My name is Cory and one of my favorite things to do is find bargain priced parts at pick and pull junkyards. The trouble with pick and pull yards is, once you are there, it’s an Easter egg hunt in trying to find the make/model of what you are looking for…if there are even any victims at all. If you happen to nearby this is less of an issue, but still leads to wasted time looking around. In the NYC area where I am located, the pick and pull yards closest to me are at two plus hours away in North East PA, Catskills area of NY, or down in Baltimore, MD. In the fall last year, I was introduced to the LKQ Pick Your Part Garage by a cashier at the LKQ Edgewood, MD location. Their new website and app allows you to set up your own garage and create email alerts for whenever a car meeting your criteria is released your saved LKQ yards.
You can see from the picture above the jump that my garage is made up of most any Mercedes model offered between 1985 and 2000. Unfortunately, I have not received an email saying that a 1992-93 500E has hit one of the MD yards! When a car that meets your set criteria, you receive an email shown in the picture below with a hot link to the actual car. There is always at least one picture of the car and sometimes as many as three. It is hugely helpful to see any potential damage to a car and the exterior/interior colors.
I had enough intel from searching the six Baltimore yards inventory and
the email alerts that a kamikaze run down was planned out for last
Saturday. I left my place at 6:00 am and made a day of hitting up three
separate yards. This 1996 Mercedes C280 Sport was my first stop of the day. The Takata air bag recall has even impacted junkyard air bag sales as there were huge signs saying that there were NO AIR BAG SALES under any circumstances.
The picture below shows my 99 cents Ikea parts hauling satchel. The
C280 donated its steering wheel, throttle body (originals had biodegradable
wiring), and tail lights. The
C280 sport steering wheel is the same 390MM sized
model that came on a 94-95 E500 or the E320 Sportline models. You can
see the air bag laying on the console that sadly had to be left behind.
LKQ has locations nationwide so there may be one near you. Their new website is a great use of technology. Happy parts hunting!
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The suitcase with the missing C280 5 speed shifter and shifter rods was just found by the airline six weeks after my friends trip back from the UK!