Out here in Kaliforneea (How the Governator says it) junkyards went uptown and changed their name to automotive recyclers and their prices seemed to follow the name change. Any small part is $50 and prices quickly jump to $75 and beyond. The exception is the "you pick part places." They just don't offer any service. If you call they say 'yeah I got a couple of that year come take a look.'I agree completely. Don't get me wrong, I don't want something for nothing (well.... that would be nice). But I remember a time, when I stopped at the boneyard for a steering wheel, and he only charged $20.00, but something tells me now, he'd charge me upwards of $50+. This is the same guy I always went to, whenever I needed a part.
I attribute it to the typical New England attitude, although I'm sure it's the same everywhere. People up here buy a new car, drive it into the ground, 12 yrs later they want to sell it for about $4000.00 less than original sticker price. (yeah, that's a slight exageration, but you get the idea)