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Daily Q&A: How can I make my car repairs more environmentally friendly?

How can I reduce the impact my car repairs have on the environment?

There are several steps suggested by AutoMD.com for "green auto repair and maintenance, including:

• Recycle oil, antifreeze and parts. If all the oil from American do-it-yourself oil changers were recycled, it would be enough to supply more than 50 million cars a year. Oil, antifreeze and parts can usually be recycled at your local repair shop.

• Repair, don't replace. Extending the life of your vehicle and its body parts through proper repair and maintenance can help save environmental resources, prevent costly repairs and conserve consumer dollars.

• Reuse parts and supplies. Rebuilt/remanufactured and used parts are easily available and can cost 50 percent less than buying new parts, while also reducing the amount of raw materials consumed and harmful emissions generated.

For more information visit: http://www.automd.com/About-AutoMD/Press/9-28-2010/

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