When you're in need of car parts to fix your vehicle, depending on the problem sometimes its best to check out your local junk yards. This article will talk about some easy ways to find junk and salvage yards in New Jersey. Although this article is written mainly for New Jersey residents, the strategies here could easily be applied to any state.
What do you need to know before looking into parts at a junk yard?
Before heading off to buy used parts you need to know a few things:
What parts am I going to need? Talk to a mechanic that you trust, or a friend that knows a lot about cars that you are comfortable with. Find out what's wrong with your vehicle and what parts you're going to need to fix it. Sometimes it's good to get a few different opinions because no matter how good one mechanic is, having a second look doesn't hurt. Somebody else may be able to find something wrong with your vehicle that others may have missed, and if more than one person identifies the same problem, you'll definitely know that it needs to be fixed.
How much are the parts brand new? Before buying used parts from a junk yard check on the price of the parts at the auto parts stores. You want to make sure that buying used is justified by a significant savings, or a part that is not extremely important. When I go to junk yards I most often buy parts that otherwise you would have to buy in pairs or sets, and only 1 part on the vehicle needs to be fixed. Also cosmetic parts such as Hoods, Doors, Mirrors (body parts) are usually best to purchase used. It's good to check how much the parts are brand new because most junk and salvage yards have a no refund policy, and a lot of times new parts come with a warranty or guarantee.
Good places to find junk yards:
There are 2 main resources to find junk and salvage yards in your local area, the internet of course, and also the phone book is very useful.
In the New Jersey area, one of the best websites that I have found is Junk Yards in NJ it is a great resource for finding Junk Yards in New Jersey.
In the phone book, if you check the automotive section under the yellow pages, you can also find a lot of great junk and salvage yards. If you don't have a subscription to the local phone book you can view the phone book listings online at http://www.yellowpages.com
I would suggest that you contact several junk yards in your area, asking them if they have your specific parts in stock. Get a pen and paper and write down what junk yards have your parts, and how much they're asking for the parts. Keep in mind a lot of junk and salvage yard owners will take lower than what they are asking for for the parts, as well as offer cheaper labor than a repair shop.
There are tons of junk yards in New Jersey, and some great resources to find them. So when fixing your vehicles consider buying parts from a salvage yard. It could save you lots of money in the long run.