Parts are one of the two major components of an auto repair bill, the other being labor. Therefore, if you can find parts for less than your mechanic or auto parts store charges, you will be able to significantly reduce the cost of fixing your vehicle. Whether you plan on doing the job yourself or taking your vehicle to a mechanic, hunting around a nearby junk yard for cheap used car parts might save you a lot of money.
Junk Yards have the Cheapest Used Car Parts
Simply put, junk yards are able to offer the lowest prices on used car parts in Nashville. Because their business model is different than a repair shop or auto parts store, they can undercut the prices you will find at either of those places–by a lot.
Virtually every mechanic marks up the price of parts they order, because you do not have an alternative place to purchase necessary parts from. When your car is in their garage, you will have to order parts through them. The ones that will install parts bought elsewhere typically charge higher labor rates for the repair, so you end up paying just as much in the end.
Also as mentioned on Popular Mechanics price savings can be huge due to how pricing is structured at most Junk Yards. They typically have their generic part prices listed on their site and will charge the same amount for a part no matter the make. So if you have an expensive make/model this might be your best bet.
For the do-it-yourself type, auto parts stores generally have better prices than repair shops. Auto parts stores generally only sell new and refurbished parts, though, which cost more than used parts. Also, these stores’ overhead is much higher than a junk yard. A junk yard does not need to pay for:
- the advertising that national auto parts stores put out
- a large building with all the associated utilities
- a staff of several dozen people
- the wholesale cost of new and refurbished parts
Visiting a Junk Yard
Instead, at a junk yard you will find a small, but knowledgeable, staff, a little building, where the staff takes shelter during inclement weather, and lots of cars to pull parts from. Because there are so few operating expenses, junk yards have the cheapest used car parts available.
You will not find shiny lights and limited-time deals here. We simply offer the best value on auto parts, everyday. So, come on a pleasant day and pick out the parts you need. You will not find a better price anywhere else, and we can help make that repair much more affordable.
What to Bring to Pull Your Own Parts
You will need to bring your own tools. Below is a list of recommended tools.
- Pry bar (Short and/or Long)
- Standard and Metric ratchet set
- Tin Snips
- Screwdriver set
- Combination Wrenches
- Allen Wrenches
- Safety Glasses
- Socket Set
- Coveralls for working on the ground