Wrecking yards, salvage yards, junkyards: there are a lot of places that would be glad to give your old junk car to its final resting place. But what's the difference between them all, if there is even one to begin with? How does each one work, and what do they look for before they decide how much to pay you?

Every junkyard functions a little differently, depending on everything from its location to its configuration. Some are legitimate while others will run multiple scams to trap you into selling your car for far lower than its worth. For example, they may promise you one price before the tow only to quote a very different price by the time they meet up with you.

The topics in our Junkyard category give you a heads up as to how junkyards work, both the goods ones and the bad ones.

Going to a junkyard nearby can be a great way to save money if you're buying and to earn money if you're selling. They may pay you great prices for certain parts, especially if you take the time to dismantle the vehicle. You're even doing a favor to the environment by recycling materials that can be used over and over again.

And if you're looking for spare parts, the junkyard is a great place to score bargains. No matter what you're looking to do with your car, you can use junkyards as a resource that can open up new opportunities for you and your wallet. A wrecking yard may not be pretty, but that doesn't mean they don't have a lot to offer.