Alternative ways to recycle
Special Instructions

Several local and national businesses accept junk cars in San Luis Obispo County. Bring your license plates and the title to the vehicle to the California Department of Motor Vehicles, where you will receive a junk receipt at no charge.  Use this receipt to sell the car or to send to a salvage yard.

A-1 Metal & Auto Salvaging
5795 Stockdale Road, Paso Robles, CA | (805) 238-3545
Hours: Monday – Friday 8am – 5pm, Saturday 8am – 2pm
Map & Directions
Accepts junk cars. Call first.

Old Car Buy Back & Scrap Program
(800) 717-7624
Offers cash for older vehicles.

Paso Robles Auto Wrecking
5755 Monterey Road, Paso Robles, CA | (805) 238-3738
Hours: Monday – Friday 8am – 5pm, Saturday 8am – 2pm
Map & Directions
Accepts cars and trucks with paper only with no charge.

Rusty’s Auto Salvage
(877) 215-3996
Offers car removal and cash.

SA Recycling 
5815 Stockdale Road, Paso Robles, CA | (805) 227-1090
Hours: Monday – Friday 8am – 5pm, Saturday 8am – 1pm
Map & Directions
Accepts scrap metal. Accepts cars. Accepts appliances for a fee. Call first.

San Luis Auto Salvage
281 Tank Farm Road, San Luis Obispo, CA | (805) 543-9509 or (800) 222-9509
Hours: Monday – Friday 8:30am – 5pm
Map & Directions
Accepts all vehicles.  Fees may apply.

Sierra Auto Dismantling
845 Sheridan Road, Arroyo Grande, CA | (805) 489-0745 or (800) 281-0771
Hours: Monday – Friday 9am – 5pm
Map & Directions
Will not accept automobiles older than 1990.  Call first.

US Junk Cars
(888) 488-5115
Offers car removal and cash.


Auto Parts are Scrap Metal

Auto parts need to be disposed of as scrap metal. Find out how to dispose of scrap metal.

Alternative Ways to Recycle


Wheels for Wishes

Consider donating an unwanted car to Wheels for Wishes. Pick-up is free and proceeds go to the Make-A-Wish Foundation.


Veteran Car Donations

Donate your car to veterans through Veteran Car Donations. Pickup is free and your donation is 100% tax deductible.


Car Donation Wizard

Car Donation Wizard works with a number of well-known charities to help recycle cars. They will pick up the car for free, and see that the proceeds benefit the charity you’ve selected. They accept most cars, trucks, boats and personal watercraft, RVs and motorhomes, trailers, motorcycles, and off-road vehicles. Learn more.

Car Donation Foundation

You can donate an unwanted vehicle to the Car Donation Foundation, who gives their proceeds to local children’s charities or veterans’ programs, such as Make-A-Wish Foundation. Pick-ups are free. Learn more about their program.

Use the ARA Database

The Automotive Recyclers Association has a list of companies in North America that are certified to properly recycle your car. Old cars often contain harmful liquid waste, so it’s important to hand over scrap cars to those who are well-equipped.

Did You Know?

Scrap Car Processing

Job Creation and Automotive Recycling

In the United States, the automotive recycling industry employs more than 140,000 people nationwide, bringing in about $32 billion in sales each year. About 86 percent of a whole vehicle can be recycled into new car parts or other consumer products. Find out more.