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Old 04 Jun 2018, 08:09 am
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Default Re: Could Chrysler Be Killed This Friday?

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Originally Posted by rckstein View Post
In my area, there are several salvage yards that allow the customers to go into the yards (some free, some charge a nominal $1 fee) and you can browse all the vehicles at your leisure for the parts. But in these yards, I've also seen all kinds of damage caused to otherwise perfectly good parts, by someone before me ripping them out to get to the one part that they needed. That's sad that others may not care what others may be interested in, just as long as they get their part.

Then there are several yards that do not allow any customers into their yards. At these, you have to tell them what you want and they will go pull it for a fee. I suspect they do this do to all the damage that many customers may have caused in removing parts to get to the $0.50 clip for a panel, or whatever. These yards most likely have vehicles that are still in the best condition and still with all their original parts, but sadly, nobody will get into the yard to see what's still on them.
Here in Arkansas, the self-service U-Pull-It and Pick-n- Pull yards have driven most of the traditional front-counter-only salvage yards out of business.

Destruction of the salvage cars during parts harvesting is a problem, of course. It appears that some folks will attack a car with a saw and cutting torch just to get some small part they could easily take off without causing all the damage. Pick-n-Pull in Little Rock is terrible about this. And the management doesn't police the yard so it's pretty bad. I'm not sure what's up with their management structure. I once had to go online and send in a complaint on the way they were being openly racist to Latino customers. Can you believe that? At least someone from corporate did contact me to talk about it. There's absolutely no room for that kind of hatefulness anywhere in my opinion. Since then Pick-n-Pull has changed management at Little Rock about three times. I figure they don't pay enough to get decent folks and the ones they do get soon leave.

On the other hand, U-Pull-It does a pretty good job of keeping folks from needlessly destroying cars. U-Pull-It started in Little Rock and is now in several states. I've known the owner since I was in college and he's a great guy and he pays his folks a living wage. The U-Pull-It yard that's in Little Rock now is smaller than Pick-n-Pull, but I always go there first when I can. There's several good self-service "poor body" salvage yards here too and I like them as well.

I do believe that if steel prices go up, more PT's will go straight to the crusher. But that's the way it goes for all car models in the end. And that's why some cars become rare. However, considering the vast number of PT's made, I figure there will always be one or more in most salvage yards for a decade or more to come. And since many parts used on PT's fit many other Mopars, I figure the availability of most new parts will stay strong for a long while too. The end of Chrysler would likely not affect this much.
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