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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.
Recently my wife and I decided we needed to upgrade our vehicle to something newer and more comfortable than what we were driving. Neither of us had bought a vehicle in quite some time so like any other purchasing decision we took to the internet and began our search on both cars.com and autotrader.com. After weeks of looking at models that we thought were right for us we decided to visit a few dealerships to see what suited us best. We dealt with 2 dealerships and test drove several cars before we decided what it was that we wanted. We found what we thought was a good deal and made a fair offer but the dealer refused to lower the final cost by $400.00 on a $20,000.00 offer. That's a 2% difference. After that we intensified our search and found that even at $20,000.00 the car we wanted wasn't the best deal. Years ago I had done business with Roy Neutz when we needed vehicles for our company so after daily internet searching and disappointing results with dealerships we decided to give him a call. We called on a Monday and told Roy what we were looking for and how much we wanted to spend. He didn't have what we wanted on his lot but it so happened that he was going to an auction the next day and there were two cars that met our criteria. Roy called me the next morning while he was at the auction to let me know that he didn't like one of the cars but the other one looked good. He gave me all of the details about the car, mileage, previous owner history, color, etc. while he was inspecting it. My wife specifically wanted a non-smoking car so Roy told us it even passed the smell test. As luck would have it he was able to buy the car for the right price, bring it back to Louisville, thoroughly inspect it, prep it and have it ready for us to test drive by that Saturday. It was exactly what we wanted and well within our budget to we returned on Monday and purchased the car. It was like having our own personal car shopper. The whole experience was pleasant, easy and straight forward. Afterwards I knew we got a good deal but was curious as to how good so I got back online and looked for the same car with the same features and mileage that we had bought. Depending upon who had it for sale we saved anywhere from $1500 to $3500. It feels good when you know you made the right choice on such an important purchase for your family. The next time we need to upgrade our first and only choice will be Neutz Brothers.
I don't understand all the negative reviews. I've had nothing but good things from the people of Cobra Motors and they've gone above and beyond what any used car dealership would do. Their prices are more than fair and yes some cars may not be perfect but the prices and honesty about them is always good. I've been checking out cars there for years and just purchased one there this week. It did have hail damage but was in great mechanical shape. The price was very reasonable considering the damage and they even agreed to fix a part of the hail damage with my purchase. another thing they didn't have to do, was the car I purchased did not have a radio. It came that way from the auction. The owner Omar said he would look in their storage warehouse and pull one from another car that had an AUX input and mp3 capabilities as that's what I was looking for. He also told me if he could not find one that very day, he would pay for half the cost of any radio I picked out from a store. I don't know about you, but that's a good deal and something he was not required to do. Having received an already good deal on the car, he set me up with a new radio, and added in a free oil change as well. If you just sit down and talk with them, you'll come to understand they're good people running a business. They're here to help, and they do go above and beyond what they're required to do. I was present on their lot when another woman had something come up and they agreed to cover all costs to fix her issue months after she had purchased it, something they were not required to do but they are here to help. If that angry poster below me would have contacted them regarding their issue, which they didn't.. Omar would have accommodated them as well. Instead they wait months after the issue and do not go to them for assistance.I've had nothing but good things to say about the people of Cobra Motors. They've done everything they can to help me, answer any questions, cover any issues I had, etc. They're very understanding people and happy to help. They are a used car lot and do get some of their inventory from auction, so of course there may be some vehicles that aren't 100%, but you're going to get a great deal and if something comes up, it never hurts to contact them for assistance.
I don't take the time to write reviews often and I only write reviews if I was impressed. About a month ago I bought my third car from this place and every time I've interacted with them I was pleased with their service. I was treated fairly and they have a great knowledge about the cars. There's nothing worse than trying to sell a product that you have no knowledge of. Not with these guys. They can tell you about every detail of every car they have for sale. Most importantly, which means more to me than anything else, they are honest and with all of the three experiences I've had, I was never lied and everything they told me about the cars was true down to the last bit. Over time they have improved their array of cars so now they have a much much bigger variety of selections.
We bought a 2012 Honda Accord with a rebuilt title (water) in January, 2013. I never would have imagined that we would have bought a car with a rebuilt title. But, Omer and his brother and his crew won us over. The car fit our needs perfectly. But more importantly, Omer was so open, honest, straight-talking, etc., he made us totally comfortable in making this purchase. He encouraged us to NOT buy the extended warranty on the car. He said, "I'll sell you the warranty, if you really want it. But, you'd be wasting your money. You don't need it with this car." I will need to buy another car within the next year or so. When that time comes, I will contact Omer at Cobra Motors.
I was first referred by a trusted friend who travels a lot on the road and thus requires frequent replacement purchases of reliable vehicles. I recently replaced my high mileage vehicle with a purchase from Neutz Bros Auto sales. Shortly after this a leak was noted in the exhaust system along with another minor issue. The issues were promptly repaired and I was delighted with their service. The initial purchase was smooth and hassle free. The auto was immaculate, and had been serviced to bring it up to date. I can say unequivocally that I will be contacting Neutz bros when my next purchase is needed as they always come through.
These people are great. My wife and I have bad credit. It wasn't always this way but life happens. After shopping several places and seeing how high interest rates were and how low quality most places vehicles were we stumbled across VA Quality Motors. 0 percent interest rate. Not a typo. All of their buy here pay here cars come with no interest, regardless of your credit score. Warranties, Carfax, Good titles, Free oil changes and so much more. Jason was our salesman. Very knowledgeable and friendly. He never pressured us and he is the reason we bought there. We are so happy. Go see them. You will be happy that you did.
Went to 3 used car dealers they did not get me approved for my loan on any of the cars I liked except 1 buy here lot said they would finance a 2000 Cogar for me the only problem with that is they wanted to charge me 12 thousand for the crapy #$%$ car them Mf's wanted to rip my A$$ off. I went to Okolona Motors test drove a 2007 Charger and loved it. I doubted they would get me approved since most of my work is for cash. They have a small office and was packed with people any way I drove that hot babe out the next day after I brought in the paper work requested. Thank you Okolona Motors for pimping me out
What a guy – full European mechanics apprenticeship at a German Mercedes and Mitsubishi dealership and shop. The kind of mechanic that understands the electronic computer age of today’s cars but maintained commonsense of an old world mechanic, that can make things, fixit or replace with new if need be. No matter if you just like to mount new tires or have your sophisticated suspension fixed from torturous roads that resemble those of Poland on your Audi, MB, VW, etc. At Louisville Automotive Shop you are in honest and capable hands. Talk to Nermin he’ll take care of it.
This place got the hook ups I should oh went there first When I got there I was greeted by a big fat white guy lol the dude was great after we did the woobty woob talking we went inside to an indian lookin brother that asked me a few questions and then I had to stare in his face for an hour lol I couldn't believe it when the brother told me its time to look over paper work and got me into my dream 2009 Malibu with my 600 down when I left home dad told me you will never get a ride as long as you work for cash but he was all wrong once again got my hot wheelz hehehehe
went there today I brought a 2005 745li bmw the mile where a lil high but I was told by the salesman to drive the car then make the decision,so me and my wife drove the car,i must say it drive and handled very well it was unbelievable with the miles I was very pleased as we pulled back in, the sales rep along with the General Manger where standing outside the dealership the GM provided me with the carfax and the VIN CHECK these documents explained the mileage and the cars history long story short I brought the car thanks va quality motors
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.