Benefits of going to an auto salvage yard for replacement parts include better pricing, access to old parts, landfill reduction, computerized searching and nationwide locator services. Parts obtained from salvage yards are typically significantly less expensive than those from dealers or after-market sources.
If a car is no longer manufactured, parts are often not available through retail channels. However, salvage yards have old cars from which components are pulled. When parts are recycled this way, they do not end up in landfills. It is common for auto salvage yards to have their inventories online, so customers can easily search for needed parts. In addition, if a component is not available at a certain location, that business is often able to find it at another yard.