To some people, a junkyard is like a huge garage sale. All of those parts and pieces to look at! What might have been one person’s junker is now going to be another person’s treasure – and hopefully key to making a different vehicle run. But if you are a novice when it comes to going to a junkyard to find the parts, how do you know you are buying auto parts from junkyards safely? What if the part doesn’t work? Are you sure it is the right part? How much would this part could brand new in a store or another location versus what a junkyard charges for it?
Write Down Auto Parts in Detail
More than likely, you are only heading to a junkyard for parts because you cannot find the part somewhere else for a price you want to pay. Therefore, you are hoping to find a part that can fit your needs. When that is the case, you probably already have the make and model of the car where you need to pull the part from. But what happens when the junkyard doesn’t have a car that fits that description? Write down what the part is for and see if there are any other makes and models that are pretty close to what you need. Sometimes cars made by companies, such as Chevrolet and Pontiac, can use the same part to perform a deed. If the person running the junkyard is truly a car person, they will be able to suggest a few different makes and models of cars that have parts that would substitute as well.
Quality Used Parts
Is there such a thing as getting a quality part, especially since it has obviously already been used and is sitting in a junkyard? Sure. Just because a car is sitting in a junkyard and obsolete doesn’t mean that all of the parts are obsolete. Many of them have pieces that will work for many more years to come, you just have to find them. If you aren’t a car expert and are worried about finding a quality part, you have two options. You can put your faith in to the person running the junkyard and ask them to help you. Or else take along a buddy that knows their parts and can gauge the quality of the part you are thinking about by looking at it.