Junk dealers salvage a wide variety of items, including used cars, scrap metal, old machines, signs, appliances, and almost any other kind of waste you can imagine. Most junkyards specialize in cars and car parts, but there are also junkyards for motorcycles, boats, and even small planes. These salvaged items pile up until someone comes along to buy them. Below is a list of terms you should know if you want to get rid of a wrecked car or any other type of merchandise.
Junk Hauling/Removal Service - Some dealers will bring a truck to your home or store to collect your junk and take it to the junkyard. The company may charge you a clean-up fee depending on what you want to get rid of. For example, many companies will pick up a used car for free, but they may charge you to pick up smaller auto parts. You should always call ahead to find the most affordable option.
Junk Drop-off - If you don't want to pay someone to come and pick up your pile of trash, you can bring it to the junkyard yourself. Many waste companies will charge you a small fee to drop items off at the dump, so be sure to check ahead.
Junkyard - A large lot where old vehicles and equipment are piled up and put on sale. If you throw away used items instead of selling them second-hand, there's a chance they will end up here.
Scrap - This term encompasses every piece of residential and commercial trash at the junkyard.
Junk dealers sell scraps from cars and other autos at a cheap discounted price. If you’re restoring your car and need a bunch of spare parts, from engines to side mirrors, head to a junk yard to find what you need. Also called scrap yards, junk yards feature salvaged parts from wrecked cars and trucks.
Junk dealers own the junk yards and can direct people where to find what they need. Usually, junk yards are laid out in such as way that all years and models are categorized in particular areas. This makes finding a used part easy. They buy wrecked automobiles and other salvaged machines at a steal and then sell to residential and commercial customers.
Chances are, there is a junk dealer in your community that people can turn to for removal, storage, and purchase of equipment, cars, and machines. They may also provide clean up and waste collection, and store all types of parts for a variety of vehicle makes and models. Junk dealers can also be found online, where recent for sale offers are outlined. Visitors to such websites can browse ads for the merchandise they need, place a free ad, and get buyer requirements for used parts. Junk dealers can also benefit from such sites, as they can advertise the used parts they carry for scrap.
Salvage yards have existed since the dawn of the automobile. But the business really started booming in the 1920s, and then became even more popular in the wake of the post-war auto industry boom. Owning an auto yard was a high-profit business, as more than 70 percent of automobile parts could be reused. Computerization in the 80s led to more specialization, where specific types of junk yards starting popping up, such as those strictly for motorcycles.