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Old 07-06-2016, 04:49 PM
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Junkyard cost

Local junkyard (only one in area) started charging $5 to "go shopping". Got to wondering how much, if anything, junkyards in your area charge?

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Southern California, Pick your Part $2.00
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It's Free around here because you can't go in. At least that's the way it was a few years ago. I shop on the internet now. I don't have to deal with Aholes anymore.


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Old 07-06-2016, 05:35 PM
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A few years ago, they started this all you can carry in your arms for a certain price days. When I last went about 15 years ago, it was $40. You had to carry your tools in, take off your part and carry it out by yourself, with your tools in one trip. Have seen guys carry out whole transmissions etc. Not sure if that is still around or not. I think the liability wouldnt work these days.
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My town, junkyards are free. Few bigger towns over, i think they charge $2. Me, I'm not paying to go to a junkyard unless i know they absolutely have something i need. Problem is, they can't tell you if they have what you need at those $2 junkyards a few towns over, they can only tell you, 'this car might would have what you looking for if someone has not gotten it already.' Now the free junkyards in my town, can usually tell me what they have or don't have and they charge a flat rate on part. For instance, if your lucky (and I was about a year ago) to find a car with a carb on it, $50 bucks.
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Actually what I wanted in the junkyard was a new set of seats for my '39. Said they didn't have anything going back that far...really! couldn't quote a price other than ...depends. I guess what I should have said was "bring up a pair and see if I like them, if not bring up another pair and another ...." Being a somewhat small town most of the seats will get ate up by mother nature. That's a couple of hundred bucks not earned as well as drive me away from ever buying something else there.
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Used to cost $2/ person at the yard I go to. It's now free and has been for quite a while.

They use a basic price list and everything in that yard conforms to that price list. And it's cheap.
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When the first Chain yard came to town "Pick-n-pull" and it was $2 get get in I was blown away. We had at the time about 20 wrecking yards within just a 15 minute or so drive. But they did have a lower price on some things so they got popular. I was told that the $2 basically covered their liability for you being there, so they had that covered. One time a guy there told me that the biggest day was Easter Sunday! NO KIDDING! They took in $3500 before a part was sold on Easter Sunday.


One thing I have found a lot of the "good price" is BS because they get you for every friggin thing like the emblem on fender if you buy the fender. Then have core charges and other bs.

But they are all we have now in town, they took over the largest wrecking yard then the none next to it and the one next to that, crap.

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if its 5 bucks.. pay it.. the price of scrap is really low and many yards are hurting... the price of scrap got so low here.. one yard.. Addlen brothers in sun valley closed after 50 years.. known as U pick Parts. their yard was used in a lot of TV shows and movies.

sometimes the yards that charge more will knock off the price of entry if you are buying a bunch of stuff.

most help your self yards are in it for the scrap iron/steel money.. selling parts off the cars is just the frosting on the cake. why scrap it when somebody will pay you several times what you get for it by weight..
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In the Phoenix area the cover charge is $2 at the local Pull-A-Part.
The first time I asked the guy: "What time does the band start", it got a laugh....After about the 3rd or 4th time it didn't draw that much of a chuckle..I though you couldn't wear out good material. .. LOL!!
Also here in Phx., if it's raining the parts are half price.
They never offered that at the Pull-A-Part yards when I lived in Portland.
I wonder why..LOL!!

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There are some yards that just won't let you in them. Part may be for insurance reasons or theft but one guy told me it's because a lot of times some bonehead will destroy $100 worth of parts trying to remove a $15 part...Kinda true on that. I once saw a guy walking away from a car after taking a stereo out. He must have used tire irons to do it. He left the dash looking like a bomb went off under it.
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There are some yards that just won't let you in them. Part may be for insurance reasons or theft but one guy told me it's because a lot of times some bonehead will destroy $100 worth of parts trying to remove a $15 part...Kinda true on that. I once saw a guy walking away from a car after taking a stereo out. He must have used tire irons to do it. He left the dash looking like a bomb went off under it.
I can't believe the amount of broken windows out in the yard! It's sad, the degradation of society is REAL.

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