The Gas Buggy

The Gas Buggy

     This month’s blog post is going to talk about gasoline; more importantly it is going to talk about what happens to the gasoline and how it is recycled once it gets to the salvage yard.

     First of all let’s start with some basic knowledge about gasoline. The definition of gasoline is “A volatile, flammable liquid mixture of hydrocarbons, obtained from petroleum, and used as fuel for internal-combustion engines, as a solvent, etc,” ( Now that we know exactly what gasoline is we can move forward.

     Gas to most people is a liquid fuel that is a necessity so your vehicle will go from one point to another. Most people probably do not pay that much attention to gas unless your tank is running low. At R.H. Willson we do pay attention. This is important because gasoline can be a hazard for the environment. If it is not probably handled it could spill or leak and seep into the ground causing permanent damage. R.H. Willson takes extreme caution because we care about the environment, recycling efforts and our future generations. We take special measures to make sure that once any gasoline is brought onto the premise we handle it right away.

     Of course there are a lot of vehicles at the yard. Not only our company trucks for towing and delivery, but customer cars in for repair and employee vehicles are parked on the premises. Those cars are not typically prone to leaking. The cars I am talking about are the salvaged vehicles we recycle the gasoline from. Once we get a “Junk Car” in we prep it, so to speak. It will be dismantled and used for parts then the remains will be crushed for scrap metal. I am not going over every little detail involved in the prep process because we want you to follow the blog each month to find out more.

     Right now, I am focusing on the removal of gasoline from the scrap vehicles gas tank into the Gas-Buggy®. Yes, that is actually the name of the special equipment that we use. The fuel is pumped directly from the vehicle into the tank of the Gas-Buggy®. This self-contained unit has a 30-gallon capacity, with filter system, eliminating fumes and giving better protection from spillage.

     The “Junk Cars” do not typically come to the salvage yard with a full tank, maybe there is a couple gallons left, but we do not waste even the smallest amount of fuel. We rely on this recycled fuel to power equipment and vehicles used to get around the yard and haul parts.

     This is just one small step in the greater process of the R.H. Willson salvage yard. We always want to be sure not to allow for contamination of the environment or waste in our or day-to-day activities.

See our blog next month for more on the salvage process.

Recycling the Metal

     One of the biggest ways, the salvage yard recycles is with the buying and selling of metal.  R.H. Willson has a scale that allows us to weigh customer vehicles and scrap metal by the truck load. The weight of the metal determines how much money the customer gets. The price of metal changes quite frequently, so we always recommend calling ahead for current pricing.

     We also buy junk cars to salvage. Drive the car in or request a local pick-up.  Either way it can be weighed on the scale.  The cars get inspected and usable parts are dismantled for resale.  The remainder of the vehicle will eventually be crushed and sold as scrap steel.  Once the cars are considered “junked,” it means they are ready for the crusher. The cars are transported by a loader and put into the crusher where they will start to resemble a flat pancake.   Instead of leaving those pesky junked cars to rot away where it can seep into the ground creating permanent damage, you should call the salvage yard because we have people who specialize in removing those unwanted vehicles.

     Recycled metals must be separated by type.  We have containers to separate the metals. Number One metal, which is steel, is stored in one container, and Light Iron has its own spot and so forth. After everything is organized, we deal with certain companies that specialize in the removal of the metal. It goes to their facility where it is properly organized to be recycled.

    Little steps like the removal of the cars or extra metal actually help your environment a lot more then you know. That is also why R.H. Willson goes above and beyond to recycle as many things as we can. This is just one way that R.H. Willson recycles; you should stay tuned each month to see how many others ways that R.H. Willson recycles!

written by: Jayne Valle Lara


APRIL GREEN TIPS – Green Resolution Challenge


Green Your Kitchen

“Green Tips” are simple steps you can take today to green your clothing, your home, your transportation and more! We encourage you to choose one step to get started and return for additional tips over time. If you’re up for a green makeover choose a specific category from the list of Monthly Green Tips and get started!

