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English translation: end of life vehicle (ELV)

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German term or phrase:Altauto
English translation:end of life vehicle (ELV)
Entered by: Evert DELOOF-SYS
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18:18 Aug 8, 2000
German to English translations [Non-PRO]
Tech/Engineering
German term or phrase: Altauto
In terms of recycling of old vehicles. I found either "end-of-life vehicle" or "scrap vehicle."
Any other suggestions?
Jean Colton
end of life vehicle (ELV)
Explanation:
There was a very similar query only a few days ago.
The "official" term is not scrap car, but end of life vehicle (abbrev. ELV). This is the term used by the BIR, the international organizations of recyclers. These are the large recyclers of cars, metal, paper, textiles, you name it.

The automobile recyclers in the UK and throughout the EU use end of life vehicle; the German version of the EU directive concerning ELVs uses Altauto. I learned this at a recent BIR conference where ELVs were a hot topic. You may wish to check out their web site, too.
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Ulrike Lieder
Local time: 13:10
Grading comment
Thanks - a very thorough answer. The others were good, too, but yours had the most official reference!
4 KudoZ points were awarded for this answer

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Summary of answers provided
nasee belowUlrike Lieder
naend of life vehicle (ELV)Ulrike Lieder
najunk cars etc.
Tom Funke
nascrap vehicle
Stefan Kreisher


  

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1 hr
scrap vehicle


Explanation:
go with scrap vehicle

Stefan Kreisher
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1 hr
junk cars etc.


Explanation:
According to a recent ProZ thread on the same subject, the terms you already have listed may be the best. Others (just quoting) included junked cars, junk cars, discarded cars, de-registered cars [with an additional note that "__used cars__ are normally drivable and worth a bit more than the scrap value of all their parts."]

Tom Funke
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1 hr
end of life vehicle (ELV)


Explanation:
There was a very similar query only a few days ago.
The "official" term is not scrap car, but end of life vehicle (abbrev. ELV). This is the term used by the BIR, the international organizations of recyclers. These are the large recyclers of cars, metal, paper, textiles, you name it.

The automobile recyclers in the UK and throughout the EU use end of life vehicle; the German version of the EU directive concerning ELVs uses Altauto. I learned this at a recent BIR conference where ELVs were a hot topic. You may wish to check out their web site, too.


    Reference: http://www.bir.org
Ulrike Lieder
Local time: 13:10
Native speaker of: German
PRO pts in pair: 3525
Grading comment
Thanks - a very thorough answer. The others were good, too, but yours had the most official reference!

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Johanna Timm, PhD
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2 hrs
see below


Explanation:
here's a BIR URL for ELVs. In looking through their site, you'll also find the term end of life applied in general, such as end of life products. Some of their info is available in French and German as well.
Good luck.


    Reference: http://www.bir.org/biruk/keyissues.htm
Ulrike Lieder
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Native speaker of: German
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