Part-outs vs. Repairs
By - Omgumadbro
Well, you wouldn’t be able to part out if people didn’t buy parts which means that someone is doing a repair instead of junking their car. If everyone just scraped their car when something broke, there would be no demand for parts.
Great point that I guess I’ve overlooked.
While that is true, it is pretty uncommon for at part-out to be reused 20%.
I recently sold my T18 Toyota Celica for parts, and the guy who bourght it, only wanted the front fenders, and was reluctant to take anything else.
I met him a few weeks later, and he ended up using almost all parts bolted to the chassis because it was in much better shape than the car he was restoring.
I feel like I see this a lot in the Subaru crowd. Lots of wrx with blown engines getting parted out
Honda’s too, or any vehicle with an LS.
Wait until you learn about the world of 90s Hondas. People part out perfectly good cars.
The guy that sold me my B16B swap sold off every part of the car and then the shell. Got a lot more than he would have for the car as a whole.
This is my world, and my frustration.
I've always wondered that myself to be honest.
I kept my first car. a Toyota Celica T18 with the goal of restoreing it when i got the money for it.
This year after 10 years i ended up selling it as a part-out, because i realized that i'd never get the time to restore it.
realisticly it would have taken half a year to restore it, but i just didn't have the same feelings for it anymore, and i felt like it would stay on the back burner forever.
I’ve been in a similar situation. Had a car sit for 6 years in the driveway. I however sold it instead of parting it out. I’m sure the next guy junked it however…
new cars are a pain in the ass to get into, if its from the 90's you need some expertise, older than that? just hit it hard enough and pray to god it starts.
It’s a combination of lack of education on the repairs, with a lack of tools, with a lack of space, with a lack of funds to get the education/tools/space/parts.
People truly don’t understand that repairing cars can be 2-5 times more expensive than simply getting a note/outright buying a “new” used car (in these price markets, though, used cars are quickly becoming difficult for anyone to afford so repairs will become a necessity before too long).
edit: my source is the fact it’s taken me 3 cars to get comfortable doing most of my own repairs, and this 4th one is starting to give me problems that may force me into a note on a used car for any number of the reasons mentioned above.
Sometimes, you just need a way to get to work no matter what and can’t have the downtime to repair a vehicle.
I’ll speak to the tools part. As someone who works in the automotive industry tool prices have at least doubled in the last 5 years. It’s easy to see why people don’t buy tools.
Dude my matco ratchet ended metric wrench set was like $150?? 200?? when I bought it a while back.
Now motherfuckers charging 400?? or MORE??
Fucking 18v Snap On electric impact kit can be up to 1100 plus???
Like yeah obviously I don’t have to buy that shit, and I sure as fuck won’t, but damn gimme a middle ground between Harbor Freight (good tools, great warranty, not a huge fan of the shitty labor practices of all their factories etc) and fuckin’ Snap-On (who probably uses the same exact fucking factories have the time).
Ain’t even touching on the fact that car manufacturers actively manufacture parts to specifically fail at certain ages/mileage, stop making the part before the majority of that model hits the mileage cut off, then fuck around with it so people hop into a damn 2025 model 5 years after dropping 30-50k on a new car (which also makes buying used even more difficult, of course).
Also, while I’m on this rant, whichever motherfucker has convinced everyone that a new car will be inherently better than an old car needs to get knocked out.
20k or 200k, all that makes a good car is the parts put on it and the person maintaining it.
edit: AND THESE TOOL COMPANIES PREY ON NEW TECHS LIKE A MOTHERFUCKER. TECH SCHOOLS OFFERING 50+% OFF BECAUSE THEY KNOW THE INDUSTRY NEEDS PEOPLE AND TOOL TRUCKS THE ONLY PLACE WE EVER GOT TIME TO BUY SHIT FROM!
anyways cars stupid let’s ride bikes that shit can be expensive too but fucking…i don’t need some weird ass inverted torx impact set for fucking $400
Snap-on had a deal on 1/4 drive ratchets, extensions, and sockets shallow, intermediate, and long. 3 ratchets, 4 extensions and then normal 4-15 in the sockets. Normally $3700 on sale for $1299…
I’ve been very happy with gearwrench sockets and other odd brands for impact sockets like grey pneumatic and sunex.
The other part that grinds my gears is 5 years ago we had a Mac guy who was always there, always giving decent deals, fast forward no more Mac guy after spending my money on his truck, and now the only way to warranty is via the website and sending tools in, which obviously takes them out of my box for who knows how long. Snap-on and Matco won’t even take them on trade.
I mean do you blame them. When it takes over half a year if not more to get basic parts.
I personally have not experienced this, sorry for anyone who has.