Junkyard Tycoon is a new Android game by Lana Cristina, and while it doesn’t seem to be available yet for iOS devices, Android gamers can start their own vehicle business and make good use of their love of cars, or vehicles in general. At least that’s how the game description puts it — as the description continues, your objective in this new title is to start your own “garbage garage,” buy new vehicles or vehicle parts, remove those parts, and sell them to make a tidy profit. That’s how you will become the game’s titular junkyard tycoon — simply buying and selling different types of vehicles, may they be cars, trucks, motorcycles, or boats, as well as buying and selling their individual parts. Are your moneymaking skills up to par, and is your business sense good enough for this virtual tycoon world?
As many have noticed, this game appears to be in the beta stage or something similar. There are a lot of features that have yet to be launched, and some of the existing features may not be perfect at this point in the game’s lifespan. But it does show a lot of promise, and if you want to give this new title a spin, you’ll want to read our Junkyard Tycoon tips and tricks first. Read on if you want to earn your junkyard fortune sooner rather than later!
1. Know Your Car Prices
Fortunately for those looking for something on the more casual side of things, Junkyard Tycoon only has a few vehicle models available at the moment. As such, you shouldn’t expect this game to overwhelm you too much when it comes to the all-important area of vehicle prices. But that’s the thing — knowing the prices of vehicle models is very important, and you should use such knowledge to make informed decisions on whether to buy a car or not. Generally, you want to buy the better cars if you can afford them, as this would usually result in greater profits.
Just to set your expectations, it may still take some time before you can truly consider yourself an expert in car pricing. But once you reach that “expert” level, you will be able to separate the good deals from the bad ones, and know which cars to buy if you want to make the highest possible return on your investment.
2. Scrap One Of Your Vehicles, Then Restart
We did tell you in the game overview that there are some features that need some work. One example of such is the Car Baler, as it will only allow you to scrap one vehicle at a time; if you want to scrap a second vehicle, you’ll need to pay a premium amount of currency. There is a way to work around this, which is to scrap one vehicle, then restart the game. It’s very inconvenient, but it is, at the very least, better than being stuck and unable to scrap more vehicles. We would strongly recommend working your way through your vehicles in order of the time required to scrap; start with the ones that don’t require a lot of time, then finish off with the ones that take a while right before you log off for the day.
3. Make Sure All Stock Room Items Are Sold At The Right Price
From one buggy feature in Junkyard Tycoon, we move on to another, if you can call it a bug. In any case, this is a quirk of the game that some might consider a nuisance, as there may be times when the individual car parts that you get after scrapping vehicles changes every five seconds or so. Again, there is a simple workaround to this issue, which is to while your time away and only sell if the market price is as close as it could get to the part’s maximum price.
As a rule of thumb, you should be good earning a profit of around $100 for a cheaper car, with $200 being a far more ideal figure. Of course, that’s going to be peanuts compared to the amount of profit you can earn with the more expensive cars, so be sure to make the necessary adjustments. Also be sure to take your time and play things conservatively, but quickly! That means making the sale at a time when the price is absolutely right, but also acting fast when it comes to tapping the Sell button.
4. How To Sell Your Warehouse Items
When playing Junkyard Tycoon, you will also have to sell some items in your warehouse, even if they can be used for future purchases, or to help you unlock new areas in the game. We would suggest that you sell most of your warehouse items until you’re able to maintain a balance of about $5,000 on a regular basis. That’s the point where you’ll likely be able to unlock a ton of new items, though it won’t be an easy path — in fact, you’ll need to be very patient when getting there.
In other words, you want to be prudent and smart when selling your warehouse items. For example, you can sell items that you have a surplus of, leaving about a couple or so just in case of an emergency. And since unlocking areas would require that you have certain materials or items on hand, you can visit those areas and check the prices, as well as the specific items needed; take stock of this information, as you’ll need it in the future.
5. When Should You Ideally Be Unlocking New Areas?
As we said in the tips above, Junkyard Tycoon requires a good deal of patience to play. It will likely take you ages before you are able to unlock everything that you have to/want to, But you can get things off to a flying start, at least on a relative basis. Before focusing on unlocking new areas, you’ll need about five parking spots and five scrapping balers so you can ensure yourself of consistent profit, and be better-prepared for the new areas you will inevitably have to unlock.
6. How Do You Go About Unlocking New Buildings?
The unlocking mechanic in this game can be a bit too much for beginner players to handle. So which buildings should you be working on unlocking first?
As you won’t have too many options on hand, what you can do to start things off would be to unlock the repair building. You need a place to heal up your vehicles before someone buys them, and the repair building is just where you want to be. After this, you can go for Vehicle Distribution, even if it costs the same amount of cash as the University. But once you’ve unlocked those two buildings, there isn’t any true specific pattern to follow — just use your best judgment!