Your First Stop For Recycled Automotive Parts

Junkyard euro carsWith the high cost of automotive repairs and parts these days, it pays to visit an salvage yard for recycled automotive parts. Not to mention, it makes an interesting afternoon excursion. Whether you’re looking for recycled Audi parts or another car manufacturer, it’s always wise to check out a salvage yard first. Consider a salvage yard a daily garage sale for the automotive DIY person and auto maven. You can save a lot of money when you choose recycled automotive parts. 

Automotive salvage yards typically take in vehicles that cannot be repaired due to the extent of damage done to them by accident, or mechanical mishap. That doesn’t mean the entirety of the vehicle and its components are no longer useful. For a vehicle whose body has been crunched beyond what it’s worth to repair, the interior and mechanical parts typically have plenty of purpose left in them.


Interior parts like seats are pricey when purchased at retail or even wholesale prices. Some automotive companies have discontinued certain parts. Even when you can track them down, some of the least expensive new parts always seem to be on back order, or just hard to find. Check first with an automotive salvage yard before you begin hunting retail stores for hard to find parts. Chances are you’ll find it there. 

Automotive salvage yards typically take in just about any sort of vehicle that no longer has any road value or road worthiness. Cars, pickups, heavy trucks, tractors, and even semi trucks and motorcycles. The variety of what you’ll find in terms of recycled automotive parts is astronomical–impossible to list the cornucopia of car parts found in a salvage yard. They can range from tiny parts like circuits and switches to big items like engines and transmissions. 

Some vehicles retired to a salvage yard may little or no body damage; you can find fenders, hoods and doors for your own vehicle in need of body repair. A lot of times you can get these parts in colors that match your existing vehicle. Recycled grills and headlamp bezels are often pricey cosmetic items and go a long ways towards inexpensively sprucing up or changing the appearance of your own road-worn vehicle. Check with an automotive salvage yard before searching for after market retailers.

For people who like to flip vehicles, or rather, purchase cars and trucks in need of repair, fix them up, and sell them again, the salvage yard is the automotive flippers best friend. Folks who like to customize cars and trucks haunt auto salvage yards looking for heavy duty chassis and other parts to make their creations from. The most common recycled automotive parts people request at salvage yards are alternators, starters, ignition components, and water pumps. Interior door locks, handles, and mechanisms for power windows are other recycled automotive parts that are most popularly requested for an inexpensive repair to a vehicle. 

However, don’t get the impression that you must search through a thousand of vehicles and parts, or wander alone for hours through a vehicle graveyard searching for what you want. Automotive salvage yards typically harvest parts and and inventory them as they come in, particularly the most requested ones. Most times you just have to ask for a part at the counter, or they will help you locate the right vehicle on the lot.

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