Junkyard car parts are all the hype these days as people are seeking ways to save money in ways they have never done before. Since automotive maintenance can be expensive at a dealer or a mechanic, people are resorting to maintaining cars at home. In addition to saving labor costs, some are going the extra mile to save a few bucks by finding used car parts at local junkyards. Sometimes, the hassle over finding a junkyard car part can be worth the money and the energy it takes to search for it. Other times, the payoff is not so significant. Either way, if you are on the hunt for a junkyard car part, this is what you ought to do.
Everything these days should begin with a thorough Internet search. Use search phrases like “salvage parts” or “junkyard parts” then tack on your zip code at the end of the phrase to begin searching for your car part. Performing a search in Google Maps will provide addresses and phone numbers for each respective junkyard with a map displaying all of the nearby junkyards in your area. However, before calling each number, you should see if the junkyard has a website, and most legitimate junkyards do have one. A lot of these websites have a car parts inventory online, which is there for you to search from. Usually, the search process will ask you to input your car year, make and model and even ask you to specify the exact trim of your vehicle. In this way, the search algorithm can use the inputted information to find the exact part that will fit your vehicle. If the part does not exist, do not automatically assume that they do not have the part. Keep their number on your list of junkyards to contact in case you want to call them after you’ve completed your Internet search with no luck in finding your part.
This is the next step in searching for your part. If you were able to complete a Google Maps search as described above, then you should be able to see a list of junkyards in your area with phone numbers for each junkyard. Take time to call each one and see if they have the part that you are looking for and be sure to ask them for a quote. There is no need to try and negotiate for a better price at this stage since all you are doing is trying to locate your part.
Remember that saving money is not just about finding a cheap junkyard car part, but it is also about being efficient with your time and resources to find that part.