Self-Service Auto Parts: How to Get Car Parts From a Junkyard

With all the gift giving and celebrations that occur between November and January, the end of the year and the beginning of a new one can be an expensive time for consumers. If you need auto parts for your vehicle but would have a difficult time buying them at full price in the wake of holiday spending, getting self-service auto parts from a junkyard is a great option. If this is your first time buying auto parts from a junkyard, below is a basic list of the steps you should take.

Gather Your Tools

The parts you get from a junkyard are called self-service auto parts because you search for the parts and remove them on your own. This means that you will need to bring tools to remove the components you need. In most cases, a ratchet wrench set for removing nuts and bolts, a screw driver set for removing screws, a hammer or a mallet for tapping parts loose, and clamps for holding long parts in place while you remove them is all you will need to remove parts.

Check Online Inventories

Many professionally operated junkyards list their vehicle inventories online to make it easier for prospective customers to find the vehicle from which they need parts. After you find the right vehicle, you will need to travel to the location of the junkyard to see if the car has the components you need. Wrench-A-Part makes the vehicle inventories for our three locations in Texas — Austin, Belton, and Lubbock — accessible from our main business website.

Bring Help if Necessary

If you need to remove a part that is too large to handle on your own, plan on bringing some extra manpower to the junkyard to help remove and transport the part. Some junkyards, including Wrench-A-Part, provide engine pulling A-frames, wagons, and wheelbarrows free of charge. However, you will still need to use these provisions on your own. So, be sure to bring all the help you need. Otherwise, you may not be able to remove the part you need.

Adhere to Safety Rules

Most professionally operated junkyards have a strict list of safety rules that govern activity in the salvage lot. After you find a junkyard that has the parts you need, visit its website and read the safety rules for the salvage lot. Most of the rules are common sense, such as no smoking, no using flame cutters, and no bringing children along for the ride. Even so, it’s still a good idea to take a look at the rules to ensure that you can comply with them.

Contact Wrench-A-Part

Wrench-A-Part understands that there are times when new auto parts are simply too expensive to purchase. That is one reason why we’re committed to offering a wide range of self-service auto parts at great prices. We also give you the option of purchasing a parts warranty for $1 per part per day. For more information about our inventory and services, call one of our three locations today, or simply visit our website. We look forward to hearing from you!

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