There are so many types of auto wrecking yards in the United States. Each auto yard runs their business in a different and unique way than the other. Each company offers slightly different types of services that draw in customers who can benefit from conducting business with a scrap yard.
Most auto salvage yards buy cars for cash either to crush for scrap metal or to dismantle and sell the parts off the cars. Depending on the yard, they may be more focused on pushing out mass amounts of volume of scrap metal, while other yards main priority may be to buy junk cars to dismantle and sell the parts.
Auto salvage yards that operate a used auto parts department often sell parts to retail or walk-in customers. Many yards also do business with auto wholesale parts companies or other junk yards. Many used auto parts businesses use auto parts locator services to manage their inventory. These programs also help them connect with other yards and body shops. Body shops can benefit greatly from doing business with auto salvage yards because they can acquire the parts they are looking for at a fair price.
All in all, scrap yards deal with all different types of customers. Yards that buy junk cars usually have multiple vendors that they may purchase from. These can include individuals off the street, auctions, and charities. Other types of customers are wholesale parts customers. These can include body shops, other junk yards, retail customers, and more.