It is no big secret that having a foreign-made car, whether it is a Fiat, Mercedes, or Volkswagen, can make it a little more difficult when you have to do work on the vehicle. However, there is one thing you can do to make the process easier that you may have never thought of, which is checking with local salvage yards for help. Believe it or not, a lot of professional mechanics who specialize in foreign vehicles work directly with salvage yards, and it is for good reason. Check out some of the advantages to you as a foreign-made vehicle owner if you have a salvage yard nearby.
Find those hard-to-find parts when you can't find them elsewhere.
If you have an older model foreign vehicle, finding parts can be a real headache. There are not always aftermarket parts that are readily available through a local auto parts dealer because many of the companies that make these parts are not located in this country. If you have a salvage yard near you and need parts for your vehicle, make sure you give them a call and find out if they have a similar make or model or some extra parts on hand.
Get the auto parts you need for your foreign car for a lower price.
In some cases, even if you can find a part for your foreign-made vehicle from an overseas distributor, it will cost so much to get it to you that it can be almost impossible to afford what you need. If you happen to find a part that you need at a salvage yard, you can almost guarantee that you will be able to get it for a better price. Even if the part is used, it can be well worth the savings to get what you need for your vehicle repairs.
Take a look at foreign made vehicles in person.
Every DIY mechanic has been there; you get online and look up a diagram or picture layout of your vehicle but still can't get a good idea of what you need to do. There's nothing that compares to standing over a motor that is similar as your own for guidance when you need it. This is especially true with foreign vehicles because their layouts can be so different than domestic made cars. If you need to take a good look at a similar motor to complete your own project, check with the local junkyard. Most will be happy to allow you in to take a look.