One of the best ways to tell if a salvage yard is selling authentic auto parts is to visit the yard in person and inspect the vehicles. Buyers can also check the model number of parts to see if they are in fact authentic to the manufacturer listed.
Purchasing replacement auto parts from a salvage yard is a great way to save money on home automotive repairs for both current and vintage cars. It is also one of the only ways to find certain parts for classic cars, as many vehicle manufacturers discontinue parts production over time. Some salvage yards feature websites that contain a general sampling of the types of cars and parts found within the yard, often along with the ability to buy the part through the site. This can be problematic for some buyers because many yards do not provide the buyer with a way to authenticate the part before making the purchase.
When at all possible, buyers should visit the salvage yard to inspect the vehicle and the part to make sure that it is for the correct make and model of vehicle. If this is not possible, some yards can provide pictures or video of the parts for verification.