15 Car Parts That Can Surprisingly Be Recycled & Reused

15 Car Parts That Can Surprisingly Be Recycled & Reused

15 Car Parts That Can Surprisingly Be Recycled & Reused

Reducing Your Footprint While Giving Your Vehicle More Life

Recycling is a great way to reduce your footprint while also giving your used car some more life. If your vehicle has no life left in it, recycling the parts can also give someone else’s vehicle more time to serve them while also lessening the items that so often end up in a landfill. Where do you begin when it comes to recycling your car parts? What items CAN be recycled, and where do you go to do so? Read more below to learn more about 15 car parts that surprisingly can be recycled and reused to give your or someone else’s vehicle some more road time.

Engines

It’s likely that you “know” that engines can be recycled, but how does it actually work? If something happens to your engine and you need to replace it, it’s likely that the old one can still be salvaged. Many mechanics and gear fanatics have finished some great projects on used engines. Even if your engine cannot be salvages, it can still be taken apart for other engine parts. Contact us today to see if we can help, or go to your local parts dealer to see if they can point you in the direction of someone who can talk to you more about it!

Batteries

Car batteries actually are one of the car parts that have a high percentage of recycling which is great, but there is always improvement to be made. Most states have laws that prevent people from discarding their batteries improperly – so be sure to take a look at what your state laws are when it comes to discarding your used batteries. Car batteries are filled with materials that are extremely toxic to the environment if not taken care of properly – and most old, used car batteries will be recycled to become new batteries to keep the next vehicle going.

Tires

You might be surprised to find out that tires CAN be recycled. Tires are not extremely biodegradable and so it’s important that they are recycled when all possible. If your tires are passed the point of being reused for another vehicle, don’t worry, worn down tires many times are shredded up to be used in various ways such as playground surfaces, asphalt, and even gasoline!

Transmissions

Transmissions, similar to engines can be taken apart, refurbished, and reused. It’s even been said that refurbished and rebuilt transmissions are more reliable and hold more life in them than the original.

Gas Tanks

Did you know that your gas tank can be recycled? First the gas of course that is in it needs to be removed (which can also be reused/recycled) but your gas tank can either be taken and used for another vehicle or it can also be scrapped out for cash!

Oil & Oil Filters

Both your engine oil and your oil filters can be recycled – and it makes a big difference too! If you get your oil changed by a local oil change facility, you can be sure that your filters and used oil are being disposed of properly. If you do oil changes yourself at home, locate a local auto parts store and inquire if they will recycle your old oil.

Glass

Countless amounts of glass are thrown into landfills every year, glass is non-biodegradable and takes an enormous amount of time to degrade, which is why it’s so important to recycle your windshield, or other glass features in your car. Car glass can be used for making bottles, floor tiles, jewelry, and other glass products!

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Scrap Metal

Scrap metal makes up the majority of your vehicle, and surprisingly, it’s even worth some money! Scrap metal is often valued directly based on the weight of the material. Take your scrap metal to a local scrap yard to earn some cash all while recycling your unwanted items.

Starters & Alternators

Starters and alternators both have valuable materials hidden in them. When bringing your starter and alternator to a recycling service, or salvage/junk yard you can expect to earn some cash for the piece of your car. Starters and alternators can also be rebuilt to give your vehicle more life to keep going.

Fluids - Gas, Coolant, Windshield Washer Fluid

Your vehicle has tons of fluids that can be taken out, cleaned, reused, or recycled. Be sure to do your research about local places that will recycle your fluids, or if you are confident enough, you can do it yourself!

Water Pumps

Water pumps are another one of the many car parts that can be reused and recycled! Water pumps are not only super important to the function of your vehicle but they also are known to last long! Don’t rule out the value of your vehicles water pump when you are ready to get rid of your car.

Vehicle Plastics

All your vehicle plastics can be recycled to be used for new products. Car plastics include dashboards, bumpers and other items on your car that can be separated and reused in the future. You never know how your car might be reused in the future!

Belts & Hoses

Belts and hoses can also be reused if they are in good enough condition! They are an important part in your vehicle and can easily be transferred to another vehicle when one vehicle looses it’s life.

