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Scrap for cash

Junk vehicle prices reach record payouts

February 8, 2012
The Daily Mining Gazette

HOUGHTON - Junk vehicles wanted. Heikkinen Scrap owner Melvin Heikkinen said now is the time to cash in on old clunkers as scrap metal prices are at record highs.

"Most complete cars, I'm paying up to $300 each," he said. "For trucks and heavier vehicles, the price can go up."

Melvin said he'll take anything from junk cars, trucks and buses to heavy-duty vehicles, farm and construction equipment. And, snowbanks are no match for Melvin, who offers free local pick-up year-round.

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Melvin Heikkinen loads junk cars into a semi-trailer Tuesday to be hauled to a recycling yard in Gaylord, Mich.

"There's a lot of farmers out there who have a lot of dead iron they can't move themselves, but I can," he said. "I've got a 30-foot trailer with a winch mounted on it so I can move anything, even in the winter. And if that won't get the job done, I've got other equipment that will."

Melvin said the vehicles he purchases are transported - sometimes up to 17 at a time - to a recycling yard in Gaylord, Mich., where they are broken down. The tires remain on the car during transport, which eliminates unnecessary hazardous waste.

"It's an environmentally friendly alternative," he said. "The metals get separated into piles in order to make more cars. The rubber gets separated and is used to make fuels - everything gets used."

"We haul it all," is the motto of Heikkinen Scrap and if customers are unsure of what their "junk" is worth, Melvin offers free on-site estimates.

The reason scrap metal prices are at record highs is because recycling yards are in demand. From late January through spring is when prices are the best because the metal that was collected during the summer has been used up.

"Everybody thinks this time of year, their stuff is buried," he said. "That's not a problem for me."

Melvin, who started his scrap metal business two years ago, guarantees customers a fair and honest service. He said people need to realize what they should be getting in return for their vehicles.

"I don't mind coming to take a look first and giving them an estimate," he said. "Sometimes you don't know what to expect. All you need to do is give me a call."

For more information, call Melvin Heikkinen at 370-9169.

Editor's note: This feature is part of a paid advertising package purchased by Heikkinen Scrap. Businesses interested in being featured on the Business page may call Yvonne Robillard at 483-2220.



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