The Rise and Fall of Salvage Yards

     I have been doing this blog for one year next month, and we have talked a lot about salvage yards. We talked about benefits, conditions, and aspects of the business, while explaining some common misconceptions dealing with recycling and the environment. My goal has always been to open people’s eyes about salvage yards; but with this month’s blog post, we are going to take a different approach. I am going to talk about the cold-hearted truth that “Salvage Yards” are vanishing all around the country and the world, but there is still hope for some.

     Why do you think salvage yards are closing down? Think about it a minute or two!  Well here are some answers. The economy goes down and up so many times that people do not have extra money to fix their project cars. Reason two is that there is the internet.  Everyone looks up what the part is online. They know the prices and details about the part. People want the cheapest price, and that is all that matters to them. They no longer care about the quality of the merchandise. Then you have all the aftermarket parts from China and different countries, which are cheaper.  You will have a customer for twenty years that no longer comes because they can get the parts they need from the internet. If you have ten of your customers doing that, then you will be losing a substantial profit.

     The third reason has to do with small business. Mom and Pop stores that service small towns are being bought up by big businesses that have stores in every city in the country. It is hard to compete with huge corporations with thousands of employees. They have the budget and the manpower that small businesses do not have.

     The fourth is that the price of scrap metal drops dramatically with no warning. You will have this huge amount of metal to scrap, and at the same time money continually going out. Then with no warning the price goes from $100 a ton to $20 a ton.

     The fifth and final reason is with the environment. People think that salvage yards hurt the land and the air, but some people make these accusations without getting all the facts. Yes, there are some places in the US that do not properly deal with oil, gasoline, and other liquids; which does leave a negative impact on the environment. But look at the salvage yard and get all your facts before making accusations about someone’s business.

     These are all serious reasons why salvage yards across the United States have either been forced to close down or close down because they are not making any money. It is so sad because salvage yards are a part of an era to many people, but I believe salvage yards are not over!

     A very important fact in staying open is being up to date with every possible regulation there is, especially the environmental ones. Recycling everything you can while staying on your toes. You can never be content with what the business is doing; you need to always push for more production and more customers. Always be on the lookout for new things to add to the business. We started off in 1954 by just selling auto parts, but look at us now. We continue to sell new and used parts; we have an auto repair.  We scrap junk cars and scrap metal, and we do town towing. That is just a list of the many things we do, but there is always more.

     Salvage yards still exist and are flourishing, but it will always be a struggle to get our name out there in a positive light. We will never give up the hope for salvage yards in the United Sates or the world. We will continue to push for the future of salvage yards everywhere.

 

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The Salvage Yard

     This month’s blog post is about R. H. Willson. The past blog posts focused on different ways that the salvage yard recycles.  There are always more ways and more items to recycle, but I just wanted to have this month’s post focus on the business.

     My grandfather opened this business in 1954. He started off by selling auto parts. Overtime the business grew to have up to three different buildings. Down the road my parents bought the business in 1996 and expanded even further. In 1998 they started an auto repair on the premises. Bringing in different customers and staying competitive in the industry. One big change was computerizing everything. Changing all the paperwork from pen and paper to computer generated slips. That was a big change for the industry and everyone working here. Overtime people learned to love computers because it made work faster and more organized. With the help of the computers, the parts industry expanded. Now people can buy their parts online, over the phone, or walking in. The expansion was a necessary progression, but there were other avenues the salvage yard also explored.

     The auto repair was another great expansion to the business.  Fixing cars and buying parts go hand in hand allowing for our customers to have faster service. Eventually we expanded by getting more mechanics, which allowed us to help more customers.

     Another aspect of R. H. Willson is town towing and picking up junk cars. The town towing allows us to be involved in the town and get exposure by doing it. It is very convenient because if a car needs to get fixed, there is an auto repair on the premises to fix the car. As I said in the beginning of the paragraph, we also pick up junk cars, which lead us to our last point.

     Not too long ago, the business got a scale for scrap metal. You come to the salvage yard and drive over the scale, which weighs how much the metal is. It opened up another avenue of the business completely. People bring their scrap metal here, and we pick up junked cars for scrap metal. Getting rid of the excess metal in people’s houses or business helps the environment and our salvage yard.

     R. H. Willson is constantly improving and making adjustments so we can better help our customers. We have been opened since 1954; I hope there will be many more wonderful years of being innovative for this salvage yard and all salvage yards out there.