You’re not ready to get rid of your old car, but it’s showing signs of age. Even simple things like replacing cracked taillight lenses can be expensive if you go to the dealers’s parts store. Keep your old car looking good by browsing a local auto salvage yard for good used parts. Some of the parts you find will look like new, and there are a few parts you should stay away from. Grab your toolbox and head out to the local car parts lot and get your old car back into shape.

How a Pick-and-Pull Works

These lots are a step up from the traditional auto junk yard. They organize their lot to make it easier to find the make and model of car you need. Sometimes, they pull off the used auto parts, such as stereos, speakers and mirrors, and keep them organized from the cars. You go in with a tool box, find the parts you want and remove them, take them to the front desk and pay a flat price set for that part. For example, you’ll pay the same for a left-side driver’s mirror regardless of what kind of car it came off of. These lots make their money off of selling scrap metal and recycling used car parts. They make it as easy as possible for you to find what you want.

Used Car Parts to Avoid

There are a few parts that you shouldn’t get at the salvage yard. These are usually related to the car’s safety and heavily-used items that you can’t tell how much life is left in them. The parts to avoid include:

  • Timing Belts and Chains
  • Accessory Belts
  • Hoses and Tubes
  • Air and Oil Filters
  • Spark Plugs and Wires
  • Distributor Caps

The exception to this is if you happen to find a car that just had a major tune-up before being sent to the salvage yard. If the parts look to be new, take them and save yourself a few dollars on your next tune-up.

Good Used Parts from the Salvage Yard

These parts can have a lot of life left in them. Don’t settle on the first part you find because it has just a little rust on it. Look at all of your make and model of car and compare the parts. You’re paying the same price so pick the best part you can find. The parts to find on the lot include:

  • Body parts such as fenders, bumpers, engine hoods and truck lids.
  • Front and rear windshields, and door windows.
  • Interior and exterior rear view mirrors.
  • Headlight assemblies and taillight lenses.
  • Door handles, latches, window cranks, and arm rests.
  • window and door weather stripping and rubber seals.
  • interior knobs, levers, gear shift knob, and steering wheel.

Don’t forget the small parts you can pick up while there such as screws, fasteners, fuses and wiring bundles.

These auto recycling yards give you access to many of the parts you need to spruce up your old car. Don’t pay for new parts when you may find nearly-new parts at a local salvage yard. To learn more about used auto parts, visit Bruce’s Auto Wreckers