A junkyard probably isn't your top choice for buying repair or maintenance parts for your vehicle. You would rather buy new instead of used. However, when you learn how much those new parts cost, you change your mind a bit, and consider buying them for less at a junkyard.
If this is your first time getting used auto parts from a junkyard, you may some questions about how the process works. If so, the answers below may offer what you want to know.
How do I know if the parts I need from a junkyard are reliable?
The only way to really see if a part is reliable is to drive the vehicle and test the part. With that said, professionally operated junkyards - as opposed to those disorganized, sketchy "mom and pop" junkyards - do an excellent job of assessing the reliability of parts they sell.
Is it possible to purchase a warranty for used junkyard parts?
The short answer is yes, but not all junkyards offer this service. Among junkyards that offer part warranties, the warranties will probably cost you about $1 per part, per day. If you have a highly unreliable part, it's likely to malfunction within a few weeks' time. There's no guarantee of this, but the warranty does guarantee the part will be refunded or replaced if it fails while under warranty.
What discount can I expect to receive for used junkyard parts?
Most used auto parts at junkyards can be purchased for at least 50 percent less than their original price. The price drop is in keeping with the decline in value a car experiences the longer it is used. However, parts from new model cars and early model autos are almost always in the same price range.
Will a junkyard offer parts for a new vehicle I need to repair?
Contrary to popular perception, junkyards stock plenty of late model vehicles, most of which end up in the salvage lot due to a wreck or -- less commonly -- lemon car status. If you need repair parts for a relatively common make and model, such as a Ford Taurus, you'll probably find what you need. If you need repair parts for a new model Maserati, the probably not.
So, you need to buy used auto parts at a junkyard to save money. A junkyard may not be your first choice for parts, but, if you buy components from a professionally operated junkyard that puts customers first, you're likely to end up with parts that are nearly as reliable as new. For answers to additional questions, call a professionally operated junkyard in your area today.
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