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Old 13-07-2007, 19:32   #1
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I have never been to a scrap yard. I require a couple of car parts for my car, which my mechanic says I can pick up from my local scrappy.

Do I need to pay for the item?
Do I need to call up and reserve if they have it in stock? or can I turn up and see if I can find a part or same car model etc?
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Old 13-07-2007, 19:38   #2
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Do I need to pay for the item?
Yes, unless you can fit it in your pocket!

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Do I need to call up and reserve if they have it in stock? or can I turn up and see if I can find a part or same car model etc?
Some breakers strip the cars and shelve all parts, others just have cars stacked all over the place and you have to climb about looking. Give them a bell first to see if they have the bit or the car in stock.
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Old 13-07-2007, 21:04   #3
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Great places breakers yards.

Two big places within 20 miles of home but different as chalk and cheese.

One has loads of stuff stripped and on the shelves and does a full mail order job. The other, whilst a modern plant, does things the old fashioned way and you take your spanners with you. I also don't take the risk of pocketing anything because they deal with that the old fashioned way as well.....

Seen two instances of that - one was a guy who tried to walk out with a cylinder head surreptitiously tucked under his jacket and one chap who thought that the bold approach would work when he just walked to the gate with a mini bonnet under his arm. Both left empty handed and weren't walking quite so smartly after they'd been 'interviewed'.

Saves police time eh?

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Old 13-07-2007, 21:20   #4
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Wonderful places when you have grazing rights.
I needed a new back axle for my Dolomite. Found a donor that must have been owned by an old couple. Anyway, went along one morning, it was raining buckets. (part of the plan) The inhabitants of the caravan had better things to do than cut out the axle so they said, if you want it go and get it. Joy of joys, just before scrapping, the car had had new rear suspension arms and shockers. Just unbolted the entire rear suspension and loaded it up. No problems with the greasy guardians as they would have just cut through the arms anyway. That car provided me with many more good bits and them with more beer coupons. I always find I come away with more when given grazing rights. They end up selling the parts theythink nobody would buy!
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Old 13-07-2007, 21:28   #5
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I find it best to go in and pay for most things, and pocket the smaller things you want (lightbulbs/fuses etc...)!!!

My local one knows me so well now that I always offer to pay for stuff, and if it comes to less than about 3 he doesn't charge me.
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Old 13-07-2007, 22:49   #6
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Theres actually a "Rover" breakers yard just 10 miles away from me (if that!?) which is quite good. Allthough when I went there on my own I went into the yard and he came out saying "im afraid your not insured to be in the yard" and I left. (But then I suppose I diddnt buy anything lol)
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Old 13-07-2007, 23:11   #7
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I find if I take my large toolbag, I put all the bits In the open bag when I go to pay (apart from the big bits obviously) I also mention I have taken a couple of relays/fuses etc, I have never yet been asked to pay for the small bits, and can do a discount on the price they originally ask for the bits I want, if you treat people properly and dont try to take the p*ss, you get a lot further.
in fact this week I wanted a couple of wheelnuts, I wandered in took them off, and was told no charge.

I suppose the fact that when I was 18-19 I helped out in a mates scrappie so I know how they think.
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Old 14-07-2007, 18:33   #8
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Any web pages to locate a local scrappy.

I'm in east Manchester.

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Old 14-07-2007, 23:19   #9
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Manchester is a big city with lots of cars wearing out every day. Check your local yellow pages ~ look for car dismantlers/breakers etc as well as scrap yards.

The cars that folks throw away locally and most other places is amazing. A wonderful source of good used parts ... you can lift bonnets of scrap cars to find almost new alternators, starters, HT leads and lots of other useful stuff. Do not let a higher mileage breaker car put you off. they are the ones most likely to be reasonably maintained with many recently renewed items on them.
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Great places breakers yards.

Two big places within 20 miles of home but different as chalk and cheese.

One has loads of stuff stripped and on the shelves and does a full mail order job. The other, whilst a modern plant, does things the old fashioned way and you take your spanners with you. I also don't take the risk of pocketing anything because they deal with that the old fashioned way as well.....

Seen two instances of that - one was a guy who tried to walk out with a cylinder head surreptitiously tucked under his jacket and one chap who thought that the bold approach would work when he just walked to the gate with a mini bonnet under his arm. Both left empty handed and weren't walking quite so smartly after they'd been 'interviewed'.

Saves police time eh?

Have fun
One of the is McGuinesses yes? but who is the other?
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One of the is McGuinesses yes? but who is the other?
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Yes you're quite right - good old Ginty's

The other is Car Transplants at Nantwich.

An old favourite used to be Paces at Arclid (on the way to Sandbach) but that's been an exec housing estate for a number of years. There are a host of smaller operators, a lot of which now operate from little units on industrial estates and specialise in either one marque or 'swedish' or 'european' and so on.

I have to say that I think breakers yards really are an endangered species. With the numerous environmental controls (and I'm not saying it's a bad thing) it must be very difficult for them to keep going. Perhaps had it not been for the hike in steel prices (thanks China) we would have lost even more by now.

I suspect Brussels and future legislation imposed on the car manufacturers themselves (no cars over 10 years old bo**ocks) with ring the death knell to yet another British instituition.

One place which might interest you is Autocontinetal in Cobridge - they list Alfa amongst their specialities.

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Old 15-07-2007, 09:46   #12
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I have never bought an item from a scrap yard, but if the product you buy from a car if it is faulty or doesn't work can you return it? Do they provide you with a receipt?
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I have never bought an item from a scrap yard, but if the product you buy from a car if it is faulty or doesn't work can you return it? Do they provide you with a receipt?
if it doesnt work they will swap it, some even give receipts like a real buisness
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I have never bought an item from a scrap yard, but if the product you buy from a car if it is faulty or doesn't work can you return it? Do they provide you with a receipt?
Most good ones will give you a short time to take the item back for exchange.

Many mark the items you buy with a either an invisible (UV) marker or engraver - stops the smart guys taking their old faulty item in once the replacement's fitted.........
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Most good ones will give you a short time to take the item back for exchange.

Many mark the items you buy with a either an invisible (UV) marker or engraver - stops the smart guys taking their old faulty item in once the replacement's fitted.........

I wasnt going to mention that, steep learning curve.
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Yes you're quite right - good old Ginty's

The other is Car Transplants at Nantwich.

An old favourite used to be Paces at Arclid (on the way to Sandbach) but that's been an exec housing estate for a number of years. There are a host of smaller operators, a lot of which now operate from little units on industrial estates and specialise in either one marque or 'swedish' or 'european' and so on.

I have to say that I think breakers yards really are an endangered species. With the numerous environmental controls (and I'm not saying it's a bad thing) it must be very difficult for them to keep going. Perhaps had it not been for the hike in steel prices (thanks China) we would have lost even more by now.

I suspect Brussels and future legislation imposed on the car manufacturers themselves (no cars over 10 years old bo**ocks) with ring the death knell to yet another British instituition.

One place which might interest you is Autocontinetal in Cobridge - they list Alfa amongst their specialities.

Russell
Thanks for that Russ! Its unlikely they would have anything for my Alfa though, its too old and wayyyyy to rare.
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