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When a car is damaged by an accident or weather, what can be repaired and what must be replaced? Or is it time to buy a new car?
525 W Walnut CirGarland, TX 75040
From Business: Auto Buyers in Garland, TX pays Top dollar for used cars, trucks, and vans, running or not. Serving the Metroplex for several years, we buy used cars of All makes and models. We guarantee quality service at affordable prices.
Serving the Arlington Area.
From Business: At Marshall's Auto & Truck Parts, we carry a full line of domestic and foreign parts for both cars and trucks. With our 20 acre facility, we have 2000 + cars read…
Dallas, TX 75210
My car engine blew up so I took it to the shop. Guy told me it would cost $2000 to replace the engine, so I call Dallas Fort Worth Junk Cars and they took the automobile off my hands. Everything went smooth as butter. 2 thumbs and 2 big toes way up.
1108 Harrison AveArlington, TX 76011
I was fortunate enough to have had dealings with Kelly McKnight Wrecker Service when I worked for the City of Arlington-Police Dispatch from 1991-2001. I needed a wrecker this past Wednesday July 24th due to my ignition becoming locked up. Their phone number is ingrained in my head from using it…
2212 S Riverside DrFort Worth, TX 76104
First time customer of Action Auto Recycling, I got nothing but the best service from all of the people I met, super nice and friendly. I am fixing a Ford Escape for a lady as a favor, and "Uriz" help me get everything I needed for the car for a very reasonable price. Thank you guy. 5 star's …
5601 Elliott Reeder RdHaltom City, TX 76117
This outfit is somewhat strict on pure steel and metal items, like no extra wood, cement or plastic materials bonding or attached to the bulk item. 10 cents a pound for any metal or steel item is a fair price, pricing my fluctuate, Open 6 days a week, busy yard, Pays cash with proper ID. There,…
When a car is damaged by an accident or weather, what can be repaired and what must be replaced? Or is it time to buy a new car?
Salvaged cars present a unique opportunity to sellers and buyers.
Vehicle salvage yards can be a great place to find cheap parts to restore your car with. However, the benefits don't stop there. Find out more about these businesses.
Less than a month ago, I got a 2010 Dodge Journey from this dealership. There have been nothing but lies being told since I left the lot. I was promised by the salesman Ryan that my vehicle was fixed before even leaving and signing the paperwork. However I learned that it was a lie and that the shady mechanic next door simply turned off the engine light. After making several hundred calls to both the dealership and the service department nothing has been resolved. Please do not go to this dealership and definitely don't deal with Ryan, he is a scam artist.
This company is very unprofessional and needs a new mangement asap the man john is a racist prick who rasies the price after saying one thing just because he feels like it he is unprofessional and is not a man of his word
Each and every visit I have here is quick, friendly, and precise with excellent customer service! They always do a great job of making sure all my needs are met and questions are answered. Thanks Cody and Vandergriff Chevrolet!
The salesman was extremely rude and treated me like a child. I asked if they had a mechanic check the vehicle out they stated they had. I asked if I could see the report they stated that it wasn't for the public it was just for their dealership. When I started to ask if he could tell me what they had fixed on the vehicle he stated that he had no idea because he didnt have the report. At this point in the conversation the salesman started to become very agitated. I told him that I was 3 hours away (live in a small town in west Texas) and the soonest that I could get there would be Tuesday and I wanted to put a nonrefundable deposit to hold it till them. This is the point where they started treating me like a child. The salesman told me that I would be able to put the nonrefundable deposit down of $300 dollars. I said that was fine and asked if that deposit would go to the purchase price of the vehicle if we chose to buy it he stated yes and then became very agitated and stated never mind i don't want to take your deposit you'll just have to come in and see it and that I did not understand the term nonrefundable and I would come in Tuesday and demand my money back because I wouldn't like the vehicle. He then started to lecture me on how a nonrefundable deposit works.I told him that he was being very rude to me and I wanted to speak with another salesperson, he then told me that he was the only one in the building and that he was the manager. He was extremely rude and aggressive towards me. After that part of the conversation I decided not to do business with this company. I posted my review to Facebook and their way of responding back to my review with lies about my financial and credit situation. I did not run a credit application and did not speak with them about financing a vehicle because I was paying cash. Instead of rectifying the wrong they then decided to spread lies about information that they never even had or bother to obtain.