Avoid excessively packaged foods. Buy bulk foods or products packaged in recyclable materials or reusable containers.

Pack garbage-less lunches in reusable containers instead of plastic and paper.

Compost! Instead of throwing your apple cores, egg shells, and other organic waste into a landfill, compost them. If you don’t have a yard, consider using an indoor worm bin.

Eat a local diet. Grow your own food and support local farmers, natural food stores, and food co-ops. You’ll save money, eat quality foods, create local jobs, and increase farmlands. You’ll also reduce transportation costs from shipping food.

Buy certified organic food. Organic farmers don’t use toxic pesticides or fertilizers.

Buy Fair Trade Certified™ products such as coffee, tea, chocolate, bananas, mangoes, pineapples, and more. When you buy products carrying the Fair Trade Certified Ô label, you are helping to empower producers in developing communities and ensuring they receive a fair price for their labor.

Start a dinner co-op with friends or neighbors. By taking turns preparing meals for several families at once, you can easily buy ingredients in bulk, eliminate waste, maximize your free time, and build community.





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When does a vehicle lose all value?

WE at R.H. Willson find value in all the recycleable materials of a vehicle.

When your vehicle loses value to you can be based on a number of things.

A study was conducted by showing how many miles until a car loses all value.

Separately in an article found in magazine they rate the average age of a vehicle on the road.

See the information from these two sources below.

Brand Rankings: How Many Miles Until Worthless?

Toyota topped the list, as the study showed this brands’ vehicles can be driven 210,705 miles before considered “worthless,” MojoMotors said.

Friday, May. 16, 2014, 02:28 PM UPDATED 9:58 AM

By Auto Remarketing Staff

New York – took a different approach to gauging vehicles’ reliability — looking at how much mileage could accumulate before a car becomes valueless.

Although just because a car has lost all of its residual value doesn’t mean it won’t keep on running, MojoMotors pointed out “less reliable brands will lose value quicker since they have a greater chance of breaking down with fewer miles on the odometer.”

MojoMotors execs  Max Katsarelas, marketing and product manager; and Michael Milsten, business intelligence manager, wrote on the company’s recent brand reliablity study in a blog post that can be found by clicking here.

The company analyzed more than 500,000 cars, model years 1995 to 2014, listed for sale on to determine the average selling price depending on a vehicle’s mileage.

“Using a linear regression model, we were able to calculate the dollars of value lost as mileage increased and ultimately, the number of miles until a car lost all value,” the blog post explained.

Toyota topped the list, as the study showed this brands’ vehicles can be driven 210,705 miles before considered “worthless,” MojoMotors said.

“The public perceives Toyota as one of the most reliable automakers and our study concurs with this perception. While Toyota might not build the most eye-catching cars, they are certainly reliable and efficient,” the blog post read.

Coming in at No. 2 was Honda, with a 209,001 limit. Analysts explained much of Honda’s success lies in its versatility.

“While Dodge and Chevrolet excel at the big trucks, Honda excels at pretty much everything. Look at the ‘miles until worthless’ stat because Honda and Toyota boast a 10,000 mile lead over Ford,” Katsarelas and Milsten wrote.

The domestics were up next, with Ford coming in at No. 3. According to MojoMotors, this brands’ vehicles can run 198,409 miles until considered valueless. The site shared much like Honda, Ford’s ability to make good cars and trucks pushes its popularity.

Chevrolet (195,754) and Dodge (198,266) also made it into the top 5. Recalls aside, “The last few generations of automobiles built by Chevrolet are their best ever. Especially Chevy pickups, SUVs and crossovers, says MojoMotors.

For Dodge, the site shared much of the  reason this brand made the list is thanks to strong retention for Ram pickups.

