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 a recycler.

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.

Daniel borrowed 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 matching carburetor.

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.”