How to Operate an Auto Salvage Yard


An auto salvage yard is what many people call a junk yard. Auto salvage yards can be acres of nonoperational vehicles and parts. While some people may wonder what the point of a salvage yard is, these old vehicles and their parts are essential for collectors, automobile restorers, and others. It can be a rewarding experience to help someone find the exact part they need to finish a lengthy restoration project. You'll also be your own boss.

  • Locate other auto salvage yards in the area you're planning to do business in. This will tell you what kind of competition you have. A simple online search can show you all the auto salvage yards in you area. You can also dig a little further and find out what these yards have available and for what price. This will allow you to provide better deals to your customers which can give your new business a much needed boost from the start.

  • Acquire the amount of land that will give you ample room to store all the vehicles and parts as well as an office. Unless you plan to be an extremely large auto salvage yard then a couple of acres will be plenty to start. Your land should be fenced to keep out intruders. Your office does not have to be a luxurious building. A simple trailer at the front of your salvage yard will suffice.This office will serve multiple purposes such as keeping you out of bad weather and providing a location to hook up a phone and computer.

  • Record every vehicle that gets added to your yard so that you'll know everything you have available when a customer asks for a certain part. This may seem pointless when you only have a few cars but as your stock grows, you will be thankful you kept track. You don't want to have to physically look around your whole salvage yard trying to track down a part for someone. Instead, you can have all vehicle makes and models entered into your computer. When a customers calls or visits, you will be able to quickly inform them if you have the vehicle or part they need. Time is money, as the saying goes, and this will certainly save you both.

  • Create business relationships that allow your auto salvage yard to grow and flourish. The most important relationships are with a junk car removal service and a towing company. You want connections with junk car removal companies because they will constantly have vehicles you can buy from them. This allows your auto salvage yard to consistently have new vehicles added to it. You want to work with a towing company to have these vehicles picked up. It may not be profitable to do this yourself because you will have duties in the office that need your attention (like answering the phone and helping customers).

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