When an automobile is severely damaged, is malfunctioning beyond repair, or is not worth the repair, the owner, in South Dartmouth, may choose to give it for complete dismantling of body and parts, known as 'Automobile Wrecking'. Old rusting cars, and crushed cars in accidents, are best examples of auto wreck that may be given for automobile wrecking in South Dartmouth.
Usable parts, and those in high demand, are recovered from the car and sold off. The parts typically dismantled from automobiles are any small and easily removable items like light assemblies, seats, mirrors, exhaust system, hubcaps, etc. In some instances, however, major parts, like the engine and transmission, are also removed and sold, usually to auto-parts companies that will rebuild the part and resell it with a warranty in South Dartmouth. Once vehicles in a wrecking yard have no more usable parts, the hulks are usually sold to a scrap-metal processor or a scrapyard, a recycling center that buys and sells scrap metal in South Dartmouth.