Company Profile

Entrance to a Pick-n-Pull used auto parts store

Established in 1987, the Pick-n-Pull chain of self-service auto parts stores is one of the largest recyclers of end-of-life vehicles in the industry. You bring your tools, pull the parts you need and SAVE lots of money! Pick-n-Pull opened their first store in Stockton, CA in 1984 and has since grown to 46 U.S. and 4 Canadian locations. Pick-n-Pull offers a huge a selection of used OEM (original equipment manufacturer) parts for cars, vans and light trucks – all makes and models, foreign and domestic – all at incredibly low prices. Pick-n-Pull is proud of the fact that we recycle more than 350,000 vehicles and service more than 5.4 million self-service customers each year.

Pick-n-Pull is a subsidiary of Schnitzer Steel Industries, Inc., a global leader in the metals recycling industry that has been in business for over a century. Although Pick-n-Pull and Schnitzer have worked together since 1989, Pick-n-Pull became a fully owned subsidiary of Schnitzer in 2003. Being part of a Fortune 1000 company has enabled us to grow stronger and introduce cost efficiencies into our system that have allowed us to bring environmental and cost benefits to our customers. At the same time, our stores have retained the regional and local focus that has made us popular with our customers.

Extensive Inventory

Cars lined up in a Pick-n-Pull auto salvage yard

We purchase used and salvage vehicles from tow companies, private parties, auto auctions, charities and insurance companies. Each of our locations stocks hundreds of vehicles at a time and we are constantly refreshing our inventory with new arrivals to provide our customers with the widest selection of vehicles and parts. As vehicles arrive, we inspect them, remove and recycle vehicle fluids and hazardous materials and then place the vehicles on the sales floor where customers can access them. All of our stores are environmentally friendly and well organized with our customers' safety and convenience as our top priorities. When you visit a Pick-n-Pull yard, you're sure to be impressed by the layout of our vehicles placed in orderly rows and grouped by make and model.

The Pick-n-Pull Experience – How You Save $$$

A man is pulling used auto parts out of an old car

Shopping for parts at Pick-n-Pull is easy! Start by searching our online inventory to find which of our yards has the vehicle(s) you're looking for. Go to the location with your tools and pay a small admission fee. Our helpful customer service team will provide you with a map of the facility so you can quickly find the vehicles you are interested in. They can also check our computerized Parts Interchange System to show you alternative vehicles that have the same exact parts you need. Next, you'll go into the yard, find the vehicle with the auto parts you need and pull the parts yourself! All of our vehicles are set on customized supports to raise them off the ground to ensure easy and safe access for you to pull your parts. Each of our locations also provides free use of wheelbarrows and engine hoists. When finished, you take your parts to the cashier and pay according to our customer-friendly parts pricing system.

At any given time, our stores average over 1,200 cars and trucks to choose from so chances are we have the vehicle parts you need! Our pricing model is designed to offer our customers savings of up to 80% compared to off the shelf original equipment parts. We also have frequent events and specials that offer you even greater savings. In addition, we stand behind all our parts with a 30 Day Free Exchange – if the part doesn't work, goes bad or is the wrong size within the first 30 days of purchase, you can exchange it for another part! On select parts, you can optionally purchase an extra 12 months of warranty coverage.

Helping The Environment

Pick-n-Pull employee underneath a car while preparing it for recycling

Our vehicle disposal process recycles everything we possibly can. Auto parts are purchased by our customers as a sustainable and cost-effective alternative to purchasing from traditional auto parts stores. Parts that can be refurbished (i.e. radiators, alternators, compressors) are sold for remanufacturing. Many vehicle fluids including gasoline, oil and antifreeze are recycled. Ferrous and nonferrous metals are recycled and sold for reprocessing in new products. All of this reuse reduces the amount of new products that need to be manufactured, not to mention the raw materials and energy needed to create them.

Our environmental practices are second to none and exceed all federal guidelines. From our extensive experience, we have implemented standardized policies and procedures at all locations for managing vehicles and disposing of hazardous wastes. In fact, our best practices set many of the standards adopted by local communities as guidelines for others to follow.

All of these efforts taken together protect the environment, beautify our neighborhoods and reduce the cost of new goods by returning valuable raw materials into production.

Pick-n-Pull In Your Community

Pick-n-Pull's dedication to the environment and to our role as a community partner is what sets us apart from the traditional junkyard. Founded on the principle of industry leadership, we have sought to exceed environmental standards and to be a leader in environmental responsibility. We have worked tirelessly to contribute to the community in a commitment to improve the neighborhoods we are part of.

Many communities are concerned with how to dispose of the high volume of vehicles that are taken out of service annually. Vehicles are commonly abandoned and left to decay on streets, residential yards, fields and even bodies of water. We believe that Pick-n-Pull offers local communities a solution to this problem with our industry-leading approaches to recycling vehicles in an environmentally friendly manner. We work with the community to acquire unwanted vehicles before (and often after) they are abandoned. Meanwhile, we utilize our standardized state-of-the-art recycling process to ensure that vehicle fluids and other hazardous materials are removed and recycled safely. In several cases, the environmental standards we have developed for our operations have been adopted as guidelines by local communities for others to follow.

Pick-n-Pull benefits local communities in many ways, including:

  • Environmental Leadership.  Our dedication to the recycling of metals and other materials used in vehicles and to the proper removal of fluids and hazardous materials sets an example for other businesses and even local residents.
  • Financial Benefits.  We hire locally and provide employee training, job skill development, health and other benefits to our employees. We also create revenue through sales tax and local sourcing of supplies and services.
  • Community Partnership.  We work with local governments in vehicle abatement programs and work with the public to clean up neighborhoods with our Cash For Junk Cars program. We support local charity organizations by working with them to develop vehicle donation programs. Pick-n-Pull also supports local charities and family events through sponsorships and donations.


Pick-n-Pull does not engage in or support child labor, human trafficking or slavery, or knowingly support companies that utilize any form of child labor, slavery or human trafficking. Pick-n-Pull is currently evaluating its supply chain practices in order to determine how best to further its efforts to eliminate human trafficking and slavery.

At Pick-n-Pull, integrity is a core value of every relationship. We treat employees, customers, partners, suppliers, investors and the public with respect, fairness and integrity and we expect the same in return. From day one, our employees are instructed to act ethically in all business dealings. We make clear this is not something that should be done sometimes, or often but ALWAYS.

As one of our company's guiding principles, integrity means:

  • Doing the right thing for the right reasons.
  • Honoring and fulfilling our commitments and agreements as responsible citizens and employees.
  • Doing the right thing even when it may be more convenient or advantageous to take another approach.
  • Being honest, straightforward and transparent in our communications at all times – what you see is what you get.
  • Doing what we say we are going to do.
  • Only working with honest companies who are equally dedicated to doing business in an ethical manner.
  • When mistakes are made, acknowledging them, learning from them and not repeating them.
  • Never compromising our values.


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This is how our shareholders and employees expect us to manage the company. These high standards have become embedded in our corporate culture. However, it does not end there. Our sense of responsibility extends to leadership in protecting the environment and being good citizens in the communities where we are located.

Our parent company, Schnitzer Steel Industries, Inc., has adopted a Code of Conduct which Pick-n-Pull fully supports. Our Code reflects our values and expectations of integrity. All Pick-n-Pull employees are required to adhere to it.