I went to the junkyard today and it seems that in our current economic times we can always use ways to save a few bucks. I need a few parts for my ’99 Jeep Cherokee Sport. I was able to get the door fixed as I found the pin that holds the door hinge together as well as some inside trim. I will need to get some interior paint at the auto store and match it up but that is no big deal. As for the blower motor and muffler goes, I will have to buy a new ones.
There is a great junkyard in Nashville called Pull-Apart. One pays a $1.00 to get in. You bring your own tools and you are on your own. You pay for your parts on a flat rate for the most part as you exit. Type in your google search:
I do not know if this is a nationwide concept or if this is just regional. I am sure there are many junkyards that operate as they do.
The cars and trucks are setup by make. It is very easy to navigate and actually rather fun. I guarantee you that the germ-a-phobe in me brought a box of disposable gloves and they were changed regularly as I kept putting holes in them. I really stepped out of the box on that! You can only imagine how nasty some of the cars were.
What was interesting was the state of each vehilce. Upon finding my parts I became a super snoop! Why not? I gathered chump change that was washed(!), sockets, wrenches and fuses. I was almost able to determine what kind of person may have owned the car. So many had their ID/medical cards, titles to the cars, court papers, drugs (legal and not legal) etc…still in the vehicle. It appears that many lived in their cars. I saw family photos and personal letters. It was a bit sad. I am not sure how these cars ended up where theyare with so much of ones personal things in it. Maybe it was an impound or accident. There were many out there. One car in particular had a head imprint in the passenger side of the front window, the tattered remains of a deployed airbag and it was missing the passenger seat entirely. It makes one stop and think for a moment. What happened to that person and was the seat removed BEFORE it was taken to the junkyard? Did the passenger survive?
As I opened one car I about passed out. Someone must have kept dogs in there as it was torn up and smelled bad…then the smell of something deceased assaulted my nose. I slammed the door and evacuated the area! YUCK!
Remember to keep your cars clean people! No personal papers or anything you would not want others to see. People will be stripping your beautiful ride one day. Maybe it will be me…
The mere fact that these cars and trucks don’t stay there long keeps the junkyard fresh with new parts. I plan on returning in about a month. If I need a particular part I can go to the website and see what they have in the lot. It is very user friendly and once you get there you know the lay of the land and where you can find your type of car, truck, van or SUV.
I use to go to the junkyards in Germany when I was stationed there. I have been to most of the ones in Bavaria. That is what happens when you buy a $400.00 car…LOL Today reminded me of how much fun these places are.