Why Buy Used Auto Parts from Central Auto Parts?

Professional Salvage Yard

By Ben Silver - September 23, 2015

Why Buy Used Auto Parts from Central Auto Parts?
There are many reasons why a consumer or automotive professional chooses to purchase used auto parts from a particular salvage yard.  Some of these are obvious and others are less so.  I'd like to take a few minutes to go over why many consumers choose Central Auto Parts.
1. Consistent Quality - Any salvage yard can produce a quality part and any automotive recycler will have issues with unseen damage or issues with a part.  Professional recyclers like Central have systems of quality control, inventory management, and parts washing in place to reduce damaged parts, inventory issues, and filthy used auto parts.
2. Strong Warranties - Professional Salvage Yards will carry a warranty of at least 90 days on their mechanical parts like engines and transmissions.
3. Competitive Prices - Central Auto Parts systematically re-prices inventory to make sure our customers are getting the best possible price for a particular auto part.
4. Environmentally Friendly Practices - Central goes above and beyond the recommended requirements by government agencies to ensure we're not releasing pollutants into the environment.  We utilize equipment that recycles our wash bay water to reduce our water usage and create ZERO drainage of oils or solvents from our wash bay into the environment.
5. Well Trained and Courteous Sales Staff - We train our sales staff for 12 weeks before there ready to serve and sell to our commercial customers.  We utilize a rigorous training program to ensure that our people are prepared to help customers in an attentive and courteous manner.
6. Great Inventory - We're constantly and consistently purchasing salvage vehicles to increase our inventory.  We want to keep it local and be able to provide our customers used parts from our local inventory whenever possible.
7. Late Model Salvage Yard - Most of the vehicles on the road are roughly 10-11 years old.  So we try to purchase auto salvage and sell used auto parts that fall into this year range.  This allows us to sell the auto parts that you need.
8. Clean Professional Office Environment - At Central, we take pride in our facility and make sure that customers are comfortable in our well-lit, clean, sales office.  This is not your average grimy, greasy used parts office.
I could go on and on listing reasons why our customers love shopping with Central Auto Parts, but I'll leave the list at that.  We're proud to be Denver's Leader in Auto Recycling and a provider of clean, quality, used auto parts.  Hope to see you in the office or hear from you soon!

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What Consumers Love About Used Auto Parts

Why used parts are a great choice

By Ben Silver - July 31, 2019

What Consumers Love About Used Auto Parts

When you start evaluating different auto parts options, it’s important to consider used auto parts for your repair. Here’s some information to aid in your auto parts search.

Types of Used Auto Parts Available

Body Parts - These are exterior used auto parts like  doors, Trunk Lids, Fenders, Headlights, Taillights, Etc. 

Mechanical Parts - These are the moving parts that make the vehicle run and drive like the engine, transmission, rear axle, etc.

Electrical Parts - These used auto parts use electricity to provide a function like your stereo, wiper motor, etc.

Used Auto Parts Save Money 

Most used auto parts are available at a fraction of the cost of OEM parts.  Some used parts are priced at 60%-70% less than a new OEM parts!  This is probably the advantage that consumers appreciate most about used auto parts.  Many recyclers are willing to negotiate on the price of the used auto parts they distribute. Just find a recycler, like Central Auto Parts, with professional sales people and work with them find a fair price.  At dealerships and aftermarket parts providers, you generally won’t have any bargaining power.

OEM Fit and Performance

Used auto parts are Original Equipment Manufactured parts. So they’re an exact fit and performed at OEM specs on somebody else's vehicle. Mechanical parts, like engines and transmissions, may have some wear and tear but are a very safe option compared to something that has been taken apart and rebuilt.  Aftermarket vendors, who typically provide body parts, do not have the same OEM fit of used auto parts.  This makes installation and fitment of used auto parts, the best option.

Truly a Green Option 

By reusing auto parts you can save the costs and resources of manufacturing and transporting a new product.  Recycled auto parts, especially if purchased locally, provide a great replacement auto part with minimal manufacturing or resources. Some estimates state that the sale of used auto parts saves over 85 million barrels of oil per year. The recycled steel from auto salvage yards is used create new vehicle bodies and steel for construction.  If you’re interested in making choices that help the environment instead of impact, choose used auto parts from a professional salvage yard like Central Auto Parts.

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Used Engine Installation Tips and Procedures

Engine Installation

By Ben Silver - March 9, 2016

Used Engine Installation Tips and Procedures

At Central Auto Parts, we sell nearly 100 used engines every month and want to make sure that our customers have a good experience with our products.  Quality salvage yards will test used engines and provide a strong warranty to there customers.  But our customers should also be aware of how to make their purchase last as long as possible.  Proper installation will ensure that your used engine will rack up the miles.  


Some of these tips are common knowledge to most experience mechanics.  But there are plenty of do it yourselfers out there that could use this information.  This will also help you understand what your mechanic should be doing when installing your salvage engine.  When your spending good money for a used engine and the labor to install it.


