Best 30 Salvage Yards in Tumwater, WA with Reviews - YP.com

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06/28/2013
By: bwa.ha.9
Pick-A-Part
I have to say these guys have a lot to choose from. If you're looking for warranties, guarantees, new parts, etc. then go to a high dollar auto parts store otherwise you can get great USED stuff here,. Take your tools with you when you go, borrow their wheelbarrow to haul your parts back to the store once you get them off of your hulk if you're getting a bunch, be prepared to do your own work (like I've always done since I was a kid, cannibalizing parts from Bob's Auto Wrecking, Pete's Auto, "Junkyard John's and yeah... "Pick a part"... Airport Auto). Nothing's changed. You do your own work, get dirty, use your own tools, find your own parts on the vehicle you want to cannibalize and expect you're getting a used part. These guys have always been up front with things and have always been matter of fact business about what's being sold. It's used, "as is". No "pre-sales", no "holds"... If you have questions, ask. They're not always the answers you'll want but at least they're honest and yeah... they can be helpful. Just be patient and don't expect to be catered to hand and foot. A couple of these reviews seem like they're coming from folks who haven't ventured too far away from CRAP, O'Reilly's or one of those other new and shiny stores.It isn't a store, it's an auto wrecking yard. Expect to get dirty but expect to find your part if you do your homework first.Sheesh. Personally, I've recommended these guys to a lot of folks over the years... even took my visiting bro-in law from Michigan there three weeks ago to get parts for his 1989 Mercedes 300E. He was elated. He bought a hood and drove "bubba style" back to Michigan with the hood strapped to his Oldsmobile's roof... another story, another day. Great fun though!Just thought I'd weigh in on my experiences regarding these guys, for what it's worth. They've been there for me over the many years I've been tinkering on cars.
03/08/2017
By: Matthew R.
Pick-A-Part
I am rating this businesses towing service. I had called to make an appointment for a junk car of mine to be pulled out of a driveway. The appointment time given was 8am-noon. Pretty big appointment window but I understand that the large window of time allows them to reach their destination on time. However 4 hours of the morning of my day off are wasted now since 8-12 means we'll get to you when we can. I at least expected a call to assure me I was not forgotten. I dont know if it is genes towing or whoever, but somebodys service sucks.
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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