Recycled Engines - Great Quality and Value

How to purchased used engines and what to look for.

By Ben Silver - May 15, 2019

Used Engines & Recycled Engines

Central Auto Parts has a huge selection of used engines at our Denver location.  Like most used auto parts, recycled engines are sold at a huge discount vs new or remanufactured parts.  And there is no lack of quality in recycled engines either, which have a defect rate that is very similar to new and remanufactured engines.

Quality You've Come to Expect

At Central, we ensure quality through testing our products thoroughly before sale.  Any used engine we sell would either have been run tested or compression tested to make sure the unit is good to go before the sale.  Our run test is simple, we fire up the engine and let it run for 3-5 minutes while we listen to the function and test other components.  If a vehicle has an electrical  problem and cannot start, or is high mileage, we’ll do a compression test.  Compression tests or “comp tests” is a simple process of measuring the compression in the cylinders of engine.  If they read at appropriate levels, and all the cylinders are the same or similar, the product passes the test and is ready for sale.


We’re committed to having products ready for our customers as soon as possible.  We currently have nearly 1200 engines ready for sale.  Most of these products have been quality tested and are on the shelf ready for purchase.  Central Auto Parts is also a Team PRP Member and has created an extensive network of other salvage yards that we purchase from at huge discounts.  This allows us to provide nearly any product our customers need, at a great price, and within a reasonable time frame.

Peace of Mind

A Warranty is only as good as the company that provides it.  And our A+ Rating with the BBB and 40+ Years of tremendous service on warranty claims is a point of pride at Central Auto Parts.  We offer the highest level of service when processing claims and always stand by our warranty.  We offer a 1 Year Parts and Labor Warranty, our most commonly applied warranty, as well a Lifetime Parts and Labor Warranty, or even just a 90 Day Labor Warranty to protect your purchase along with our standard parts warranty.  Our aim is to get you the right product with the perfect warranty to suit your needs.

If you’re looking for a Used Engine or a Remanufactured Engine call our sales team today!


Full Service Salvage Yards VS Self Service Salvage Yards

Here's some notes to help consumers find the right type of salvage yard.

By Ben Silver - May 1, 2019

Not all Salvage Yards and Used Auto Parts providers carry and handle the same type of products.  We get calls all the time from customers looking for certain auto parts that we don’t carry or handle.  This blog will help guide you to the proper outlet when searching online or by phone for used auto parts.

Full Service Salvage Yards

Central Auto Parts is a “Full Service Auto Salvage Yard”.  This means that we do all the heavy lifting.  Our customers simply call us or search our online store for the recycled part that they need, and we pull the part and make it happen for the customer.  We have higher cost to process parts, since we remove, clean, prepare and distribute most of the parts we sell.  This makes it cost prohibitive to sell small, lower cost parts like cup holders, clips, trim pieces, etc.  Full Service Auto Recyclers like us are your best bet for quality and value on parts like engines, transmissions, transfer cases, differentials, wheels, rear axles, air bags, speedometers, stereos and navigation units, and many of the body parts as well, like doors, trunk-lids, fenders, hoods, etc.  Full Service Yards will usually have a strong warranty and even offer extended and labor warranty options.

Self Service Salvage Yards or U-Pull It Salvage Yards

Self Service Salvage Yards are where you can go out into the yard, find the vehicle you’re working on, and remove the part you need.  If you’re pretty handy or even a mechanic, this might be a way for you to save some money on the parts you need.  Most “U-Pull It” yards don’t test for quality as rigorously as full service salvage yards and often have a short warranty period.

Hope this helps in your search for quality and value on your used auto parts.  Please call us today and let our Professional Sales Staff help guide the process for you.


Quality Used Auto Parts in Denver!

Info on How We provide Quality Used Auto Parts in Denver.

By Ben Silver - April 24, 2019

Used Auto Parts Professionals

We’re dedicated to bringing the city of Denver the highest quality used auto parts and service in our sector.  Auto salvage or used auto parts can be a difficult product to deliver and meet customer expectations.  Wrecked vehicles come with many variables and sometimes hidden damage, but at Central we do our best to pay attention to detail and utilize the latest technology to get our customers the right used auto part the first time.

