‘Pick and pull’ salvage yard to open in Montville

MONTVILLE, Conn. (WTNH) — Since 1984, “pick and pull” salvage yards had been banned here in Connecticut — but not anymore.

Effective this year, the state Department of Motor Vehicles revised its regulations and one salvage yard in Montville is taking advantage of it.

At Yale Auto Parts on Maple Avenue, once you sign a waiver and pay a $2 admission fee, you can make your way through a pick and pull salvage yard to get what you need.

“At a very reasonable price,” says Jason Orenstein. “Almost half or less than what I’d get in my full service.”

This benefits the Montville salvage yard because some of the cars are duplicate to ones they have in their main yard and they don’t have to waste manpower on the little items people want.

It also benefits those who are willing to work for their parts because it will cost them less and they might learn a thing or two.

“Gives them a chance to figure how the part comes off before they try getting theirs off,” Orenstein said.

The Orensteins set up the lot with about 100 cars after the state changed a law which banned pick and pull yards in 1984.

“From what I understand, somebody got seriously hurt in and around 1984,” says Harvey Orenstein, “and because of that the state of Connecticut banned having this pick and pull.”

Now that it’s allowed again – people can look under any of the hoods at their own risk.

But if you don’t want to do the work yourself, Yale also has a full service yard where they do the work for you. Those parts are a little more expensive but there are about 4,000 to 5,000 cars to choose from.


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