Best 25 Junk Cars in Rapid City, SD with Reviews -
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By: Carlin R.
A-1 Auto Recyclers
Awesome, it was quick and fast and all the places I requested came up we're I didn't have to go back and find another to start over.
By: Will C.
A & A Auto Salvage
Absolutely the worst business to deal with, overcharge on prices and make you pull the parts yourself, at lease 50% higher than anywhere else and they are supposed to have the parts ready to go, instead you have to bring your tools and take them off yourself. Very VERY rude to customers....if you don't like it you can hit the road and go someplace else they say. I WILL NOT buy from them again.
By: Tyler S.
A & A Auto Salvage
These guys are funny and sometimes people don't like them. But doesn't that go for a lot of places? If you take the time to know them you could learn something but calling isn't going to get you anywhere. These guys are old school and should have their own show!!
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By: John C.
Rapid Import Salvage
Rude and evasive when I called with a very simple question called about a potential error in my order
By: Sheri T.
A & A Auto Salvage
Don't waste your time calling. Unhelpful, rude and over-priced! Had to call three times to finally get some information. His initial response to my inquiry was to tell me to just come there. Why would I call if I wanted to waste my time driving all over???
By: oly0311
A & A Auto Salvage
They must not like selling anything. Extremely unhelpful on the phone when being asked about items they have. Not sure if they don't care or they are just lazy. Waste of time.
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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