Best place to get a bumper for your 1984 Celica (2008)

Willets Point

Has your 1997 Ford Escort lost its pizzazz, or more specifically, its driver's-side mirror? You could call your dealership and get laughed at or you can take the Grand Central Parkway out to Northern Boulevard in Queens and enter the wonder world of Willets Point—a 75-acre unpaved industrial enclave that's home to dozens of tin-shack shops offering all the parts and service your ride will ever need. Don't let the junkyard dogs, piles of wreckage, or massive puddles put you off: The area's been neglected, but it works. When you drive up 126th Street, "brokers" standing in the road will ask you what you need. If they don't have it, or they want too much for it, you can drive to the next one and try your luck there. Along with a decent price, you'll enjoy a unique urban experience. In fact, even if you don't need a spoiler fin, rearview mirror, or running board for your 1979 Chevy Suburban, Willets Point is worth a look. There's nothing quite like it anywhere else, and—if a city redevelopment scheme takes hold—there'll be nothing like it, period.


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