Auto Wreckers in Modesto, California
An auto wrecking yard or junkyard where wrecked or decommissioned vehicles are brought, dismantled, and all of the usable parts are sold for use in operating vehicles, and the rest of the vehicle parts are recycled. Other common terms for an auto wrecking yard include wreck yard, salvage yard, auto recyclers, dismantler, and scrapheap.
Many salvage yards serve a local purpose. Such scenarios as when an automobile endures severe damage, has malfunctioned to a point beyond possible repair, or is it not worth repairing, the owner may sell it to a junkyard. Then there are cases in which a car has become non-functioning in a place where damaged and untended cars are not allowed to be left. This scenario typically leads to the car owner paying the wrecker to haul the car away. If you are in this situation, there are many options for auto wrecking in Modesto. Salvage yards also tend to buy most of the wrecked and abandoned cars that are auctioned off from police impound storage lots, also often buying vehicles from insurance tow yards. Usually, the salvage yard will tow the vehicle from the location of its purchase to the yard, but occasionally they have cars that are driven in. At salvage yards the automobiles are usually arranged in rows, often stacked upon one another. Some yards keep and track inventories in their offices, in regards to usable parts in each car, and the car’s location in the yard.
In recent years it has become more common to utilize satellite part finder services to contact multiple salvage yards from a single location. In the 20th century, this was typically a call center that charged a premium rate for calls and compiled a facsimile to be sent to various other salvage yards so they provide a direct response if the part was available in stock. Now, many of these are web-based with instant e-mail requests for parts.
Parts for which there is a great demand are often dismantled from cars and brought to the warehouse on the salvage yard. This allows a customer who asks for a particular part to be able to obtain it immediately, without having to wait for the removal of the part by salvage yard employees. At some salvage yards, known as “self-service yards”, customers are expected to remove the part themselves. However, the more common practice is for customers to call in and inquire whether the specific part they are looking for is available. If the yard happens to have the requested item, the customer is typically requested to leave a deposit and to come pick up the part at a later time. Some yards offer installation services but usually the part is installed by the customer or agent. Many self-service yards are listed and found throughout the U.S., including Modesto, California.
Car parts typically removed from automobiles are generally any that can be resold such as the lights, mirrors, seats, etc. For late model vehicles there are often entire halves or sections of the body removed and stored as inventory. Other major parts such as the transmission and engine are often sold to auto-parts companies that resell the part with a warranty after rebuilding it. Other junkyards, such as the very large ones, will rebuild and sell such parts themselves. Unbroken windows and windshields may also be removed intact and resold individuals needing replacements for their cars. Some salvage yards sell vehicles that are wrecked or damage but able to be repaired to amateur car builders, or older vehicles to “rebuilders”, who collect such cars to restore for their own use or for re-sale. Once cars in a wrecking yard have no more usable parts, they are usually sold to a scrap metal processor, who usually crushes the hulks on-site using a mobile baling press, flattener, or shredder, with the final disposal occurring within a hammer mill where vehicle remains are literally smashed into fist-sized chunks. The small pieces are then sold by tons for further processing and recycling.