Looking to perform DIY vehicle repairs on the cheap? Perhaps you’re restoring a vintage automobile? Then you should know a salvage yard can offer you a plethora of used car parts at a serious discount. But to find the highest-quality (and longest-lasting) used car parts in the yard, there are a few things you should know. Our team at Ace Auto Parts is sharing those details below.

Look for a Parts Search Tool

Most reputable salvage yards have websites these days. Those websites often contain search tools that encompass a yard’s entire inventory. If you don’t want to waste your time at the yard looking for a part that might not be there, see if the salvage yard offers an online search functionality you can use.

Simply Google the yard you’re looking for, look around for an inventory search on the website (Ace Auto Parts has this!), and input the vehicle model and part you’re hunting for. If the yard has it, it should display on the website. Next, give the salvage yard a call to see if they’ll hold the part for you, and if they will, you can simply head there and pick it up from the service desk.

Seek Out Interchangeable Parts

If you’re familiar with automobile manufacturers, then you’ll know many vehicle models can function perfectly with auto parts that come out of a totally different vehicle. For example, Toyota manufactures both Toyota-branded vehicles and Lexus-branded vehicles, and in many cases, those parts are interchangeable.

Of course, not all of the parts manufactured by the same auto group will be interchangeable, so you’ll have to do a little research to find out if your part might have substitutions. If you’re unsure, don’t hesitate to ask one of the yard’s employees for advice. Like a standard auto parts shop, a salvage yard may have access to info concerning which parts can be substituted between vehicles.

Ask for Help

If you’re curious about visiting a salvage yard to get discount auto parts, don’t automatically assume you need to know everything about your vehicle’s components! Salvage yard employees are very knowledgeable about what they have in stock and where those parts are located on the premises.

If you’re interested in a particular vehicle component and you’re not sure where to find it or whether it can be substituted for something else, don’t hesitate to ask. The yard’s staff is a valuable resource, so take advantage of their knowledge!

Looking for Used Auto Parts in St. Paul or Minneapolis? Stop By Ace Auto Parts

If you’re in the market for used or discount auto parts, look no further than Ace Auto Parts in St. Paul! For more than 100 years, we’ve stocked an extensive variety of used car parts, and even if we don’t have the part you’re looking for, we can order it to our location. Feel free to use our parts search tool to locate the item you need, or stop by our St. Paul location in person. You can also message us with any questions or concerns, and we’ll be in touch.