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I personally had a great experience with Rusty's. My mom lives in CA and her car was totaled in an accident. Her car was towed to a local towing company who was charging her $34/day for keeping the car there. She wouldn't be able to get access to the title for 3 days because it was locked in a safe deposit box and she didn't have the key immediately available. So i wanted to see if a junkyard could give us cash for the car and take it from the current towing company the same day. I was at work so I had limited time to find a junkyard. I put my information in several junkyard websites....Rusty's was the first one to contact me first thing in the morning. Initially we communicated via email and i sent pictures & description of car. Within minutes i got a call with an offer. They promised they could pick up the car that same day and we could just mail or bring the title to their towing company's office and we would receive the payment. I agreed and they picked up car within hours as promised. I also received emails from them with information about how to fill out the title and a formal letter with the agreed upon offer and directions to the towing company's office so we can drop off the title and receive payment. We had no problem when we arrived at the office with the title we got our check for the agreed upon offer. Only thing is i was in time constraints so i didn't negotiate and i didn't get to shop around to compare offers to see if another company would give me a better cash amount. But i just went with them because they said they would get the car picked up for free that same day. But their service was honest, extremely professional, and very fast and efficient. I was thoroughly impressed with how smoothly everything went. After reading numerous bad reviwes for other junkyard companies i didn't expect to have a positive experience so i was pleasantly surprised by rusty's service. I would highly recommend this company.
Definitely a quick and easy way to get rid of an unwanted vehicle, and the driver had the check in his hand before I could shake it. There was only one hiccup in the whole process, and that was the scheduled pick-up time. The driver was supposed to arrive between one and four p.m., and call within an hour before actually arriving. What actually happened was that on the day of the removal we were awakened by our doorbell at 6:45 a.m. in the morning. After dragging my half asleep and disabled body to the front door, I saw a young gentleman donning a clipboard, standing about fifteen feet away from the door (he had probably backed up as a result of our dogs viciously barking). I assumed it was one of the local college students canvasing the neighborhood for work again, and just crawled back into bed. It was too early and I was too groggy to make the connection. At 6:50 a.m. the phone rang, but it went to voicemail before I could stagger to the phone. After checking the caller ID, which just read “1-800 Service”, and returning the handset to the base, I caught a glimpse through the living room window of a truck cab. It had a sign on the side which ironically read “Where to Go” on it. After closer examination I realized that it was a flatbed and the towing service to make the vehicle pick-up. The driver was very courteous and polite, but no explanation or apology was given for the unorthodox timing. I can only assume the driver was making the pick-up during his daily commute to the salvage yard, which was located some sixty miles away… or something like that. Despite the early morning interruption, I was glad to get rid of the car early and that I didn’t have to wait by the phone all afternoon. I would not let this experience detour me from using this service again in the future.
I was nervous about this, but needed to sell my car in a hurry. It would no longer start and was starting to rack up tickets and was in danger of getting towed. I think the offer I got from Rusty's was a little low, but it was almost twice what Pick-n-Pull offered me. I needed to get rid of the car fast, so I went for it. After reading a lot of reviews about operations like this, I got really scared that it was a scam. I was paranoid and did lots of silly stuff (like photographing the license plate of the tow truck, and asking my bank to double and triple check the check I got from them, etc etc). It turns out that everything was totally cool. The folks on the phone were nice, the towtruck driver was awesome and helpful and didn't try to talk the price down (which was another thing I was told to watch out for), and the check went through just fine. I only have two small complaints. One is that they have no idea when the tow truck will get to you, and don't schedule a time, so I wasted a lot of time waiting around. When he did come, though, the driver called me to say he was 45 minutes away, which was pretty considerate. The second is that at first they asked me to just leave the keys and title to my car in the glove box, and leave a door unlocked, and said they would mail me the check. Terrible idea, especially in Oakland! Sketchy. Anything could have happened. But it didn't. These guys were cool and easy.
I was recently experiencing a lot of stress with trying to either fix my mini-van or just get rid of it. I finally made a decision to research the option of selling it to a salvage company. I called some local companies and I also researched on line and got quotes from at least 5 to 7 different places. I was beginning to get quite discouraged until I spoke with a representative from Rusty's Auto Salvage. I had just read a blog from a person on the west coast telling about how much he was able to get for his vehicle and I was starting to get discouraged with all the 'low' offers I received. Some of the offers were absolutely ridiculous!! However, the friendly voice on the other end of the phone when I called Rusty's Auto Salvage gave me HOPE! The person was very energetic and seemed quite knowledgeable about the process. He gave me a "more than fair" price for my 2000 Dodge mini-van and gave me a phone number and reference number to contact him if I had any problems. I truly appreciated his willingness to not just drop me at that point, but he was willing to be there untill the transaction was completed. The van was picked up the day they promised and during the time that they stated. I am so relieved that this is over and the coordnating team members of Rusty'ss helped tremendously!! Thanks so much.....
