Salvage yards–also commonly called junk yards–are a wealth of affordable used car parts if you know where to look. You might be surprised how many parts can be safely recycled, as long as you’re willing to put a little extra work into securing them. There are 3 main types of Florida junk yards, all of which work a little bit differently.
In a self-service or “u-pull” salvage yard, you do all the work yourself. You bring your own tools, check in with the staff, and then roam the salvage yard looking for the parts you need. When you find them, it’s your job to extract them yourself, and then take them back to the shop to pay.
At full service salvage yards, staff members will be around to assist you with some or all of the process. Most of the time, you will find the part you want and then ask a staff member to extract it for you. This is a good option for people who aren’t familiar with cars, or don’t have the tools necessary to extract their own parts. Of course, you will usually pay a fee for the service.
Having experienced staff around to help benefits the salvage yard because their staff members know how to extract parts without damaging the rest of the vehicle. Not all amateurs are that careful. This is why many self-service junk yards tend to have older cars, while newer cars are usually handled by salvage yard staff members.
If you can’t find Florida junk yards nearby, you can also search online for the parts you need. Many salvage yards list detailed inventories on the Internet, and you can browse them to find exactly what you’re looking for. Although you can’t see the parts in person, some junk yards offer limited warranties or other guarantees of quality. Some junk yards may ship the parts right to your door, while others may require a trip to the salvage yard to pick the parts up yourself.