Used Auto Parts Quality Checks

We put our auto salvage vehicles and used parts through a 4-point quality process, using real time electronic inventory to catalogue all of our available used auto parts.  First, all of the used parts are inventoried using the latest tech on a tablet at the salvage vehicle.  Damage is assessed and noted on each part.  The wrecked vehicle details and mileage are inputed at this time as well.  Next, the salvage vehicle is dismantled.  This process requires our dismantlers to actually start and run the vehicle when possible, or do a compression test on the used engine if it won’t run or start.  This is how we test all of our used engines and used transmissions to ensure we’re delivering quality!  All of the fluids are removed and the engine and transmission are removed and now ready to sell. The rest of the salvage vehicle is checked once again to ensure the parts are inventoried properly.  When the part is sold to body shop, garage, dealership, etc., we remove the part and clean it, check it for accuracy and damage and stage it in a delivery area.  They final check is completed by our delivery drivers when they load the used auto part onto our delivery truck.  This process ensures that we’re providing top quality used and recycled auto parts to the professional repair industry.

Call our experienced and professional sales staff today to locate and order the used auto parts you need!


Used Auto Parts and Auto Salvage - A Green Alternative

Save money and environmental costs with used parts!

By Ben Silver - April 3, 2019

The Importance of Recycling and Reuse
We live in a quickly changing society and one of the changes that we're facing is the scarcity of resources.  While some of our brightest scientists work to aid in producing sustainable products and processes, we're at a juncture where citizens need to pitch in as well.  The ability to reuse any product, as an alternative to manufacturing a new one, is one of the ways we can save resources.  Too many products that prevail in America today are "single use" items that are easily discarded without regard to where they're ending up.  Think about plastic bags, take out boxes, etc., even for these products to be recycled, they need to be transformed through a manufacturing process.

Recycled Auto Parts
Some folks may not realize when they get in a fender bender or have an engine fail, that used auto parts or recycled auto parts are available and provide a sustainable alternative to New OEM auto parts, remanufactured auto parts, or aftermarket parts.  All of these commonly utilized types of auto parts use extensive resources in manufacturing and distribution.  

A Sustainable Process
Recycled Auto Parts, Used Auto Parts, or Auto Salvage are all terms for the same type of product.  These auto parts are proliferated through the simplest recycling process you can imagine to be provided to local and national customers.  These vehicles are procured from auto auctions that house and distribute wrecked vehicles, then towed into salvage yards, and finally processed for sale.  We take care to remove any hazardous materials from the salvage vehicles, like oils, gasoline, anti-freeze, etc., and recycle every drop of it.  Next, we remove the engine and transmission so they're quickly available to our customers and place the vehicle in our salvage yard where the other parts are removed when sold.  You can see, this process uses limited resources to provide a similar product that had to be manufactured from scratch.

The Bottom Line
The beauty of used products isn't just that they use fewer resources, they also save you a ton of money.  Since we don't have the high cost of manufacturing new products, we can offer our used parts at a fraction of the cost of New OEM auto parts.  All of our used auto parts carry a strong warranty and we offer even higher levels of warranty protection for an additional cost.  So, even when purchasing a used product for your vehicle, you can rest easy that it will be highly functional and warranted.  So, the next time your vehicle is in the shop or needs parts, you can call us and we'll help you get the right part and save you a ton of money.  Or, just request recycled parts options from the dealership or shop that's looking at your car or truck.  At the very least, evaluate this alternative to save some money and help us all usher in an era of recycling and sustainability for the future.


Happy Customers in Colorado Springs!

We deliver used auto parts to customers of all kinds in Colorado Springs!

By Ben Silver - January 23, 2019

We've been running used auto parts to commercial locations in Colorado Springs for well over a year now.  These locations include Dealerships, Auto Body Repair Shops, Engine Repair Specialists, Neighborhood Garages, and of course Mechanical Repair Shops.  We're happy to deliver Monday through Friday to any and all of these types of commercial automotive repair facilities.  

What if you're a consumer purchasing a part to be repaired at a local auto repair shop? Have no fear, just give us the shop information and we'd be happy to deliver it for your repair.  Our route usually leaves Denver around 8:30-9 in the morning and heads right into Colorado Springs and the surrounding area.  We usually return in the afternoon that same day, once all the recycled parts deliveries and pickups have been made.  

What about auto parts returns or pickups?  The beauty of having our own truck running to Colorado Springs, is that when your core engine is ready, or you need to return an auto part, we can grab the next day and it's a breeze.  Just give us a call for the pickup and we'll be there for you!

If you're a shop manager, in the parts department at a dealership, or anyone sourcing used auto parts in the Colorado Springs area, you now have another great option for used engines and transmissions, sheet metal, and any other used or recycled auto part you need! Our huge network of Team PRP Salvage Yards give us access to additional inventory on top of our 8+ acres and massive warehouse.

Call us today to work with our sales professionals or search for parts in our web store and we'll get you the parts you need fast!