Both types of metals are highly useful and reusable, but most people only think about the steel and iron in junk cars. The truth is, non-ferrous metals can be recycled too, and junk cars have lots of them!
Copper is a popular and widely used non-ferrous metal. When the average person thinks of copper, they might imagine pennies or plumbing; but cars contain copper parts too! Copper can be recycled and reused for automotive parts, tubing, piping, and more. As for junk cars, copper is mostly found in the wiring harness, and this electrical wiring is recyclable!
Lead is a naturally occurring element, heavy but soft, and used in several industries around the world. When it comes to vehicles, lead can be found in the car battery. The lead found in automotive batteries can be reused to make piping, roofing, and more batteries. Car batteries can be recycled at any scrap metal recycling center or junk car lot. Many of these companies even pay cash for recycled automotive parts and metal!
Platinum is a metal more rare than gold, and often times, more valuable. There are only three known mining sites in the world that mine platinum. This makes anything made from platinum important. Catalytic converters are made from platinum metal, and can be recycled and reused. Platinum is rare, so recycling it is strongly encouraged. Catalytic converters are one of the most valuable and lucrative parts of a vehicle.