What happens to Japan’s tsunami damaged cars?

What happens to Japan’s tsunami damaged cars?

It’s been impossible to miss the news coverage of the Japan earthquake and you’ve likely seen the damaging tsunami footage showing vehicles being thrown around like Matchbox cars. These written-off waterlogged vehicles number in the thousands, and the Japanese government is currently faced with a huge task in cleaning them all up.

How are they doing it? According to reports, Japanese workers are using construction equipment to lift the vehicles onto trucks, which then take the damaged cars and trucks to auto graveyards. These final resting places are located in the now-dry flooded plains in and around the quake zones. The vehicles are lined up in huge rows, with the license plates all facing the same direction so owners can recognise and locate their wrecked rides. The organised workers use a color-coated spray painting system that indicates whether the vehicle has a body in it that needs to be removed by the authorities. Grim stuff.

Most owners who make the effort to locate their care are simply removing any belongings that remain in the vehicle and also the licence plate. Removing the plate and having proper registration information will reportedly help owners of destroyed vehicles to make insurance claims for their loss. Ultimately most of the damaged vehicles will be crushed after any key parts are removed.

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