The Online Salvage Yard

How to Buy Used Auto Parts Online

By Ben Silver - August 28, 2019

If you've navigated the internet in search of used auto parts, you've most likely came across a web store or online system to purchase parts directly from a salvage yard.  This post is to give you some basic information on using the online store at to locate and order the used auto parts you're looking for from a professional auto salvage yard.

Finding Used Auto Parts Online

From our home page, you'll need to first click the button on the top of the page for "Parts Search" which will give you option for "Search Used Parts".  Click that to begin searching our inventory for the parts you need.

There are multiple options to begin your search, the most popular method is searching by vehicle first and then searching for the used auto parts you need.  Enter your vehicle information (Year, Make, and Model) into the drop down menus on the left center of your browser screen. Now, select the used auto part you need from the menu below the vehicle information.  Now, you'll be able to search our entire salvage yards inventory by simply clicking the "Search Button"

Understanding Search Results

First, critical step is clicking the correct box on the left of the screen under "Filter By Application".  This will filter out all of the used auto parts that won't fit your vehicle and leave you with a select group of used auto parts that you can choose from.  You can also filter by part condition and even year if you'd like to select a used part of the exact same year.

You also see notes, a stock number, color and other information about the part in the center of the screen.  You will also see an image from our vehicle record.  It may not be an image of the exact part, but you can click on the image to pull up all of the salvage vehicle images of the vehicle you need to see.

Shipping and Warranty Drop Down Menu's

To the right of the screen, you will see two drop down menu's.  One is to add Shipping to the used auto part order and the other is to add a warranty onto your used auto.  Simply click the drop down and select your option.  If you select pickup, you will not be charged shipping or freight and the product must be picked up at our facility in Denver.

Purchase the Used Auto Parts

Now, just "Add to Cart" and the order will be created.  All that's left to do is review your information, add your shipping info, and select your method of payment.  Purchasing used auto parts online has never been easier! IF you have questions or run into a road block, give us a call and we'll be sure to help you out.

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Used Auto Parts - Parts Only Warranty vs Parts and Labor Warranty

Basic information on warranty levels on used auto parts and what to expect

By Ben Silver - August 7, 2019

Used auto parts can be a very reliable and durable alternative to brand new auto parts.  And used auto parts can carry warranties that will protect consumers should there be a failure in the purchased auto parts down the road.  This article will give you some insight on what to expect from warranties and what options you have when dealing with salvage yards and used auto parts.

Parts Only Warranty
Most salvage yards will have a standard warranty on the used auto parts they sell.  This warranty may range from 30 days to 6 months.  The duration of this warranty is simply expressing how long you will be able to return the product or get your money back if you receive a used part that has a defect or problem.  Often times, if there is an issue with a particular part, you will know relatively quickly.  For instance, in most cases of a problem with an engine or transmission, you will know soon after the part is installed because the vehicle will have drivability issues.  So, under a standard "Parts Only" warranty, if there is a defective part or issue you can claim the defect and get a replacement part or your money back.  These warranties won't cover the labor to remove or install the part that was purchased.

Parts and Labor Warranty
In order to cover customers to a deeper degree, some auto recyclers offer a form of insurance called a "Parts and Labor Warranty" on the used auto parts they sell. If a consumer purchases a parts and labor warranty with the part, then they have insurance against the labor/installation should there be a defect.  Most parts and labor warranties will also extend the duration of the overall warranty for a much longer period.  So, purchasing a parts and labor warranty will cover the cost of your installation if you have defect within the duration of the warranty.  When purchasing and engine or transmission, this can be very smart move given the high cost of labor and installation at the shop.  For instance, on a $1000 engine, we can cover parts and labor for only $280.  The cost of the installation could be anywhere from $800-$2000 to install that particular part.  If your installation is on the high side of that scale, you definitely want to consider purchasing the labor warranty and extending the duration of warranty.  Further, mechanical auto parts like engines and transmissions have some mileage and wear when purchased used.  If they're taken care of properly, then they can last a long time.  But you never know when a problem could arise.  So if you're purchasing a product with 80,000+ miles on it, it would be wise to consider extending the warranty period to cover the life of the vehicle.  At Central Auto Parts, we can cover our used engines and transmissions for 1 Year, 2 Years, or even a Lifetime including labor.

