Sunday, April 24, 2011

Vintage Auto Wrecking

I haven't really talked about my car much since I started blogging so I think it's time to start. You may, or may not be aware that I own a 1967 Chevrolet Camaro. I bought my car on eBay in 2008 and have loved it ever since. Prior to owning my Camaro, I owned a 2004 Hyundai Tiburon, 1969 Chevrolet Impala, 1981 Volkswagen Rabbit and a 1966 Chevrolet Impala. Other than the Camaro, my favorite was definitely the 69' Impala. I didn't do the whole lowering thing as I'm into restoration and nothing but.

I spent thousands of dollars getting my Impala back to original. It originally had gold paint and a gold interior, not my favorite combination. Actually gold anywhere on a car is not attractive in my opinion. So I bought a lot of parts from various local OEM and after market retailers, eBay and I even scoured auto wreckers (aka junk yards) to find deals. The good thing about eBay is that you can find deals on used parts that you may normally spend 2-3 times as much buying new in a store. The problem with eBay is that people who sell what you want, often know what it's worth and tend to overprice, or try to make money by inflating shipping costs.

I must of spent hundreds of hours combing auto wreckers searching for interior and engine parts. The problem with auto wreckers is that their inventory is constantly cycling and as the years go on, their supply gets newer and newer. Now that we are in 2011, most auto wreckers don't have vehicles older than 1990 as they need to stay current. Not only that but lets face it, most people with classic pre-1980 vehicles don't crash them and sell them to wreckers.

Just recently I was complaining to my wife about how my Camaro doesn't have the proper seat belts and how nice it would be to get them. I phoned tons of wreckers with no luck. Don't get me wrong, I realize that reproductions are available but they are inferior quality and cost $400+ plus shipping. Lets face it, an average guy like me doesn't have that kind of money for seat belts. One of the local wreckers told me about The Tin Man. Apparently The Tin Man was an auto wrecker that deals only in 1958-1972 classics and he's based off Vancouver Island. I called and spoke to The Tin Man himself, Dave who said that he had the seat belts and lots of other parts for my Camaro. I spoke to him a bit more and he advised me that his lot is not open to the public and that most of his sales are done over the phone. I managed to get a good deal on my seat belts (less than half of what reproduction would have cost me) and I received them in the mail in less than a week. If your in Canada or on the West coast, give Dave a call (250-743-7321) and tell him Ian sent you.

So, in a world of overpriced low quality reproductions and greedy auctioneers, the auto wrecker may still be the best place to get a deal for the parts you need.


1 comment :

  1. Thanks for reading my blog but please don't spam your car-junk websites and keywords in the comments... I'm tired of deleting them, but I won't stop.