Auto Junkyard Fun!

Save Even More Buying Used Car Parts

The used car part is around one hundred dollars cheaper than a new one.

When there is a need to replace a part on an automobile or truck, the options are endless. Of course, one can always go online or to one of the new auto parts chain stores or the dealership but if there is enough time and not too much money buying a used part can be the best option. However, even when it comes to buying a used part there are options.

There are some auto parts stores that operate just like the big retailers that sell new car parts. The customer arrives at the counter and asks for a specific part for a vehicle. The attendant then searches the inventory on a computer, and informs the buyer if the part is in stock and its price. This type of used auto-parts retailers provide convenience and hassle-free transactions for their clients. Most accept credit or debit cards, have air-conditioned lobbies and paved parking lots. However, if the purpose is to save the most money possible then the best place to buy used auto parts is a junk yard.

Yes, good old junk yards where most sales are cash and no refunds are available. The parking lot is loose gravel and the counter at the office is greasy and dirty. The prices are not set on a computer but the attendant sets the price when he is selling the part. A junkyard owner or manager sometimes will allow the buyers to remove the parts themselves making the price even lower. And of course, there is always the opportunity to negotiate a lower price for a part does not have a label and that is not registered in a computerized inventory.

Junkyards are a little further away from the city, but provide the most savings for the low budget mechanic or the do-it-yourself kind of people. There is rarely a warranty on the parts but if the used car part is around one hundred dollars cheaper than a new one, well it might be worth to take a risk. The phone book is a good tool to shop around in junkyards to get quotes on prices and then used that as a tool to get a cheaper price at the one that is the shortest drive away. “Come on, this same part they have it for $50 at the junkyard down the road, but this is close to my shop.” It takes time and bargaining to shop at junkyards but it always feels good to get a good deal.

Ronnie Tanner is a contributing writer at Quality Auto Parts. He writes about Used Car Parts and other industry specific topics.

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