Which Automotive Parts Have The Most Recyclable Value?

Which Automotive Parts Have The Most Recyclable Value?

The automotive recycling industry is extremely important to the environment and can help automotive professionals make extra profits with their acquired scrap parts. It is safe to say that all automotive parts have some recyclable value when they reach their end-of-life, however certain parts will make you more money and are definitely worth recycling. This blog will go over which automotive parts have the highest recyclable value so you can start making the most money from your end-of-life parts!

The Engine!Automotive Parts

When scrapping a vehicle the most valuable piece is the engine. If the engine still runs, there is a market for resale which could get you paid well. If it does not work there are companies who may be interested in buying your engine for rebuilding purposes (the REMAN market). Whether it works or not, you can still expect a decent return based on its recyclable scrap metal value because it has a high load of aluminum. 

The Catalytic Converter!

Catalytic converters are highly valuable automotive scrap because their metals fall under the PGM category. Platinum group metals are referred to as precious metals and can provide you with a lot of extra revenue. This depends on the type of converter, the PGM loadings inside and the quantity of converters you possess. The catalytic converter has metals such as Platinum, Palladium and Rhodium. These precious metals are highly valuable because it helps preserve the carbon footprint from internal combustion engine exhaust. Recovering PGMs in a mining operation is not always the easiest and best way to source these metals into the marketplace. Mining these metals can be very labor-intensive, pollute the earth, and be costly. Recycling your catalytic converters are far more sustainable due to the labor and cost savings. This can also provide business owners with extra revenue for their business when sold to a legitimate recycling company.


The transmission is another component in your vehicle that has a high recyclable value. It makes sense right? Most of us know that if the transmission goes out in your car, it will be a very expensive fix. Repair costs on older vehicles could even exceed the value of the car itself. Just like an engine, there are companies who may want to purchase your broken transmission system for rebuilds. If the transmission is not purchased for rebuild purposes,  it could still be sold for scrap metal. These scrap metals could consist of around 80% aluminum and the rest; steel, cast iron, and brass.

Now you know the top automotive parts for recycling, why they are valuable and how you can start getting paid for your scrap automotive parts!


Edmund Schwenk

CEO/Metallurgist of PGM Recovery Systems “The single most important factor when you sell auto catalyst from used catalytic converters is the assay, not terms! Assay transparency is paramount! Many de-canners we speak to believe they are not getting correct assays on their material. Some have de-canned, shipped to other companies and received a little more than they could have sold their whole converters for in the first place.”Mission Statement: We at PGM Recovery Systems are providing information and transparency to the catalytic converter recycling industry in an effort to promote a value system of fair dealing. As a result of providing the industry with the proper tools to increase their profits, we are developing long-term relationships with suppliers.