I was trying to get rid of my damaged car in a decent way, and started looking into online options. I was overwhelmed by the non-ending list of companies and/or organizations offering the service to pick-up your car. Today, Monday March 7th I placed a call to Rustys Auto Salvage (877 215-3996), and got Loyd on the phone. He was well-mannered on the phone and pleasant to talk to. The short discussion I had with him was clear, transparent and more importantly to the point. He asked for afew details about the vehicle and, instantly, offered me three options to choose from, as to the compensation for my car. I picked the option I found most convenient. Less than 90 minutes, literaly, I receive a call from the twoing Company. It was Dino on the phone. He introduced himself, got my address and simply showed-up within 40 minutes. Dino was professional and also very patient as my car, sitting behind the house and not starting, was a pain to move towards the gate. All in all, between my initial call to Rustys and the car pick-up, it took me a bit less than two and a half hours! I'm very impressed to say the least. If you have a damaged vehicle occupying precious space, call Rustys. You'll be happy with their service. NRDN, Long Island City, Queens, NY
In looking at the entire process from a broad perspective, it was seamless. However, just as every business can improve I have some recomendations. When I first called, no one answers with the business name. They just answer, Hello, this is ... There needs to be a more professional receptionist. Also, with the way I was passed from person-to-person, it seemed odd. I started to wonder, is this a scam of some sort? From the point of the offer to getting information about how to set up an appointment to meet the person picking up the car, the information was inconsistent. I never did receive a call from someone to set up the appoinment. I was told someone would call me within the hour. 5 hours went by and still nothing. I called back and was told somone will call me within 5 minutes. Again, no call. I had to chase them in order to get someone to actually take my call to set up an appointment. It just seemed very odd. At this point, I almost took my business elsewhere. In looking back, I am glad I didn't. The rest of the process flowed nicely. From the moment I walked in and handed over the keys to receiving the check on the spot. It was pretty seamless.
I blew the engine in my Honda Accord last July. I loved the car, and hated to part with it, but I'm moving in a month and I just don't have the kind of money I need to put a new engine in it. So I called, and they guy was very nice. The offer for the car was on the lower end of what I wanted to get out of it, but the only places that would pay more required me to get the car to them, or pay them to come get it. The cost and time involved in that made the free pick up much more worth it. Since it was Friday when I called, we made arrangements for them to get the car on Monday. The tow truck driver had a few issues with her truck that morning, so she called to let me know she was running late, and she was nice as could be. Once she got close, she was having trouble finding the place (my neighborhood is retarded and doesn't have the streets labeled, it wasn't her fault!), so she called me again, and I talked her through how to get here. When she did, the process was quick and easy, and I got a check on the spot. It was sad to watch my car go (since it has been my favorite car so far), but with Junk-A-Car, it was a lot easier than I imagined the process could be.
My car was in a tow yard and I had racked up fees with the yard. I went searching on the internet for people that would pick up cars. I found Rusty's on Google. I had called them once I read about them, but unfortunately they were closed and the machine had told me to leave a message about my car, leave my name and number and they would contact me as soon as they could. So, I left them the message. No joke, I woke up the next morning and saw that I had a missed call from an 800 number. Didn't think much of it. So, I got in touch from this other company, but they didn't sound positive that they would get my car that day. Then I was called again from the 800 number, it was Rusty's Auto Salvage and I told them that there was another place that wanted my car. They promised me that they could match their price and get it out within the next hour. I canceled with the other place. Rusty's Auto Salvage was there within 30 minutes and took my car. The guy that drove the tow truck was super sweet and chill. they made me feel comfortable on the phone and in person. I give them 2 thumbs up!
