Second Life of Cars

The life of cars after they leave the road, how auto recycling gives them a second chance.

For many of us, cars are trustworthy and reliable modes of transportation, bringing us smoothly from destination to destination. But what happens when that car breaks down?

It can be hard to say goodbye to a beloved car that has been with you through red lights and road trips, but remembering the benefit to charities and the environment can make saying goodbye a little easier. With advances in auto recycling, you may even see your car again, in its second life.

Car Donation Wizard can help you benefit amazing charitable organizations, from Habitat to Humanity, to American Cancer Society, to Feed the Children. But did you know that donating a vehicle can make the world and the environment a better place?

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How You Can Help

Globally, at least 50,000,000 vehicles reach the end of their life every year, and at least 95% of those cars are recycled.

Some of the recyclable components include:

  • Metals
  • Plastics
  • Glass
  • Rubber
  • Tires
  • Batteries
  • Fluids
  • Carpets

Metal is a major component of vehicles that can be recycled into everyday consumer products, from soda cans, to new appliances, to new cars. By recycling your old car, you can help save energy, save water, and help amazing charities with an eco-friendly donation!

The tires on your old car can be used to pave roads, make shoes, and even create sustainable train tracks! Rubber train tracks last longer than the traditional wood material, which saves trees and helps us all breathe better air.

The junk car taking up space in your garage or driveway can help your favorite charity and the environment. Sometimes, your beloved vehicle can be even more useful in its second life.

To make a sustainable, charitable car donation, give us a call at 877-999-8322.


Vehicles Recycled After Superstorm Sandy

Some of the vehicles damaged in Hurricane Sandy ranged in age and type from new to old, and high end to low end. Many different neighborhoods along the shore were affected. There were also neighborhoods inland that happened to be along rivers and bays that flooded. In addition to flood damage there was also significant damage from falling objects like trees and debris.

Whether insured or uninsured, many vehicles damaged by Sandy wound up at auto auctions as the first step in the recycling process. Depending on the extent of damages and the winning bid several outcomes are possible. The vehicle may be reconditioned and offered for sale, exported to a foreign country, dismantled for parts or processed for scrap metal value. the vehicles are sold “as is” at the auction to the highest bidder. The vehicles have varying levels of damage.

donated hurricane sandy cars1996 Nissan Sentra, damaged by Sandy, generously donated to the U.S. Fund for UNICEF

Besides cars and trucks, many other vehicle types were victims. The Boat Owners Association of the United States (BoatUS) estimates that 65,000 recreational boats, both insured and uninsured, were damaged or lost in Sandy at an estimated dollar loss of $650 million. That made Sandy the single largest disaster for recreational boats on record.

For more information on donating your Hurricane Sandy car, check out our blog post on Hurricane Sandy Damaged Cars.

For more information on donating a boat to charity, visit our boat donation page.


Happy Earth Day from your Friends at Car Donation Wizard

From all of us at Car Donation Wizard, Happy Earth Day!

Happy Earth Day from Car Donation Wizard!

What are you doing to help make better choices for a longer lasting and greener planet?

Here at Car Donation Wizard, we’re proud to work for a company that not only responsibly recycles donated vehicles, but practices what they preach by bringing in recycling practices to the work place.

Some of the ways we reduce our carbon footprint are:

1) Use of car pools for employees that live in nearby areas.

2) Use of ceramic coffee mugs, and plastic lunch containers instead of disposable paper products.

3) Drinking tap water from re-usable water bottles, instead of buying plastic water bottles.

4) In the warmer months, walking and biking to work more often than driving.

5) Recycling all recyclable products that come into the office – paper, boxes, plastics.

6) Using recycled paper products and eco-friendly soaps in the bathrooms.

7) Replace standard light bulbs with energy efficient ones.

8) Monthly discussions on how to reduce waste and impact of the entire organization.

We hope that if you don’t work or live in a place where eco-friendly choices are made that you will make a change in honor of this years Earth Day!



Old Cars Among Earth’s Chief Offenders

Let’s focus on getting the dirtiest cars off our roads. According to the Environmental Defense Fund, cars in the U.S. emit more than 333 million tons of carbon dioxide on an annual basis, an amount equal to one-fifth of the world’s total carbon dioxide emissions. The most polluting cars are the oldest ‘gross polluters.’ Vehicles 15 years and older represent less than 25% of miles driven, but account for approximately 75% of the most harmful emissions.

If you really want to make a difference, donate your clunker to a charity you know and trust. You can research reputable charities at  Choose an organization with well-recognized work, then call them and ask how much the charity will receive and where the money will be spent. Inquire about how the vehicle will be handled. You’ll want to know that the vehicle will be picked up and transported by a properly licensed and insured towing company, and that the legal transfer of the vehicle will be handled by a licensed dealer contracted by the charity. Finally, make sure you sign the title directly over to the charity or their agent. By leaving the title blank, you may remain liable for the vehicle.

If you decide to donate your car, pick a charity you can trust. At, you can donate your car to Habitat for Humanity, Arthritis Foundation, March of Dimes, Feed the Children, and many more. Car Donation Wizard returns 80% of each dollar raised back to charity.

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How Your Car Is Recycled

The modern auto recycling process is a model of environmental responsibility. Each vehicle goes through a methodical process designed to maximize the amount of material that can be reclaimed and to minimize the environmental impact.
    • Oil, gas and operating fluids pose a significant risk to the environment. Trained technicians carefully drain all the fluids and store them for reuse or recycling. Special equipment and methods are used in order to prevent any groundwater contamination. An average of 40 liters of fluids are removed from each vehicle and are used, re-used or responsibly disposed of.
    • Gas tanks, batteries and tires are all removed and are recycled, reused or disposed of appropriately.
    • Each vehicle is inspected to determine which parts are appropriate for re-use. The VIN number and mileage of vehicle, along with the make, model and year are recorded in order to provide accurate inventory data.

    • The vehicle is then sent to the dismantling area where parts are removed, inspected and readied for resale. Each part is tagged, coded and entered into a computerized inventory system before it is properly stored.

    • The unusable portion of the vehicle is then crushed and sent to be shredded into fist-sized pieces for recovery. The valuable ferrous and non-ferrous metals are then separated and reused to make new cars and other products you buy… and the cycle starts again.

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Car Donation Wizard takes pride in helping eco-unfriendly vehicles reach the recycling process in a safe and effective way that benefits the environment and the charity of your choice.