Pull-A-Parts gain popularity

Pull-A-Parts gain popularity

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LITHONIA, Ga. -

More and more people are stretching their vehicle's life out to that last mile and one local company has seen a business boom, with do it yourself used parts. You bring the tools, you get the parts and you save money.

It may look like an organized scrap yard, but Pull-A-Part takes end of life vehicles and gives them one last chance to help drivers on the roads.

If he's not working on his "honey-do list" at home, Marvin Clements says, you'll find him working on his truck. "I've got a 1966 Chevy pickup and I'm trying to restore it and these are the perfect seats for it," explains Marvin.

Marvin hit the jackpot, saving anywhere from $500 to $600 on nice, leather seats at Pull-A-Part, a discount, do it yourself, used auto parts store. "I'm getting an excellent bargain on these seats. I'm saving a whole lot doing it myself," he says.

"You're able to find the part that you're looking for, remove the part yourself and in doing so, save a huge amount of money," explains Steve Levetan, Executive Vice President, Pull-A-Part.

Pull-A-Part started in 1997, before the "do it yourself" boom with one location in Atlanta and now has 28 location in 12 states.

"Our customers are individuals, they're mechanics, we have people who use our parts to keep their cars running," states Steve.

If you're looking for a specific part, each vehicle is entered into a computer and can be located with a quick search.

"We're getting that last use out of many of these parts and then everything else is ultimately recycled," adds Steve.

Everything from the fluids and batteries, to wires and metal is ultimately recycled, either before the car hits the lot, or after it's picked clean.

"I joke that my grandfather was in the junk business, my father was in the scrap business and I'm in the recycling business. We all did exactly the same thing, but the word has changed," laughs Steve.

In the meantime, Marvin is going to keep working on that truck. "It's the find; it's the hunt...its wow! You actually found what you're looking for."

Pull-A-Part also takes the mercury switches out of the hood of the vehicle. They were in cars until 2003 and contain 1 gram of mercury. Steve says that’s enough to contaminate 132,000 gallons of water above EPA standards.

Pull-A-Part charges by the part, and not by what vehicle it came from, which also helps you save money. There's no way to track recalls on these vehicles, many average 10 years old, so that's something to keep in mind if you're shopping for a part. You need to do your homework.

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