How to Find Cheap Car Parts in Auckland
Taha Auto is Auckland’s scrap car yard if you’re after almost any used car part. Most people ignore this last stop in the automotive life cycle and choose new parts from a nice, safe dealer installed at expensive rates. If, however, you like to add a dash of adventure to your car repair, you should definitely check out a junkyard before shelling out for new parts. For the uninitiated, these places can be intimidating, but that needn’t be the case. A good automotive recycler offers a priceless mechanical education as well as wide range of affordable parts.
PICK YOUR PART AT TAHA AUTO JUNKYARD
Junkyards come in two styles; you-pick and full-service. At you-picks, customers bring their own tools and personally wrestle parts from derelict cars. Full-service yards will pull requested items and deliver them to the front desk, where payment is collected, though this convenience comes with added cost. My preference is definitely Full-service yards, which offers endless opportunities for mechanical advice. Plus, their low operating costs mean these businesses are popping up all over the place lately.
When you’ve found a yard, call ahead to find out what they specialize in. Some scrap yards deal primarily in European car parts, others in Japanese auto parts, or vintage. Most are generalists and stock what the market both supplies and demands. If you have a unpopular car model, ask if they have your model before spending time wandering around. They might know; they might not. The likelihood of finding that window-crank handle for your Citroen DS5 is pretty low because the supply and demand aren’t there. Conversely, you’ll probably find piles of pickups, vans, midsize sedans, and utes. Wrecks come and go regularly, so try to find out when the new scrap car come in – they have the best selection of parts. Remember, these places buy crashed and abandoned cars to recycle them, so selling their parts is a happy bonus.
SCRAP CAR YARD YOUR BEST USED CAR PART SOLUTION
Most people go to junkyards for parts; used car tyres, cylinder heads, lights, glass, body panels, and suspension pieces are popular. There are other things to do in junkyards, though. Trade-me hunters pick out expensive parts and sell them online; airbag modules and computer boxes are targets here. You can find switches, speakers, air springs, and other widgets useful for DIY projects. My favorite junkyard pastime is learning. Every car is made a little different, and any engineer will tell you the best way to understand how a thing works is to take it apart. Find a car with a part you don’t understand, such as a differential or transfer case, take it apart, and then try putting it back together. If it doesn’t go back, that’s okay. Got a big project coming up and want some practice? Junkyards are a great way to try out a repair or modification before the real deal. The junkyard is really what you make of it; whether you go for parts or mechanical voyeurism, just make sure to get your hands dirty.