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I was wondering if any of you have tried your luck at junkyard shopping for Ody parts? I know it may sound crazy, putting 'scrap' parts on your Ody, but you can get some great deals on stuff. They may be hard to find, but I imagine there have been many Ody's totaled with perfectly good parts waiting for the pickin'!
I got to thinkin' about this because I would love to add the '02 cupholders to my '99. The parts from the dealer are about $70, but I bet a junkyard would sell 'em to you for less than $20. (Yes, I AM cheap!) Now I realize that there aren't many 02's in the yard yet, but there's got to be somehthing else I can get ...

For those of you who haven't had the pleasure of junkyard shopping, here's a great example. The wiper relay on my Escort went out the other day. No wipers, and rain in the forcast. Autozone et. al. didn't carry one and the dealer wanted something like $125! Went down to the local yard and after about 10 minutes of diggin' through wrecks, I got one. They charged me $5. It's great for stuff like that or replacement interior panels if you break one or adding stuff you don't have. I added power mirrors to my '88 Caravan to replace the manual ones.

Now, since my Ody is an EX, there's not much factory stuff from the '99 - '01 that I don't have. (You're not going to find the NAVI system or anything like that unless you're REAL lucky) But those of you with the LX might be able to scrounge all the bits for the power doors (ambitious project) or some painted mirrors and handles. Hey - maybe our Canadian friends could find us Americans that larger washer bottle with the low fluid alert or the heated mirror goodies. Or maybe I could find that narrower flip tray from a CRV for the second row. Or ...

Maybe I need therapy .....


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Well just call me 'REAL LUCKY' then. My navigation system WAS from a junkyard. Although I had to fight for it on Ebay. A lot of us here used to use an online salvage site called copartfinder.com. They have a lot of great pictures and information but unfortunately they started charging for their online services. What can I say...I can be cheap too!


But yes, searching through junkyards is great and inexpensive way to get some parts.

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Good for you! To be honest, I have never tried to buy anything like that from a junkyard. I just assumed that they would be hard to find and would dissapear fast becuase of the stack of radios and stuff behind the counter ready to go at every yard I've been in. Am I right and you just happened to be in the right place at the right time or had the patience to keep looking? I have also only shopped at local yards, never gone online looking for used parts either.

The stuff I have bought has been body parts & those kind of things. Hopefully I'll never need those for the Ody!

Call me crazy, but I just have fun tromping around among the wrecks.




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It was a little bit of both. I was pretty lucky but some say patient too. But yeah, you don’t see many of them auctioned on Ebay because it’s not a simple plug and play install like stereos. I found that out the hard way. Although I have no idea how easy or hard it is too find NAVIs at junkyards. But I’m sure they will be a high ticketed item. Those things are very expensive if you order them from a dealer or even online. Actually online parts shopping is more ‘convenient’ than anything. You can find a specific part for a specific model and year and have it delivered to you on a moments notice. But then again it’s not as fun as digging through a junkyard. You never know what you will find.

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My family was in the auto wrecking business for many years. One thing which really peed them off was to have their facility referred to as a "junkyard". I'm not trying to give a PC lecture, but, your local recycled parts dealer would probably appreciate not being called a "junk" dealer. Wrecking yards are great sources of good used items and I hope y'all have a good hunt. I ya keep callin' them "junkyards", you may get just that, JUNK, Hee! Hee!

Jerry O.

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<font face="Verdana, Arial" size="2">Originally posted by Jerry O:
My family was in the auto wrecking business for many years. One thing which really peed them off was to have their facility referred to as a "junkyard". I'm not trying to give a PC lecture, but, your local recycled parts dealer would probably appreciate not being called a "junk" dealer. Wrecking yards are great sources of good used items and I hope y'all have a good hunt. I ya keep callin' them "junkyards", you may get just that, JUNK, Hee! Hee!

Jerry O.

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If it helps they can call us 'JUNKIES'


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I'm a junkyard dog too. Since I was old enough to drive. I can tell you are too by the ragtop T-Bird in your signature. We have a u-pick "recycler" in St. Louis called Taylors that specializes in older stuff. Last time I was there I found an intact 65 t-bird. What a shame. It was filled with about a foot of mud from a flood. I guess the owner just took the insurance $ and didn't want to bother with such a labor intensive cleanup.

Even at other yards, I still find parts for my 57 Bel Air from other mid fifties GM wrecks. My Dome lights and window cranks are off a '60 Caddy Hearse. (Heres a tip for GM restorers. Always look for Hearses because there is almost no wear on the parts.)

Oh. And the local yards also have piles and piles of Chrysler minivans. Haven't seen an Ody yet. I guess that's because we are all excellent drivers.

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