If you ever drive by an auto yard or scrapyard, there’s a good chance you’ve seen the phrase “pick-n-pull” advertised. It is also frequently presented as “pick and pull.”
What may sound like a silly kids game or a way for Uncle Jimmy to get you to pull his finger is actually a popular method for used car parts to be sold. Pick and pull auto yards can be found all over the country. Some are run by big companies, and others are run by a small-town sole proprietor.
But what makes this concept different than your normal car parts store or online shop?
Pick-n-Pull Makes You Do The Work
While your average auto parts store or auto yard might have specific parts in inventory ready to sell, not all follow suit.
A pick and pull scrapyard does business by taking in junk cars and allowing individuals to manually remove any parts they want to buy. Their inventory of junk cars will be left out on display, with many of the vehicles likely missing a good chunk of their parts. The reason for this is to save the scrapyard owner and employees the time and work of removing parts from their inventory themselves.
By having customers use their own tools and knowledge to remove the parts they want, the auto yard cuts down on labor and can sell its parts at a more affordable price.
While it may seem like a burden for customers to have to pull parts themselves, it allows them to search for exactly the part they want on their own time. If they find the part they need, they are welcome to remove the part and buy it from the junkyard.
Do Your Due Diligence
Buying auto parts at a pick n pull auto yard can be an incredibly rewarding experience. Not only can you get the part you need, but you can learn a ton about taking apart a car.
Since you have to remove the part yourself, you’ll either already know or have learned how to install and remove that part. Given how pick-n-pull yards have thousands of parts to choose from, you’re bound to find something you’ve never seen before and come away with some new knowledge.
The risks of using a pick-and-pull junkyard to find parts is that there is no guarantees on what you will get. You may well drive to lot and find not a single car that contains the part you need. Or you may find the part you need but to your surprise the part is actually damaged.
Since these yards don’t keep the most diligent inventory, there are bound to be discrepancies between the business and its customers.
Not to worry however because these auto yards will usually let you leave the part behind or not charge you if they do something wrong.
The Opportunities at a Pick-n-Pull are Endless
Walking in to your local auto parts store will provide you a curated selection of parts for the average person’s vehicle. But what if your needs aren’t average?
Perhaps you need the transmission from a 1978 Ford, or you’re looking for some retro fittings to add to your project car. Needless to say, your local shop won’t carry items so random.
But pick-n-pull auto yards provide a unique experience when looking for car parts. There’s a chance you won’t find what you’re looking for. But there’s also a chance you’ll find exactly what you’re looking for at a price other places simply can’t match.
The magic of auto yards that let you pick and pull your own parts is that you have the chance to find a needle in the haystack. You will get access to the manifestation of automobile history when walking through a yard like this. Cars and parts you never knew existed will be sitting there waiting to be picked and pulled.
So head out to your nearest pick-n-pull scrapyard and enjoy all that this unique business model has to offer.