Mo­torists can scour and pick car parts

The Welland Tribune - - FRONT PAGE - LAURA BAR­TON

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.

LAURA BAR­TON/ WEL­LAND TRI­BUNE

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.

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