Rounding out the top 10 most reliable brands, according to MojoMotors, is Nissan (195,593 miles), Subaru (189,370), GMC (188,584 miles), Acura (178,947 miles) and Mazda (177,729 miles).

The average age of vehicles on the road is still hovering just below 12 years

Wednesday, July 30, 2014 – 06:00

By Brian Albright

The average age of vehicles on the road is still hovering just below 12 years, although the rate of aging of the fleet is slowing down, says a new report from IHS Automotive. At the same time, the rise in new vehicle sales and improving vehicle quality are moving the traditional “sweet spot” for independent aftermarket repair shops and dealerships. – See more at:,0#sthash.ESjaThAb.dpuf

The age and type of vehicle coming in for repairs will change significantly over the next five years, and the aftermarket will need to adjust accordingly.

The average age of light vehicles on the road held steady at 11.4 years, according to data from January 2014 gathered by IHS. IHS incorporated Polk, previous publishers of the average age data, into its business in 2013.

Total light vehicles in operation (VIO) in the U.S. increased more than 3.7 million (1.5 percent) to 252.7 million, a new record. New vehicle registrations outpaced scrappage by more than 24 percent for the first time in 10 years, reflecting steadily improving vehicle sales figures.

“That’s reflective of three or four years of pretty significant growth in new to five-year-old vehicles,” says Mark Seng, global aftermarket practice leader at IHS Automotive. “New light vehicle registrations have had double-digit increases in previous years, and last year that growth was about 7.5 percent. Couple that with people hanging on to their vehicles longer, and all of that contributes to what we’re seeing in terms of VIO and the scrappage rate.”

The number of vehicles scrapped in 2013 was just 11.5 million, compared to the more than 14 million scrapped in 2012.

The scrappage rate has declined as new vehicle sales increase. Those newer vehicles are built to last longer, and owners are driving them longer than ever before. “New light vehicle sales have taken off, and all of the vehicles being added to the VIO are low-scrappage-rate vehicles,” Seng says.

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The combined fleet of cars and light trucks is now older than ever, and the average age of light trucks has now increased to reach the same 11.4 years as passenger cars. According to IHS, that hasn’t happened since 1995 when the data was first reported.

“Trucks are growing in population in general and benefiting from new technology and better quality,” Seng says. “In the past, trucks were treated more like utility vehicles. They weren’t maintained as well and were used for more rough purposes. Now, they are becoming more everyday vehicles, and that is contributing to the trucks lasting longer.”

The average age of vehicles has slowed and will remain at around 11.4 to 11.5 years for the next several years. That’s because the economy has improved (and boosted new vehicle sales). “From 2004 to 2009, the average age of vehicles rose 5.4 percent,” Seng says. “From 2009 to 2014, average rose by 11 percent. But it’s going to increase just 2.6 percent until 2019.”

The rapid increase in age after 2009 was a direct result of the recession and the dramatic drop in new light vehicle sales. “As new car sales come back, we see that average age increase decelerating,” Seng says. “It will plateau, then go back to the rate of increase we saw prior to the recession.”

Sweet spot shifts

For the aftermarket, the rapidly aging fleet of better quality vehicles will mean that the traditional “sweet spot” is going to move. The average age will increase from 11.4 year to 11.7 years by 2019, and eventually exceed 12 years.

At the same time, the proportion of vehicles in each age group will also change. The number of vehicles zero to five years old will increase by 32 percent over the next five years, while vehicles in the six to 11 years-old category will decline by 21 percent—that’s where the sweet spot used to be. With quality improving, and customers driving vehicles longer, the number of cars in the fleet that are more than 12 years old will increase by 15 percent by 2019.

That will mean suppliers, distributors and repairers will need to accommodate much older vehicles than before. “The sweet spot we’ve always talked about is really changing,” Seng says. “The seven- to 11-year-old vehicle range is the same sweet spot that has been talked about for 15 years, and now it’s shifting.

