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July 22, 2008

The Joys of Pick N Pull

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For anybody who has never had the pleasure of entering the wonderful world that is Pick N Pull you are totally missing out. It's a bone yard for cars where a car that is on it's way to the crusher stops one last time to have it's bones picked over for fun and profit. You have to pay a small fee to enter and sign a waiver just in case a car falls on you. Once in the gate you and your tools walk the bone yard looking for the important bits and pieces that are broken on your old junker. The cars are arranged in an odd order. Small foreign, SUVs and pickups, large domestic, etc.

It's a great business model. The patron does all the heavy lifting using their own tools and if they need anything special like a dolly to carry something heavy you can charge them a rental fee to use it. Then you can charge standard pricing for parts based on standard price list. It seems to me the place has super low overhead and I would imagine fairly high margins.

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Lately I have been looking for parts for the old beetle, specifically the bumpers and shocks. What's odd is I have been collecting all sorts of other stuff that I lost in the meantime since I started the project. Mostly nuts, bolts, screws, etc. I also have been grabbing up odd stuff that I will probably never use just because when you have a 30 year old car, you never know when something that is difficult to replace will break. If you need parts for a 74 Beetle drop me a line, I probably have a spare door handle or wind wing lying around. :-)

Posted by Hefe at July 22, 2008 12:17 AM

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