As die cars in America
Attention! People who love cars from reading this post may increase blood pressure, increase heart rate and blood sugar levels. Today I'll show and tell you how to die in America's cars. And not some horrible buckets and normal cars, which in another country would still drove and drove.
The commentary to one of my old car post I wrote that in the vicinity of New York, there are self-service car disassembly. You come back to the instrument, and he desired to unscrew your part. Fuss, kind of like a lot, but parts are very cheap. As it turned out, such disassembly really is, but, unfortunately, they are too far from New York. While looking for something better, it came across information about the biggest car disassembly in the world, which is located near the town of West Hazlton in Pennsylvania, where a huge field, the size of a take-off, it is worth a few thousand cars.
The photo was only one and palest hue, but even she has made an indelible impression on me. Since last year, I hatched a plan to visit this disassembly and then, finally, I was able to do it. I went not alone, but together with Acne - my good friend and mechanic. Well, as "empty flight - loss of the country," it was decided to be rolled not just stare, and efficiently, and find for yourself some necessary spare parts. I would discs for your Nedofolksvagena Rutan and Acne - new seats for its EF-G cruiser.
Autodismantling like Pennsylvania are the final link in the food chain a huge American car market. They are the result of factors such as a high per capita income, a huge fleet, the strongest competition between manufacturers, low prices for cars, cheap and affordable credit and that is very important, the high cost of any professional work. Demand for new cars raises the inevitable scrapping problem. Today in the United States employs approximately 7000 enterprises involved in the processing of vehicles. The annual turnover of the industry was 25 billion. Dollars. Each year, 12 million cars recycled in America. Just think about this figure. The life path of the average car in the United States might look like this: a brand new, shiny and delicious-smelling plastic it will be sold in the lease for 36 months with a limited run of 12,000 miles per year (lease - it is actually a long-term lease). After this period it will take the dealer, will wash a good, clean, touch up and sell on credit, but as a Certified Pre-Owned. Dealer first two sales will bring more money than if he had just sold a new car for cash.
The next buyer will go to a certified wheelbarrow until the end of the manufacturer's warranty, or not come the psychological barrier of 100 000 miles, after which the sale price begins to fall. Then the car will be sold again (through auction, dealer or still somehow), but without any guarantees and the status of "a pig in a poke." The next owner of the departure on it, most likely, a couple of years and get rid of the car as soon as begin to appear the first serious problems.
Then appeared on the horizon like me - who has a little money, but who is willing to take the risk. He will buy even more cat even more bags, invest in a wheelbarrow a decent amount (in the end it will cost him more than the third option), and will ride on it until then, until there is some kind of a really serious failure (box or motor), the cost of the removal of which will exceed the already low by the time the market value of the car. Then he either makes a mistake and keep it (I did so much invested in it), or make a smart move to get rid of him and find the next idiot who would risk their lives to a potential problem.
Regardless of how many idiots typed at the end of a chain cars fate already sealed. Sooner or later, she will either put a penny in a trade-in (to offset part of the down payment, to finally buy something relatively new), and from there to the auction and disassembly. Or put into a charity for tax cuts (the then sell it at auction, and the cost of sales decrease your tax base at the end of the year) and from there to the auction and disassembly. Or sold for $ 250 for parts directly. In general, sooner or later, most of the cars will get there, where they will remove the parts and where they have only one way - to scrap. More on dismantling get broken machines, burnt cars, drowned and other complex cases, which are cheaper to write off than to fix.
As a result, it may happen that quite decent by Russian standards, the car: not very old, not broken, not rotten with new suspension and not very high mileage, because suddenly the problem will be sold for a penny and will be on such a dismantling. So, for example, it happened with my first Volvo in which I have invested a lot of effort and money, but that had to be sold for $ 250 because of problems with the engine (there is even a post on this topic). In Russia, I would have just repaired, but in New York repair budget exceeded the market value of the car, and I chose to get rid of it.
I repeat - it was a great car, which in other circumstances still ride and ride. The machine expensive, rare or prestigious a chance to be sold to another country, or fall into the hands of a loving caring owner Autoclassic, or in the garage collector. On machines massive chance of escape is almost there. The high cost of repair (which is the value of the work, rather than parts) makes the possession of the old and problematic car completely unprofitable enterprise.
Term through which brand new car will be in the automotive morgue strongly depends on the brand, reliability, complexity of repair, the secondary market value and other factors. According to the results of the observations I can say that most of the cars on the dismantling was older than 10 years, and there is far more Americans than Europeans, Koreans and Japanese. Not sure, though, that from this we can draw any conclusions. Most likely, the newer and running machines are bought at auction by those who are engaged in professional Parsing and examines the car to the last bolt. It all looks so. The huge territory surrounded by a high fence. Log similar to the entrance to any correctional institution.
The rules are very simple. On the territory can not be used gas cutters, elektroinsturument and jacks. Accordingly, all this can not carry inside. At the entrance to all necessary check boxes and bags. You can not enter the open shoes (this is also checked). You can not carry alcohol and lead their children with them. The rules on the wall it does not, but with backpacks and cameras also not allowed. Since autodisassembly is private property, it can be denied access without explanation. Access to the is $ 2. You put on a hand press, in a nightclub, and then you can freely enter, leave during the day.
