Junk sellers See A Windfall As The "Cash For Clunkers" Program Heats Up

    Owen Coates
    By Owen Coates

    I found the Junkyard Dog website a couple years back and I have been using it ever since to find and purchase used muscle car parts. There are several things about this website that make it very useful for anyone trying to do a genuine restoration job, or even just doing some basic repair work.

    In some cases, new parts can rarely be managed from the manufacturer and even too much costly. You can easily find a good replacement of new parts from your nearby junkyards. u pull and pay remain in good condition even though the car is damaged. If you can manage your required parts from the junkyard, then it would save a huge from your budget.

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    So, we add antifreeze to the water to give it the desirable characteristics for operation within an engine. Most antifreeze is made from ethylene glycol and is typically dyed green, yellow, red, orange, pink, or blue. Because of the ethylene glycol, antifreeze prevents corrosion in the cooling system and freezes at a much lower temperature than water, almost making it the perfect substance for cooling an engine. I said "almost" because the problem with antifreeze, like most things, is that it cannot protect forever. Typically, it looses its protective properties after just two years or 30,000 miles. Extended-life antifreeze is available that protects for much longer, but it is the exception, not the rule.

    The key to buying from an auto salvage yard is to spend a lot of time looking for the part that you need. There may be a lot, or a little, but you should always shop around to find the best part for you. Some auto salvage yard will recondition parts, while others will simply sell them 'as seen'. If you don't know much about cars it is a good idea to take a friend with you who does. The last thing you want to do is to buy a part from an auto salvage yard and think that you have found a bargain, but then find that it isn't the right part for your car or not in working order.

    Apply a coat of wax to the paint by hand. This will help to mask swirl marks and cover up any remaining surface imperfections. Tip: Use a high-quality carnauba wax.

    I usually replace spark plugs once a year. The clerk at the auto parts store needs specific information about your vehicle to be able to provide you with the correct parts that fit your car. He needs to know the year the car was made, the car manufacturing company, the car model and the car's engine size.

    While some mechanics are fighting this change, quite a few are embracing it. They realize they no longer are responsible for warranties on parts. Also, they no longer have to worry about paying their parts suppliers on time. In fact, some mechanics actually give out web addresses to companies they want their customers to purchase from. Even though they lose the profit they would have made on the parts, they will generally have fewer headaches when it comes to getting such parts for their customers. A few mechanics have even gone as far as just charging more for the labor.