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86. Brother, Can You Spare a Carburetor?
Daniel needed a new carburetor for his car.
, not a new one. A new one would
at least $250. Even a rebuilt one would
about $110. The cheapest thing to do was
go to a salvage yard.
California has about
salvage yards. Most of them are in southern
. The yards range in size from 10 acres
70 acres, holding anywhere from 300 to 3,000
, wrecked, or cheaply sold cars. The yards are
located outside of downtown but near a freeway
A salvage yard might pay you up to
to take your rundown car off your hands.
they place it in the yard, however, they
remove all its liquids—oil, gas, coolant, brake fluid,
fluid, power steering fluid, and windshield washer solvent.
usually sit in the yard for only a
before they are crushed, stacked, and then transported
Vehicle parts are inexpensive, but you
to remove them yourself. The carburetor that Daniel
was only $20. Nothing in the yard, however,
with a guarantee. If it doesn’t work or
, you can replace it with a similar item,
you won’t get your money back.
brother’s car. After paying the $3 entry fee
the man in the little wooden shack, Daniel
into the yard. He walked about five minutes
he found the foreign car section. It looked
there were at least 200 cars. It was
and hot. There was no shade anywhere in
yard. Carrying his toolbox, Daniel went searching for
Almost three hours later, Daniel was
at the shack. He bought himself a cold
from a machine. A few minutes later, he
the $20 plus tax and walked out of
yard. Driving home, he wondered if all the
was worth the savings. If the carburetor didn’t
, he’d have to do this all over again.
he got home, his brother Monty was standing
to Daniel’s car. Monty had a big smile
his face. “Hey, guess what? It wasn’t your
. It was the fuel filter. I changed it,
your car runs great now.”