General admission is usually
$2. Most are open 7 days per week.
Ecology, Oceanside 2315 Carpenter Road, Oceanside, CA
(760) 757-7770. Frequently a good supply of 240 models and
occasional 740’s. This is one of the smaller yards so selection is
Ecology, Chula Vista 800 Energy Way, Chula Vista, CA (619)
409-9200. Good selection of 200 and 700’s. Better than
average parts available. The Chula Vista Ecology’s are divided
into import only and domestic only. This is the import yard
This is a good-sized place with a good turnover rate.
Ecology, Brown Field/San Diego 1180 Heritage Road, San Diego, CA
(619) 409-9200. Just a few miles from the Chula Vista
yard. Located in an area filled with salvage yards, salvage
vehicle sales lots and other goodies. You will find 240’s and a few
good 740’s. Opens at 7:30 am.
Ecology, Adelanto 11200 Alden Road, Adelanto, CA (760)
246-8616. A lonely, forgotten yard filled with lonely, forgotten
and sun-baked cars. Worth a visit once in a while if you are in
Ecology, Fontana 15228 Boyle Ave. Fontana, CA 92337
(909) 356-1860. All foreign yard with a few Volvos on a good day.
Ecology, Lancaster 43927 90th St. East, Lancaster, CA
(661) 946-1076. Dirt and sand lot that's mixed of domestics and
imports. A few Volvo's scattered about. Uncrowded, but
otherwise nothing too spectacular. Worth it if you're in the area.
Ecology, Wilmington 1000 East Lomita, Wilmington, CA
(310) 835-Junk. Good selection of 240s and 740s. They do
not have a posted parts price list, but they are very reasonable.
Ecology, Santa Fe Springs 13780 East Imperial Highway, Santa Fe
Springs, CA (714) 994-0703. Heavily visited by salvage
hounds. OK selection. Has a high turn-over. Opens at
Ecology, Rialto 221E. Santa Ana Ave, Rialto, CA
(909) 877-6934. Clean yard. Has a foreign car section with some
scattered Volvos if your lucky.
Pick A Part, Riverside 3760 Pyrite St., Riverside, CA (909)
685-6744. Decent separate foreign car section, but Volvos are few
and the turn-over is slow… slower sometimes for Volvos. I have seen
rows of cars change several times over a period of months with the same
lonely, stripped out 240 on the end with a new date painted on it
(???). It’s worth a periodic visit because occasionally you get
lucky. The yard is next door to Hillside Auto Parts, a
full-service yard that is very pricey. They wanted $25 for a 740
ashtray. I strongly suspect the good cars go there first, then
when used up, they go to Pick A Part.
Pick A Part, San Bernardino 407 E. 9th Street, San Bernardino,
CA. Fair sized foreign car section with a few Volvos scattered.
Better selection of Volvos than the Riverside yard, but this place has
also been guilty of leaving old Volvo heaps for months while
replenishing other cars all around them.
Pick A Part, Monrovia 3333 Peck Rd. (near Live Oak Ave),
Monrovia, CA (626) 445-2922. You take your chances on finding ANY
Volvos because they don't keep track of what comes in. Volvos are still
way back in the corner - there were only a couple.
Pick A Part, Compton — 2050 E.
Shauer St. (310) 632-4181
Pick And Pull, Victorville —
17229 Gasline Road. (760) 241-8414. Their other name is
American Best Tow. It's a big and uncrowded. Some areas are
paved, some dirt and sand, and there are a few inclines so it's not an
easy walk. Around 10 Volvo's of various makes and models
scattered about with very slow turnover - some cars will remain for
nearly a year. Parts selection is decent, and prices are
sometimes better than other self-serve yards. Worth a visit once
in a while.
Pick The Part, Santa Paula 936 Mission Rock Road, Santa Paula CA
93060 805-933-5557 www.pickthepart.com $2 entry.
Gravel/dirt lot. Foreign cars occupy roughly 1/4 of the lot. Vans &
pickups 1/4, and domestic cars the other 1/2. There’s another car
dismantler next door; I forget their name. There are
related businesses, including Cars-4-Causes in the neighborhood. Access
is off CA Hwy 126 at Briggs Road.
Pick Your Part, Chula Vista 880 Energy Way, Chula Vista, CA (619)
482-3770, Just down the street from the Ecology yard. This
lot generally contains a dozen good Volvo wrecks. Typically a
good place to get body panels and glass. Turn-over is fairly good
(check at least once a month).
Pick Your Part, Anaheim 1235 South Beach Boulevard, Anaheim,
CA (714) 385-1301. A popular yard with many of our members. Clean
and paved. Fairly good turn-over of stock but fewer Volvos than
some of the other yards. Opens at 7:30 am.
