When looking for cheap spare parts for your car, one of the most common and easy ways to find them is to pay a junkyard a visit. These types of establishments offer you to look through their stock of broken cars that people have left there for the spare parts that you might need. However, just walking into a junkyard without the proper preparation is a bad idea and won’t do you much good. In order to make the most out of your scavenger hunt for spare parts in a junkyard, you need to bring the right tools.

For the cars

The most important equipment is what you use to acquire the spare parts with. For this, you’ll need a sturdy pry bar, a good hammer, a set of screwdrivers, and wrenches in different sizes. You can use the same tools that you use to work on your own car, as you will acquire the spare parts from the same type of cars. If you’re looking for Ford parts, for example, you will already know how your Ford looks like and can utilise the same type of tools. However, do remember that the cars you use to take spare parts from probably are in a worse condition than your car and can be completely rusted up, why you should bring a pry bar to get unnecessary material off. 

For safety

You should also remember to think about the safety issues with digging around in old cars for spare parts. To be safe, you also need to think about the tools that you need to protect yourself from various dangers in the junkyard. Always wear safety goggles when you’re working to protect your eyes from debris that might come shooting out when you’re pulling at it. Always use a thick pair of gloves and wear a protective shirt that covers your arms to avoid cuts. You should also consider using a breathing mask to avoid breathing in particles of rust and dried fluids.

Other things

You should also bring things you’ll need just for being out all day. Sunscreen might be a good idea if the weather is sunny and warm. In that case, you should also bring something to wear on your head. A hardhat would be preferable to also protect you from falling items from the cars, but a regular hat is sufficient to stay protected against the sun. You should also bring a bottle of water and some snacks. You’ll be doing hard work, and your body will need the nutrition.