3 Tips To Help You Get The Best Deal On Auto Parts At The Junkyard

Junkyards can be a time-consuming albeit affordable way to pick up used auto parts. The more you know about the way junkyards operate, the more likely it is that you'll be able to get the best deal possible. These smart shopping tips will help you find good parts at good prices at your local junkyard.

Tip #1: Avoid junkyards that won't let you collect your own part.

Many junkyards charge a nominal entry fee and then allow customers to wander around until they find the part they're looking for. The customer seeks the desired part, removes the part personally and pays at the desk.

Some junkyards offer a service wherein junkyard employees go get the part and the customers simply pick up from the desk. This service comes at an extra cost, and means that the customer can't select the part themselves. For customers who don't want to get their hands dirty or don't know how to remove the part they need, this is a good option. Finally, there are some junkyards that will not allow customers to go get their own part. If you're capable of finding your own part at the junkyard, do so, and avoid visiting junkyards where you're not allowed. 

Tip #2: Don't buy the first part you find.

Junkyards have standard pricing for each type of part. New parts and old parts cost the same amount, so the most effective way to get the best deal for any part you're buying is to spend time looking around for the newest, shiniest, most viable part you can get. This can take time.

Plan to spend your afternoon wandering around the junkyard looking for that right piece. Come armed with a list of interchangeable parts from other car types for the piece you're looking for. If you're not sure what can be substituted for your car part, call your mechanic or do the research online before you come.

Tip #3: Go to the junkyard that specializes in your car type.

Some junkyards specialize in a sub-category of car (foreign, vintage, etc), while others simply stock what's in the highest demand. To ensure the junkyard you choose offers the most choices for the auto part you're looking for, call ahead until you find a junkyard that specializes in your sub-category of car. 

Junkyards are a great way to save on used auto parts. The more you visit the junkyard, the better you'll be at seeking out deals and finding the cheapest auto parts you can find.