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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.
I never write reviews but I feel that these guys are very deserving of praise and thanks. Back in May Team One Motorcars came highly recommended by a friend/ coworker that has been purchasing his vehicles from them for over a decade. I thought at first I was being treated like royalty only because I was a referral of a very good customer of theirs. Erik Sims and Matt Shanahan work together as true to the word "Team" as one could expect. It's not your typical car dealer sales environment where are you feel pressure every step of the process. No negotiations on prices. These guys are not pushy "salesmen", (the vehicles sell themselves) they're more like agents that deliver/ sign paperwork the vehicle you want to bring home. I was impressed with their finance options and rates compared to my credit union also the extended warranty options that were presented to me. I actually was able to purchase A 2004 BMW with 148000 miles and still put a two year 24000 mile warranty on it. I didn't want to spend money on a warranty or gap insurance but I'm very glad I was presented the option so passionately (they really care about customers being protected). That's the only time I felt a sales pitch but in a good way. This car had so many features I did not know how to use. They told me that the vehicle was not shipped with the owners manual but should arrive a week later and they would call (they even put it in writing as a we owe). I never received a call but was in the area so I decided to stop in on a Saturday. Wow is all I can say, they had a dozen shoppers and to my surprise Erik and Matt made everyone feel like royalty (so much for my assumptions I thought I was the only one;). Erik politely ask me to go eat lunch and when I got back in an hour he would take the time to explain and program my navigation system for me. When I got back he gave me my owners manual and showed me how to register my car with the BMW owners club. This dealership is awesome, it has Bentleys Aston Martins Fiskers Porsche Mercedes Lexus Range Rovers Audi's Jaguars all over their gigantic showroom floor which is indoors and very unique. There's a ping pong table, pool table and foosball table on the showroom floor to keep the kids occupied or to let out your inner child and have fun in an otherwise stressful purchasing environment elsewhere. I really couldn't imagine ever purchasing a future vehicle from anywhere else. Erik and Matt at Team One earned my future business. Most importantly I wrote this as a token of appreciation for Erik taking the time out to explain all the reasons I needed the mechanical breakdown insurance. The warranty just saved me $1,200 thank you thank you thank you
Ok, so this is how awesome Bavarian Imports and the owner-Mike are regarding service. I've had a small fleet of BMWs and I go to Mike and not dealerships even if I have a warranty, because Mike and his team are BMW Certified Mechanics. Not only do they have all required tools to fix your Bimmer but everyone there has a lot of experience. Since Mike and I have an incredible relationship, I asked him to please look at my Mother's 2000 9.3 SaaB. He said, "my techs will kill me if I show up with a Saab, but I will do it for you." They spent of lot of time and energy before referring Saab to SJ Automtive on Howell Mill RD. SJ are certified SaaB Mechanics and can actually get certified SaaB parts even though SaaB are no longer built. I have a great review for them coming up but back to Bavarian, Mike and team even went so far as to download codes for this SaaB before discovering he just couldn't get it going. After all, his focus is on BMWs. So he just sent car to SJ Automotive and has not even pinged me to discuss the tow to SJ or charges for work on SaaB. I recommend Bavarian as an exclusive BMW go to shop. Call them. You will be pleasantly surprised at how quickly they get you in and how reasonable repairs are, even if under warranty. Thanks again for reading this...now go call Bavarian!!!
Gravity Autos Sandy Springs is unlike any other car dealer I have dealt with. The atmosphere at the dealership is professional but relaxed; the associates were courteous; and our conversation never deviated from my specific interest in one vehicle. The test drive confirmed my preference, but I had qualms about the vehicle's color. Still no pressure; not even a subtle reminder that another buyer might beat me to it! I talked down the price and received an "out the door" quote that was quite competitive. Even then, I hesitated but promised to come back the next day. On my second visit I was allowed to borrow the vehicle for most of the day so I could show it to my wife. Spousal approval removed any lingering doubts. Back at the dealers I was offered a very low interest rate to finance the purchase. Undoubtedly, my excellent credit score helped, but not even my credit union had come close. The two associates--Victoria Thompson and Natalie Tenpenny--who worked with me throughout the decision making process were unfailingly polite and amicable. Even, Mike Segarra, the manager who closed the deal was direct but accommodatingly friendly.The process lasted a couple of days--I visited other dealers before and during--but the reception and quality of customer service at Gravity was exceptional.
