Did you know that going to an auto recycler can save you hundreds? Many people don’t know they have options when it comes 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: auto recycling.
We went through the Copart corporate office and asked around to see if anyone had any interesting recycled auto part experiences. What we found was a mix of excitement and pleasant surprise, so we decided 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 supposed 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 should have done some research.”
This event has haunted our employee for more than five years. “I don’t know why I didn’t think to get a second opinion at the time or visit an auto 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 definitely ask around, compare prices and consider looking for someone knowledgeable who could get a used auto part.”
At least this employee learned a (financially) valuable lesson. Fortunately, another Copart employee we talked 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 career with an auto recycler and has met many 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 determined 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 correct because as far as I could tell, they don’t make these anymore,” she says. “I couldn’t order 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 right away from a reputable auto recycler that was over 70% off of that $460 list price I saw. I ordered 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 bought the car in the first place since 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 repairs yourself, check with your mechanic about installing the recycled part or ask your local auto 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 advice on auto parts. Next time you need a part, make the smart decision and check with some auto recyclers to see what your options are. It can save you hundreds (if not thousands).
For more information on how auto recycling can save you time and money, visit Copart’s auto recycling page.