JunkyardBro here. Buying cars from the auction right now and I thought you would want to see something beautiful, destroyed.
Shame some guy in Florida is going to piece her out. I know you guys have a boner for Subaru..
Anyways, Junkyard/mechanic general. Share your stories about procuring parts or just ask questions about interchange.
nobody likes gti's here.
bought my first car from iaa with a borrowed dealer card, shouldve waited for non running cars there was a z31 conv that ran under a truck bumper and the hood smashed the dizzy cap. prob coudlve driven it home after a trip to vatozone.
Yes you do, but good luck getting one since most cities are refusing to issue them since junkyards are "unsightly".
Plus the picknpull model is slowly dying since most of the oldfags in the business refuse to adapt to the changing market.
I saw red brake calipers so I assumed there would be a following.
You can get some good cars here (if you wanted to fix) assuming the title allows for it. Resale sucks though.
iaai always allowed public bidding, it was a non refundable deposit when i was younger but apparently you can make an account now. the one in phoenix was huge, been there a few times
My Mom has a MkVII and its a great car. A great step up form the MkVI she had in styling and performance. Looks great in the white on black leather and 6spd like hers.
two weekends ago:
>pulling rear from a low mile 240 to replace my sloppy 250k mile one
>get halfway through dropping it
>gf calls bugging out about how she's hungry and we have no food
>take a brake so we can go grocery shopping
>come back and an old black dude is taking off the rear calipers and rotors
>tell him how I'm taking the whole rear and would of liked to kept it complete
>he obviously isn't going to give them up
>at least he was willing to help me lift it
>take both our scores to the cashier in the same wheel barrow
>trying to charge him $60 for the calipers and rotors and $130 for the rear
>say just charge it as a complete
>Dude said he would give me $30, got $40 out of him
>he helped me load it, nice guy, actually met him there once before
>get home, look at receipt, got charged for a truck rear ($18 more).
Still salty about the whole thing. Mostly the calipers because they were mint and had like new pads.
Bro, I couldn't understand a thing about what you typed.
At my yard we pull the parts complete. I hate yards that nickel and dime. Although unless the calipers were mint I wouldn't sell them since some people will try to buy barebone brakes. I tell them their life is worth more than to risk on cheap brakes
Fuck you're in Dallas too?! I could have used you this weekend - had to go to a chop shop in Oak Cliff to get a front-passenger door for my CTS.
03-07, mines an 04 V. Paid $130 to take it off myself, complete door with glass/mirror/electronics, hinges.
Now the sideskirt that go pulverized will be another challenge, it's specific to the V trim.
Sorry bruh, but that's greentext...
I mean, I've rebuilt my calipers so I know what I'm dealing with. The calipers in question were very fresh though, still black with not a spec of rust, probably replaced very recently.
I hear you though, if they're passing through your hands, there's liability.
This was at a PnP. I usually get good deals, all depends on the cashier. This past Saturday I walked out with lots of trim for my brother who does carbon fiber skinning. Street value was probably well over $150; got it all for $26 including tax and eviro fees.
Put a post up in the wanted section on LS1tech.
Complete door on a 2004 CTS-V for $130.00? Man that that shit is hotter than the sun m8. Be careful because that part is stolen lol.
Cheapest door I can find is $650 for that car lol.
PnP is great for trim/interior parts but good luck finding anything worth a damn in newer body parts. Its why my shop now only carries 2006+ newer.
Key words "chop shop" and "Oak Cliff" lol. Yes I didn't see it anywhere else for less than $300, and that was just the door no glass or electronics.
My wife keeps bugging me to go to the Bishop Arts district but it's uncomfortably close to Oak Cliff for me.
Im trying to get a hold of a Chrysler 300 right now. Those parts sell offensively quick here
I stay in Deep Ellum, not even that far south, and I have yet to pump gas without being harassed by bums lol. Man you are living the GD dream! Rape them nignogs for those 300 parts.
Lol. I drive a decently nice car and it's always on my mind at the yard. Don't want to end up as a special in some oak cliff chop shop.
How do they even solicited their services?
Only won one car today, other bids were rejected because paying $3,500 for a car that has no front or rear + flood is just silly.
>2012 Ford Fusion Run & Drive
Not too bad though. Wheels alone are worth $150.00 without the tire each.
>I thought you would want to see something beautiful, destroyed.
Oddly enough, this is my fetish.
Picknpull sells junk at junk prices. Which is why I used an example.
The 2012 Ford Fusion I bought today has the 10 spoke 17" aluminum OEM wheels on them.
Normally they sell for $150 in store, $125 on ebay including shipping, and $80-$100 if scratched but still run true.
I'll get guys who only shop at picknpull yelling at me because I won't sell them for $30.00 because "picknpull sells them at that price".
Most late model stores like mine hate their customer base because they think that all junk cars are equal whether it's a Maserati or Pinto
All the time. Shop is near one so we get people coming in from there trying to knick out interior parts because picknpull told them they had a 2008 BMW in stock and they really meant 1998
There was a local scrapyard that tried getting into the dismantling business. They set up a yard in a nearby town to take the cars that were sold to them but turned out that no one cares for those cars in the first place so now they offered the yard to my dad. Only if money wasn't so tight, that place is huge. Well, according to my dad, I haven't seen the place in person. Though I should.
I don't see why you would hate the PnP model, it's the best for DIYers or shops. Seems logical to have customers do all the work and then just scrap what's left when its time. It's a win win.
I go to all the Crazy Rays yards around Baltimore which are now owned by LKQ and starting a few months ago they have inventory updated daily. They have such a mixed bag, cars from the 70s on. It's fun just to walk the yard and check everything out.
What would you say is the advantages to your business model?
I don't hate PnP. They're just a different model. I don't like it when pushy customers come from there and start arguments over the difference in pricing.
PnP is great if you need trim pieces or a car that's a bit older.
LKQ primary stores usually have top shelf cars.
The advantages of my business model is that I have a smaller pool of competitors. I pay more for cars but I also have a different client base (mostly mechanic and body shops). I rarely get people off the road coming through with their DIY projects because I lack the inventory. 90% of my cars are 2006+ now.
Yeah I totally understand people gauging pricing on what they could get it for at PnP and how annoying it is to have to explain the same thing each time, but that's just the nature of the auto business; everyone is always fishing for a better deal.
Do you deal to LKQ? I know they have a pool of yards and can check inventory and deliver while still offering rock bottom pricing. I worked at a body shop and used to get anything, even full cut panels from them; you can secifiy which section of the car you need. Then there's their PnP yards on top of that.
No, but I would be willing to drive down there to pick up a car. Or if you could help me purchase a car locally in Los Angeles.
I need a 2011+ F150 with a 3.5 ecoboost engine. I was looking at roll over trucks, since I just need the drivetrain. In regular cab config would be a godsend, but that is rare as hell.