Boyd’s Used Car Parts, Norwich, CT has car parts and junk cars

Do you need a taillight or a cooler or maybe a front door for your older car?

You might find it at Boyd’s Used Auto Parts in Norwich.

Owner Peter Valin says he has around 3,000 cars from around 1995 to around 2015 that you can find the part you need in them.

If you’ve lived in the area since it opened in 1958, there’s a good chance you found cheap used tires or an engine part at a possibly cheaper price than the local parts store.

Peter Valin says he has around 3,000 cars stored in his store, Boyd’s Used Auto Parts in Norwich. [John Shishmanian/ NorwichBulletin.com][John Shishmanian/ NorwichBulletin.com]

Valin suggests calling ahead and they will let you know if they have the part you need.

Boyd’s is more than just a used parts business.

They’ll buy and collect your “junk car” as long as you don’t live more than 40 to 80 miles away, “as the crow flies,” as Valin says. Remember you need the title of the car.

They also crush cars and sell the steel to metalworking companies, where they crush the metal even more. “We bring in 15 cars a day and we crush 15 cars a day,” says Valin.

Some of the 3,000 cars on 27 acres at Boyd’s Used Auto Parts.
Some of the 3,000 cars on 27 acres at Boyd’s Used Auto Parts.
Some of the 3,000 cars on 27 acres at Boyd’s Used Auto Parts.
John Shishmanian / NorwichBulletin.com

They crush the cars that are likely not needed for parts and keep others in the yard to part with.

So they keep the stock at around 3,000 cars.

The cars stand side by side and according to manufacturer on 27 hectares of land.

What does it take to crush a car?

After all fluids were removed from a 2004 Ford Ranger pickup truck, it was planned to be flattened by a heavy hydraulic steel crusher. In less than a minute, the car was about half its original height and ready to be stacked with other crushed cars to be taken out and sold as scrap.

This 2004 Ford Ranger is flattened at Boyd’s Used Auto Parts in Norwich because of its metal.
This 2004 Ford Ranger is flattened at Boyd’s Used Auto Parts in Norwich because of its metal.
This 2004 Ford Ranger is flattened at Boyd’s Used Auto Parts in Norwich because of its metal.
John Shishmanian / NorwichBulletin.com

Valin says the processing facility will crush them into baseball-sized steel balls and then ship them on ocean-going vessels to sell to any country that buys steel.

Sometimes when they pick up a car for the yard they find unusual items.

Some of the 3,000 cars at Boyd's Used Auto Parts in Norwich. [John Shishmanian/ NorwichBulletin.com]

Some of the 3,000 cars at Boyd’s Used Auto Parts in Norwich. [John Shishmanian/ NorwichBulletin.com][John Shishmanian/ NorwichBulletin.com]

Valin says: “Often when we get animals, we call people and say, did you notice that your cat is in the back seat?” They also often find mice in cars.

They once took an abandoned car and wanted to crush it. Fortunately, they moved a blanket in the truck and found $ 2,000 in rolls of nickel, dimes and quarters.

Joe Stefko, 71, has been with Boyd’s Used Auto Parts in Norwich since 1989. Stefko and Kevin Kumbatovich, who was photographed removing an engine and transmission from a 2003 Lincoln, prepare the vehicles for demolition. Valin speaks to Stefko. Groton’s Johnnie Robbins goes to a walk-in window for service at Boyd’s Used Auto Parts in Norwich on Thursday due to COVID-19.
Joe Stefko, 71, has been with Boyd’s Used Auto Parts in Norwich since 1989. Stefko and Kevin Kumbatovich, who was photographed removing an engine and transmission from a 2003 Lincoln, prepare the vehicles for demolition. Valin speaks to Stefko. Groton’s Johnnie Robbins goes to a walk-in window for service at Boyd’s Used Auto Parts in Norwich on Thursday due to COVID-19.
Joe Stefko, 71, has been with Boyd’s Used Auto Parts in Norwich since 1989. Stefko and Kevin Kumbatovich, who was photographed removing an engine and transmission from a 2003 Lincoln, prepare the vehicles for demolition. Valin speaks to Stefko. Groton’s Johnnie Robbins goes to a walk-in window for service at Boyd’s Used Auto Parts in Norwich on Thursday due to COVID-19.
John Shishmanian / NorwichBulletin.com

When COVID-19 hit, they continued to pick up and crush cars. They closed the indoor office to the public and still did business through a window next to the front door.

The oldest cars Valin has bought since purchasing the company in 1990 were Jeeps from the early 1940s. He said they were “rust buckets”.

Valin, who is 65 years old, says, “I don’t feel 65 and I train and stay active.”

He wants to work another 5 to 6 years. He estimates they crush more than 5,000 cars each year.

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Published 09:10 UTC June 2, 2021
Updated June 2, 2021 at 9:10 AM UTC

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