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Where Do They Go?

By motortopia

As we were working this Friday afternoon, the topic of course turned to cars. We started wondering, with so many new cars manufactured each year, where do all the old ones go?

We found that approximately 40 million new cars are manufactured each year, worldwide. Are there 40 million "old" cars that are recycled or removed from the face of the earth each year? Do people just keep collecting more cars? Are the junkyards around the world filling up? Or are there just millions and millions of additional cars constantly being added to the roads?

Does anybody know?

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Flywheel401’s Profile Photo
Jan 5, 2008 at 7:37 pm
Hey' Here's One that didn't make it to the Shredder,
I Don't care how much Metal is going for nowadays
you can aways buy metal, You can't buy a part of
the Pony Car History once it been Shredded
sinbad89110’s Profile Photo
Dec 18, 2007 at 8:27 pm
Yeah, I wouldn't be too pleased to see a Datsun when I expect to see a 57 Chevy also.
sinbad89110’s Profile Photo
Dec 16, 2007 at 11:55 pm
Well I've seen some cars that if you remove all the steel from them, hell you might still be able to drive the car home. ....So?...(((((WHERE IS THE STEEL?))))
weamdog’s Profile Photo
Dec 16, 2007 at 8:15 am
I'm probably the exception, but of the 7 vehicles I've owned in my life I still own 5 and only one of the other two can't be accounted for.
andylynn67’s Profile Photo
Dec 16, 2007 at 5:53 am
I have hauled crushed cars with my Big rig!! The metal gets shredded and seperated by a million $ machine. It seperates the all the plastics and metals(aluminum,copper etc). The hole crushed car(engine and all) goes up a convyor belt and drops into the shredder.It is amazing to see.If you ever come to BC Canada it is at Richmond Steel in Richmond BC.The steel does go back to Japan, Korea etc. That is why the imports have rust problems in the north. The recycled steel is not as good(just add salt)!!

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