Catalytic Converters

A catalytic converter is a part of your vehicles exhaust system that transforms your contaminants from your vehicles exhaust to be less harmful to the environment. Not many people know that your catalytic converter can be recycled – even for cash. Call around to your vehicles car dealership, your local auto or exhaust shop to see if they will recycle your converter or point you in the direction you need to go!

Vehicle Carpets & Mats

Carpet is almost never biodegradable and there are great ways to dispose of carpet. There is now a group called the “Carpet America Recovery Effort” or CARE. With the carpet America recovery effort you can find reclamation partners close to you to drop off your old and used carpet. With just a little bit of work on your part you can make a big difference for your community.

We hope that you learned something new about all the items in your vehicles that still hold value as well as how you can use those items to lessen your footprint and take care of the earth a little bit better. If you have questions about recycling and would like to explore what options you might have with us, contact us today!

Is Buying Used Tires Safe For Me And My Vehicle

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Is Buying Used Tires Safe For Me And My Vehicle

Your Ultimate Guide To Saving Money & Buying Used Tires

Buying used tires is a popular route to help consumers save money as well as do their part to be as eco friendly as possible. Used tires, although attractive in the sense of the environment and cost, also bring some uncertainty to prospective buyers. “Are used tires safe for my vehicle?” “Is buying half worn tires worth the little bit of money that I’ll save?” These are just a few of the questions that might run through a consumers head before making a decision to buy either new or used tires for their vehicle.
As a provider of quality used auto parts, we wanted to share with you some of the pros and cons of buying used tires for your vehicle, as well as answer the question of “Is it safe to buy used tires for my vehicle?”. In short, the answer is YES! Buying used tires for your vehicle when gone about the correct way, can be perfectly safe as well as a great way to save some money and help the environment. But, we would advise you to go through the proper channels to ensure safety to the best of your ability while doing so.

Avoid buying tires from an individual, stick to an establishment

Although it’s always good to assume the best in everyone and every person, there are a lot of people that do exist that might try and take advantage of someone who might know a little less about vehicles than them. We would discourage people from buying used tires off of places like craigslist, Facebook marketplace or other places where an individual is heading up the sale. Now, these places CAN be a good place to buy used tires, but you will need to be confident in your ability to inspect the tires to make sure that there are no major issues or problems with them before you actually move forward and make the purchase.

Ask for inspection documents

You can never be too cautious when it comes to putting a company’s money where its mouth is. Although many companies will advertise that parts have been tested and inspected for safety and quality, you can never be too sure! Ask the business or establishment for the documents stating and showing the inspection for the tires. This can put your mind at ease that the company has done everything in its power to make sure that they are selling you a good quality used part.

Try To Stick To The Manufacturers Recommendation

Buying the tires that your manufacturer recommends is simply smart. Countless time and effort from your vehicle manufacturer goes into finding parts that work seamlessly together. The recommendations that the manufacturers make are made so that you can get the most life out of your vehicle! Following them, even when it comes to used tires and parts, will always benefit you.

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Test Tire Tread

Before buying used tires, something that is important to consider is the depth of the tread on the tire. Tread of a tire refers to the rubber that the tire is made out of. As a car is used, the tires get worn down lessening the amount of tread, and also affecting the amount of traction that you have with the tire. Checking tire tread is a good way to see how much a tire has been used before and can give you a good idea of how much life a tire has left in it! To check your tires tread use a penny with the head facing out towards you, with the head upside down. If you can see Lincoln’s entire head, it’s time to replace the tire. If the tread goes up and barely touches Lincoln’s head, the time to replace your tires is near.

If you are looking to purchase some used tires for your vehicle, please contact us today! We are proud to back up our parts and service with a high quality warranty for all of our customers nationwide!

What to Expect From a Quality Used Engine

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What to Expect From a Quality Used Engine

Used Engines Are Great! So What Can You Expect?

Here at Premier Auto and Truck Parts, we pride ourselves in only selling quality used engine for both domestic and foreign cars, trucks, and SUVs.  All of our recycled engines are original equipment parts from salvage vehicles that are only ten years old and newer. They typically have low mileage as well. After having the engines removed from the vehicles, these engines are inspected at least three times. Best of all, these quality used engines come with our standard 6 months parts warranty!

