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04/06/2013
By: billyswing
U Pull It Auto Parts
Don't whine about when they close, just understand you need to be there earlier rather than later. There isn't anybody I know who appreciates being paid until 5P and is held over b/c some dork thought he could pull a part w/in 15 minutes... and it becomes the employees' problem when he's not out when they want to close the gates. Assume that if you can't make it by 4:30, they're going to ask you to come back another day. The prices here are way acceptable. They don't analyze the little stuff (trim parts) and have posted prices for larger parts. The actual collection of vehicles is relatively small at this location. I've found there are more trucks @ the Blue Island location and more options in general at the Aurora location. The place is organized and cars are off the ground (unlike Victory, which is just kind of a confusing, muddy dump). At the end of the day, it's a salvage yard, not your local Jewel. The guys are guys and everybody's there to 'shop' and get out. The place is run pretty well. Have used this place for years and they've def got my business for the future, also.
Tips & Advices
Salvage yards will have different policies regarding warranties, but, in most instances, the parts you find will be covered. Some salvage yards will offer warranties of anywhere from 90 days to six months, and may even offer the option for extended coverage.
After you've successfully found a part or multiple components, take everything up to the clerk. Inform them of what you have and pay. Avoid lying about what you have as a way to pay less. You will potentially be banned if you're found lying. You-pick salvage yards will display the prices for categories of parts. Prices may fluctuate depending on the demand. Harder-to-find items could carry a higher price tag than a brand-new one. If you are salvaging for auto parts, you might see items that are difficult to find and be able to sell them for a profit. Doing so can offset the cost of the price you're paying for the parts you personally need.
It is in your interest to call the salvage yard before arriving to see if they sell smaller components individually, because some yards do not. Some owners choose to not sell small components for financial reasons.  If salvage lots come across a door without the handle, they will have to pay extra to get the handle and attach it to the entire assembly. It is therefore cost-effective for salvage lots to sell entire assemblies.
When rummaging through a car or walking around the lot, stay aware of your surroundings. Remember, you aren't the only visitor looking to salvage parts. Other individuals are also looking for components, and not everyone works as safely as possible. If you find a car you'd like to inspect, make sure working conditions are suitable, and if anything looks suspicious or dangerous, find a safer vehicle to tear apart.
Typical gear includes:
  • Pliers
  • Hammer
  • Screwdrivers
  • Hacksaw
  • Short pry bar
  • Combination wrenches
  • Gloves
  • Safety glasses
  • Inch ratchet set
Keep these tools in the car:
  • Inch-drive socket set
  • Large hammer
  • Long pry bar
  • Cardboard
  • Coveralls
  • Two feet of pipe

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