Saturday morning. The sound of a good socket wrench. Tunes playing on the garage radio. Sliding under your car and wiping sweat off your brow. This is what reminds us of small town America — weekends with our dads — fixing our cars — the ultimate sign of freedom.
So, now that you’re working on that 1974 classic Land Cruiser you just bought on Auto Trader, you need a part. What are your choices?
Toyota Parts Only is a recycled parts dealer, or a junkyard, located here in North Hollywood. We want to help you find a replacement car part for that 1974 classic. How do you start?
How to Navigate a Junkyard
A junkyard can be organized in many different ways and some yards specialize in parts (as we do with Toyota and Lexus). But every yard is different. If you’re a true do-it-yourselfer, then follow some of the tips from Popular Mechanics. They give you a good list of tools to bring and a disclaimer.
“The scariest part for junkyard first-timers is passing through the gates. Before stepping foot in the yard, a clerk will ask for your signature on a brief document that absolves the company of liability in case you do something stupid like drop an engine on yourself. Some places charge a nominal fee for entry as well, usually about a dollar. Consider this cheaper than paying for a movie and way more educational.” Ben Wojdyla
How to Choose a Part from a Junkyard
Doing things yourself can be quite a challenge. Some are frustrated and some are invigorated. So, a bit of self-awareness helps here. If you’re going to a junkyard to get recycled parts, you may want to check the models that offer compatibility.
“Check the compatibility of the parts. Perform an online search to find information about various years, models, and makes of vehicles to see if other vehicles by the same manufacturer use the same parts as your particular vehicle.” Your Mechanic
Your Mechanic has some other great tips like practicing the removal of the part at home to ensure you have the right tools once at the yard. They also suggest testing parts.
Why choose Toyo Parts Only for your Replacement Parts
Firstly, we are your local recycled parts source for North Hollywood. Secondly, we pull the part for you. Even better, you can use our parts search tool on our site, browse our inventory online, or give us a call at 800-835-2444.
No one wants to be frustrated looking for the part when you’re rebuilding your dream car. Find the part, get the vehicle on the road, and start your road trip in your newly restored Land Cruiser.