Auto salvage yards are run a few different ways. Some auto salvage yards pull out the parts from vehicles and then sell them. Other auto salvage yards require you to remove the parts you want for a vehicle and then purchase them. At yards where you remove the parts yourself, the cost for the parts is generally less, since you are required to perform the labor to remove the parts.
At these pull-it-yourself salvage yards, you need to know how to protect and keep yourself safe while you are getting the car parts you need.
First, before you head out to an auto salvage yard, you need to make sure that you are dressed appropriately. When you head out to an auto salvage yard, you will be walking among the remains of old cars. You will be around vehicles that are in various states of disrepair, and you will be getting into vehicles and pulling out parts.
You should wear long pants and sleeves so that you don't expose your skin and increase your chance of getting cut as you walk around. You should also wear thick boots or shoes, as you don't know what the terrain is going to be like in the auto salvage yard.
Bring Personal Protective Equipment
Next, you are going to want to bring personal protection equipment. You will be using tools and pulling parts out of damaged vehicles. You want to make sure that you are adequately protected as you do this work.
You should bring all the regular and basic personal protective equipment with you, such as eye goggles, gloves, and a hard hat. That way, you can really get into finding the parts you need without worrying about hitting your head on a hood that doesn't stay up or getting something in your eye as you pull a part out. The gloves will help keep your hands clean and protect them from getting cuts from unclean parts.
Use the Correct Tools
Finally, you need to make sure that you bring the right tools with you. You are going to want to have a screwdriver, a wrench, a hammer, and a pry bar with you at minimum. You may also find it useful to bring a drill with you
What tools to bring with you don't have to be guesswork. Research the parts that you want to acquire, look up how to remove those parts from a vehicle, and bring all the appropriate tools to remove those parts.
When it comes to removing parts from old vehicles at an auto salvage yard, you need to make sure that you dress appropriately so you don't get hurt. Be sure to bring the proper protective gear with you. Always bring your own tools, and make sure you have some idea what you are doing.