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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.
alwaysakid’s Profile Photo
Dec 17, 2007 at 11:11 am
I teased a guy once, and invited him outside to see my '57 Chevy. He went for it and upon showing him my '78 Datsun I said it's really a '57 Chevy -- it's just been recycled in Japan. He wasn't impressed. :-)
mohrt’s Profile Photo
Dec 17, 2007 at 9:58 am
My guess would be, it is a mix of all of the above. 40 million new cars each year, with a number much less than this going to the crusher. You are always going to have cars going into personal collections, cars going to junkyards to sit and rust, and we are certainly getting more and more cars on the roads all the time.
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?))))
JerryandMary’s Profile Photo
Dec 16, 2007 at 12:42 pm
Hi weamdog. You are the exception. It is cool that you still own five of seven. I have owned many cars in my life and I tend to change them often.
Andy the crusher you speak of is where Mary's relative worked except this one was located in Long Beach Calif. he gave lots of bent mangled coins to my sons when they were little.
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)!!
JerryandMary’s Profile Photo
Dec 14, 2007 at 4:58 pm
You might be driving one! Yep, even though you are driving a 200? Honda? You could be driving a 1952 Ford. When they go to the crusher at places like the Long Beach Calif. Ship yards, they are eventually melted down for use as metal. Newer cars have far less steel in them and might have parts of several old cars. Our kids had melted burnt coins that came from a shaker that was used to rid crushed squares of steel of loose bolts etc. prior to being shipped. Our children had lots of those coins that came from a family member that worked at a crusher facility back in the sixties and early seventies.

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