Finding quality used vehicle parts can be difficult for many reasons.
Here are a few points which may help you understand the process before you are able to lay your hands on ‘that part’ from a Dismantler’s yard.
- Vehicles which are suitable for recycling are generally sourced from Insurance companies who write them off following accidental damage, and in some cases older vehicles which don’t pass their NCT are sold to Dismantlers by individuals and Motor Dealers for the purpose of recycling.
- When a vehicle is bought by a Dismantler it may have crash damage on a portion of it therefore the area of the vehicle which is damaged does not yield up any parts for resale.
- The vehicle may have had flood-water damage and the Dismantler may not know whether the engine is working or not.
- The dismantler decides depending on the age of the vehicle and his knowledge of the business which parts to remove.
- The saleable parts are then shelved awaiting a call from customers who need them.
- It costs money in terms of time to remove parts, so the Dismantler only removes parts which sell quickly.
- The remaining shell of the vehicle is left whole in the yard for a period of time in the hope that some parts might be sold from it, without going to the expense of removing slow moving parts, which may not sell.
- The Dismantler decides when the time is right to bale up the shell and sell it for smelting all over again for new steel.
This is complex business and in general the customer has to do the leg work in searching for parts which may include:
- Looking at Websites where Dismantlers have uploaded the cars which are being dismantled by them. This information is sometimes out of date as the dismantler has to update the site regularly. This is not always done . The customer must then contact the Dismantler to see if the part is still available, sometimes it is already sold.
- Contacting a number of Dismantlers by phone, asking them do they have the particular part which they are looking for? Invariably this leads to another phone call between the parties after the Dismantler has checked his stock for availability.
- Emailing directly to Dismantlers websites with a request for the part. This only works if the Dismantler sees and opens the email, but sometimes they do not. Dismantlers will only respond if they in fact have the part, this can be hit and miss.
- Using third party Websites who send out alerts to their members for parts needed. You are not guaranteed any answer from this system, as only if some Dismantler responds positively does the information get returned to you.
- Calling into Dismantlers yards on spec and asking if they have the part you are looking for. This is very time consuming as you may call to a yard or yards which doesn’t have the part, so you have wasted your time.
Generally the same parts are being requested for the same Makes and Models from Dismantlers most all of the time. This means popular items are always in short supply!
What to do?
- Get as many Dismantlers as possible to see your request as soon as possible! This will enhance your chances of finding the correct part.
- Give the Dismantler good information about what exactly you want, with proper description, engine code and part numbers where possible.
- If you have difficulty in describing the part send a photograph of the part ‘A picture speaks a thousand words’
- Try not to request very small items of low value,Eg. nuts, small rubbers and wear and tear items as it will cost the Dismantler more to find the part than they can charge you for it. They will probably not reply in these cases.
- When you get a reply or replies from Dismantlers, contact them right away to buy it, its ‘first come first served’ in Dismantler yards.
- Discuss the age and condition of the car which the part has being salvaged from with the Dismantler. In the case of engines, gearboxes or drive train, if the vehicle had low mileage it is always the best buy.
- Agree price, warranty, delivery and return policy with the seller before agreeing the deal and parting with your money.
- Dont waste the Dismantler’s time as they are very busy. Normally 7 out of 10 calls they take daily are for parts they don’t have in stock.
www.ifindparts.com can help you!
Having been in the Motor Industry all my life I understand the problems both Customer and Dismantler have in finding parts. So I set up www.ifindparts.com This system will help you find the parts you require through the use of modern technology as it ‘connects those who want with those who have’ In essence it takes the hassle out of finding quality used parts in 3 simple steps.
- Enter your Registration Number: (the system will get exact details of your car including, Engine code, Car Colour, Make and Model etc.)
- Choose your part or parts from the dropdown menu, add a description and photograph if you think it would help the Dismantler to identify the correct part for you
- Your request will be sent to all the Dismantlers who work with www.ifindparts.com There is a guaranteed response by email and text within 1 hour.
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