How do you know if you need a quality recycled engine?

Here are some warning signs that your car engine may need to be replaced:

  • Bumpy, jerky riding caused by dead or misfiring cylinders
  • Black smoke means there is too little air or gas in the engine
  • Blue smoke means that your engine is burning too much oil
  • White smoke means that there is a damaged cylinder head or head gasket
  • Loud, knocking noices may indicate a failed bearing
  • Continuous repair jobs may be a sign that you need a new engine
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What are some benefits for buying a quality used engine?

  • Saving Money

One of the most obvious reasons for buying a quality used engine is the cost savings. The price of a brand new engine, (depending on the model and year of your vehicle), can vary considerably. It could cost you far more than what you are willing to pay. A used engine is your solution to get your vehicle running again.

  • Trusted Reliability

Contrary to what most people think, used engines can be much more dependable than a new engine. Used engines have been tested and tried again and again to make sure they are in excellent condition before being purchased. This dependability will save you time and money in the future.

  • Going Green

Buying a used engine prevents the engine from ending up in a landfill and contributing to the waste. It also decreases the amount of energy that would be used to produce new engines as well as lowering the amount of greenhouse gasses and emissions in the environment.

  • Hassle-Free

At first, it may seem it would be easier to just buy a new car. However, you will have to go through the process of contracts, forms, insurance policies, as well as the added costs of purchasing a new car. So, although replacing your engine with a quality used engine may require more work and time upfront, the benefits will far outweigh the hassles and costs of buying a new car.

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While buying a quality used engine is a great idea, there are some benefits with buying a new car engine. It all depends on your situation that you are in. Call us with any questions you might have about buying a new or used car engine.

Used Auto Parts Warranties – What Consumers Should Expect

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Used Auto Parts Warranties – What Consumers Should Expect

Get the Right Warranties for Your Used Parts!

Searching for the used auto part that you need with the correct warranties can be difficult and challenging. There are an abundance of factors and variables that impact the availability of the part you are looking for, how long, and how inclusive the warranty may be.

One of the key parts with what type of warranty you should expect on a used auto part is what type of auto part you are purchasing.

MECHANICAL PARTS

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This group of parts includes most auto parts that have a moving component and a mechanical function that is not electric. This would include the engine, transmission, front or rear axle assembly, transfer case, differential, etc.

The warranty you receive or purchase on these parts requires the most in depth consideration, because these parts are the most likely to have some sort of malfunction or failure. They have moving parts and wearing parts that can eventually cause trouble or need replacement. You should accept nothing short of a 90 Day Warranty on these parts.

Here at Premier Auto Parts, we offer a “Silver” Warranty, a “Gold” Powertrain Warranty, or a “Platinum” (Lifetime) Warranty. These are all 6 months or higher warranties.

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ELECTRICAL PARTS

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This would include parts like the radio, starter, alternator, window switches, and other electronic automotive parts. Consumers should not stand for companies not giving them warranties for electronic parts because of the “finicky nature” of auto electric. In auto parts, there is always the possibility that there is an issue with electronic parts.

Here at Premier Auto Parts, we offer a “Silver” Warranty, a “Gold” Powertrain Warranty, and a “Platinum” (Lifetime) Warranty. These are all 6 months or higher warranties.

BODY & SUSPENSION PARTS

These are the rugged parts of the vehicle. These products are only damaged in the collision, or some other incident, or will possibly wear out over time.

Having a warranty isn’t pressing with these parts because they are not likely to fail.

Want to see our full table of warranties? Click here for more information!

Steel Rims….or Aluminum Rims?

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Steel Rims….or Aluminum Rims?

Well, it’s that time of year again. The time of year we all look forward to from Cedar Springs to Grand Rapids, MI. The beauty of the snow stuck to the tree branches. The fresh blanket of snow across the yard that the children are playing in, and let’s not forget……… POTHOLES!

That’s right…Michigan driving at its worst. As one of the leading Cedar Springs-Grand Rapids auto parts suppliers, we are here to assist you in not only your used auto parts needs, but also used auto parts education. Today, we will lay out the pros and cons between steel and aluminum rims when it comes to winter driving.