This dealership deals primarily with high end luxury sports cars. They have a wide selection of very nice looking vehicles. I ran across their dealership while searching for a BMW convertible I contacted them and worked with Matt on getting the details of the vehicle. He was very accommodating taking specific photos of areas of the car that I wanted to see up close. Since I was from out of state and coming through Atlanta on business I wanted to have a good idea of the car before spending time stopping in. We were able to work out a price and I put down a deposit. When I got the dealership I was able to take the car for a test drive as long as I wanted and it was just as Matt had described. I bought the car and drove it back to WI. I would definitely consider buying from Team One Motorcars again, the only reason I did not give 5 stars is that Matt had promised to assist me in getting an extra key fob at my local dealership, but after two attempts to follow up with him after no response I gave up.
Called the dealership to find out information about a Range Rover they were selling. Sales person answered all of my questions and explained the condition of the car. (I think his name was Matt) I was a bit nervous as I live out of state and have never purchased a car with out test driving it first. We were able to put a deal together and Team One Motorcars even got me financed. I waited about 3 days for the car to get shipped to my house and when it arrived my wife and I could not believe how clean this car is.... I'm so glad we put a deposit on it before it was sold to someone else. One thing i forgot to ask when i first called was if the car came with the headphones and remote for the dvd player as well as the owners manual. Surprisingly i found the headphones the remote, owners manual and even a new set of rubber floor mats were all shipped with the car. We are very happy with the Range Rover and all the extras that Team One Motorcars sent.
I just bought a used Mercedes from Team One Motor Cars and it was a great experience. I am young and new in my profession, so I was working within a budget. It was so nice to go to a nice dealership, not some random used car lot, to find a vehicle. I worked with Matt and he was great. He showed me cars I specifically asked to see as well as others in my price range that had the options I wanted. He knew the history on many of the used cars and I never felt uncomfortable or like I was an inconvenience because I didn't have $150k to spend on a new Mercedes. I was really happy with the deal I got on my new-to-me car and all of the people with whom I interacted were friendly and helpful. I had a Lexus before this and was always happy with my last dealership, but I think this brings it to a new level. I definitely recommend working with this dealership.... it's really been a pleasure so far.
Great experience! I found the car I wanted on Autotrader and received a call from Jack within an hour. He worked on the deal and had me pre-approved within a couple hours. Scheduled appointment for the next day and Jack called to confirm the morning of. He was very pleasant and did not pressure me at all. At the dealer, I received the same level of customer service in all areas including Sales, Finance, and Management. Mike Suyunov was awesome in the finance department. He was very personable and made the transaction less stressful. I would highly recommend doing business with Gravity Autos. As a speciality luxury dealer, they don't present the pressure tactics of manufacturer specific dealers. Give them a shot and ask for Jake & Mike!!
I must say that this dealership is one of a kind. I loved how they renovate the place and it's looking very nice. I came to the dealership last Friday and I have to say that Scott Shepherd is the best salesman that I've ever dealt with. I've bought several new cars, and helped few of my friends as well, so I've dealt with many new car salesman in the past. But I have to say that my experience dealing with Scott is extraordinary. He was not pushy, and he explained all the features of the ATS very well. During the whole test drive, he was very friendly and very casual while professional. For now I am not in the market of a new car, but I definitely consider Cadillac as one of my options now due to my satisfied experience.
i was impressed with the customer service , and the timely manner it took for the deal to be finished. they have a variety of vehicles at great prices compared to other vehicles on the market. i thought about getting a honda accord, dodge charger, or toyota camry. then i found atlanta auto selection online. they have audi,bmw,and mercedes benz for the same price or cheaper. so i purchased my vehicle from atlanta auto selection, and it came with a bumper to bumper warranty. i couldnt tell the difference in a pre owned vehicle and a new vehicle. due to scheduling conflicts it to a few days to get my tag,but i was quickly resolved. we dont live in a perfect world. i would buy another vehicle from atlanta auto selection.
Hey my name is Jorge Sablon and I wanted let u guys know about the great experience I had at amigo auto sales on buford hwy.I been having alot of bad experience with other dealership because of my bad create. But this place was awesome .I hate bragging about a place but amigo is definitely something to brag about. The sale guys was very helpful and made me feel like a friend to them and the support group was wonderful as well. I like going to a place and not feel pressure they made me feel a true customer should be treated . I like the flexibility of my payment plans . and I was amazed how fast everything went. I purchased a Toyota Corolla and I feel super happy thanks guys you guys are amazing
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.