Ford Mustang junkyards are so much fun if you are fan of the ponies. These are mecca’s for Mustang enthusiasts and the ideal places to go if you are doing a restoration. At a Ford Mustang salvage yard, they take in junked Mustang’s and sell them off as parts. Below I will share where to find your closest Mustang salvo, the pros and cons of used parts, and my experience with the Mustang salvage yards near me.

Map of Mustang Salvage Yards Near Me

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Operations of Ford Mustang Salvage Yards Near Me

A Ford Mustang scrap yard is a sub-class of scrap yards. Meaning there are car junkyards, Ford junkyards, and then their are sites specific to Ford Mustangs. These businesses operate just like any other local business, but more of thrift shop type business model. These places operate under standard state business regulations, with the only difference being around recycling laws and requirements.


When a Stang gets put out to pasture in a junkyard it’s often the result of an accident. Other times it may because the cost to repair was deemed to expensive by the owner, so they junked it. Sometimes they are also junked by insurance companies.


1969 Ford Mustang Mach 1 at a Salvage Yard

1969 Ford Mustang Mach 1. discovered by David Freiburger on Roadkill in a Colorado junkyard.


If you are scrapping your Stang, you will find better offers at auto junkyards, then anywhere else. Since this isn’t a large vehicle Mustang’s tend to only be valued around $300 in scrap metal pricing. If your Ford is still running or has only recently been off the road, you can typically get a higher offer at a junkyard. Even more so if its a Mustang scrap yard, perhaps an even extra bump in the value. For a Mustang yard, the resellable auto parts will bring in more revenue then the cost of the vehicle. Plus whatever is left after it’s picked and pulled, they will sell for recycling metal.

How Mustang Junkyards Process a Vehicle

Depending on the scrap yard there will be some slight variations in process. At the mustang junkyard near me, the cars are in rows and never stacked. There are places that do stack’em up though. My local yard is a mix of years and model variations like GT’s, Cobra’s, and convertibles. They also have a  classic pick and pull structure. You pull parts with your tools and pay for what you need. Some places pre-strip the car and then warehouse the parts to sell in person or online.


When one of these ponies gets put to pasture, it often goes through some processing first. The fluids get drained, some which are resold and others which are recycled. The used tires get salvaged and things like the battery are sold for reuse if it’s still good. In some cases the engine will be pulled and sent back to Ford or a 3rd party vendor. If this happens the engine will be rebuilt and sold with a warranty.


If you know the parts you are looking for are hard to find, example for a resto project, you will want to call ahead. Most Mustang wrecking yards will be able to tell you if they have what you need. What’s great about these places is they are also Stang lovers and can likely share with you other options. If they have what you need, you can go down there and pull it.

Salvage Yards That Buy Ford Mustangs

A Mustang isn’t a large vehicle, which is why it doesn’t command much in scrap metal pricing. This is why it’s better to find a Mustang Junkyard locally and see if you can get a better offer. To be honest your best bet is seeing if you can sell it independently,  and then a salvo is your next option.


When selling your old Ford Mustang, I would encourage you to consider if the car is repairable and if its worth the cost of fixing it. Would a repair change the value? If not or if the repair is just not worth it, then perhaps a Mustang graveyard is the choice.


In this case, the car will need some prep work done to prepare it for salvage. You need to clean out the car, find your title, and pull out any valuable components you can sell yourself. If the car is driveable, I would also suggest using up the gas, since you paid for it. Other admin work to complete is canceling your insurance, registration, and turning in the plates. If you have a newer vehicle with a GPS system, I would recommend wiping the data.


Before you call around for offers on your car, you should research a reasonable sales price. The general scrap metal value on a Mustang is about $300 so that is your low ball offer. You should check the Kelly Blue Book value as well. You will never get the actual KBB value, but between this and the scrap metal value you can frame your negotiation. If your Stang is still on the road, you should be able to get more for it, then if its sitting and inoperable. To estimate the value, follow this guidance.


19070 Ford Mustang Mach 1 at a Junkyard

1970 Ford Mustang Mach 1 – Just saved from a scrap yard by a Vintage Seller

Used Mustang Parts at a Junk Yard

If you have a Mustang, your best place for parts and price is at a Mustang junkyard. Your stand auto yard is fine, a Ford salvo is better, and a Mustang salvage is the coup de grace. You will have the best selection, the most abundance of relevant parts, and a much better selection of model and year. You can get stuff like mirrors, bucket seats, doors, axles, carbs, radiators, frames, soft tops, panels, exhausts, etc…You never know what kind of mustangs you may find.


Once you have what you need, you can pull it and purchase it. The condition and quality of the parts will vary. The parts that are usually the most expensive are the parts that degenerate the fastest. This is where asking about a warranty is beneficial. Some salvos will offer a part exchange or junkyard credit for an additional $8 to $12 per part.


Another thing I like about getting used parts at junkyard is that you can often find original manufactured assembled pieces. These aren’t Stang after market parts, much of what you will pull was likely installed at the Ford factory.

Disadvantages of Buying Used Mustang Parts from the Junkyard

Depending on what parts you need, the part quality could be low. Visually inspecting the parts, can only get you so far. Sometimes you just roll the dice and hope for the best. This is why asking for a warranty is advised. Some yards, like the one near me, don’t have purchasable warranties.

Mustang Salvage Yards Near Me – Conclusion

I’ve been a long time fan of the Stang going back to 62 and even the Falcon before that. A Mustang junkyard is so much fun to walk around from an enthusiast and an American nostalgia perspective. Even better is that you can find heavily discounted parts for your Stang. If you are selling a Mustang, try to sell it independently first, through a salvage yard second, and scrap metal as your last option. This is what I have learned from the Mustang salvage yards near me.


Alternatively depending on your model and year you could also try an antique car salvage or a muscle car salvage.