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Pros

-Steel rims are a great choice when it comes to winter driving. One of the benefits of used steel rims on your car or truck is that they do not corrode like aluminum rims. In West Michigan the roads are littered with salt during the winter. This salt can ruin the finish on your aluminum rim as well as affect the rims ability to hold air, which then can become a driving hazard.

-The other benefit of steel rims on your car is their strength. Steel is a much more solid metal than aluminum. Steel rims will withstand the abuse of the many potholes we have here in Cedar Springs much better than aluminum rims.

Cons

-One of the disadvantages of steel rims is the fewer number of spokes. With the amount of snow and slush the roads have throughout West Michigan, used steel wheels can build up with ice and snow. Aluminum rims typically have much larger opening in the spokes allowing for easier clearing of this ice and snow. Not only does this buildup cause annoying vibrations to your car, it can cause other problems as well if the ice and snow are not removed from your steel or aluminum wheel.

-The other disadvantage of steel rims is they are not aesthetically pleasing to look at. Typically aluminum rims are much better looking and increase the overall appearance and resale of your used car.

We hope you’ve found this information helpful! If you have any additional questions or are interested in purchasing used steel or aluminum rims, call our friendly sales staff at Premier Auto and Truck Parts or checkout our e-commerce inventory at our Cedar Springs-Grand Rapids auto parts store by visiting www.premierauto-parts.com.

10 Ways to Prepare Your Vehicle for Winter Driving

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10 Ways to Prepare Your Vehicle for Winter Driving

Yes…it’s here.
Are you and your car prepared? If not, now is the time!

1.   Have your battery and charging system checked for maximum performance. Cold weather is very hard on batteries.
If your car needs a replacement battery, stop in for a tested used battery from Premier Auto Parts in Cedar Springs. All batteries come with a 12-month replacement warranty.

2.   Clean, flush, and put new antifreeze in the cooling system. As a general rule of thumb this should be done every two years

3.   Make sure heaters, defrosters, and wipers work properly. Consider winter wiper blades and use cold weather washer fluid. As a general rule, wiper blades should be replaced every six months.

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4.   Check the tire tread depth, tire air pressure, and condition of rims. If snow and ice are a problem in your area, consider special tires designed to grip slick roads. During winter, tire pressure should be checked weekly. If you find your tires are in need of replacing, good used tires and sets of used tires at Premier Auto and Truck Parts can save you a bundle of cash. With used individual tires starting at $20 pc. and good used tire sets starting at $99.00 you can’t go wrong! If you find your used wheel is cracked or heavily corroded, consider purchasing a quality replacement used wheel from Premier Auto and Truck Parts in Cedar Springs to get you through the cold months.

5.   Be diligent about changing the engine oil and filter at recommended intervals. Dirty oil can spell trouble in winter. Consider changing to “winter weight” oil if you live in a cold climate. Have your technician check the fuel, air and transmission filters at the same time. Extreme cold temperatures can cause your engine oil to flow significantly slower which can lead to catastrophic engine failure, thus the importance of fresh, clean, oil. If you find yourself in the unfortunate circumstance of needing an engine replacement before or during the winter months call Premier Auto and Truck Parts for used engines at great prices with amazing warranty options. Used engines are the way to go to save money and you can find any used engine north of Grand Rapids at Premier Auto and Truck Parts!

6.   Have your transmission tuned up and inspected prior to snowfall. Winter is especially hard on used transmissions because of the additional wear and tear of wheel spin. Remember if you get stuck in the snow,  DON’T SLAM THE TRANSMISSION BACK AND FORTH! You will ruin your used transmission in no time.  A couple hundred-dollar tow bill from a local towing company will be inexpensive compared to having to replace your transmission. Again, if you find yourself in the unfortunate circumstance of needing a transmission replacement before or during the winter months, call Premier Auto and Truck Parts for used transmissions in Cedar Springs at great prices with amazing warranty options.  Quality, guaranteed, used transmissions are the way to go to save money. You can find any used transmission near Muskegon, Grand Rapids, Sparta, Rockford, and Cedar Springs by calling Premier Auto and Truck Parts today.

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7.   If you’re due for a tune-up, have it done before winter sets in. Winter magnifies existing problems such as pings, hard starts, sluggish performance or rough idling.

