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1 in a million my friend. If by chance a NB comes in, the popular parts are snatched as soon as the first person looks at it. Aftermarket parts? Even faster.
If you are looking for something specific on a car that rarely shows up in a junkyard (most NB's go to dismantlers, not yards) you're going to have to go to all the junkyards in the area regularly. I'm talking every weekend going out to as many as possible. Don't expect anyone at the junkyard to tell you what is out there. Some yards might tell you, some won't. They certainly won't take pictures of the cars for you either.
i would have to agree to a certain extent about the calling as most busy yards get new arrivals everyday.. but @ Foster Auto Parts in Salem i get to see all the cars when they arrive BEFORE they get processed... being a vw/audi nut and loving cars in general i always look over most of the cars to see what they do and do not have..
aftermarket parts are there but a hit and miss thing, sometimes we get some good stuff, but we also see alot of hacked up crap too.. also we do not inventory alot of the aftermarket stuff, as we primarily deal w/ shops doing repair or bodywork where there is no need for the aftermarket goodies.. thats where the inside person like me comes in handy also alot of stuff gets cored out for scrap value w/ the recycling market at an all time high.. this means calipers, carriers, cats, aluminum, etc, gets taken off the car when it is being processed unless there is a demand for the items.. I am pretty sure we track every lost sale and modify inventory according to demand...
Seeing how the Foster Yards are more of a dismantler, we do take care of walk-in customers and they are chaperoned out into the yard.. keep in mind we change inventory constantly and the average car stays in the yard for 6-8 mos. or sooner if depending on the demand from that particular car. also plan on a minimum yard charge of $35 at these types of facilities for even the smallest part, but if you think about it we pay someone to pull your part and offer a warranty on the item unlike some other guys in the business..