A salvage yard is a business entity where motor vehicles that are no longer used or that are unusable are stored. In most instances they are not just stored but reused for their parts and/or scrap metals. Louisiana, like many other states has many operational salvage yards, most of which advertise their businesses via the internet. Most salvage yards currently in operation will require that the owner obtains a license to store and resell parts from old, unused automobiles. Because of this the standards for salvage yards have improved over the years. Many salvage yards now boast showrooms, computerized inventory systems and a courteous and accommodating staff, all of whom will help customers to find the parts that they require.
The vehicles are typically organized in systematic stacks and encoded for greater ease of access. These automobiles will then be assessed and analysed by employees who will retrieve the parts that are still functioning. Once these auto parts are removed they will be inventoried and put in showrooms for customers to view. These parts will not always be old, they may actually be relatively new. In the case of fairly new parts, they may have been taken from automobiles that were previously in collisions which left them damaged beyond repair. Though the car as an entire unit is damaged it will usually yield some parts that may still be functioning. For example if the car received a hit to its rear-end, odds are that the parts in the hood of the vehicle would still work. Because of this a salvage yard is the perfect place to search for second hand parts at very affordable prices.
When looking for parts from a salvage yard it is essential to comparison shop. If you reside in Louisiana then be certain to visit as many of these establishments as is humanly possible to find the best prices. However if you are not the owner of one of the more popular models of automobiles then you may have less options when you are shopping around.