wrecking parts

Vehicle parts that can be commonly found at the wrecking yard


Wrecking yards are an invaluable resource for locating vehicle replacement parts without emptying your bank account. They are essential when trying to find frequently replaced parts as well as hard to find classic car parts which are no longer manufactured. Depending on what part your vehicle needs, shopping at a wrecker yard could potentially save you hundreds as compared to purchasing new parts from an auto parts store or manufacturer.


When you need a part and are short on cash, the yard is the best place to call in order to get a good deal.  Some wrecking yards will locate and remove parts for you for an additional fee, while others will allow you to find and remove the parts yourself. You never know what treasures you may discover at a “junk” yard, but you can be sure that you will have fun looking around.


There are numerous parts which can be obtained from a junk yard, some of which are listed below.


Vehicle parts which can typically be found at a wrecking yard


  • Alternators
  • Starters
  • Bumpers
  • Radiators
  • Transmissions
  • Motors
  • Windshield washer reservoirs
  • Mufflers
  • Catalytic Converters
  • Side Mirror and rear view mirrors
  • Seats
  • Stereo speakers
  • Knobs
  • Windows
  • Hoods
  • Doors
  • Side panels
  • Head light and tail light covers
  • Steering columns
  • Gas Tanks


Apart from the parts listed, there are many other vehicle parts available from car wreckers. If the wrecking yard does not have the item, odds are that they will have it before long or they can direct you to another wrecking service that does.


Wrecking yards provide valuable services to the community. By taking in junk cars, they are able to provide low cost parts to garages and individual mechanics. They also help lower our impact on the environment by reducing the need for as many newly manufactured parts and the resulting emissions.


Mechanics and small garages constantly have demand for affordable parts. The availability of the parts at wrecking yards enables them to complete their repairs while staying within the price they quote their customers. Besides business, many private people doing their own vehicle repairs frequently choose used parts to benefit financially while upgrading their vehicles.


If you have a car nearing the end of its life, then you should consider selling it to a wrecking service to get it out of your way. There is a high demand for “junk” cars, making it easy to find wrecking services willing to pay for yours. Even the most dilapidated, rusty, unrecognizable junk heap can possibly bear value, due to the metals contained within.


Recycling your vehicle is a great way to reduce landfill waste and pollutants in the environment.

One of the metals contained in vehicles is tin, a highly sought after metal in short supply. As a matter of fact, recycled tin is the primary source of tin used in manufacturing. The manufacturing industry relies on recycled tin, as well as other metals and alloy compounds such as steel which are also recovered from cars that are crushed at wrecking yards. The majority of parts of old vehicles can be recycled, leaving about 20% as ASR, or auto shredder residue. ASR is composed of the parts left once a car has been disassembled into useable parts, then crushed and broken down into ferrous and non-ferrous metals. These parts include rubber, plastic, glass, liquids and dirt. While it may still sound like a lot, it is better to have the remaining 20% ASR in landfills then the full 100% of an unprocessed vehicle.