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  • Virginia Automotive Dismantler Definitions

    Dismantler Definitions

    Aftermarket Parts: New parts that replace damaged parts. May be purchased as an OEM (original equipment manufacturer) part or as a generic part. Not the same quality but cheaper. Considered "copycat" companies.
    Automotive Recycling Facility: Purchases vehicles (either rebuilders or parts cars) for re-use. Dismantles vehicles, tests salvageable parts for quality and properly disposes or recycles remaining fluids (gas, Freon, antifreeze, oil, batteries, transmission fluid). Also known as a salvage yard.
    Dismantle: To take the vehicle apart in sections or individual pieces.
    Dismantler: A term loosely describing anyone who owns or works at a salvage yard. Job titles include: owner, manager, parts puller, inventory person, salesperson and counter person.
    Dismantling Bay: An area used by the dismantler to pull parts from vehicles. Often equipped with machinery to safeguard environment and persons from harm.
    Electronic Parts: Increasingly found in late-model vehicles, electronic parts are computer boards, electronic fuel injection, ignition systems, etc.
    Hard Parts: All parts, other than sheet metal, that are hard: motor, transmission, brakes, A-frames, wheels, etc.
    Fluid Recovery: Fluids found within a car, such as oil, Freon, battery acid, transmission fluid and gas, must be disposed of properly to safeguard environment and persons from harm.
    Inventory System: A method of recording and organizing all the parts available at one recycling facility. Usually provides descriptions such as yard location, quantity, years, make, model, condition, price and date of purchase. Another common system is the computerized inventory system.
    Jobber: One who buys goods in quantity from manufacturers or importers and sells them to dealers; middleman.
    Junk Yard: Former term used to define an automotive recycling facility. A junk yard does not have a combination of the following: inventory control, racks, warehouses, pre-dismantling and customer service.
    LKQ Parts: Like Kind Quality. Damaged parts replaced with parts of the same quality as before collision. Can be used, new or OEM.
    Late-Model Vehicles: Vehicles produced within the last five years.
    NOS: New Old Stock. An early-model part from the original maker, but still new.
    OEM Parts: Original Equipment Manufacturer. Refers to the original maker (Ford, Chevrolet, GM) of the vehicle. Replacement of the original part with a part made by the original manufacturer. OEM parts can be either used or new.
    Parts Cars: Vehicles that are dismantled for the re-usable parts.
    Pre-dismantle: Before physically removing the salvageable parts from the vehicle, the dismantler determines exactly which parts are in demand and orders only those parts to be pulled.
    Racking: Steel structures used to shelve and categorize all parts in warehouses. Racking prevents damage to the part and provides easy accessibility to any part.
    Rebuildables: Vehicles that can be repaired.
    Rebuilders: Anyone who rebuilds a vehicle.
    Remanufactured: Used hard parts refurbished to the same quality as new.
    Replacement Parts: Any part, new, used or aftermarket, that replaces the damaged item on a vehicle.
    Salvage Yard: See Automotive Recycling Facility.
    Sheet Metal: The exterior metal parts. Examples: fenders, hoods, bumpers, doors, deck lid, etc.
    Totaled Cars: Insurance companies total a car when the cost of fixing it plus the salvage value exceeds the car's working-condition value listed in the blue book.
    Used Auto and Truck Parts: The quality, damage-free parts removed from a damaged vehicle and sold to replace damaged parts on running vehicles.
    Warranted Parts: Absolute 100 percent, 60-day satisfaction guarantee of parts.


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