Pre-Installation Inspection Tips

  • Inspect the entire engine thoroughly - If there is an issue, you want to find out before you have it installed in the vehicle.
  • Match the long-block with your old one.  Make sure they are exactly the same.
  • After you have the old engine out, set it next to the used engine and identify which components need to switched over.
  • If you find damaged components in your inspection (timing cover, oil pan, etc.), simply swap the components with your old engine.  Generally, bolt-on accessories can be swapped with no issue. 
  • Don’t install a replacement salvage engine with damaged parts.  This may cause the used engine to fail prematurely.
  • Inspect timing components on engine, if miles are over factory specification for a timing belt or chain, replace timing components.  Best practice is to always replace the timing belt. It's generally inexpensive to do when the engine is already out of the vehicle.
  • Inspect all gaskets for bolt on accessories and replace any gaskets that look brittle or are leaking.
  • Change over any bolt on accessories needed off your old engine. 

Installation Tips and Guidelines

  • Flush cooling system prior to installing engine to remove any debris left over from previous engine. 
  • Clean or replace oil strainer and pick up tube screen. 
  • Replace oil pan gasket & rear main seal. 
  • Drain & replace engine oils to manufacturers suggested levels. 
  • Replace oil filter. 
  • Timing belts/chains, water pump, thermostat, spark plugs, fluids, and seals are routine maintenance items and should be replaced at the time of installation and at the vehicle manufacturer's recommended service intervals. 
  • Replace any water hoses or vacuum lines that need replacing. 
  • Prior to starting engine prime oil system to check to be sure you have oil pressure. 
  • Proper operation of the cooling and electrical system must be checked during the installation of products that can be affected by those systems. 
  • Replace valve cover gasket as needed. 
  • Install new belts and hoses.

These simple procedures will make sure the you get the most out of your used engine.  Many salvage yards in Denver are willing to sell you a used engine, but Central Auto Parts is a salvage yard that wants to sell you a high quality, tested, engine with a great warranty.  We want to make sure that it’s installed properly and you are happy with your purchase for years to come!

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Ben Silver is the CEO of Central Auto Parts and acting President of the Colorado Automotive Recyclers.  When he's not "auto blogging" or pushing Central Auto Parts to new heights, he's chasing his young daughter around the house or tying flies for the next great fishing adventure.


3 Tips on Buying a Used Engine Online

Buying Engines Online

By Ben Silver - May 25, 2016

3 Tips on Buying a Used Engine Online

Consumers are beginning to buy everything online, from groceries to cars and trucks, you can now purchase whatever you desire on the internet.  This, of course, has crossed over into the world of used auto parts.  Purchasing used auto parts online through a salvage yards “e-commerce” store can be very convenient, but there are a few things to understand before you click the “Buy” button.  In this blog, we’ll discuss used engines in particular, because there are some details to get into when you start discussing engines in particular.  It doesn’t matter whether you’re shopping for a remanufactured engine or a used engine, this information can be helpful in getting you the correct auto part for your repair.

Know the Part

This might seem obvious, and the basics of this are pretty self explanatory.  Of course, I’m not talking about knowing that you need an engine, I am talking about knowing the details.  When you start searching online or if you were to call a salvage yard, there is going to be some information that you will need in order to get the correct engine.  

First, have the vehicle VIN ready.  Some salvage yards require the VIN because it is so critical in understanding the customers needs.  There may be a character in your VIN that tells the website, or the used auto parts professional some critical information about your vehicle and the engine that you are in need of.  

Know the engine size.  This is likely the most critical piece of information to have about a used or remanufactured engine.  This information will generally be right on top of the engine and clear to view when you pop the hood.  The measurement of engines is liters (L), so you’ll see something like 4.0L or 2.4L on the valve cover on the top side of the engine.  If you don’t find it there, look for the emissions sticker on the under side of the hood.  This sticker will also show you the year and the engine size.

Know the transmission type.  This one is easy, because most drivers know if they are driving a stick or an automatic transmission.  This is just a question that will come up a lot when you are searching for a used engine online.  On most used parts search websites, you will see MT or AT next to the options to select.  MT = Manual Transmission, AT = Automatic Transmission.

Know the Vendor

As with anything, you want to know who you’re buying from.  If they're a local vendor, like one of the salvage yards in Denver, you can generally still buy from them online.  Some consumers prefer to shop this way, and there is nothing wrong with that.  Find the salvage yards website and get some information on there warranty and business practices so that you get familiar and comfortable with them.  If you’re buying online from a national seller like eBay, then you can use there ranking system to get an idea of the quality of the vendor.  You may be able to save money on shipping costs and headaches if you buy from a local salvage yard, because we are here and can handle warranty issues promptly and even go to the shop to assist with warranty issues if they occur.