Fast and professional service. Quality work. Very reasonable prices. I highly recommend!
I drove 5 hours to this dealership to buy a car on their website after calling several times and them not being willing to deal on the phone. When I got there they told me they ‘sold’ the car last night and tried to get me to buy another car. It’s been on the website for weeks And is still on the website. This is false advertising and against the law. If they are willing to break the law so blatenly, I would not trust them on any level. Stay away!! Not worth your time. If there was a 0 star rating that is what I would selected.
I put a down payment of $1500 on a Chrysler 300 barely had it six months all of a sudden it wouldn't crank called the carlot spoke with Tim he gave me the number to the tow truck company long story short he says motor is gone which is a lie Mr.Tim wouldn't let me look at the car, put me in another vehicle or anything basically took my money but he will be hearing from my lawyers soon! Therefore people he seems nice but DO NOT LEASE A VEHICLE FROM HIM PERIOD!!
Service here has gone down. More about the money then the Service. Other Honda Dealers in the area have cheaper Labor Prices and Cheaper accessories. Sales People give you the run around and don’t Keep their Word.
I was shopping for a specific vehicle and not a lot of lots have it. Vandergriff did and their price beat everyone else’s, by far. We worked with Vincent Towne. He was very friendly, helpful and knowledgeable. This was a huge purchase for us ($$) so it brought a lot of anxiety with it. He didn’t make me feel pressured into it and he gave us space to make our decision. We then worked with Austin Bryan in finance. He too was very knowledgeable on his part. He knew when I wasn’t interested in something so he quickly went over it and when I needed more info on something, he answered all of my questions. We had to go back for wheel locks (my fault because I rushed the process, we would have caught it if I had more time to go over the vehicle after finishing paperwork, I had to get my son from school). When we returned, George came right up to us when walked in and was willing to help us. He got us the paperwork we needed from the new car Dept, took us to parts where (I’m sorry, I didn’t get his name) we had a guy get us the part we needed. He then took us to Damian in Service, who was very pleasant and polite. I am extremely impressed with the level of professionalism as well as the comfort feeling that the entire team at Vandergriff gives. I have never been to a dealership that has so many good people at it. I have worked with four Chevrolet dealerships and one Ford in the past few years. None of them compare to Vandergriff. The only thing that would make them better is if they weren’t two hours from me. Without a doubt, I would do business with them again. The best part is that they want you to be 100% satisfied. If you aren’t happy, they want you to give them a chance to fix it.
Friendly, courteous and the cleanest, most prepped used cars I've ever encountered. Miguel helped my Wife and me select the best car for our needs, at a price we could afford.The 2004 Honda Accord we bought is top-of-the-line with leather and all the perks. Everything works, it looks and even SMELLS brand-new. 114K miles on the clock, and not even a hint of fog on the headlight plastics. EVERYTHING likely to give trouble has been replaced. The car is TIGHT, SILENT and feels like it's NOT EVEN BROKEN IN! Whomever had this one originally, took serious care of it.The original timing belt looks nearly unused, but was replaced anyway. Many parts are OEM Honda. Everybody I dealt with was courteous and ANXIOUS to please me, NOT pushy to make a sale. Miguel was SO patient with an old couple on a fixed-income, who haven't bought a car in 20 years...Everyone at Cransh made us feel like "family" and I highly recommend the store to anyone needing a really NICE car at an affordable price.Cars are sold "cash" and "as-is" with no warranty. However, the effort Cransh personnel expend to make the cars reliable is nearly unheard of. And, if the car does exhibit problems, Cransh offers VERY low cost repairs, having affiliations with suppliers for discount prices on parts, and low hourly shop-rates.I ended up at Cransh after searching the Internet for a clean Honda with less than 150K miles, and under $7,000. Searching "Auto Trader" I found nearly every car I was interested in was located at Cransh... So I became a pleased customer... Thanks, Miguel and thanks to Cransh management for making the sale seamless, and thanks to Cransh technicians for making a NICE used car into an EXCELLENT one!Sincerely,Leo (and Betty) Squiers, Grapevine, TXPS: It's now March, 2018 and has been over a year since we bought the Honda Accord, and it is STILL perfect... So perfect in fact that friends/family riding in it ask if it's "brand-new"! I realize not all cars end up THIS good, but they REALLY got this one right! Thanks Cransh!
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.