From a 1969 Corvair to a 2002 Aveo, rows upon rows of some 4,000 cars fill the vast lot that began accumulating parts in 1938.
Zachary Bisacky said his grandfather, Joe, started the business because of his love of cars. Joe immigrated from Czechoslovakia, and adept at mechanics, began working on bicycles before switching to automobiles.
“Starting the salvage business was an extension of what he loved doing,” he said.
Although Joe died last year, Bisacky said his father, Gary, and his brother have taken over running the business. Bisacky said it makes them proud to keep the business his grandfather loved going strong after 75 years.
“Just because your engine dies doesn't mean it can't be replaced,” Bisacky said. “There is a lot grease and grime in a salvage yard but, really, this is a green business based on recycling if you think about it.”
The business buys cars to sell and dismantle for parts. Customers can remove their own parts at a discounted price or employees can retrieve the items for them. Once all the usable parts are removed from a vehicle, it is ultimately crushed and recycled into metal for new vehicles or other steel purposes.
Bisacky said people come to them with all kinds of projects — from keeping their vehicle running to fulfilling restoration projects.
Muskegon resident Tom Proska isn’t a stranger to salvage yards.
Proska said he and his father used to visit the Spring Lake business for parts when he was younger, but they normally found themselves strolling through looking at the different vehicles in the yard.
Recently, Proska and his son, Zach, searched through the cars for a taillight for their Caravan.
Although Proska said he sometimes buys auto parts online, it doesn’t compare to the prices and experience of walking through a salvage yard where you know what you’re getting.
“It’s more fun to go through a junkyard and find stuff,” he said.
Zach Proska said he enjoyed his first visit to the salvage yard, where he had the opportunity to see everything from retired school buses to older classics the business received in its beginning years.
“There’s a lot of cars,” the teenager said.