Automotive Salvage Yard – The Junkyard
I remember as a kid, my first experience with junkyards was when I wasn’t even school age yet.
My dad has this really cool International Harvester pickup truck. We’d pile into the truck and go to the junk yard to get rid of stuff we didn’t need.
I remember it being the coolest place ever! There was a lot of broken stuff around, but some of it was old cars. I thought the place was a big playground and I wanted to go and explore it.
Junk yards or Salvage yards as they are called now, are places where people get rid of their old tires, metal items, stoves, refridgerators, washing machines, dryers, pipes, metal tire rims, cars, trucks, lawnmowers and all other sorts of stuff that can be recycled, such as old auto parts.
Even if the vehicle doesn’t run anymore, there are still parts that may still work really well. You can reuse alternators, radiators, batteries, tires (sometimes they’re new), wiring, headlights, doors, hoods, bumpers, wiper motors and other parts. The people at the salvage yard will remove the parts and test them to make sure that they are in good working order and resell them at a lower price.
If I’m short on funds, and I need a starter (to turn the engine over in the car) or an alternator (which charges the battery), then I can go to my local junkyard to find the part. Usually I call them first to make sure they have one in stock.
There is a place where you can search all junkyards. You can also have a part sent to your local junkyard to pick up especially if you’re looking for something like a red driver’s door or a blue mirror. I call this place the Junkyard Site.
If you have a car that needs to go to the junkyard and it doesn’t run and you have no way to get it there… did you know that some Salvage yards will pay you to give them the vehicle? They come and pick up the vehicle and tow it away. It must have a valid title in order to do that and you have to sign it over to them. (They can help you do that if you don’t know how.)
I live close to one junkyard. I have two that I will use, but one more than the other.
I usually go to that particular one, because I know people there I have built a relationship with. When I go, I can shoot the breeze for a few and then get down to business.
I’ve gotten used auto parts, tires (only in case of dire need and little cash), I picked up a few tail light lens, and some other stuff. My Local Junkyard has everything I need. I even had to have my Taurus wagon towed away by them, when she had to be retired due to the rear main seal (for oil) that went bad.
If you get rid of your car to the junkyard, make sure you get a receipt from them. Make 3 copies! One for your records, one for the town hall and one for Motor Vehicle (Registry, ect). In Connecticut, we have to show the town hall and Motor Vehicle that receipt to prove that we no longer own the car, so that we can be taken off the tax rolls. (We pay car taxes twice a year on each of our vehicles.) We do get to write off those taxes at the end of the year.
The salvage yards will also take hazardous materials at different times of the year. These are things like engine coolant, refrigerant (A/C units, refridgerators), computers, laptops, certain types of electronics, and other things that fall into that category.
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