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Used Auto Parts – Craigslist Versus Pick and Pull Junkyards

Tuesday, November 2nd, 2010

When many vehicle owners need car, truck, van, RV, or jeep parts, they usually turn to their local junkyard. Many of these junk yards have a pick and pull policy. Meaning, you can buy the part for cheap, but you must find that part yourself and remove it from the vehicle in question. Although it sounds like a lot of work, it is a great way to find cheap auto parts. Another way is visiting In fact, which is the best approach?

Unfortunately, not all junkyards in the United States sell used car parts. This is unfortunate, as these pick and pull yards have shown us that even the oldest cars and those in the worst shape still have salvageable parts. If you do not have access to one of these auto establishments, it is best to visit To get started, select your state and then the nearest city. Browse or search the website to find car, truck, van, RV, or jeep parts.

One of the many benefits to using Craigslist to find cheap car accessories is the search function. You don’t have to spend hours sifting through a junkyard to find what you need. Instead, you sit at home on your computer and perform a search. To find the best deals and what you need, search with targeted phrases. Search with the make, model, or part you need. For example, Honda Civic fenders, Mercedes hubcaps, Geo Tracker door, Dodge Ram tailgate, and so forth.

At most pick and pull auto yards, you are charged a set price for each part. This is good if you only need one or two items. However, many buyers want to have an entire junk car on hand for parts in the future. At an established auto yard, this can cost you thousands of dollars or more. On you are likely to find better prices. You may get a junk car for as little as $100! These cars don’t run and the seller doesn’t want to bother with needed repairs, so they sell the vehicle as a junk car and sell it for next to nothing. The only downside is you may need to rent or borrow a car trailer to tow it home.

As you can see, both car part yards and have their benefits. If you want to find car, van, truck, motor home, or jeep parts on Craigslist, download the Craigslist Reader at to try free. You can search all of Craigslist, entire states, or multiple cities at once. Don’t waste time finding used car parts; search quickly and with ease to find the best deals.

Click here to find a cheap auto parts on Craigslist; with the Craigslist Reader you can a search Craigslist nationwide and more!

Junkyards and Junkyard Dogs!

Sunday, October 31st, 2010

I enjoy a good junkyard!

I mean, most people who really like cars can find almost anything in a junkyard. I have seen very old cars, hot rods and antique cars and parts as well as cool engines that were ready to be rebuilt, come back to life and power a new hot rod again for another 10 or 20 years.

(Where else ya gonna go to find a real live junkyard dog? I am talkin’ bout the real deal here. A dog that will let you walk right past him during the day when business is conducted, but will tear you apart after hours! No foolin’ around.)

I have gotten lots and lots of junk car parts that work fine and are half price at junkyards. I found parts that are available nowhere else.

If a particular junkyard does not happen to have the part you are looking for that day, they can make a search through a computer network especially for junkyards and locate that part in seconds.

Many junkyards will specialize in the make of car it deals with. Most junk yards will have more of one kind of car parts than others, too like Chevy, Ford, Mustang or Corvette parts. The same with BMW, Mercedes or Jaguar they are all specialty parts that would be kept in certain areas, or they might be a specialty of a particular junkyard. Antique parts are hard to find and show up mostly at automobile auctions or auto trading shows like at Carlisle Pennsylvania.

Online junkyards are popular too. Just do a search for “junkyards” and up pops a whole list of them just waiting to take your order and ship that part right back to you – for a price! But that price is going to be a lot cheaper than a parts house, usually! Always check the after-market stores before calling a junkyard to determine the price and availability of your part before trying junkyards.

Remember, electrical parts are non-refundable from junkyards.

Happy hunting!

Jim Furr – If you happen to be in the market for a good junk yard, go here: Car Junk Yard Also: be sure to visit Auto Junkyard

Junkyards in Texas – The Original Recyclers

Thursday, October 28th, 2010

Although it may seem as though recycling is a new concept that has recently become popular, in reality recycling is something the salvage yards of Texas have been doing for years. Have you ever wondered what happens to all the hazardous waste materials that are contained in a vehicle once it becomes inoperative? Well owners and operators of Texas salvage yards know the answer and they are the key to ensuring that these dangerous chemicals never encounter fragile ecosystems like the air and groundwater.