At the entrance you enter yourself in a special list, and thus shoot any responsibility from the owners in case of any accidents. If, for example, your head will fall the engine, then blame yourself, and you will not be able to sue the disassembly. Interestingly, the documents in this case no one checks, and you can enter any name. Spare parts to carry into the impossible. More precisely it is possible, but the output will have to pay for them. And no, they will not agree to any concessions. To the question: can I leave you to bail, bear and examples headrests, you'll hear - no. All that you brought to the cashier to be purchased. There usually tough: either all or nothing.
The entire perimeter is a high fence under voltage 4000 V, which is read as signs installed every 30 meters. I do not know if this is true or just a scare, but I did not check.
At the entrance you can rent a cart for parts or crane to dismantle the engine. The trolley was worth $ 2. Crane did not know how many, but I am sure that is inexpensive. For all equipment must also pay a deposit (for the truck asking $ 20). Thus they exclude a situation where you have a cart, but did not find the necessary spare parts and threw it into the other end of the disassembly.
stands for razbortirovaniya wheels at the exit. If you suddenly decide to take only discs or just rubber. Wheels sort it out themselves. If you know how, of course
All the photos I had to do secretly on the phone holding the device in his hand lowered down. I like a man brought up, showed them the camera down and asked if they could use the inside? In response, I immediately forbidden to enter the territory. Well, he was not alone, but with Vitalik and tools and was able to explain that we are not for the photo, and came for spare parts. And if you can not, then leave the camera in the car. I had to put all the photo equipment and enter the territory with empty hands. Well, almost empty. Phone, nobody has forbidden to carry. No inscriptions about the shooting ban, I never saw myself an idiot, that climbed to the staff with non-standard issues.
In this photo, all the stages of the final stage of the car's life. To the right can be seen the red pillar on which the machine is installed with the help of a forklift. There it is removed from the battery is cut all the catalyst and decanted liquid. Then she goes to a special parking area where it will be picked up on a big field. There she will stay for some time (from one month to one year), and buyers will be removed from it everything of value that can be removed (or tenants). After the car will be taken to a huge pile of (the edge is visible on the left in the photo), where it has only one way - by the press (he is for forklift). That's all. Remains to be allowed an extensive chopper (2 to 5 seconds per vehicle). From the obtained mass will separate metal, aluminum and copper, which will be sold anywhere in China. The rest is buried in the ground in a landfill.
The whole process of treatment is shown in this video (playback can start from 1:00). Fans of the classic BMW movie better not to watch.
Fused to a purified machine oil and re-sell (or used as fuel for heating), allowed into the recycling batteries, gasoline used for fueling trucks, and antifreeze and omyvayki sold in bottles at the outlet.
The loader with enormous forks, which transports cars for disassembly. The work of this I took video when Georgia car drowned in Hurricane Sandy.
A huge mountain wheels. There and normal tires, and bald and wheels. All in one pile to dig into that absolutely do not want.
Disassembly resembles a huge dump. All unscrewed unnecessary - thrown to the ground. The ratio of the machines completely barbaric. Why unscrew when you can break off or cut off. We, unfortunately, is no exception. Acne shot button on the Elantra window using a piece of iron and dipstick (it is on video). We were simply broke to go in the heat of the instruments. If in the beginning we cheerfully ran between cars in a couple of hours exhausted from the sun (it was + 35C) and the infinite distance.
are different machines. There are broken, and buckets and perfectly normal in appearance.
Someone Subarik prepared for painting and painted. Native 17-th wheels apparently nobody wants. On ebay for a set of asking $ 600. Here, it will cost you $ 55 per share (20 + 35 drive tires).
I was surprised a large number of Christmas trees in the machines. In some clusters hanging straight.
This is the second parking lot. She size was much smaller than the first. Here in the US auto industry was largely sorted by corporations: Ford, General Motors and Chrysler.
Cars put on the rack of spare wheels and welded steel rims. It looks a little dumb, but, like, pretty stable.
Found in the trunk of the Cadillac covers on the wheel in "as new". Acne could not resist and bought it for $ 2.50 a piece. Worn on ebay selling for $ 16.
Thunderbird in almost perfect condition. Salon at all like new. The entire suspension is changed. Someone loved it and well cared for, and then, obviously, something went wrong. The sting of the bird. But to save it, unfortunately, it is impossible.
In the disassembly you can profit not only the spare parts. Due to the large flow of cars did not really inspect the inside may lie something valuable. For example, almost every car under the seats lying coin. We have collected as 5 dollars, which then bought the water. Many have documents and manuals in the glove box (they also cost money). In the trunk are umbrellas, glasses, charging kits. There were even two past due credit card. And we especially do not ransacked. Just look in salon and come across.
In one of the wrecked cars (from the blow disc split along) found probable cause of the accident.
And this is the same "autodisassembly biggest in the world." Photos from guglokart. From the first site to go to her almost half an hour. According to the site here it is worth more than 3000 cars. It seemed to me that the more and the exact number is not known by the owners. They carried out the electronic registration, but it happens that the machine base there, but in reality it is not. And vice versa.