Our experience with Rusty's Auto Salvage was very good!! They paid us over 6 times what any of the local salvage companies offered us, twice as much as the car dealer offered us in "trade-in", and Rusty offered free towing! One local company offered us 6 times LESS than Rusty, if we had the vehicle towed to them. The one local company that might have offered us more than Rusty's took over a week to return my call and make an offer. Rusty's made the deal within probably not even 20 minutes during the very first call to them. Have your car details and title handy when you call because they are ready to do business right now! Once the deal was done, they sent out a very clear set of e-mails about the details of the deal. The driver who was responsible for towing our car responded in exactly the agreed on time frame, and kept us informed as to when he could meet us at the dealer where the car was stranded. He delivered the check as promised and took the car. Further, he actually seemed to really care that he did take care of us. Tabitha C.
1st never do what I did. I contacted a few companies for this process. By phone and web sites. The people who actually contact for pick up and remove the vehicle are contracted. The check was written to me out of the cab of the truck. I was very uneasy with that process and almost told them to drop the car. After the vehicle left, I started receiving calls from other pick up companies and was totally confused. That was my fault because these pick up guys are contracted and most of them had no clue who they were actually picking up for. Needless to say after back tracking by phone as to who I did the business with, it was Rusty`s. Now I'm praying the check out of the cab clears the bank because the cell phone number on the check is no good. Being frustrated and needing the car gone did not help my situation. Overall so far, Rusty`s was great, professional and helped me verify it was them quickly. I understand the confusion with so many contracted tow companies. Rusty`s gave me thirty dollars more than the crusher would have so yea great deal.
Automobile owners have plenty of avenues to explore for making quick fixes to their vehicles. You don't have to wait for costly repairs if you are resourceful enough to know exactly what needs to be fixed and are sure of the parts required. By heading to your nearest salvage yard, you'll find the parts you need and more.
Salvage yards collect old vehicles and the accompanying parts. Depending on the condition, the materials can either be repaired or sold. Parts are then made available for you to purchase.
Salvage yards play a big role in ensuring old vehicles are disposed of in an environmentally friendly manner. The auto industry is the largest in the world and therefore generates the most waste.
Junkyards tend to operate on a local basis and typically purchase damaged cars from insurance companies, auto owners or cities looking to tow abandoned vehicles. Salvage yards then dismantle cars for sellable parts, while unusable components are scrapped and recycled.
You'll first need to identify exactly what parts you need. You can sometimes use generic parts, whereas other instances will require you to stick to the specific manufacturer.
Not every driver has detailed knowledge about specific parts, and that's understandable. Luckily, you can take advantage of various tools to narrow down your search. If you know your car's model, year, make and more, head to the online database carparts.com to search through categories ranging from alternators to suspension.
You can also speak to a mechanic or someone with detailed knowledge about the inner workings of a car to specifically get a better understanding of the parts you need.
You are not out of luck if you bought your car from the secondhand market and didn't get specific details regarding the year, model or submodel, or if you misplaced the owner's manual and no longer have access to that information.
Since 1981, every car has contained a vehicle identification number, otherwise known as a VIN. This 17-character code is comprised of three sections:
Where Do I Find the VIN?
The VIN is commonly found on these locations:
After you find this information, you'll have an easier time finding the necessary parts from the salvage yard.
Once you've confirmed your car's model, the next step is to locate the nearest salvage yard. While a quick online search will yield plenty of results, not all junkyards are the same, and the differences will have an effect on how you obtain the parts.
The first type of salvage location is known as a you-pick yard. Here, you bring your own tools and walk around with full reign to take any parts you find. You can set out to find a specific part for that much-needed repair, or you may stumble upon an item that is harder to find and carries a high market value.
A you-pick yard offers endless opportunities and costs very little to run, which directly benefits salvagers because so many types of salvage yards are popping up, according to Popular Mechanics.
The second type of salvage yard is known as full-service. Here, you can directly request certain parts and workers will deliver them to the front desk. No tools are required, nor will you spend time wandering the endless car piles. The catch: You'll have to pay a fee for the added convenience.
Important Steps to Take
Once you decide on the type of salvage yard to visit, your best course of action is to call before arriving. You can get a better idea of what the yards offer. For example, some salvage areas only have domestic cars for you to look through, while others may deal strictly with foreign, high-performance or vintage cars. After all, you don't want to make the trip to the salvage lot only to discover the cars will not have the parts you're looking for.
Luckily, most yards are generalists, meaning they carry what most scavengers demand. If you happen to own a rare car, chances are the yard will not carry that part simply because the demand is not nearly as high.
What to Expect
Entering a salvage yard can be an overwhelming first experience. With so many cars spread out over a wide stretch of land, the feeling is understandable. Most yards operate the same way, so you can expect the same general experiences throughout each location.
