Junkyards hold a treasure trove of parts

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Most people shy away from the junkyard when it comes to used car parts. Whether they are distrustful of the junkyard owner, or don't have the knowledge on how to find the exact part they need, they will skip this all important location.  However, junkyards hold a treasure trove of parts.

You have two basic types: full service where you request a certain part and someone at the yard will find it, remove it from the original vehicle, and deliver it to the front desk, where you pay for the part and the service of having someone wrestle it from the vehicle. The second type is where you comb through the yard finding the vehicle you need and then pulling it from the car.

If you are the type of person who likes yard sales, antique shops, or the popular TV series American picker, then the second type of yard is for you. A lot of yards are generalists and stock what is usually brought in by companies like Kirkland Motors (We buy junk cars in Stockbridge Ga). A lot of these yards tend to buy crashed or abandoned vehicles for recycle, so selling the parts is a bonus for them as they make extra money.

If you never been to a yard, what usually happens is that someone at the yard will ask you to sign documents that absolves the yard of any liability in case you injure or kill yourself by doing something dumb, like trying to remove the engine from up under a car and having the engine drop on your head! Rare, older cars, or cars that don't usually break down often will be towards the back.

The yards will try and group the cars by type: domestic vs foreign (Japanese or European), as well as make (GM vs Ford, etc.). Be sure to check the price board. Junkyards don't tend to put a sicker on parts or cars, but charge a generic price for a specific part type, like a radiator. They tend to not care about the type of car the part comes from, thus great savings if you are hunting for a more expensive part, say for a Subaru. Once you find your part you may have to inflict damage on the car in order to get the part out.

Try your best to not destroy other parts as someone else may want what your damaging. Also keep and try what you remove, that you don't want to keep, in or near the car, in case someone else want's the part. You may get lucky and find that someone has already removed the part you seek-- you get to enjoy the fruits of their labor. The junkyard is not just for you finding a part for your car, but others go to purchase cheap parts in order to sell online at a higher price. The people that buy junk cars, you've seen the advertisements, they go something like: We buy junk cars in Stockbridge Ga, well they pay a small fee for the car or truck and turn around and get a larger fee from the yard owner, who in turn sells the parts for a modest fee (sum of the parts is small than the price of the parts by them self), or gets a price for the scrap. Junkyards don't tend to put a sicker on cars or parts, but charge a generic price for a specific part type, like a radiator.

They tend to not care about the type of car the part comes from, thus great savings if you are hunting for a more expensive part, say for a Subaru. Once you find your part you may have to inflict damage on the car in order to get the part out. The junkyard is not just for you finding a part for your car, but others go to purchase cheap parts in order to sell online at a higher price.

The people that buy junk cars, you've seen the advertisements, they go something like: We buy junk cars in Stockbridge Ga, well they pay a small fee for the car or truck and turn around and get a larger fee from the yard owner, who in turn sells the parts for a modest fee (sum of the parts is small than the price of the parts by them self), or gets a price for the scrap.

So all in all, junkyards hold a treasure trove of parts at a very reasonable to cheap price.