It's getting tougher and tougher to find high quality older parts. There is only so much of it out there, and there are a lot of people selling them, so large lots tend to get snapped up pretty quickly. Up until the last year, I had specialized in 1980 and older parts, but I wanted to make something happen as far as expanding my business and my sales, so I took a chance on several lots of newer replacement parts. I bought out a warehouse full of wiper blades, and oil and air filters for late model cars. Then earlier this year I picked up a large lot of master cylinders, CV axles, and assorted suspension parts.
It didn't go as well as I had hoped. It didn't increase my sales like I had hoped (although I did make money, particularly on the Chrysler dealer buyout that I detailed in an earlier blog post), and brought in a different sort of clientele, one that I'm not as well suited to serving.
So, I've decided to again just specialize in parts 1980 and older. I have taken down, or will soon take down, most of not all the newer parts from the site. They are on a pallet awaiting either a single buyer or a trip to the swap meet.
The plus to all this is I'm a bit smarter, and I've also picked up a large lot of obsolete Ford parts from a nice couple in Illinois, which I will detail in the next blog post.