Auto salvage yards are a hidden treasure quest, with the value depending on which side of the bargaining map you are on.
Every day, used & totaled cars create a large inventory of salvaged parts that are of no value to someone, scraps to make extra money, or affordable replacements. Salvage yards have become more than a place of “trash” and temporary solutions. For the professionals that work in the industry, they are able to make a little bit of a profit depending on the parts and how much they pay/sell them for.
Customers get a great value on their side. For example, if the transmission in their car goes out, and finances are not budgeted to purchase a brand new transmission, they can find inexpensive temporary alternates for the time being. In addition to the prices, some auto parts have absolutely no value whatsoever to a consumer. Whether it is because they are buying a new vehicle, or it no longer works.
Salvage yards (some not all) are willing to pick up the car free of charge, and pay for any parts they can salvage. This saves the customer time, and money (out of pocket). The flip side of this is that salvage yards begin to acquire a variety of car parts from certain brands. This means that they really don’t have to set a specific client base (resulting in a consistent stream of business).