Machinery for territory sorted into groups: the US, foreign cars, SUVs, minivans. But all this in no way makes it easier to search. Even knowing the number of series to find a car more difficult than the grave in some cemetery. Demolition itself is quite a cemetery, too. Only the car.
Here I first saw the fence of the car. Perhaps it is even the most expensive fence in the world.
press machine and put in piles. Please note that they are often pressed directly to the wheels.
So they are separated by a fence of metal scrap processing zone (left) from the most disassembly (right).
In the evening, access to scrap metal cover of the truck. This design looks very in medmaksovski :)
Yes, and everything looks like stills. Remember that the input you sign a piece of paper, and if all this crap fall on your head, it's nobody's fault. Each machine has its turnover. Some are long and some allowed under the press within a few months. According to the site is the oldest (at time of stay), the machine is brought to the dismantling in March last year. The most recent in September.
It is surprising how much useful parts just let the press. But the business is such that it is no one believes. How and what is stolen. I am sure that there is a lot of stealing. Especially the little things such as buttons, relyushek and bolts. If you think that all this is worth a penny then you never bought the bolts on the suspension Jeep Cherokee Limited. When I bought them from an authorized dealer, I was in a light shock from the price tag. For 8 bolts and nuts had to pay 130 dollars.
Cars on the dismantling of so much that after a while you start to get tired of their contemplation.
Many open trunks and doors. It gets inside the water, which results in unusable seats and lounges. But there is no one cares.
I was surprised at the large number of Europeans. Volvo alone there are almost 60 pieces.
Mercedes 22 pieces.
There is even one Porsche 924, which, incidentally, is not in the database.
In many European cars different tires with very little mileage. At Brooklyn shinomontazhkah for balding wheel asking $ 25. Here you can buy like-new for $ 20. And a lot Vol'vovskii and saabovsky disc in perfect condition. Already a little regret that Volvo sold :) Parts on it then just the sea.
The engine is one of the most expensive parts. It costs $ 175 and the price does not depend on the manufacturer, either by volume or run. If they pass the old, you will return $ 35. The only problem is that it does not check the work and if he is dead, then the back will not return. On the other hand, it is possible to make out on the spot and see what's inside.
If I lived in a small town in the neighborhood, he would have opened a business selling parts over the Internet. I believe that many of those who live there just engaged.
Rare visitors. For all time we met there about ten people at most. And, most of it is already under close. At the first stop it was much livelier, but she is closer to Philadelphia and New York. To the greatest of Manhattan to go two and a half hours. According kilometrage beyond 220 km (136 miles) one way. Often not hitting, in general.
from the price list Exposure (in brackets how many will return, if you pass the old part):
Razdatka - $ 75 (20).
Transmission $ 100 (25)
Turbine $ 55 (5)
Windshield $ 35
ABS unit - $ 45 (5)
Of airbag - $ 35
Computer - $ 24 (3)
Convertible roof assembly - $ 100
Door - $ 42 (3)
The frame of the car - $ 225 (25)
The headlamp assembly - $ 27
Hood - $ 38 (3)
The side rear view mirror assembly - $ 20
Radio with CD - $ 25Camaya expensive item is the snow plow. It costs $ 300.
Saturn to remove the plastic casing. It looks strange.
the guard booth, too, behind the barbed wire. Apparently scared him to sit at night, among the thousands of dead cars :)
Most of all, of course, Americans. Alone Jeeps various models of nearly 120 pieces.
almost no relatively new cars. Probably due to the high prices in the purchase. All mainly from zero before.
A lot, of course, junk, but across the car, which really is a pity.
This is the Chrysler Voyager in remarkable condition. One shop worth. On my video (it will be at the end) there is another minivan with a bespoke interior.
I found myself a good set of wheels with Town Country, but, as it turned out, they did not stand my :(
In order to understand the scale. This kind of one-way.
And this is the other. In the distance, visible the tower guard, but the demolition did not end her. That day we walk up there for almost 15 kilometers. And under the scorching sun.
On the territory of the half-crazy people meet. It stuck to us like a limpet and was carrying some kind of nonsense about good engines. Why he went there, I did not understand.
This is a long and tedious knocked sekretki with wheels. Three hours to do it.
Here, too, the drive could not take off due to sekretki. I really do not understand how removed with the rubber?
The next slide unsold cars.
Images sometimes resembled a movie about post-apocalypse. All dead, and you're going to something useful on the ruins of civilization.
A really old machines, unfortunately, almost none. More precisely, they have (folded in a heap behind the fence), but do not approach them.
This is still there the old man.
Closer to the closure of a few visitors were drawn to the exit.
The yield with a trolley for transporting engines.
Our production per day: two leather seats of the Passat with of airbag and electric drives. Excellent condition. They cost 99 dollars. On ebay for the same asking from $ 400. Acne was going to put them in return native toyotovskih. He says that the back starts to hurt in the long journeys.
I am sure that this is not my last trip to that region. Familiar already even have thrown a certain number of orders.
This is the full video of that trip.
These are old cars that were on the road. I took them separately.