How To Get A Good Deal From A Junk Car Buying Firm
Live second-hand car shops offer a limited variety of makes, since they are constrained by space and location. However, prices here may be much cheaper than at online auctions and classifieds, since some of the cars offered are several shop-years old. Another good thing about these venues is that you can easily shop for a car and inspect it at once.
Look around you when you are on the road. There are millions of cars, buses, motorcycles, boats and not to mention sports vehicles. They all require or will require some maintenance or parts down the road. It is just a matter of time. In fact according to the U.S. Department of Transportation Statistical Records there were 241 million registered vehicles in 2007 in U.S. alone, and this does not include the vehicles in stores, salvage yards, auto auctions, and countless other places. Now, multiply this many vehicles by the number of parts an average vehicle has, and you get into trillions.
Another option that you have is to buy reconditioned parts from an authorized - or private - service center. Even though, these are used auto parts, they are almost as good as new ones. Have you ever wondered what happens to your vehicles' old parts when you order a replacement? Those parts are restored by the stores and they sell them for peanuts to people who don't want to spend on brand new parts. Not to mention that sometimes these parts carry a warranty with them. This is what makes it the next best thing after buying new parts, if not better than that.
Ask and get plants from other gardeners. There are people who just give their excess plants or some swaps their plants. Joining a local garden club will give you access to these people and rest assure that you will have transactions with them.
Another, idea that struck me. Heated seats. This is actually a fairly simple idea. You can pull them from any factory-equipped car. Try the local surplus electrical parts. Just make sure they can bench test them before you walk out the door. You'll want the thermostat control with this, which can be mounted under the tail for adjustment while riding. Basically, heated seats are no more then a heating pad element that sits under the upholstery, a top the padding. The heating elements average about 100-140 degrees F. I did a search for "Upholstery Heating Elements" and came up with some good results and even installation instructions and tutorials for various seats. Both OEM and retro fits.
If you find that you are in need of a hard to find part, it pays to check out the auto salvage yard. Many individuals will search several junk yards before they find the part they need, but it beats having to order a part that is no longer made. The price difference is considerable and the ease of acquiring the part is significant.