When was the last time you went to a junk yard to find a part for your car? This
was standard procedure in the “olden days” when money was REALLY tight and you
fixed your car yourself before, as a last resort, you went to an auto repair shop.
You took with you your little tool kit, with screw driver, wrench, pliars, etc.,
and looked for your car model among hundreds of wrecks. When you found it, you
disconnected the part you needed, ANY part in the car, and you paid a fraction of
the cost of a new part at an auto parts store. Some parts were brand new from new
cars that were in an accident and totaled. They are called salvage yards or auto
recycler today but some are still called junk yards with signs “Pull It Yourself”.
I remember taking my 12 year old grandson once and he was in awe of what he saw
and how impressed he was with his “do it yourself” grandpa. Those were the days
when they called them used cars not “the more classy term” pre-owned cars but we
STILL call it a trunk (a real trunk sat on the back bumper), glove compartment/box
(does anyone put gloves in there?), station wagon (we don’t take it to the train
station anymore), roof rack (it’s NOT a house!!), muffler (not very comfortable
around your neck).
December 2, 2016