Know the Costs

Obviously, you’ll be able to see the cost of the used engine or remanufactured engine on the website.  But there are other costs that may be relevant, and I wanted to help you understand them before making a used engine purchase online.

Core Deposit - The core deposit is a sum of money charged to consumers by sellers of used engines or remanufactured engines.  It can be anywhere from $50-$500 depending on the engine that is purchased.  The core deposit is used to secure the return of the customers old engine.  Your old, damaged engine or “core” has some value, but in order for that value to be realized, the “core” has to be processed and organized.  Salvage yards are experts in organizing and processing core engines, so we use a core deposit as way to secure the damaged engine that is being replaced.  The core deposit is returned to the customer when they bring there core engine back to the automotive recycler.  This is also a sure way to see that the core engine will be recycled properly in the most environmentally sound way possible.  Dealing with a local salvage yard can be the pickup and processing of your core less costly and easier to do.

Shipping Costs - When you see the cost of a used auto part, and you are shopping online, make sure you wait until you see the shipping costs before you make a purchasing decision.  Most of the time, shipping costs won’t be added or processed into the invoice until it’s time to check out.  When shipping a used or remanufactured engine, expect anywhere from $125-$250 in shipping costs.  This is enough dough to change your mind, and go with a local salvage yard in order to get your used engine promptly and without shipping costs.

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Ben Silver is the CEO of Central Auto Parts and acting President of the Colorado Automotive Recyclers.  When he's not "auto blogging" or pushing Central Auto Parts to new heights, he's chasing his young daughter around the house or tying flies for the next great fishing adventure.


3 Tips on Buying a Used Transmission Online

Buying Transmissions Online

By Ben Silver - June 1, 2016

3 Tips on Buying a Used Transmission Online

If you’ve got grinding gears, a slipping transmission, or a vehicle that flat out won’t shift into 1 or more gears, chances are you’ve got a bad transmission.  So now you’ve got a decision to make, and most likely you’ll want to consider the financial repercussions of this decision.  One very good option for vehicle owners is to replace the problem transmission with a quality used transmission.  Some folks are scared of used transmissions, but generally they have the same initial failure rate as a remanufactured transmission at a fraction of the cost.  In this blog, we’ll look at what to look for when shopping for a used transmission and also give you some tips on how make sure you get the right used transmission, don’t overspend, and are happy with the end result.  Fortunately, used transmissions

1. Do your home work - Don’t be afraid to shop thoroughly.  Look online and see what is available for used transmissions, call local reputable and accredited salvage yards.  Look for salvage yards that are BBB A+ Rated and/or accredited, also look for salvage yards that belong to local and national associations and organizations.  In Colorado, this is Colorado Automotive Recyclers (CAR) and nationally United Recyclers Group (URG) and Automotive Recyclers Association are good organizational indicators of a quality salvage yard.  The absolute pinnacle of organizations for a salvage yard to be a part of is Team PRP.  These salvage yards are the cream of the crop in every state.  There are three Team PRP salvage yards in Denver for you to work with.  Buying locally can save a considerable amount of money on shipping when purchasing a used transmission because they can be heavy.
2. Know what you need…specifically - There is going to be information that you need to gather and have available before you start shopping for a used or remanufactured transmission.  First, have the VIN near by when you start calling or probing the internet for any used auto part but especially for a used transmission.  There can be VIN specific interchange information that will help a parts professional dial into your specific used parts need.  Next, know the basics.  This means that you should have the engine size, ready and know whether your vehicle has an automatic transmission or a manual transmission.  Drive train information will most likely come up when shopping for a used transmission also.  Most people know if they have a 4WD, AWD, or FWD and this will be important information to share. 

3. Get a great warranty - Although a small percentage of used transmissions fail, there is still the chance that this might occur.  Installing a used transmission can take many hours and in some cases specialized mechanics that understand those transmissions in depth. Often times the labor to replace a transmission exceeds the cost of the transmission itself.  While it’s important to get a good warranty on the used transmission, savvy consumers should consider adding labor protection or extending the warranty to one year with parts and labor coverage.  This insurance protects the consumer for a longer period of time and protects them incidence that may occur during installation and the cost replacing a defective transmission a second time

Used transmissions can be a very effective, financially reasonable way to get your vehicle back on the road after a transmission has gone out.  Central Auto Parts has been selling used transmissions in Denver and all over the country for nearly 40 years.  We’ve earned a reputation that is second to none for quality in the Denver market and we hope you give us an opportunity to serve you when you have issues with your transmission or any other used auto part for your vehicle.  Tell your mechanic to give us a call, or order direct, and we’ll deliver the part you need ASAP for free in the Denver Metro Area.

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Ben Silver is the CEO of Central Auto Parts and acting President of the Colorado Automotive Recyclers.  When he's not "auto blogging" or pushing Central Auto Parts to new heights, he's chasing his young daughter around the house or tying flies for the next great fishing adventure.