Do you have a truck that needs major repairs? Very often, you can save money by purchasing used truck parts. If you have the skills and knowledge, you can install the parts yourself. If not, you can give the parts to a mechanic who can then do the job for you. One of the best places to find used truck parts is at a junk yard. If you've never pulled parts at a junkyard before, your first trip could be a little overwhelming. However, it's not as confusing as it looks. You simply find a truck that matches yours, remove the part you need and pay for it. Here are a few tips to help you through the experience:
Check the yard's inventory before you go. The last thing you want to do is spend time walking around a junkyard only to find that they don't have a matching truck in stock. Some junkyards are huge, so you could spend a ton of time wandering around. Instead, call the yard before you go. They should be able to tell you what's in stock. Some junkyards will even post their inventory online. When you get there, ask for a map. While the map won't tell you exactly where your targeted truck is, it will tell you how the yard is laid out so you can narrow your search.
Negotiate the price before you pull the part. Pulling the truck part can be hard work. That's one of the main reasons why you're getting a discount on the part - you're the one doing all the work to remove it. Some common parts will be listed on a price board in the yard office. Others, though, will have to be negotiated in the yard office. Once you find a part, go back up front and do the negotiating before you pull it. Once you've put in all the work, you may not feel as willing to walk away if the price is too high.
Bring plenty of tools. Don't expect that the junkyard will have tools for you to use. You'll want screwdrivers, pliers, ratchets, a hammer, and a pry bar. You'll also want to make sure you're safe, as there could be a lot of metal and other pieces flying around. Wear safety gloves and goggles while you're pulling the piece. When you start pulling, don't be afraid to damage the car. Just don't damage any other parts that another person may want.
Contact a used parts dealer or junkyard in your area for more information. They can tell you whether they have the parts you're looking for and can give you an idea of cost.