What Is a Salvage Yard?


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A salvage yard is a place where wrecked or decommissioned vehicles and other machinery are housed so their parts can be processed for resale. A salvage yard may also be called a junkyard or auto wrecking yard.

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What Is a Salvage Yard?
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Individuals and auto repair services frequent salvage yards to find deeply discounted parts to repair or rebuild other working vehicles. Windshields, doors, bumpers, motors and transmissions are salvageable parts that can be resold. Salvage yard owners commonly sell metal from non-working vehicles for profit to metal recycling companies. Junkyard inventory is acquired from private owners and insurance companies. Customers may need to remove the desired parts if the salvage yard doesn’t warehouse the items.

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