Searching for the right parts for your car? Look no further than your local auto salvage yard! Auto salvage yards take in all types of vehicles that no longer work and reuse the salvageable pieces in working cars. If these parts still run great, why have them sent off to a landfill when they could be the answer to your car problems? Did you know that, on average, three quarters of an inoperable car’s parts can be reused because they are still in working condition? An auto salvage yard could have just the pieces you’re looking for! Even small, locally owned salvage yards can have a few thousand cars’ worth of parts on hand. That’s over a million parts! And not only is it likely that they’ll have the parts you need, but some places will also install the parts for you on-site.
Some salvage yards also encourage you to call ahead with the description of the part you need so that they can pull it from the yard and have it ready for you when you arrive. This saves you time AND money! Buying a second-hand part that still works is a great money-saving strategy for the thrifty consumer; there are significant savings to be had when you compare the cost of a brand new part to a salvaged part. But as with all things, it’s a good idea to do a little digging and make sure that buying a used part is what’s best for your car. If it is, then the savings you’ll receive from visiting an auto salvage yard will be well worth your time!
Some other tips for ensuring a good buying experience include:
1) Check and see if the business has a 100% money-back guarantee! If the part is not performing up to standard, will you get your money back?
2) If you do not have a salvage yard near you, or if you do not want to travel out to one, will the business ship the part to you? Be sure to compare the price of the used part + shipping to the price of a new part to make sure you’re making the best decision!
3) Verify that the used part has been cleaned and checked out to make sure it works properly. If you have your part installed on-site, you can be sure that everything is in good shape before you leave the yard!