Soave Enterprises’ affiliate Parts Galore provides customers with a unique automotive salvage experience. For the Soave company, it represents a modern take on the traditional junkyard and is proving to be a wildly successful concept. Parts Galore is a do-it-yourself auto salvage yard that permits customers to pay a nominal entrance fee to access an 18-acre lot full of scrap vehicles and automotive parts. The cars are organized by make and model and at any given moment there are over 2,000 to choose from. The concept is relatively new, and the results are cheaper auto parts for individuals and more environmentally friendly product life cycle for the automobiles.
“Our goal was to provide a self-service experience that no one else has really done in this are,” shares a Parts Galore employee. “Plus, we have an enormous inventory of vehicles that is constantly refreshed, so customers can pretty much always find what they need.”
How It Works
When each vehicle is placed into the yard, Parts Galore employees remove the gas tank and all fluids and recycle them appropriately. Then, customers pay a small $1 fee to enter the yard and are able to search the vehicles for the parts they need. Customers bring their own tools, but wheelbarrows are available to rent on site. The parts are then accounted for and paid for before the customer leaves.
After customers have stripped a row of vehicles of parts, the entire row is removed and replaced with a new batch. It is estimated that nearly 1,200 vehicles are turned over on a monthly basis, creating a constant flow of fresh inventory. The stripped vehicles are sent to another Soave Enterprises affiliate, Ferrous Processing & Trading (FPT) to be professionally processed and recycled.
A New Take on Responsible Automotive Recycling
Vehicles that have been removed are shipped to one of three FPT automobile shredders in the Detroit area, where they are fragmentized and prepared for re-melting by steel mills, foundries and smelters. Owned by Anthony Soave, FPT is the fifth largest metal recycling company in the nation. FPT recycles scrap metal using several methods: shearing, baling, shredding, granulating, torching, hot and cold briquetting, and other non-ferrous processing.
Each vehicle that makes its way through Parts Galore and then into Soave Enterprises’ recycling plants, represents the latest development in recycling technology and marketing of obsolete cars and trucks.
Parts Galore has expanded to include three separate locations. Its expansion is expected to generate $1.97million in investment and create up to 25 jobs. Additional Parts Galore outlets are expected in metro Detroit, with other outlets in Cleveland and Toledo, Ohio, to follow.
Anthony Soave and Soave Enterprises
Soave Enterprises is a diversified management and investment company founded by Detroit businessman Anthony Soave that provides strategic planning, financial and other management resources to its affiliated business ventures. Anthony Soave acquired Ferrous Processing and Trading in 1997 and through it, Soave Enterprises offers a full range of metal recycling services. For more information on Tony Soave and Soave Enterprises, please visit http://www.soave.com.
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