Who actually buys auto parts from a salvage yard?
Turns out, lots of people!
After all, used auto parts cost just a fraction of brand new ones. Especially if you’re willing to get your hands dirty by pulling the part yourself.
At Tear-A-Part, our client base is large and diverse. To give you a better idea, here are four types of customers we frequently work with.
(Psst… They’re all in the market for used parts. And saving money. Because everyone’s in the market for that, right?)
We know, your car has lots of parts.
And many of them look alike. Or some assemblies have multiple pieces and you only need to fix a single piece.
It’s easy to get mixed up – especially if you’re new to pulling parts. Or when you’re in a salvage yard working on a car that isn’t yours.
The last thing you want to do is get home and realize that the part you pulled won’t fit. Or that you pulled the wrong one.
The good news is that if you pulled the part from Tear-A-Part, you can take advantage of our 30-day exchange policy – easily returning the unwanted piece. But you’d still have to make another trip, blowing another part of your day.
And you’ll have to spend more time in the lot pulling the right part when what you really want to be doing is just fixing your car. It can be a time waster for sure.
To avoid this situation, follow these four tips to ensure you pull just the part you need – every time.
Car repairs can be expensive – especially if you’re hiring a mechanic to do the work for you.
Besides shelling out money for parts, you’ll also be paying a premium for labor. Each hour that the official books say the repair should take will be added to your invoice. And that adds up quickly!
But, there are several car repairs you don’t need a mechanic to do. These repairs are straightforward, and don’t require a ton of specialized tools.
So roll up your sleeves and prepare to get your hands a little dirty with these five basic car repairs. Your wallet will thank you!
1. Change Your Air Filter
An air filter ensures that debris and dirt don’t make their way into your car’s engine. It’s important to change it out regularly.
How? Pop your hood and look for the large plastic housing unit. It’s often along one of the sides. Once you’ve found it, you’ll want to examine it to see how it’s connected.
Close your eyes and picture a mechanic’s garage.
Now hone in on the tools.
Are you seeing them? Lots and lots and lots of tools.
How do they know which to use?
Well, they’re professionals and have likely received education, training and certifications that you have not.
For example, you already know you’re saving a ton of money buying your car part from Tear-A-Part. But, you might be a little unsure what tools you need to bring.
After all, there are tons of tools on the market for taking parts off cars… And for putting them back on again.
Are you supposed to bring your entire tool collection on-site, just in case? Won’t all those tools get heavy to lug around?
Don’t worry. There are several strategies to find out what tools you should bring.
Buying auto parts at a salvage yard is a great way to save money and help reduce pollution.
But buying used auto parts isn’t as simple as walking into an air-conditioned store and pulling what you need off an organized shelf. I.e. At the salvage yard, you’ll be using your tools to remove your new (to you) parts from a car out on the yard.
You’ll be getting your hands dirty. You’ll be exposed to the elements.
That means you’ll also need to be careful, and follow all of the safety rules. To help you accomplish that, here are seven ways to stay safe the next time you’re pulling your own parts.
1. Choose Your Clothes Carefully
You might not win any fashion awards with your part-pulling attire, but choosing the correct clothes and shoes will help keep you safe.
Tear-A-Part’s inventory is massive.
We literally have acres of vehicles for you to access. Even so, occasionally you’ll need a part from a make and model that’s not onsite.
It doesn’t happen a lot, but we have you covered regardless! We are dedicated to helping you save money and quickly find what you need.
Here are three different ways we can work with you to help you track down the exact part you’re looking for when it’s not housed on our lot.
1. The Interchange System
Did you know that many auto parts are actually compatible with several makes, models and manufacturing years?
It’s because each auto manufacturer makes a variety of vehicles. And in order to keep their production costs low, they use the same parts across their line whenever possible.