Auto Recycling

Schnitzer operates Pick-n-Pull, one of the nation's premier self-service used auto parts networks dedicated to supplying customers with low-cost, quality used auto parts. Pick-n-Pull has 55 auto recycling facilities in 15 U.S. states and Canada as well as an online inventory for customers to rapidly locate specific vehicles and track availability of parts.

We purchase approximately 350,000 used and salvaged vehicles annually from tow companies, private parties, auto auctions, city contracts and charitable organizations. After the autos are properly drained of fluids and hazardous materials are removed, the autos are then set in our well-organized yards for customers to select and pull valuable parts. We also sell some vehicles as "rebuilders." Over five million customers visit annually, from do-it-yourself retail customers to recreational mechanics, professional rebuilders, entrepreneurial business owners, volume resellers and collision repair shops.

Each facility stocks a large number of domestic and foreign cars, vans and light trucks which are continually replaced by new arrivals to offer our customers a wide and fresh selection of parts from which to choose. The customer pays a nominal admission fee, finds a vehicle with the desired parts and removes the part with their own tools, or using our wheelbarrows and engine hoists. After a vehicle has finished its time in the retail area, our staff removes remaining recyclable nonferrous materials and valuable core parts that can be sold wholesale such as engines, transmissions and alternators. The remaining auto body is crushed and sold as ferrous scrap metal to metal recyclers, including our metals recycling facilities.

Why buy auto parts from Pick-n-Pull?

It's simple:

  • Our quality recycled parts saves money, energy, resources and landfill space
  • Our huge inventory includes many hard-to-find parts
  • Our computerized parts interchange system lists alternative vehicles that have the same parts
  • Our parts are considerably less expensive than traditional parts sources
  • Our shopping experience and excellent customer service can't be beat

We remain competitive in our industry because of these reasons, plus our efficient processing of auto bodies and use of technology in managing our geographically diverse network of locations.

Recycling, Sustainability and the Environment

Our vehicle disposal process recycles everything we possibly can. Countless parts are purchased by retail and wholesale customers as a sustainable and cost-effective alternative to purchasing from traditional parts sources. Parts that can be refurbished (i.e. transmissions, alternators, compressors) are sold for remanufacturing. Many vehicle fluids including gasoline and oil are recycled. Ferrous and nonferrous metals are recycled and sold to steel mills and foundries for new products. All of this reuse reduces the amount of virgin materials needed to create new products as well as the energy needed to create them.

Environmental compliance and conservation is a priority. We have implemented standardized policies and procedures at all locations for managing vehicles and disposing of hazardous wastes. In fact, our best practices set many of the standards adopted by local communities as guidelines for others to follow.

All of these efforts taken together protect the environment, beautify our neighborhoods and reduce the cost of new goods by returning valuable scrap metal to new production.