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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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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.
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They originally put a camshaft sensor on my car it had a 12,000 mile 12 month warranty on it I took it back because it wasn't running right they looked at the car for 9 days and said nothing was wrong with it. I picked it up and paid 103.00 for STP gas treatment it broke down on me 5 miles from the shop I had to have it towed to Carolina Nissan. Adams asked why I didn't bring it back to them....duh!!!! you couldn't find anything wrong with it!!!!!
From. The first visit I was blown away, byblos staff isn’t only professional but they are also affordable, will go out if there way to help you. They made sure my deal went as smooth as possible. As professional as this dealership is I couldn’t believe they were a buy here pay here loved them I would defiantly recommend them
I purchased car from Days Auto Mall June 4 2017 Mr. Day took my $1260 down payment for 07 Dodge Caliber knowing that the car had issues. The car came with 90 day warranty Mr Day gave me blank copy of the Cars Protection Plus Service Contract and said he would input my info and I should receive cards in mailbox. 30 days after that the check engine light came on and I contacted him he said to refer to WARRANTY. I called and spoke with someone and she told me no information about my vehicle was in system for warranty. I informed him of this and he said he'd fix it and I'd get paperwork in mail. I never received but continue to make payments to him. Recently check engine light came on and I paid to have it checked and was told major issue with car and they even had me video the issue. I contacted him in reference to this and he cursed the mechanics said they knew nothing and told me to bring car to lot that morning. I did and showed him video and paperwork but he still said they knew nothing and told me to pay this guy he had on his lot $10 to change the fault on spark plug which was not only issue. Mr Day even got in car and speed through parking lot and felt the issue himself which he did this while I was using restroom at his business. I told Me. Day something was wrong and I needed another car. His guy put spark plug and coil in car but broke seal on one coil and I noticed that he was using a vacuum, scissors, different types of screwdrivers to dig into hole. Mr. Day came out and witnessed this as the guy told him what he had done. Mr. Day comment was is she paying for professional work? I spent 4hrs on lot only to drive off with same issue and no conclusion because he said my warranty had expired. I tried communicating with him but once his attitude was aggressive I had my Godfather to speak with him and he cursed him and gave him same attitude and told my Godfather She needs to come see me anyway...in reference to my car payment which was due and was not yet 10days late! Instead of call to come to solution Mr.Day would text me later in evening with attitude saying "he thought I did thinking for myself" then woke up to text at 7AM with a text saying if I choose to work with you it's my decision because warranty had expired. Today I called number again for warranty only to find out they denied it based on "known mechanical issue prior to contract proof of repair required" this letter was sent to him July 21 2017 and he never mentioned anything to me. They said they sent me copy as well and asked me to verify address only to find out Mr. Day gave the correct street address but said I lived in Randleman NC which he knew was not the city I lived in based on purchase contract so I never received the letter stating the car had issues prior to sale and I couldn't get warranty until he fixed issue. Mr. Day continue to take my payment knowing this car had Issues and I didn't have a warranty! Mr. Day agreed to meet with me and my Godfather today regarding this issue but when we arrived he was not there he had someone else there...I let the woman know what the issue was and she was in shock and stated he should give u another car once I told her that I'd just found out about my warranty that he kept saying had ran out. Mr Day would not make himself present at the lot to speak with us. I'm furious because I'm almost done paying for car and he knowingly took my money when he knew car was messed up and continue to say my warranty had expired when they had sent him denial in July and he gave them wrong address for me to get my copy of letter so that I would've known and I could've taken car back prior to this and got my money back. Total purchase of vehicle was $3881.74 minus the $1260 I put down.Mr. Day has not offered to reimburse me at all all he keeps saying is my warranty expired but clearly no warranty was given based on the car having issues and he knew this. he's a bad business person and shouldn't be selling
Nice 09 charger in June no problems or issues girlfriend just got a BMW X3 love it got a warranty with it like everyone should also seen him sell three other people cars while we was there nice man very helpful great prices looking for a X5 from Mr Day this week he's going to let me to get 2 cars with payments, you people need to understand Used Cars you not going to find any dealership like his that will work with you like he will trust me I have bought a lot of cars from a lot of dealership and people'sdont let other people think for you as I didn't I read the reviews before I went and found out for myself I made the best decision and loving it I may have missed this great deal had I relied on these peopleLooking forward to my next one
Just got a 545i Bmw from days auto mall no where I have looked for a car was I offered a warranty with the car I got a 90 day warranty and a great price on the Bmw mr day is a great guy while me and my wife was signing the contract 2people called that couldn't make there payment he thank them for calling and said to both they can pick it up next month,I'm writing this because I looked up days auto before I got to him and read these reviews and I still got my car from days,do your own thinking.
Got behind on my payment 2.5 months didn't want to lose my car it was the only one we had my wife and two kids wife got sick couldn't work for over a month we just didn't have the money to make payments woke up 3:30 am tow truck was hooking it up had the driver call Mr Day woke him up explained my story to him said why didn't I just call him before it got here long story short he had the driver drop my car I went in to talk about payments , the 4th of next month my car will be paid off ,wife just got her car today from Mr Days lot
Worst Place A rip off and lied about job saying it was done when it wasn't. Replaced a cable end and a fan belt $120 Took a week to do it .
Worst experience ever was in need of a car ���� so I bought one from me days a week later I couldn't drive the car anymore I called and called him I finally dropped the car ���� off and just left it I refused to make a payment on the car and he took me to court I WON and he still won't tell me where my car is and he refuses to get it out of my name. Do not buy a car here
Im thinking that the other reviews can't be taking about Mr Day we got a car from Days Auto Mall last year an 06 charger to this day have had only 1 problem with it a week after we got it the check engine light came on called Days Auto the next day he said to bring it in and he would have it looked at, his lot man did an obd reading on it o2 sensor he had ne take it to the tire center he call before we left to make sure they could look at it we took it to them 10 minutes later they got it is came back with both o2 sensors bad they called Mr Day he told them to fix it and to bill his account we didn't pay a dime, you don't find that with dealership here, just got my brother and niece a car from Days last month a BMW 325I and a ford focus ,I think you should make up your own mind before you let someone think for you.for the other reviews nobody can please everybody Days Auto for the prices and the cars you can't do better Thanks Mr Day
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.