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Turning to the salvage yard

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With this recession, we're keeping our cars longer. While that's not good news for auto dealers, it is for repair shops and salvage yard operators. These days, more people are opting for the fix rather than the trade-in. AAA Carolinas says the number of oil changes done at its car care shops is up 30% in the first quarter 0f 2009 compared to the same period last year. Tune-ups are up 7% and engine repairs are up 5%. But what to do when you need that major replacement part? There's an increasingly popular way to save money... by calling the salvage yard. There's a science to the salvage business these days. Dexter Davenport of Wilmington Auto Salvage says when they buy a vehicle they identify the useable pieces and parts catalogue them in a computer database that's connected to the internet. In other words, the old time junkyard is online and customers are finding it. "When times get tough you start looking at what you're doing and try to do things better, a little bit cheaper,” Davenport said. To find those salvage parts online you go to It helps if you know the part number you're looking for, but it's a handy way to hunt down that door handle for an '87 Nissan Sentra.

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