“The good news for the aftermarket is that the oldest vehicles will continue to increase their share of the market over the next five years,” Seng says. “That’s very important for aftermarket parts suppliers, distributors, and those that service vehicles to understand how that age profile is changing and how it will impact vehicles that enter the service bay.”






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Practice Clothing Consciousness

“Green Tips” are simple tips you can take today to green your clothing, your home, your transportation and more! We encourage you to choose one step to get started and return for additional tips over time. If you’re up for a green makeover choose a specific category from the list of Monthly Green Tips and get started!

Choose organic, natural-fiber clothing to keep pesticides out of the environment. Search the followingNational Green Pages™ categories for environmentally-friendly clothing options made in good working conditions:

Look for alternative fabrics made from recycled content, such as fleece made from plastic bottles.

Purchase clothing from Fair Trade businesses.

Tell companies you won’t support sweatshops. Tell companies that use sweatship labor know that you will only purchase from businesses that don’t exploit workers.

Buy used clothing. Not only is it less expensive, but it also saves raw materials and energy.

Avoid dry cleaners; they use chemicals that can be dangerous to your health and the environment. Hand-wash clothes at home, or turn to wet cleaners.




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* HAPPY NEW YEAR * Have you made any resolutions?

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REMINDER to be GREEN in 2015.

Try taking one small green step each month.  Check out the list of monthly green ideas on our Trash Talk Tuesday page and see what you may be able to accomplish.


A New Year: Make Green Resolutions.

“Green Tips ” are simple tips you can use today to green your clothing, your home, your transportation and more! We encourage you to choose one step to get started and return for additional steps over time. If you’re up for a green makeover choose a specific category from the list of Monthly Green Tips and get started!

Tread lightly on the Earth. Identify a way you can reduce waste or pollution in your life (recycle more, drive less, conserve more energy), and track your progress.

Rediscover your city or town one neighborhood at a time. Find a restaurant, historical site, or street fair to visit in every corner of your area.

Save more money. Make a plan to save a little more each month and start or increase contributions to a retirement plan. Search the following National Green Pages™ categories for socially responsible banking and investing options:

Encourage your friends and family to watch less television. Play games together, organize a book club, host neighborhood dinners, or take long walks instead.





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The Day After Christmas

This information found in Consumer Reports Magazine explains some statistics of the environmental impact of the holidays.

* Sparkly, Shiny paper may not be recyclable.  Check your town’s disposal rules and consider using matte paper or alternate wrapping materials next year.

* 53% of Americans opt to save and reuse gift wrap.  Saving wrap will also save money.

* There is a $50 fine in Aurora, IL for locals whose decorations twinkle past March 18th. How many other towns across the country opt for similar rule and fines. On that same note, January 6th is Three Kings Day: some say that is the date to take down your tinsel.

* 8,471 Miles is the distance traveled by the average artificial Christmas tree from manufacture to disposal.  Imagine the fuel consumption for that amount of miles.

* The Nation Resources Defense Council says that real trees are more eco-friendly.  Next year try to Go (Ever) Green!

* 80% of American households display artificial firs.

* 4,000+ communities across the country sponsor tree-recycling programs.  Check with your town to see if they offer this program.

* LED lights use 1/6th the amount of electricity of conventional lights.  Try investing in LED lights when they are on sale after the holidays and be sure to recycle the broken lights.  Check out for more information on recycling your holiday lights.

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Check your local recycling programs or contact to recycle your old lights and receive a coupon to purchase new LEDs.
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Let us all try to lessen our carbon foot print this year and continue this challenge for years to come.

Are you a Safe Winter Driver?

For all of us that live in New England we know what an actual snowstorm is. But despite living in one of the snowiest places in the USA, many of us don’t know how to drive in the snow. For many, the thought of driving in weather other than sunny is scary, and we want to help. So we found this awesome info-grahpic from This is for everyone, because honestly who couldn’t benefit from a couple of tips?