Guidance for buying an auto part at a junkyard
September 5, 2006 11:14 AM Subscribe
Should I get a car part at a junkyard/salvage yard/auto recycler, and how do I go about it?
posted by matildaben to shopping (18 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
I need a side mirror assembly for a 1998 Nissan Sentra. Should I get it at a junkyard? I already asked my mechanic if they had a specific junkyard they worked with, and they told me to call around from the yellow pages and ask everyone if they had the part. I live in Seattle, and from the yellow pages, it appears that most salvage yards are in the outlying industrial areas. Would it be worth it to drive over 30 minutes each way just to save $50-$100? Are junkyards scary? Should I bring a male friend with me if I go to one? Any other tips and techniques to make the transaction quick and painless and economical? I've already looked on Car Talk but their guide was not very helpful.