Junkyard doesn’t say enough about what auto salvages do today; they are technologically advanced businesses based on parts and vehicle knowledge.
The word junkyard rarely passes through my lips. As a young child, I remember our auto salvage business being referred to as a junkyard, but as the industry progressed, so did the terminology. Now generally referred to as auto salvages; terms like auto recyclers and vehicle salvage are synonymous. These new terms are much more representative of the auto salvage industry, as we know it today.
Years ago, when my grandfather began his auto salvage, things were very different. His customers were locals and businesses with whom he had developed relationships. I remember opening the door to the shop, he would be sitting at his desk, piled high with Hollander manuals, the two rotary phones would be ringing like wild; all while my father was in front of the desk rebuilding a smashed Mack, or something of the sorts. It is interesting to note that Mr. Hollander and his wife developed the first known listing of interchangeable parts in the mid 1900’s. (As an aside, I would like to point out the scope of the auto salvage industry, it often involves, not only passenger and recreational vehicles, but commercial trucks and equipment also. At our yard we have a huge inventory of heavy truck salvage, not easy to come by. I did note the there are listings on Dashub for heavy truck salvage, searching under various makes like International and Freightliner brought up results.
Cars came from all across the province, but hauling was a menacing task, with only a few tow trucks, think Disney’s Tow Mater here, and eventually a single flat deck. My grandfather kept, and still does, if the truth were told, his inventory in his head. At no time did he just have vehicles sitting there rusting away, the common imagery many drum up in reference to a junkyard. The basic premise of the business was and still is the same; vehicles are brought in to be returned to the road or stripped and sold as parts.
Auto salvages, still operate on this basic idea today. However, today auto salvages are an in interconnected, well-defined industry, providing consumers with used parts and salvage vehicles. I mentioned the old Hollander manuals, edition upon edition, with listings of interchangeable parts for every imaginable make, model, and year. All replaced with a very slick, easy to use computer programs that are updated continuously. Inventory can be listed and viewed by salvage yards across North America, and by you at websites like Car-Parts.com and MyPartsShop.com.
Resalable vehicles are listed to be sold. The vehicles requiring, little to no repair, are usually bought by individuals; while the slightly damaged vehicles are bought body shops on behalf of customers or to repair and resell themselves. For vehicles that are non-repairable each viable part is entered, including its condition, the odometer reading, and priced according to suggested wholesale and retail guidelines. The listings for each vehicle and part are now available across North America for all auto salvage businesses on the same parts network system to see.
I would also suggest Googling local salvage yard listings, and paying them a visit, especially if you are intending to buy parts. Auto salvages deal with each other in wholesale costs and can possibly pass some of these savings on to you. In addition, they have shipping agreements with major courier services like UPS and Purolator, that often result in better pricing.
Vehicle salvage can be bought and sold anywhere in North America, or the world for that matter, keeping in mind the laws of course. Online auctions like DASHUB, is the way to buy salvage today. Moving vehicles has become tremendously easier with sophisticated multiple car decks, like those by NRC. Auctions themselves offer a variety of shipping options including flat rates to sites in other states and provinces. Other websites like, Dashub actually provides the option of obtaining a shipping quote from Haulmatch.com prior to purchasing salvage. Try this yourself by entering your zip code to receive your free shipping quote for a vehicle of your choosing.
As we are becoming more environmentally conscience, we are becoming more aware that there could be a whole lot less junk. We are mindful of our waste and strive to reuse and recycle as much as possible. The auto salvage industry has been doing this for years, since the days of the first automobiles. Please stop calling us junkyards, because we are not. We are returning quality vehicles back to the roads, reusing parts, and recycling the waste.