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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?
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I just called and i was greeted with "parts, What do you want?" in a rude, upset voice. I will never advise someone to call their, none the less go and try to pick and pull. when i know you'll encounter rude people.
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8215 Research BlvdAustin, TX 78758
Third Time Here and Love It!The first two times I had estimates at the dealer and when I shopped here, the rates were much better. As a woman, I sometimes feel I am either being condescended to at car shops, as well as being bilked, but that's not how I have ever felt at German Auto. That's why …
6308 Spicewood Springs RdAustin, TX 78759
AWESOME! 1st time customer. Went here on a Sunday afternoon and they handled me like I had been coming here for years. The price was way below what I was expecting so I was able to tip the guy that did my windshield. I will recomend this place to all my friends and family.
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.
Don't buy a vehicle from them! Go somewhere else you will thank me later I promise
A Friend of mine bought a car from JD, however the airbag light and some warning lights were on- when we pointed it out to them they said it was already scheduled to be taken care of and assured her that it would ALL be fixed and in perfect working condition when it was turned over to us. Joseph told her that His wife drove the car for several months and that he wouldn't put her in a car that he wouldn't put his own family in. She purchased the car AND put $10000 cash down on the deal only to be taken advantage of. When the car was originally given to her "Fixed" there were still warning lights on the dash, JD promised her that the problem was fixed and that after she drove a few hundred miles the lights would turn off because the "sensors would reset". Well after driving the car for a day not only was the warning light still on BUT the check engine light came back on. She contacted JD and took the car back to them after the weekend passed. They put her back in a loner car and told her they would take care of it. The car was given back to her a second time with the warning light still on However the check engine light was off (Due to clearing the code in the computer) but the warning light was still on. JD gave her the same BS that "After she drove it for several miles-the sensors would clear and it would turn off" because according to them "The car was in perfect condition and had 0 problems.”She took the car to the manufacturer only to find out that the car needed $12000 worth of work and that this was a known problem that had obviously been going on for a while. BMW told her, if his wife drove the car more than a few days then he knew about the problem. she immediately contacted JD in the best way possible giving them the benefit of the doubt only to be made to feel like she did something wrong. After this news, JD has ignored all calls and texts not caring at all what this is doing to his customer. It’s costly, she will have to hire her attorney.
The salesman, Ryan, is a flat out crook. I bought a truck here. Paid for TTL and then he never filed the Title Paperwork. After 45 days, when I went by to see where he was on getting the paperwork filed, I got a song and dance and an "I'll get right to it." when I went by 20 days later, He had moved all of his vehicles off of this lot. I don't know where he has gone now. I am out nearly $1200 because I had to get a bonded title and pay ( a second time) for the tax on the truck.
Я обратился в сервис, поскольку моя машина за два дня дважды отказалась заводиться. Благодаря быстрой и четкой работе спецов из Elite import Auto service причину неисправности установили мгновенно и устранили. На удивление, за вполне сносные деньги. Спасибо Филиппу!
They double charged me for a transmission and never delivered it. I can't get ahold of them and after 6 weeks they have not returned my money. I am sending a letter to SEN. Ted Cruz, maybe that will put some heat on these scammers, they are low life and need to be in jail.
I've been using these guys for several years for parts. Prices beat going to the dealer by a bunch and most of the time have what I need. Service seems above average to me. I've had good results.
Best experience I have ever had shopping for a used truck. I told Dylan what I was looking for and he showed me exactly what I was looking for. You want to talk about a hassle free experience, that was it. Dylan was professional and polite. I would strongly recommend Dylan Scott to anyone looking for a used vehicle. Thank you Dylan
Be aware. I bought a 2011 BMW 740i from the dealership. The car had bent rims and a bald tire, but somehow pass led their state inspection. It took a week of calls and emails to hear nothing back until I got the owner in person. I got him to agree to replace the tire and not even a day after the car's motor starts to fail. I let my anger get to me because it had only been a week since owning the car and called him demanding they fix it, I called back shortly afterwards to apologies and figure it out to see what we could do. I wanted to return the car but he said that ended within 10 seconds of buying the car. Not what I want to hear from the guy I planned on buying cars from. He says to come up and he'll take a look for free and maybe fix it. I show up he's gone and sends a text asking to leave it. I reply I want this in writing seeing as your hesitate on fixing it and I needed a result to the situation quick. He refused to put anything in writing and told me to go else where. I'd avoid the place in general way to many issues for a simple car purchase.
When you get there, the most important decision you will make, is to ask for Rod when you arrive. You can thank me later
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.