For you-pick salvage yards, you'll have to sign a liability document and pay a small fee, typically around $1. Think of this dollar as a worthy investment, particularly if you stumble across a rare component that can net you a high sale.
Navigating the Lot
Once you enter the lot, look for the ground maps to make your scavenging life a bit easier. According to Popular Mechanics, most lots are organized by keeping the in-demand parts near the front. Here, you'll find parts for vehicles that have a tendency to break down, which works to your advantage if you own a similar car.
The rear of the lot will typically contain items for cars that don't suffer from as many breakdowns. As you walk from the front to the rear, the middle of the lot will gradually progress from cars that frequently suffer mechanical issues to vehicles that don't.
Some lots will even have manufacturers grouped together to help simplify your search. However, not every salvage lot will have this type of organization - some will have no organization whatsoever. While you may spend more time searching for a specific car and an accompanying part, you also have the chance to find some hidden gems.
Don't go into the salvage yard expecting to find price tags on each individual part, as that would be a tedious task for the lot's owner.
Instead, salvage lots will usually have a price board containing necessary information. Different parts will have a generic price, and this method is generally beneficial to you and your wallet.
For example, say you drive a luxury car and are in need of a radiator. When visiting a salvage lot, the pricing for a luxury car's radiator will be around the same amount as a cheaper car's radiator.
Now that you know how the layout and pricing structures work, you have to actually find the parts, which for some, represents the most tedious and exhausting task - and for others, the most fun. You don't want to just grab the first component you need.
After finding something you think can be useful, carefully inspect it. Make sure the part isn't damaged. Likewise, check for interchangeable parts. You will then have an easier time searching for parts because you open up the number of cars to look through.
Tools Are Needed
Salvaging for auto parts is labor-intensive and sometimes dangerous. You'll want to stock up and go to the yard with the necessary tools to help pry loose much-needed parts, such as a full door.
Keep in mind though that you'll carry home any and everything you bring along. While you do want to have the tools, you also don't want to tire yourself out from the weight. Luckily, you can carry along some equipment while leaving heavier items in the car for when you get back.
Typical gear includes:
Keep these tools in the car:
Getting the Parts
Not every part will be easily accessible in a junk car. The tools you bring along will be helpful if you need to destroy portions of the vehicle - just make sure you don't accidentally destroy the part you're looking for because some areas of the car are easier to take apart than others.
When rummaging through a car or walking around the lot, stay aware of your surroundings. Remember, you aren't the only visitor looking to salvage parts. Other individuals are also looking for components, and not everyone works as safely as possible.
If you find a car you'd like to inspect, make sure working conditions are suitable, and if anything looks suspicious or dangerous, don't hesitate to find a safer vehicle to tear apart.
Buying a Specific Component
Instances may arise where you find yourself looking for a smaller component of a larger part, such as the latch to a door. It is in your interest to call the salvage yard before arriving to see if they sell smaller components individually, because some yards do not.
Some owners choose to not sell small components for financial reasons. According to Car-Part, owners will find difficulty selling the higher-priced assembly. If salvage lots come across a door without the handle, they will have to pay extra to get the handle and attach it to the entire assembly. It is therefore cost-effective for salvage lots to sell entire assemblies.
After you've successfully found a part or multiple components, take everything up to the clerk. Inform them of what you have and pay. It is in your best interest to avoid lying about what you have as a way to to pay less. You will potentially be banned if you're found lying.
Parts May Be Expensive
You-pick salvage yards will display the prices for categories of parts. However, prices may fluctuate depending on the demand. Harder-to-find items may carry a higher price tag than a brand-new one. In such instances, you have to use your best judgment to decide on which route to choose. Keep in mind that if you are salvaging for auto parts, you may also stumble across items that are difficult to find and subsequently be able to sell them for a profit. Doing so can offset the cost of the price you're paying for the parts you personally need.
Salvage yards will have different policies regarding warranties, but in most instances, the parts you find will be covered. Some salvage yards will offer warranties of anywhere from 90 days to six months, and may even offer the option for extended coverage.
Automobile owners looking to fix up their cars and save money will benefit from visiting a salvage yard. Time and dedication will be needed on your end, but the payout will be worth it because you'll save money and may even find old car parts that can be useful for non-auto purposes. You may even find rare parts you can then sell.
Before visiting the salvage yard, call ahead and ask questions about warranties, pricing and the types of cars they have for you to look through. Then, gather your tools, and get the most out of your auto salvage trip.