The Car Boneyard


Do you know why the Air Force maintains one of the biggest storage facilities for aircraft in the world? Other than to reduce its operational fleet of planes as per arms reduction treaties, the Air Force uses it to store surplus airframes and parts. Any country looking to buy aircraft from the U.S., particularly second-hand ones, will come from the preserved units in the “boneyard.”

The automotive market also maintains their own boneyard, namely dealerships of used auto parts. Old cars come in to these facilities to be stripped of parts that can be resold as second-hand parts. Of course, these auto parts are checked for integrity and performance. It’s expensive for both the consumer and manufacturer to open a new line for making out-of-production parts. Continue reading


Identifying Vehicle Problems and Repairing Them with Used Car Parts


Rust usually forms on the general body panels, exhaust pipes, doors, bumpers, etc. When minor rust spots and corrosions are observed, sanding, rustproof coating, and painting can usually take care of the problem. Replacing extensively rusted parts with affordable used car parts may also be done.

Manufacturing defects that lead to recalled car parts can possibly affect your vehicle. Although the car manufacturer generally fixes recalls for free, sometimes, replacement parts or repairs are not readily available. Instead of enduring the hassle of a long waiting time (some recalls require the owner to stop using the car for up to several months), you can have the defective part replaced on you own, and save your records for possible reimbursement later on.

Investing in a Fixer-Upper Car


Always dreamed of having a car that you can build from the ground up and then selling it? When it comes to investing in fixer-upper cars, it’s best to do your research. There’s a fine line between a fixed-up car that can be sold and one that’s a total bomb.


When looking at any vehicle you’re hoping to purchase as an investment, it may be worth getting an expert’s opinion. Also, be aware of how the car market is fairing at any given moment and make sure there are people willing to buy the car from you if and when you choose to sell it.

Continue reading