3 Salvage Yard Tips to Stay Safe the Next Time You’re Pulling Your Own Parts

Buying Auto Parts Safely

Buying auto parts at a salvage yard is a great way to save money and help reduce pollution. But buying used auto parts isn’t as simple as walking into an air-conditioned store and pulling what you need off an organized shelf. For example, you’ll be using your tools to remove your new (to you) parts from a car out in the yard. You’ll be getting your hands dirty. You’ll be exposed to the elements. That means you’ll also need to be careful, and follow all of the safety rules. To help you accomplish that, here are 3 salvage yard tips to stay safe the next time you’re pulling your own parts.

Use Safe Lifting Practices

Car parts are heavy. To avoid straining your muscles, use safe lifting practices. Use your knees to bend, and don’t lift heavy objects over your head. Remember to bring a friend to help you lift really large parts. Working as a team will help you stay safe and avoid injury. Tear-A-Part offers wheelbarrows for use on the premises, so use one to bring large parts in from the yard. Your back will thank you!

Use a Flashlight

The nooks and crannies of vehicles are really dark, even on a bright summer day. Bring a flashlight with you so you’ll have it when you need it. And using one will help you to make sure you’re pulling the right part! Before you start removing a part, use the flashlight to help you visually inspect the piece. If you notice any damage, let a staff member know. And while you’re inspecting, you can count how many bolts are holding the part in place, or spot any clips. This knowledge will help your removal process go more smoothly.

Practice Situational Awareness

Whenever you’re working with tools, it’s essential to practice situational awareness. Know where others are at while you’re working, and where your body is compared to the vehicle you’re working on. And while you’re in the yard, keep your eyes peeled for unsafe conditions.

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