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post #1 of (permalink) Old 09-16-2003, 03:52 PM Thread Starter
 
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Frackin Junkyards!

Went to the junkyard today to snag some Geo Metro brake hoses for my SPOA coming up this Saturday, "sure we got a couple out there, $10 for the set". I'm thinking alright that's a pretty good deal considering Auto Zone wants $20 a piece!!

So I fine two Metro's both had decent brake hoses, and both are so sunk in the mud you can't even get under them. I explain to the guy that I can't get to them and he says "Oh sorry about that, guess you'll have to get some new ones." WTF!!! He wouldn't even use one of their 10 Bobcats sitting around to flip it on it's side so I could get to them.

Then the guy just walked off right in the middle of me talking to him. I swear people that run junkyards are *******s. i have NEVER been to one where I was happy with the service. [img]images/graemlins/cussing.gif[/img] [img]images/graemlins/AR15firing.gif[/img] JUNKYARD EMPLOYEES
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Re: Frackin Junkyards!

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So I fine two Metro's both had decent brake hoses, and both are so sunk in the mud you can't even get under them. I explain to the guy that I can't get to them and he says "Oh sorry about that, guess you'll have to get some new ones." WTF!!! He wouldn't even use one of their 10 Bobcats sitting around to flip it on it's side so I could get to them.

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OK, so heres wrong with that. You want two hoses from the underside of the car that is sunk in the mud. Reasonable request. He did not want to go and "flip" the car on its side for several reasons...

1. Flipping the car on its side will probably destroy $300 in parts for you to have your $10 hoses.

2. It would cost him $20 dollars worth of time to have one of his employees drive said bobcat out to the vehicle, unbury it, and flip it on its side. How is he gonna make money?

3. Most insurance companies that sell insurance to salvage yards will not allow them to sell used safety equipment, including used hoses and seatbelts. If he let you get em for $10, he woulda pocketed the money and said "what hoses?"

Salvage yards are a business to make money like any other, so the expense of having your business for little things like brake hoses in most cases aint worth it. [img]images/graemlins/grin.gif[/img]
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yea I agree with you the vast majority of junk yards are run by *****s. heck your lucky if they let you walk around looking at stuff without an escourt. And its been years since i've been to one that would acutly let you pull the part your self. While I do understand this if for B.S. insurance reasons, and they have to protect them selfs from lawsuits an the insurance companys them self.. its just seems it got out of hand lately. The only one i've ever walked away from with out think'n bad thoughts about the owners is in a small town here in KS (may be the small town thing...or just hurt'n for money) any ways guess I'm just vent'n also

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We wnt thru that for years in CA. now most of the yards are trying to compete with the chain yards.

These places (pick your part, pic n-pull...) organize the vehicles in rows, on stands, with enough space
in front to pull engines if desired and charge a buck or 2 to get in. Prices are fixed and posted. They
cycle the cars thru a row at a time as they get in new stock. The even group them, for Fords, GM, Dodge,
Japanise and European and some do the makes for those as well. THey have tool rental, cart rental,
engine hoists available... and it works these places are crwoded every weekend and have body shop crews
during the week.

And yes you sign you life away at the gate so they, for practical purposes, do not have liability.

The hack yards are fading fast. The only other yards surviving are the specialty yards for things like
Ford pony car's, Beemer/european luxury csars and the like.

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Deal with it.
why would they waste there time to go flip[ a car over for you?
there gonna wreck the other, way more valuable parts...

Why cant you get a brakeline off a car thats sitting on its brakes?
the lines are above the half way part of the axle...
just get down and remove the things.
bring your own hilift jack baack there and remove it....
I have picked up 3/4 ton ford off there axle, that where on the groun in a junkayrdd, with two hi lifts. pulled the whole axle, and paid my $27 for the whole housing and all.
just beacuse its sitting low doenst mean you cant pull parts.....
ive also taken land cruiser axles, a front d44 out of a waggy like that. kinda scary but you have to do what you have to do...
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Well, I know of a Guy that owns a Junk Yard that lost his Son due to a car that was rolled on it's side coming down on him. If your gonna use a high lift make sure you end up with something other then just the high lift holding it up!
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