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Junk yard admission fee?

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by bdotson, Feb 25, 2012.

  1. bdotson
    Joined: Sep 28, 2011
    Posts: 160

    from texas

    I went to a local junk yard today for the first time. They had a big ad in the paper 1/2 off today. There was a large crowd when I got there. They were charging 2.00 admission fee for anyone to go in. I had 2.00 but I just aint going to pay to go in a junk yard that just aint right. Do any of you have this in you area?

    Old school I just aint going to pay to get in a junk yard
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  2. tfeverfred
    Joined: Nov 11, 2006
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  3. Arominus
    Joined: Feb 2, 2011
    Posts: 391


    They do it out at the u-pull-it here, and honestly its worth it. They list what they have online and its pretty rare that im there and don't get something i need.

    Mind you thats for my OT DD, not for my 58, those yards never charge, but they never have anything i need either.
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  4. blue 49
    Joined: Dec 24, 2006
    Posts: 1,248

    blue 49
    from Iowa

    A yard was cleaning out in my area years ago and ran an ad for, I think, $20 entrance fee, you could have anything you could carry out. I don't remember if I made out or not. I know I took a few things.

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  5. A yard by my is full of old goodies.

    This jackass charges $25.00 an hour to walk through his yard. He claims that it's to cover the labor cost that he pays his guy that he wants to have follow you around while you're in his yard. I said "shit... Dennis, you know me... I've bought parts and cars from you for years". He said it didn't matter, everybody gets charged no matter who it is.

    Needless to say I never went back.
  6. DirtyJoe
    Joined: Dec 1, 2011
    Posts: 257


    I have a couple of them by me. Yup $2 to get in. Get stuff for my DD's
  7. 19Fordy
    Joined: May 17, 2003
    Posts: 6,857


    More and more yards won't even let you in. So $2 fee is more than ok.
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  8. they probably had to do that to weed out all the tire kickers.
  9. stuart in mn
    Joined: Nov 22, 2007
    Posts: 1,777

    stuart in mn

    It's pretty common for the U-Pull-It yards.
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  10. jcmarz
    Joined: Jan 10, 2010
    Posts: 4,636

    from Chino, Ca

    Pick-A-Part charges $2.00 but why whine over 2 bucks.
  11. yep!
  12. Bluedot
    Joined: Oct 26, 2011
    Posts: 306


    We went to several yards in Tulsa a few days ago. The only one that would let us in the yard to pull parts ourselves wanted $2. Besides the theft problem, I think there are some liability issues. Just one more thing the lawyers have screwed up for us.
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  13. moefuzz
    Joined: Jul 16, 2005
    Posts: 4,950


    Used to be a that you could freely walk thru yards for a look then theft and vandalism went ramped.

    Used to be that you couldn't walk thru the yard because it was an insurance risk due to injuries/litigation as well as higher costs of insurance due to theft/vandalism.

    If the $2 fee covers the cost of the added insurance and lost parts due to theft then I'll gladly pay 'cuz I know they are a big problem and someone ultimately pays for the missing/destroyed parts as well as the higher insurance costs.

    (bluedot is a faster typer than I )
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  14. EnragedHawk
    Joined: Jun 17, 2009
    Posts: 1,050

    from Waco, TX

    It's a buck here. It's more for covering for all the small crap people always steal. You know, bolts, lug nuts, badges, etc.
  15. All the Pick n Pulls round here charge a few bucks
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  16. big bad john
    Joined: Aug 11, 2010
    Posts: 4,727

    big bad john

    ...Guess this old world is changing to fast for to get into a junkyard.......guess paying $7 to get into a swap meet and $ 5 to park your car.....when does this madness end.......
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  17. I have never been to one that charged. I won't say that I wouldn't pay, it depends upon what they have in there, but I kinda doubt that I would.
  18. caseyrod
    Joined: Feb 9, 2008
    Posts: 138


    our local upick use to be $1 about a year ago they raise it to $2 and a lot of the guys up front are like real pricks ,but it is still worth it I found hemis,nail heads early pontiacs posi rears even flat heads subframes trailing arms the list is long.Ive been going to the local upicks for 25 years. its my past time!
  19. Hey I don't mind paying a few bucks but pay a guy's supposive wage of $25.00 p/hr is just plain bullshit. And for the record, this guy knows I come to buy.
  20. MT26
    Joined: Oct 7, 2011
    Posts: 174

    1. Virginia HAMB(ers)

    $1.00 a day for the pick-a-part here. Well worth it for the most part.
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  21. moefuzz
    Joined: Jul 16, 2005
    Posts: 4,950


    The sad part is that some people are using the $2 fee to justify stealing small pocket-able parts.
    So while the company is trying to cover the cost of liable/lawyers/theft/vandalism, what they have actually done is increase loses of small items.
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  22. hoop
    Joined: Mar 21, 2007
    Posts: 585


    Like 19Fordy said . Most won`t let you walk around .I`ll pay $2.00 any day to walk around a junk yard.
  23. I allocate a certain amount of daily nuisance money...parking tickets, toll roads, Girl Scout cookies, etc. It's cheaper than a psychiatrist.
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  24. Shane Spencer
    Joined: Oct 3, 2009
    Posts: 2,157

    Shane Spencer

    yeah local yards near me are 1 buck a day. its worth it. there prices are insanely cheap for shit. cant beat it
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  25. moefuzz
    Joined: Jul 16, 2005
    Posts: 4,950


    As stated earlier, I don't mind the cost of entry but what I don't necessarily agree
    with is pick n pull charging a core charge on everything and anything..

    A $15 core charge on a hood? come on.
    They know that most people will not return with their old wheel rims
    so the so called core charge is nothing more than an
    idiot tax.
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  26. 66L-79
    Joined: Mar 4, 2008
    Posts: 341


    One of the local scrap yards charges one dollar the lady said there insurance company made them do this.
  27. The yards need to make up for the small shit people steal. One yard now has a guard that runs a metal detector over you to make sure you arent stealing. This is due to a few guys wrapping battery cables all around their arms, legs and torso and sneaking them out every day. At close to 4 bucks a pound for copper, these guys were stealing alot. There was another guy caught stuffing his "gallon of drinking water" with copper as well. He had about 10-15 lbs stuffed into one jug. he went there every day too.

    After they caught the people doing that, the metal detectors came in. I dont like it but I can see why they do it.

    I dont have a problem paying 1 or 2 bucks, its more my kinda thing (lookin at junk hoping to find something good) and cheaper than a movie or a fast food meal.
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  28. they also do it to make you sign the waiver form so if you get hurt its not on them..the yards out here make sure you sign before you go in.

    If they start checking id's at the gate, then I would say no.
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  29. nickk
    Joined: Feb 2, 2011
    Posts: 749


    i was broke once and needed to take my girl on a cheap date so i figured we would go to a junk yard, but they had a entry fee of 1 buck each, needless to say at the time I didnt have that much
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  30. fleetside66
    Joined: Nov 20, 2006
    Posts: 2,539


    It's worth the $2 for the entertainment factor alone. It never fails that something weird happens every time. As far as getting great stuff, however, the golden age is gone.

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