Especially for older cars or antique vehicles being restored, used car parts may very well be the only answer to your parts needs. You may not find any auto supply outlet with access to car parts for a ’49 Studebaker pickup or a ’32 Ford, but you may very well find salvage yards with cars that are being sold for parts.
auto parts recyclers offer outstanding deals on gently and not so gently used automobile parts. There are quite a few copart towing recyclers out there, many can be found online. Because they offer recycled parts, their prices are very reasonable. Auto parts recyclers get most of their cars from insurance companies looking to save a few bucks by dumping the cars at these lots.
Small, electric water heater $160 – $180 (In one property, I bought a small one that would accommodate the no more than, count ‘em, “two” people that should have been living in the rental property.) Just remember, you don’t have to buy everything “new.” They know me well at the local junk and salvage yards in my area and I saved a bundle on things like doors and windows. Some stuff will need to be new, but buy salvage as much as you can.
Another option is to purchase auto parts via the bidding process held by auto parts auctions. Auctions are best known for great bargains. For one is the price control. You pay what you think the part is worth. The downside is the time it can take to for the auction to end. There are different types of auctions and many have the “Buy It Now” option to speed up the process.
The people in these junkyards are usually in the business of breaking junk autos down and getting any usable parts. Once they get all the spare parts that can be reused, they sell them to interested parties. With the hard economic times, many people are looking for cheap car parts in such places.
What cannot be used, like aluminum, is compressed and sold when the prices is right. Hubcaps are sold for very little and the same goes for batteries.