Finding a salvage yard is easy but finding one with reliable used auto parts proves to be another story. When you’re in the process of scavenging for the parts you need, keep these factors in mind.
1. Salvage Yard or Junkyard
Used auto parts can be found at both junkyards and salvage yards and taking the type of junkyard/salvage yard you’re scavenging into consideration will have an effect on the quality of parts you find. Traditionally, salvage yards are for used auto and machinery parts, making them the best place to pull used auto parts from.
There are also full-service and u-pull salvage yards (we do both!).
Full-Service Salvage Yard
Full-service salvage yards have a professional that pulls the parts you need from the salvage yard inventory while you wait.
A u-pull-it salvage yard is pretty self-explanatory but is the process of the individual (you) going into the salvage yard and searching for and pulling the parts they need on their own.
2. How to Find What You Want
Depending on the salvage yard you go to, most have some sort of organizational tactic to where the parts are located. If you’re going to a salvage yard for the first time, especially one that u-pull-it, be sure to ask what the process is and how the land is laid out. This will help you find what you need faster!
3. Types of Parts
There are certain types of parts that you should always buy new including belts, hoses, and filters. These are items that deteriorate quickly and it’s better to not have to worry about replacing them in a short period of time. This also goes for breaks!
All other parts, including engines, transmissions, gauges, interior materials, and more are all fair game and great to purchase at salvage yards!
4. Wear and Tear
Cars and car parts that end up in salvage yards end up there because they’re dead or at the end of their lifespan. If you’re lucky, you’ll find a car that is still in good shape and has extremely reliable parts. When you’re purchasing used car parts from a salvage yard, always be sure to check the wear and tear of the part before purchasing it. If you need help gauging the condition of the part, a team member will be able to help you and will be able to help you find the same part in better condition if need be.