Claims and Service
The last component to the used auto parts warranty discussion is the claims process.  At Central, we have developed an efficient method to have claims processed and handled quickly and professionally.  It's important that when you're having an issue with a purchased part, it's addressed in this manner.  After gathering some information from the repair facility, we go through a troubleshooting checklist and are able to solve some issues in this step.  We also follow up by sending out an expert inspector to assess the repair situation and make a recommendation on the claim.  Once the claim is verified, we waste no time in providing a replacement part and getting the installation handled.

No matter what the auto part is your purchasing, new, aftermarket, or used, you have about the same probability of running into a defect.  But if you want to save a lot of money and still have the peace of mind that your part and labor installation is insured, consider purchasing a used auto part with a parts and labor warranty.

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Busting Myths About Used Auto Parts

Information for consumers to understand used auto parts better

By Ben Silver - July 31, 2019

Automotive Recycling and Salvage Yards can get a bad rap in the media or in the mind of consumers.  Here are some of the basic ideas people may carry about used auto parts why I believe these myths are false.

Myth 1 - You can only buy used auto parts at JUNKYARDS! The word junkyard makes most professional recyclers like us cringe.  This statement and sentiment couldn't be further from the truth.  Salvage Yards like Central Auto Parts are professional, reputable businesses.  We take our offerings, services, and business very seriously.  We use the latest technology to inventory and sell our products.  There may be some "junkyards" out there selling used auto parts, but you can choose a professional salvage yard.

Myth 2 - Used Auto Parts don't have a warranty.  Believe it or not, professional salvage yards will warranty the parts they sell.  In fact, many will cover them for periods of 90 days and even allow consumers to add on warranty for an entire year or more.  We stand by our products and offer consumers the level of warranty they need to be comfortable with their investment in a high quality used engine or transmission.

Myth 3 - Used Auto Parts aren't as good as new parts. This is simply not true, in fact, most of the time, used auto parts are exactly the same as new auto parts and fit exactly the same.  Used body parts like doors, fenders, lights, etc., are going to fit and look exactly like a new part, especially if they need to be painted.  And guess what, you're going to save 40%-60% when you buy a used auto part.  Mechanical parts can wear over time, so a brand new part will have more life than a used part, but functionally they're exactly the same and the driver wouldn't be able to tell the difference.  Used mechanical parts like engines and transmissions have a very similar "defect rate" to new parts and to remanufactured parts.  So you can rest easy purchasing from a professional salvage yard.

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What Consumers Love About Used Auto Parts

Why used parts are a great choice

By Ben Silver - July 31, 2019

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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Remanufactured Transmissions Available Now!

Central Auto Parts is Now Offering a Huge Selection of Reman Transmissions!

By Ben Silver - July 10, 2019

Central Auto Parts has teamed up with one of the Nation's largest and most reliable transmission remanufacturers.  

Our reman transmissions will make your installation a breeze! Every remanufactured transmission we sell will come with the correct fluid in the correct quanitty, and installation guide, and an industry leading warranty.  

Product Warranty Details -

Personal: 36 Months/Unlimited Miles
Commercial: 18 Months/100,000 Miles

Our “No Hassle Warranty” is VIN based and you’re automatically enrolled, so once your order has been placed, you’re all set.

What does “No Hassle” mean?

  • Transferable – The warranty is attached to the VIN and fully transferable with vehicle ownership; no fees or paperwork involved.
  • Nationwide Coverage – Your customers are covered anywhere (and everywhere) in the continental United States.
  • Instant Replacement – We send out a replacement transmission as soon as a warranty claim is submitted so your customer is back on the road as quickly as possible.
  • Paid Parts & Labor – For warranty work done in a certified shop, we pay parts and labor. *
Call our professional sales staff now to search for the right transmission for your vehicle and repair situation.  We can quote you used transmissions, reman transmissions, or both on the same quote!

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