Junkyards are the most important Drive Throughs in Burnout Paradise. Once entered they give the player access to his vehicle collection where they can then select a vehicle to drive as well as their vehicle's paint job.
The game itself starts in the East Crawford Junkyard where the player is given their first car: the Hunter Cavalry. Each time the player unlocks a new vehicle by either upgrading their License, Shutting Down a rival, finding all of a type of Discovery or as a Burning Route reward; the gained car is shipped to the Junkyard in a wrecked state. Also note when the player has won a new vehicle, upon entering the junkyard a camera will zoom in on a flashing sign stating,"New Wrecks Here."
Players must note that there is one Junkyard per district which comes to a total of 5 Junkyards on Mainland Paradise City and 1 on Big Surf Island. The player's whole vehicle collection is available from each of them.
Players have to repair their car before they can apply a new paint job, whether going back to the Junkyard or going to a Paintshop.
Driving through a Junkyard in reverse, during an event or whilst in a menu does nothing and the player will continue on without entering the Junkyard.
Downtown Paradise Yard
The first Junkyard the player is introduced to and incidentally the first sight of Paradise City is located in Motor City in Downtown Paradise. It is built along East Crawford Drive directly east of the Section 2 of the Interstate-88.
The Coastguard HQ, the Motor City Auto Repair and the Downtown Paradise Perfect Cover Paintshop can be seen near this Junkyard. Players are be able to access a shortcut running through a few shipping containers leading to the northbound lane of the I-88. This shortcut's entrance is placed directly south of the Junkyard's entrance.
Palm Bay Heights Yard
The Palm Bay Heights Junkyard is located in a Discovery dense area of Paradise City along Hamilton Avenue opposite the West Acres Gas 5 station. The El-Train Tracks pass overhead and the West Acres Yellow Sign Car Park is built just North of the Junkyard along the same road.
Landmarks can be found dotted around the Junkyard such as the Memorial Triangle, The Eagle Monument and Dokjor's Disco to the South.
Harbor Town Yard
The Harbor Town Junkyard can be found tucked deep in the industrial district of Harbor Town's South Bay at Manners & South Rouse under Section 4 of the I-88. It is the only Junkyard to feature a sloped entrance passage so speeding from the South into the Yard can prove hazardous.
Several Drive Throughs can be found in the area such as the South Bay Auto Repair body shop along the South Bay Expressway and the Park Vale Gas 5 fuel station along South Rouse Drive. Several Car Parks can be found in the vicinity; the Park Vale Garage to the North along Lambert Parkway and the South Bay car park to the East along Hall Avenue.
Landmarks such as the Nakamura Car Plant along Lambert Parkway as well as the Railroad passing south of the Junkyard over South Rouse Drive can be found in the area. The Naval Yard is located South-East of the Junkyard.
Silver Lake Yard
Other Drive Throughs in the area include the Eastern Shore Auto Repair shop along Nelson Way adjacent the Silver Lake Ranger HQ and the Eastern Shore gas station along East Lake Drive south-west from the Junkyard.
Landmarks surrounding the Yard such as the Eastern Shore Airfield is next to the Junkyard and its entrance is just a few hundred yards south along Nelson Way, the aforementioned Ranger HQ and the Silver Lake watercourse.
White Mountain Yard
The nearest Drive Through to this Yard is the Southern Sunset Valley body shop on Chubb Lane. More of these buildings are located farther away in Sunset Valley Town. Gas 5's Lone Peaks station is located along South Mountain Drive near the Lone Peaks Stock Car Track.
There are many sights and locations in the rural area in which this Junkyard is placed such as the gigantic Lone Peaks Quarry which is adjacent to the Junkyard. Sunset Valley Town is to the North and the massive Rockridge Dam is to the East.
Big Surf Island Yard
The newly introduced Junkyard to Paradise City is Big Surf Island's Junkyard in the South Coast sub-district built along Grange Hill. It is similar to other mainland Junkyards except it sports a "24 Hour Service" sign. The Junkyard's motto is "Everything in Automotive" which indicates that the establishment focuses on general vehicle mechanics unlike the mainland Junkyards which are simply "Wrecking Scrap."
This Junkyard is adjacent to warehouses and the total area occupied by the Drive Through is larger than that of other Yards.
Big Surf Island has much to offer for sightseers and many of these places aren't too far from the Island's Junkyard. The most important areas around the Yard is the towering Ski Jump and the large Construction Site to the West.
- During production, Junkyards were originally named "L.T.'s Junkyard" with the inscription: "Wrecking and Scrap" spray-painted below.
- Pausing the game, whilst driving through a Junkyard, will allow a player to pass through a Junkyard entrance without triggering its menu.
- If the player is currently in an event, they cannot enter a Junkyard. Driving through will not trigger the menu.