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Junkyard vs Salvage Yard

Junkyard VS Salvage Yard: Differences you need to know between them.

As a company with over 20 years of experience selling auto parts, We have seen the difference between a junkyard and a salvage yard first hand. While the two terms are often used interchangeably, there are some key differences between the two that are important to understand. 

Junkyards and salvage yards are similar in some areas but there is one thing they don’t share; How they process used auto parts.


A junkyard is a place where old and damaged vehicles are brought to be stripped for their usable parts. These parts are then sold to individuals and repair shops. Junkyards are typically not concerned with the condition of the vehicles they receive and will often crush the cars into compact cubes once they have been stripped, and often do not offer any warranty or refund. Some will say that Junkyards are a  place where scrap metal is collected before being discarded, reused, or recycled. 

Salvage yard: 

A salvage yard, on the other hand, is a facility where damaged vehicles are brought to be sold for parts or to be repaired and resold. Salvage yards typically have a greater focus on the condition of the vehicles they receive, and will often make an effort to repair the cars before selling them. In some cases, the vehicles may be sold as-is, but they are usually in a better condition than those found at a junkyard. A Salvage yard also processed disused vehicles or other machinery and the parts saved are processed professionally for resale.

Key Differences between Junkyards and Salvage Yards

One of the key differences between the two is the quality of the parts that are available. Junkyards often have a lower quality of parts since the vehicles they receive are often in poor condition. Salvage yards, on the other hand, have a higher quality of parts since they are more selective about the vehicles they receive and often repair them before selling.

Another difference is the level of customer service. Junkyards are often not staffed with knowledgeable employees and can be difficult to navigate. Salvage yards, on the other hand, often employ knowledgeable staff who can assist customers with finding the parts they need.

In a Junkyard vehicles comes by any means; auctions, donations, private selling, etc. In a salvage yard most vehicles are acquired by car insurances auto auctions from cars that were involved in an accident and declared salvage, or total loss, which means most of the parts were properly working by the time the car crash. G&G Auto’s takes the time to process to ensure its proper working before sell, giving you warranty in every part you buy.

As a salvage yard, we believe in recycle and eco-friendly and after pick the functional parts, the metal remains will be crushed and sold to recycling metal centers, recycling also the gas and oil from these vehicles.

Unlikely traditional junkyards where you must pull the part yourself, we bring the part to you while you wait in the office and drink some free coffee.

When you want a good deal in used auto parts, check out our big inventory online or call today at (215)426-1179 our professional team will be happy to assist you locate the used parts you need.

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In conclusion, when looking for auto parts, it is important to consider whether a junkyard or a salvage yard is the best option. If you are looking for lower quality parts at a lower price, a junkyard may be the best option. If, however, you are looking for higher quality parts and a better shopping experience, a salvage yard like G&G Auto Salvage may be the better choice. Regardless of your decision, it’s always a good idea to do your research and compare prices before making a purchase.