8.   Have your brakes checked – the braking system is your vehicle’s most important safety item.

9.   Have your exhaust system checked for carbon monoxide leaks, which can be especially dangerous during cold weather driving when windows are closed.

10.   Check to see that exterior and interior lights work and headlights are properly aimed. If you’ve been driving around with a broken or cracked headlight or taillight consider replacing it before winter. With increased driving in the dark during the winter months it’s a good idea to have all your lights fully functional. If you need a replacement, go used! Premier Auto and Truck Parts can help you with your used headlight and taillight needs as well.

Be Careful Out There This Winter!

A Quality Used Transmission AND a 100% Guarantee!

Quality Used Transmission

A Quality Used Transmission AND a 100% Guarantee!

What happens if your transmission fails in your daily driver? What is the best replacement transmission option that will give you both dependability and a fair price? When the transmission dies on your car, truck, or SUV you have two options:
Buy a new one… or Save big and get a quality, used transmission from Premier Auto and Truck Parts!

Every single used truck transmission, used car transmission, and used SUV transmission in our North of Grand Rapids, MI warehouse that we sell comes with a standard 6 Month replacement warranty!
For a very low additional cost we offer a 6 Month, 1 YR, and 3 YR parts AND labor warranty as well. If you purchase a used transmission from Premier Auto and Truck Parts you will have the peace of mind knowing that if you do encounter a problem, we will back you up! We buy 100’s of salvage vehicles year round, making sure there’s a steady supply of high quality transmissions in our state-of-the-art salvage yard. Doing a full transmission replacement on a vehicle is time consuming and costly.

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Transmission repairs and replacements are usually the most expensive jobs an auto repair shop will do. A new transmission for a car plus labor will quickly add up to thousands in repair costs. Save money where you can by getting a quality, used transmission for both domestic and import models, including Toyota, Ford, Chrysler, Chevrolet and more, from our salvage yard in Cedar Springs, MI. High quality, lightly used truck transmissions are also waiting for you just North Grand Rapids, MI.

Imagine you have a child who is away at college and their used transmission fails! Wouldn’t you like to have the peace of mind knowing that whatever used automotive transmission you have installed, can be backed by a Parts AND Labor Warranty for up to 3 Years? Well, at Premier Auto and Truck Parts our used Toyota transmissions, used Chevy transmissions, used Ford transmissions and every other make and model we carry can be purchased with the peace of mind knowing your child will be taken care of.

Just 20 Minutes North of Grand Rapids, MI, used transmissions can be found right here in Cedar Springs, saving you a bundle at Premier Auto and Truck Parts.
Call us today at 1-800-397-6812!

The Purest form of Recycling…

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The Purest form of Recycling…

"The original recyclers!"

You may not be aware that automotive recycling is recycling at the purest. Re-use is the ultimate form of recycling. Raw materials and expensive manufacturing are not required when a quality used auto part is removed from another vehicle and used again. An astounding 86 percent of each vehicle is recycled.

What does that mean annually?

  • Six million tires are recycled
  • 100 million Gallons of Gas and Diesel fuel are recycled
  • 24 Million gallons of motor oil are recycled
  • Eight million gallons of engine coolant and 4.5 million gallons of windshield wiper fluid are recycled
  • Every year end of life vehicles produce over 14 million tons of steel to be reused and recycled
  • More than 97 percent of all the vehicle battery lead is recycled

Certified Auto Recyclers and others like Premier have removed over 4 million switches containing mercury. This effort has stopped over 8500 pounds of environmentally contaminating mercury from causing dangerous pollution.

With the effort of conscious auto recyclers, the vehicle is one of the greenest products on the planet!

The size of the American automotive fleet currently numbers approximately 270 million vehicles, nearly one apiece for every man woman and child in the country. Of these, it is estimated that nearly 11 million vehicles are taken off the road each year when they are totaled in accidents or reach their end-of-life.

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Premier Auto and Truck Parts in Cedar Springs, MI is a Certified “Green” Yard who prides themselves in offering our customers great savings while promoting a green environment. All harmful pollutants are contained and disposed of properly throughout our dismantling operation.

Premier Auto and Truck Parts has been in business since 2000 and plans to be doing our part in cleaning the environment for many years to come!