I wanted some bit and bobs from the scrap yard yesterday, so I got up early and drove down to my local, where I know the guys running the place and they are usually sensibly priced.
To my dismay it is now closed!! This is the third in my area that has shut down (the other two were much larger and kept a good selection)
There is now but one left, so I went off to find it as I had never been to it before. After driving across town I drove into the yard, and wondered why it was so quiet!! I went to the hut first out of courtesy before wandering around and asked the blokes if it was OK to have a wander looking for some parts I needed for a school project and my wife’s car. “No,” was the reply, “what do you need?” A four wire Lambda off something Japanese and a bag of 12V window motors isn’t the sort of answer they were expecting, they wanted to deal with specific cars and specific parts. I asked whether they were pulling my leg about wandering around for parts but they were serious apparently it isn’t allowed anymore.
I had to leave empty handed and take the green approach of buying new while good parts get crushed.
Are there any traditional scrap yards left? Or is it all e-bay now? Glad I built my car a few years ago!!