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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?
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 had a jack that would not retract...supposedly fixed until the third time then failed. Charged me for something that was not the cause of the failure and then had the nerve to not stand behind their work despite a call to them the morning I took it in elewhere confirming that they would if the new RV repair place called them to say it was Stalkup's fault...which did happen. Not a company I would do business with again and not recommended.They were rude to me and rude to the staff of the new repair facility.
Do not use Stalkups service department.Their service work was done improperly, the customer service was horrible, and they refused to let us speak to a superviser or contact one in any way.We brought our Holiday Rambler in to have the cooling element replaced on our refrigerator. It was replaced incorrectly, and when it still wasnt working, they failed to diagnose the problem.They left our motorhome a mess, tore the ceiling, and only offered a fraction of the cost to replace the ceiling panel.They failed to inform us they werent using original equipment replacement parts.Their paperwork was lacking, they "forgot" I gave them a $500 deposit, and they never gave us a final invoice, even after calling/emailing 5 times.We are very disappointed with the quality of work, service and lack of accountability.I would strongly suggest passing on using Stalkup for RV service.
I've taken my vehicle here a few times and the service is always great! I am always greeted with friendly, smiling faces when I walk in. The service department is always professional and so willing to help. My car is always fixed and ready to go with no issues when I pick it up, they even wash it for me! I wouldn't trust anyone else with my car.
They sold my car almost 3 months ago but They still have not given me my money. And they sold the car for 3000 less than we agreed on. Buyer and seller beware!!!
We purchased an RV from Stalkup's about 3 years ago. It was a great purchasing experience and they have promptly taken care of any issues and questions we have had since. Their parts personnel are knowledgeable and their service staff are highly trained. I highly recommend Stalkup's RV!
Excellent company!!!Jim is awesome!!!
once they saw I had not so perfect credit, they quit working with me, hard to get calls back, the finance person was more interested in talking to friends in the store ...while I was waiting for an hour to talk to him, went to Gillette and green river shops and had an awesome experience and finally have the bike I've wanted..
The service was really good! They helped me find something when I had no clue what I was looking for! They we're really nice and helpful!
I absolutely loved this place! We received excellent service here and would recommend it to anyone.
My wife and I took our RV into this establishment to have an AC checked out I informed the Service Tech that I also had been on the phone 3 times with tech support for the leveling system on the fifth wheel unit I was still under warranty by Atwood Manufacturing and told him I did not want to pay for him to call tech support. The AC unit was not cooling properly either and both units where under warranty but the tech told me that if the AC was not installed properly they would charge for that which I was okay with. We then went to the parts store and purchased $350 worth of merchandise from the parts store (very nice personnel in the parts store) My wife and I went to lunch and they had called to inform us that we can pickup the unit, drove back to Stalkups RV , after arriving at Stalkup's I was given the bill for $262.50 which consisted of $105 for the tech to use aluminum tape on the AC to seal it up better from a 5 month previous install at Camping World in Savannah GA which was not purchased at Stalkup's but was still under warranty which I could understand if a bad install had occurred (maybe)?? at Camping World. The other $157.50 was charged to us for calling tech support and to check out the system on the keypad only with NO problems in the system but still they charged us 1.5 hrs of labor which tech support at Atwood will NOT sit on the phone that long with you and after they where told do NOT call tech support and charge us for it, I can do that ourselves. I spoke to the guys at the front desk in the parts store to take that amount off my bill they told me that they would be fired for doing that. the employees were intimidated by the owner which I now understand why, I went outside to load my unit and found installed on all sides of the unit including the front lip was their label for advertising their store, I went back and informed them to take off the stickers they had put on without asking us since we bought the unit in Atlanta and not here and I charge for advertising since I am in marketing products. I was told they would not take off the stickers that they would be fired by the owner so I ask who put them on and was told that the owner installed them himself, I then asked where is the owner and they pointed to a guy on a fork lift I motioned to him to drive over to me and ask him to please take off the stickers on my unit and he immediately became anger and pushed the fork lift into reverse and came within 4 inches of running over my foot (without saying a word) then proceeded to jump off the fork lift and walking over to some employees standing on the sidewalk yelling out make sure you get his name he can no longer buy here. Wow I was thinking why the heck would I want to buy from you anymore. I definitely will never be back to this shop. Do NOT trust them they will steal from you on labor the parts store is not to bad but you can find better prices from Smith's RV in Casper or little higher prices at Sonny's but at least you will not be taken advantage of. I would not spend 1 cent with this company (they are in Casper and Gillett Wyoming. The owner is a hot head and does not have people skills to talk with someone. beware stay away!!
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.