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Of all the thousands of questions HVA concierge, Glenn Arlt, answers for members every year, one of the most common is where to look for parts.
“When searching for any hard to find part, it’s better to play by the numbers,” says Arlt. “In other words, you’re more likely to find what you’re looking for in a salvage yard with thirty thousand cars rather than one that only has thirty.
People asked about how to find parts so frequently that Hagerty prepared a pamphlet about it. Check out the complete guide, Find That Part: Locating Used and New Components For Your Collector Car, by clicking here. In the meantime, here are Glenn’s top three picks for best salvage yards in America:
Windy Hill Auto Parts
Located in New London, Minnesota, Windy Hill Auto Parts is home to approximately 12,000 salvage cars and trucks. Over 8000 of these are pre-1968, sitting on 150 acres, according to Arlt.
“The age range of their vehicles is 1930-1990, approximately,” says Arlt. “Engines and transmissions and interior parts, is what I generally send people to them for. And they’re happy to ship.”
For more information, call Windy Hill Auto Parts at (320) 354-2201. Check out their website www.windyhillautoparts.com.
Hidden Valley Auto Parts
Located in Maricopa, Arizona, Hidden Valley Auto Parts stocks 8000 vehicles on 80 acres. These vehicles range from 1940 to 1989 and includes some foreign cars.
“I usually send people here when they’re looking for exterior sheet metal and trim parts,” says Arlt.
For more information, call Hidden Valley Auto parts at (520) 568-2945. Or to check out their inventory and inquire about parts for shipping, go to www.hiddenvalleyautoparts.com.
Turner’s Auto Wrecking
Located in Fresno, California, Turner’s Auto Wrecking specializes in classic and antique vehicles from 1928 to the present. They have a huge warehouse full of car and truck parts and an over 70-acre lot with more than 10,000 vehicles.
“This is a good, all-around place for all components,” says Arlt. “Plus, they ship worldwide.”
For more information, call (559) 237-0918. Or check out their parts inventory at www.turnersautowrecking.com.
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