Did you know that going to an automobile recycler can save you
hundreds? lots of people don’t know they have options when it pertains to auto
repairs. While some individuals recommend brand new parts, there’s a whole
other world out there filled with Recycled OEM parts that save time and money:
We went through the Copart corporate office and asked around
to see if any individual had any interesting recycled automobile part experiences. What we
found was a mix of excitement and pleasurable surprise, so we made a decision to compile
two of our favorite stories to share with you.
The Honda Lesson
One employee described his experience getting a part replaced before he started working here. “Before working at Copart, I was never a ‘car person’” he said. “I never learned about cars, except that you are meant to maintain them, and for that I’d just take it to the same service center that I’d been going to for 10 years.”
But when it came time to replace a rather expensive part on
his Honda Accord, the analyst didn’t shop around and regrets the decision to
this day. “I can’t even recall what the part was, I just know that it was
EXTREMELY expensive, and I must have done some research.”
This event has haunted our employee for a lot more than five
years. “I don’t know why I didn’t think to get a second opinion at the time or
visit an automobile recycler,” he said. “I guess it’s because I didn’t know that auto
recyclers were a thing. but now I know better. If faced with a similar
situation, I’d absolutely ask around, compare prices and consider looking for
someone experienced who could get a used automobile part.”
At least this employee learned a (financially) valuable
lesson. Fortunately, another Copart employee we spoke to learned about auto
recyclers early in her career.
Amanda’s “New-to-Me” Radio
Amanda Zmolek is our very own industry Relations Analyst.
She started her occupation with an automobile recycler and has met lots of over the course
of the last 13 years. The radio in her 2007 Mustang started acting up and would
randomly lose its settings from one trip to the next. “I do a lot of driving,”
Amanda says “And I’m old-school and still like to listen to the radio in my
car, so this problem was very annoying.
After checking some fuses and connections, I figured out that the problem
was probably within the radio itself.”
Just for fun, Amanda looked up the replacement cost for her
6CD MP3 receiver and found that a new unit was priced at $460. “I’m not even
sure if that was right because as far as I could tell, they don’t make these
anymore,” she says. “I couldn’t buy a new one even if I wanted to (which I
didn’t!) and I didn’t particularly want a fancy aftermarket radio either. I
just wanted a radio like the one I had… except, one that actually worked.”
Fortunately, Amanda knows plenty of ways to find recycled
auto parts. “I found a used radio online ideal away from a credible auto
recycler that was over 70% off of that $460 list price I saw. I bought it to
be delivered to my house, and I was able to install it myself. now the radio in
my Mustang works great, just like it did when I gotten the car in the first
place considering that it came off a car just like mine.” just think— if Amanda saved hundreds
of dollars on something as small as a radio, imagine how much you could save on
a recycled engine or transmission! Amanda also noted that if you’re not
confident in doing repair services yourself, check with your mechanic about installing
the recycled part or ask your local automobile recyclers for the names of repair
shops they work with.
What We Learned
If these stories have taught us anything, it’s that it can’t
hurt to ask around for recommendations on automobile parts. next time you need a part, make
the smart decision and check with some automobile recyclers to see what your options
are. It can save you hundreds (if not thousands).
For a lot more information on how automobile recycling can save you time and money, visit Copart’s automobile recycling page.