Smart Miles has redefined the used automotive parts purchasing experience. In early 2008, our combined 60+ years of automotive experience helped us realize what the industry was missing. We began building a vision of a business that focused on reinventing an old industry. Gone are the days of the stereotypical salvage yard. Smart Miles implements an innovative process for bringing our customers quality used automotive parts. Our focus is on the product, price and a high level of customer service.
The first step is buying the right inventory. We purchase late model, low mileage vehicles that are thoroughly inspected and researched prior to purchase. Within days after a car arrives at our facility, the car is dismantled and the parts are inspected and photographed. We call our process “pre-dismantling”. This means we do not have an actual “yard” where the parts are exposed to extreme weather conditions. Our parts are removed and then stored indoors, and the remains of the vehicle are scrapped all within days. So not only do we sell quality recycled parts but we also send all of the remains to a scrap facility for processing immediately after the vehicles are dismantled. Smart Miles cares about the environment and makes it a priority to eliminate risk factors that cause pollution.
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Parallel, Series and Plug-In are the most common types of Hybrids:
The engine and electric motor generate the power that drives the wheels in a Parallel Hybrid. Gasoline powers the engine, while at the same time, batteries supply power to an electric motor. The addition of computer controls and a transmission allow these components to work simultaneously. Parallel Hybrids can use a smaller battery and therefore rely mainly on regenerative braking for recharging. These Hybrids also utilize the drive motor as a generator for supplemental recharging, much like an alternator in conventional cars. The Honda Civic and Toyota Prius are examples of Parallel Hybrids.
The electric motor is the only means of generating power that drives the wheels in a Series Hybrid. The motor receives electric power from either the battery pack or from a generator run by a gasoline engine. A computer determines how much of the power comes from the battery or the engine/generator. Both the engine/generator and regenerative braking recharge the battery. The engine is typically smaller in a Series Hybrid because it does not need to meet rigorous driving power demands. This larger battery and electric motor, along with the generator, add to the cost, making Series Hybrids more expensive than Parallel Hybrids.
A Plug-in Hybrid has batteries that are recharged by connecting a plug to an electric power source. These Hybrids have an electric motor that runs on rechargeable batteries as well as a downsized internal combustion engine for use when the batteries are exhausted.