
France is home to the Galloo yard which actually straddles the French/Belgian border and you guessed it, there are different rules to follow from one side of the yard to the other!
In a German street we saw Wrecks-as-Art. BMW spoke to us about its own extracting and recycling program. Hüllsieck near Osnabrück were working on becoming a BMW, VW or Opel, ‘preferred dismantler’. At Aurich, Retek was a VW/Audi experiment which was taken over by a co-op – including the employees.
Africa’s Biggest is appropriately called, Giant Motor Spares. And they’re a target for armed hold-ups! (You thought you had troubles.) Bonnert’s has a showroom for rebuilt cars over the road from their breaking yard.
City Dismantlers in Adelaide, South Australia is a group of specialists operating separately from associated shopfronts… Understand it or not, this could be the way of the future.
We couldn’t leave Australia without visiting Peter Moore’s own place at Campbelltown, near Sydney. There we met another of the middlemen: an auction buyer.
We covered a lot of ground to bring so much information of special and general interest. But still, these will not be the last words on the subject.
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