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Posted: 07/19/12 06:15am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Used to go to "pic a part". They had most of the good stuff already pulled and on shelves inside. The junk yard near by is slowing clearing out the cars for scrap now.


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Posted: 07/19/12 07:44am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

in Calif my home base , we have 'pick a part' and 'Upick'

you pay bring your own tools pay $2 entry fee and go look for the part yourself


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When a vehicle reaches 15yrs or 150,000, and you decide to keep it another 15/150,000, most times the best thing to do is to buy a beater of the same vehicle for cheap and canabalize it in the garage, as needed over the years.





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Posted: 07/19/12 09:48am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Try JunkYard Dog for a search engine.

Junk Yards around me are NOT the same as they were 20 - 30 years ago. Environmental regulations and insurance has skyrocketed.

The few U-Pull-It types that are left charge $ 5.00 - $ 10.00 as a entrance fee (they say to cover insurance).

The Local Junk yards prices are outrageous, I found locally on USED parts they were charging approx. 50% for the same NEW part you can purchase from a Dealers part counter.

Craigs list, e-bay and the internet looks like the best place today to purchase used and hard to fine parts.


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Posted: 07/19/12 10:15am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

We still have junk yards here, actually a whole lot of them and they haven't changed much from how they were 20 years ago. I guess we're fortunate. Maybe it's because we live so close to Mexico and most of the local population is Mexican? I don't know. I do like it though.


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Posted: 07/19/12 08:16am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Many of the large yards around here are run like an auto parts store. They remove and inventory the fast moving parts and leave the rest on the carcass out in the yard. Whatever is left of the carcass after 90 days is crushed and a new one is brought in. It's all about utilizing the space they have and turning over their inventory. Can't make any money on something that just sits there.

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Posted: 07/19/12 06:40pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

SoCalDesertRider wrote:

We still have junk yards here, actually a whole lot of them and they haven't changed much from how they were 20 years ago. I guess we're fortunate. Maybe it's because we live so close to Mexico and most of the local population is Mexican? I don't know. I do like it though.


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Posted: 07/19/12 01:40pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

paulm999 wrote:

When a vehicle reaches 15yrs or 150,000, and you decide to keep it another 15/150,000, most times the best thing to do is to buy a beater of the same vehicle for cheap and canabalize it in the garage, as needed over the years.
That's actually a good plan, for those who can. If I lived on a large rural property, I'd probly have a couple extra trucks out in the back forty to pull parts from.

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2 options ... try www.car-part.com. This is the industry "go-to" site for all used (LKQ)((Like/Kind/Quality))parts. Most yards on this site actually have people that will sell retail.
Option 2 ... go find the part via the internet and go to your local, independent bodyshop of choice and ask them to order it on your behalf. Expect to pay a markup of some kind for Option 2.


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Most of the junkyards around here have gone away as well. It's a shame, because to me a Saturday spent in the junkyard can be as much fun as going to Disneyland. The few yards that we have left around here are only open bankers' hours (not Saturdays) and the prices they want for parts are ridiculously high. It's ironic in this age of "recycling", that this is the case. It doesn't help that a few years ago cash-for-clunkers destroyed so many cars that could have been used for parts and could have helped save people a lot of money.


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