Motorists can scour and pick car parts
A 2.4- hectare lot of cars on Brown Road in Welland is bringing in a lot of curiosity from passers- by.
The lot is owned by SLM Recycling, which bought the full eight- hectare property back in 2012 and has been operating a scrap recycling plant on it since.
General manager Kyle Duncan said the business processes as much as 6,000 tonnes of scrap each month, including a lot of end- of- life cars.
Many of those cars are still of good quality, he said, and SLM wanted to do more with them.
This led SLM to partner with Hamilton- based Pic- N- Save. Together they will open up part of the lot to the public to pull salvageable parts from the cars. Pic- N- Save already does this kind of work on its own properties.
“We just thought it was a shame there were these end- of- life vehicles coming across the scale that could still yield a lot more recyclable goods,” Duncan said.
Opening by the new year, potentially as early as two weeks from now, the SLM Pic- N- Save lot will be offering the opportunity for residents to go in and pull useable parts from vehicles for an admission price of $ 1 and the cost of the part. There are currently 400 vehicles on the property.
Duncan said many auto recyclers offer a service where the company pulls the parts from the vehicles for the customer, which drives up the prices. He said many of those businesses also raise prices depending on the make, model or year of car the part comes from.
But that’s not what’s going to happen here.
“Our model is going to be cheap, good quality, self- serve auto parts,” he said.
By having the customer take the parts off the cars themselves, it decreases the cost of the part by up to 300 times, he said. There will be machinery and tools available on site to rent to remove parts.
Staff will be available to answer questions customers may have. Duncan said staff will be able to verbally guide or offer tips to the customer about how to best get a part out without damaging the vehicle, but the work itself will still be done by the customer.
He said besides two places in the Hamilton area, SLM Recycling will be the only other location in Ontario that offers this kind of service. To his knowledge, others have tried it, but ended up stopping for various reasons, one of which was liability.
He doesn’t foresee liability being an issue, however, saying that people already come onto the property when they drop off their scrap.
He expects to see many do- ityourself mechanics and probably staff from local shops coming to the lot.
All of the cars will be organized by make and model, and then listed online for people to see. The price list will also be available online.
There will be a loyalty rewards program, the ability to donate the proceeds of a car to charity through Cars 4 Cures and potentially the option to buy used cars.
The website is being updated, but information will be available on picnsave. ca once the operation goes live.
Kyle Duncan, general manager of SLM Recycling in Welland, stands among cars sitting on 2.4 hectares of the company’s eight- hectare lot on Brown Road. The lot will soon be open to the public, allowing people to come in and salvage usable parts from the cars.