If you have ever had to look for body parts for a vehicle you know what a pain it can be. There is such a wide array of different choices for the parts that it can really be confusing. There are aftermarket body parts that are more on the low end and then there are others that are more expensive so the prices can vary wildly. If you go with original manufacturer equipment you can expect to pay a great deal more than if you go with an aftermarket company that has similar if not equal quality. You also have the choice of going with used body parts which may come off of a junk car which will be cheaper still. Virtually any body part you need can be found from lights and grills to quarter panels and entire truck beds. So the key is to do your research and educate yourself so that you know what is available to you.
If you are a professional auto body person then I don’t have to go into the details for you of how valuable a good salvage yard can be. You can find a vehicle that may have damage to one side and the rest of the car is fine, or you may need the front clip are able to get it from a car that the rear end has been totaled on. If you own a late model car you can be sure to find just about any part you need and there will more than likely be several models of your car at a bigger salvage yard. The real defining factor of whether you are able to find quality parts at a salvage yard is probably geographical. For instance if you live up north where they use salt on the roads you may find it difficult to find parts that haven’t already began to corrode. If you live in a desert area such as New Mexico or Arizona there will be no problem finding parts at all.
Another idea for you is to buy cars with salvage titles. You can get them extremely cheap and then you have all the parts you need, once you have all you need you can part out the rest. If you have time on your hands this can be a good option and it allows you to bypass the middleman. Vehicles like these sell for only a fraction of what their real value is and as I said when you are done you can part them out or just scrap them.
Lastly you also have the aftermarket industry that specializes in automotive body parts. They have parts available for just about any car you can imagine. Many of these companies have taken the original parts and made molds that they use to create their own so there is no difference in appearance you just need to check them out and be sure that they are known for quality parts.