Ya know what I do? I print the threads right from these forums that pertain to what I'm looking for and take a folder full with me to the yards! One time a buddy and I split up, both armed with pages right from Team Camaro Tech Forums!
I also pack a large backpack full of tools that will fit in it and throw it on my back, and a toolbox full in the back of the truck. Depending on what I'm looking for, I'll throw the floor jack and a bunch of boards in back too, in case I have to jack something up. Rags, WD-40, gloves, goggles/safety glasses, BandAids, and last but not least..... wasp/hornet spray!
I prefer You-Pick-It type places. I don't have time to wait around for some dude to go looking for what I need and come back with pieces missing or worse yet, TORCHED off!
Most junkyards I've been to are manned by the meanest, uninterested, lazy bunch of disgruntled "people" I've ever met. I sorta understand why.
So go in with AS MUCH information as you can possibly get and give THEM the specifications, sizes, types, and names of what you're looking for. Don't expect them to help you out much, unless you catch them on a good day and they're not busy. This is by far NOT typical of all junkyards. I have a favorite where they are very helpful.
That leads to dealing with these places. I've learned to tell them what I'll pay before they tell me what they want. I tell them what I have on me and hope for the best. Usually they're in a hurry to get rid of customers so they scowl at me and accept it.
I've gone to the same yard more than once for the exact same part (outside mirrors for my wifes car that she keeps smashing off is one example!) and never pay the same amount twice! They usually just make up the prices as they go. Start out telling them what you're willing to pay.
If you need large parts like rearends, subframes, engines, trannies, and they're still in the car, usually you'll have to wait for them to pull it. Some places allow you to drive right out to the car you're looking at.... most don't. So if you don't have the tools or the time, you'll have to wait for them to pull the part for you. Come back in a couple days and they'll have it waiting for you 'up front'. Some places want a small deposit in order to do something like that.
And don't forget that a lot of parts you might be interested in will already be pulled and sitting on their shelves right up front. Ask them if they have something if you can't find it in the yard, and if they do, tell them EXACTLY what you're looking for. It'll save both of you some time.
OK, I'm done..... must be the initial caffiene jolt this morning!
Good luck Jason!
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