Most are members of TARA, the Texas Automotive Recyclers Association and ARA, which is a national trade organization for automotive recyclers around the country, and adhere to strict policies for handling and disposing of hazardous waste materials. Salvage yards in Texas work closely with local and federal environmental agencies to ensure that the materials are handled in responsible ways.

To date, Texas auto recyclers along with auto recyclers throughout the United States have spent in excess of $50 million on environmental compliance and have recovered enough steel from salvaged vehicles to build more than 13 million new cars. These strides mean that less iron and aluminum have to mined and preserves our precious non-renewable resources. Not only do Texas junk yards save resources they also help save consumers hundreds of thousands of dollars every year by providing access to quality used parts. By properly handling, removing and storing those parts that are in good conditions from non-operative vehicles, automotive recyclers can save customers up 75% off the price of what it would cost to buy that same part new from a dealership. In the past, an inoperative vehicle may stay in someone’s backyard for years or sit cluttering up streets and side alleys rusting away. Today that same car can be taken to a salvage yard and sold for up to several hundred dollars depending on the age and condition. The salvage yard then safely removes all hazardous waste materials and then removes all the salvageable parts then makes them available to the public at a discounted price. This is truly recycling at its best and Texas junk yards are proud to be a part of it.

Texas automotive recyclers have now become part of the internet connection as well. By inventorying parts on computer and utilizing satellite and internet, most salvage yards throughout Texas are able to access one another’s inventory. For the consumer that means an ending to calling around to every salvage yard in town to find the correct part. Now all one has to do is call one recycler and they can locate a part anywhere in the country. Whether the part is located 10 miles away or 100 most salvage yards will ship the part directly to your door. Direct access inventory is simple and convenient and always works in the consumers favor.

The salvage yards of Texas today are proud to be on the cutting edge of automotive recycling and they work hard to pass these savings on to the citizens of Texas.

Ronnie Tanner is a contributing writer at Texas junk yards. He writes about Texas junk yards and other related industry specific topics for the company.

How to Shop For Car Parts Using Junkyards and Salvage Yards

Tuesday, October 26th, 2010

Cheap cars and Junkyards pretty much go hand in hand. Now of course there are a million places to get parts from new and used from ebay to your local parts store. In the age of limitless online suppliers and a world wide parts market I think a lot of part shoppers have forgotten about using the local salvage yard as a parts alternative.

I think that for some amateur wrenchers the salvage yard can seem like a somewhat intimidating kind of place to be. Thoughts of pit bulls and a big fella named skeeter may come to mind ( no offense to any salvage yard owners named skeeter), but actually they can be a great place to quickly and easily locate used parts.

Personally I much rather prefer the yards that are willing to simply let you browse around on your own. These yards can also be a good spot to find some better prices, because in some cases a little haggling can be done. If your looking to make a trip to one of these “you pick you pull” type yards its a good idea to take a few steps to come prepared.

First bring some tools of course! Usually a decent enough socket set, some screwdrivers, and a set of vice-grips will get the job done and not be too heavy to carry around. In some cases bringing a jack may be necessary, but some yards are willing to provide jacks and engine hoists or at least rent them. If bringing any power tools, torches, or other equipment its a good idea to check with the owner first. Also its a good idea to wear some old clothes, a pair of boots, and some thick gloves (lots of old rusty debris can be a hazard and most yards tend to get pretty muddy and can have some really over grown grass).

After finding the right part, some may be concerned about how they know that the part is going to be in good enough condition to reuse. Honestly it really depends on the part and a lot of other variables, but in most cases yard owners are willing to provide some type of warranty or guarantee.

So the next time you decide to purchase a used car part don’t forget that there could be a great deal waiting for you at your local yard and the shopping experience itself can be pretty fun too!

About the Author:

Brian Ostrowiak is the co-creator of and an avid car enthusiast who often buys and sells cars and trucks for less than one thousand dollars.

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