Pick Your Part, Sun Valley 11201 Pendleton, Sun Valley,
CA. Great, GREAT yard. They have probably a good 40-50 rows
of cars, and they were turning the rows over on a *Sunday* the last
time I was there. Apparently stock flips very fast. Good
number of Volvos. Concrete paved lot with all the cars up on
welded stanchions -- nice and stable.
Pick Your Part, Bakersfield 5311 S. Union, Bakersfield, CA (661)
833-5656. (YOUR COMMENT WELCOME)
Pick Your Part, Wilmington 1903 & 1232 Blinn, Wilmington,
CA (800) 962-CARS. Went to both lots on Blinn.
Separate $2 admission charge for each lot + $2 for the "Primo" ('88 and
newer) section at 1232 Blinn. There was a total of perhaps 12
Volvos on the lots and they were heavily picked over.
U Pick Parts, Sun Valley 11409 Penrose St, Sun Valley,
CA (323) 875-1105 This yard is utter garbage.
I've been there three times over the span of 4 months, and there are
European cars there that were there the FIRST time I visited the
yard. Everything in the yard is dirty, and the cars are held up
on two steel wheels -- rather hairy. The cars they do get tend to
be very, VERY beat to hell as well, and mostly stripped. The
Foreign section (if you can call it that) is about 5 rows of cars. Not
worth the $2.
U Pick Parts, Los Angeles 8103 S. Alameda St, Los Angeles,
CA. (323) 583-1094 (COMMENT WELCOME)
U Pick U Save, Pomona 1560 E. Mission, Pomona, CA
(909) 623-6108. Dirty, dusty place with a small European
section in the corner. Usually one or two Volvos, but they sit
there for too long.
U Pick U Save, Gardena 17800 S. Vermont Ave, Gardena, CA
(310) 327-0400 (COMMENT WELCOME)
FULL SERVICE YARDS where
Volvos can be found
De La Huerta Auto Salvage
(Specializing in Volvo), Duarte 852 Alpha Street, Duarte, CA
(626) 358-7316 It is a relatively small yard, but I saw
more Volvo's there than at all of the other yards I visited in
Thomas Auto Salvage, Gardena 440 E. Redondo Beach Blvd, Gardena,
CA (310) 327-2950. Full
service dismantler and Volvo Specialist. Customer Comment: I have
found them to be helpful and friendly. Thomas is an older guy and
doesn’t deal with the customers that much. Their prices are ok
and the premises are clean. You are not allowed where the cars
are and they get things for you. They usually have several used
Volvos for sale that they have put together. LANCASTER
A-1 Budget Auto Repair &
42234 4th Street East Lancaster, California, 93535 (661) 729-0700 • (800) 559-5527 http://www.lancasterjunkyard.com
10,000 engines and transmissions. Many
Daytona Auto Salvage & Parts,
Volvo Specialists, Pacoima 10235 Glenoaks Blvd #A, Pacoima,
CA (818) 834-0051. They did let me pick some stuff off the
lower level cars myself. 99% Volvo, with a Saab, Jeep and a van.
Not sure of turnover, looks as though stuff sits there until its
literally picked clean.
SAN DIEGO/CHULA VISTA
R.C. Imports, Chula Vista 777 Energy Way, Chula Vista, CA
(619) 421-7151. Volvos are all that they offer. A small
yard with most of the vehicles disassembled and the parts organized and
well stocked. Located just west of the Ecology yards, up a long
driveway. It is run by a father and son and very helpful. If
needed they will install parts at a reasonable price. Good friendly
Trolley Auto Parts, San Diego 2966 Commercial Avenue, San Diego,
CA (619) 234-4141. Focuses on high-end European automakers
(BMW, Mercedes, Volvo). Cars are stacked up, four vehicles high
on a rack system, and you ask for the parts you need. This yard
was referred to me by my mechanic. Good turnover. SANTA ANA
Certified Auto Salvage, Santa Ana 904 East 2nd Street, Santa Ana,
CA (714) 835-4137. 99% Volvo. Not clean at all (they're
working on it). Many 700s, 200s, not sure about other models. Not so
much turnover, but rather many incoming and no outgoing. Many parts
already pulled, some sitting outside collecting the weather. Can get
new parts if needed; such as new aftermarket lights and lenses. Prices
are quite expensive, but can generally find what you're looking
for. Beware of their NO Return Policy: At least one
customer was sold a part for the wrong year Volvo and they refused to
refund or exchange it.
Price Auto Parts, Santa Ana 905 East 2nd Street, Santa Ana, CA
(714) 542-4421. Directly across street from Certified Auto
Salvage. A self-serve general salvage yard with the occasional
Volvo (Prices there are borderline free!!).