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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.
Don't judge a book by its' coverWe have been using this Big Al's location for quite a while and recently had oil dripping under our Sonata. Edwin, the store manager assigned Vinney to look at the car. Vinney examined the situation and pointed out all the possible leak points which were "dry" and then pointed to one of the valve covers which had oil residue. To make a long story short, the place is not pretty but Vinney is a very knowledgeable and careful mechanic. Edwin is a straight shooter and the prices are about as fair as you will find anywhere. The car was repaired without incident and has been leak free and the additional splark plug change etc. have improved the performance of the car. The little details such as pulling the dip stick to show you that the oil is new and the level is full are what make this business special.The other mechanics have done the service maintenance in the past with professional service. I had a friend who is an auto mechanic in the Navy and he told me that he brings his car to this location when he doesn't have the time to work on it himself. You can't get a better compliment than that! Dirk Van Vort
This place is amazing. George and de'ron helped me and my family out getting us into a brand new chevy malibu. Zak went above and beyond for the payments and working the car out to fit us perfectly. Couldnt ask for a better group of people.
I've been in the military for 10 1/2yrs now the whole tone here in Virginia and have seen some very shady car dealerships, but CAVALIER FORD LINCOLN takes the cake.In April I bought a 2017 Ford Fusion Hybrid. I was going to buy it through Beach Ford and right now I really wish I had. I called Cavalier Ford Lincoln prior to buying a a car through Beach Ford and they promised me that if I come there and buy their car it's brand new it's it's greatly priced and it comes with an extended warranty. My husband and I go and check out this new car with this great warranty and come to find out it has a previous owner. But they promised is that the owner was a prior dealership. So it's still brand new and good to go. I have my car for 2 weeks not even and my back bumper decides to break apart all the way to the back tail light. (See picture), I bring my car in for service and instead of putting in the clip that they sad it needed, they super glued it back together. We paid an extra $3,000 in manufacturer bumper to bumper coverage but they failed to even acknowledge the fact and literally just super glued the bumper back to the car and set me on my way. I was infuriated and told them I just want to trade in my suposed New car. Of course I got the cold shoulder, and was told to go to Car Max if I wanted to trade in my car. Come to find out:CAR MAX WON'T EVEN TAKE THE CAR BECAUSE IT WAS A CAR MADE FOR CANADA AND THEY'RE NOT ALLOWED TO SELL CARS LIKE THE ONE I HAVE BECAUSE THEY DON'T KNOW WHO CHANGED UP MY SPEDOMETER FROM KILOMETERS TO MILES! THANK YOU FORD LINCOLN CAVALIER FOR SELLING ME A "NEW" POS CAR. NO ONE THOUGHT TO TELL MY HUSBAND AND I THIS CAR ISN'T EVEN MADE FOR THE US. WTH?TERRIBLE TERRIBLE TERRIBLE SERVICE, "NEW SUPOSED CAR," THE WHOLE EXPERIENCE WITH THEM IS AWEFUL, DO YOURSELF A FAVOR, DO NOT BUY FROM THEM!!!
Just purchased my second Fusion in less than four years from Cavalier! I could not be happier with my experience or my car. By talking with my salesman, Craig, in advance, choosing my car was easy and done quickly. If you are in the market for a new vehicle, Cavalier Ford at Chesapeake Square can offer you the best.
Nichole Pepke is the best Service Manager I have every had the pleasure to work with. So many times she has gotten our vehicles in right away, dealt with emergent conditions, made sure our Service was completed on time and as inexpensively as possible. She always goes the extra mile and makes us feel special. Observing her serving others clearly showed that she treats all her customers as VIPs. This is the place to have your vehicles serviced!
Nichole Pepke is an amazing Service Advisor! She treats everyone right, keeps the service time reasonable, price fair, and makes everyone feel special. It is rare to find this level of service still in America! We had a vehicle that had a transmission problem and she got it in right away. While working on the transmission, the diligent technician noted two other problems and fixed them as well. This team is amazing, and is the reason I will buy Fords from Cavalier and have them serviced here on Military highway!!
My experiences with Cavalier Ford over the last 12 years have been extremely good. There was no exception during a recent service call. My service writer Nichole was on the money as far as the diagnosis, lead time and cost. I really appreciate quality in service related situations and this one was great. My car was returned on time and even washed!!Thanks,John T.
It is rare to find a service provider who makes customer service a top priority. From sales to service to the follow-up to ensure we are satisfied, the experience is first class. Our service provider with the Green Team, Nicole goes above and beyond to ensure her customers her satisfied. I thought we were given special treatment until I overheard her interacting with another customer. She treats every customer as if they are number #1. Even in those rare instances where something has to be readdressed, Nicole goes above and beyond to follow-up and ensure we are not inconvenienced and gets the job done right. Thank you to all the service providers from the technicians, detailers, customer service, cashiers, and especially the shuttle driver who gets us back to work on time. Last but not least, it was not for Shelby Minyard the sales manager and her outstanding sales associates we would not be owners of 3 Ford and Lincoln vehicles. We appreciate all you do for your customers. Our family are Cavalier Customers for life.
THESE PEOPLE ARE OPPRESSORS. HAVING GAINED THEIR WEALTH ON THE BACKS OF THE POOR AND CLAIMING TO BE A COMPANY WHO IS WORKING FOR YOU, WHEN IN ACTUALITY THEY SEEK ONLY INCREASING THEIR BOTTOM LINE. LIKE THE SECOND RATE CAR DEALERSHIPS DO, THEY PLACE TRACKING/SHUTOFF DEVICES IN THE AUTOMOBILES SOLD TO THE PUBLIC. MY CAR SHUT OFF ON ME WHILE ON THE ON RAMP TO THE INTERSTATE AFTER THEY INSTALLED A FAULTY TRACKING/SHUTOFF DEVICE IN MY CAR AND THIS COMPANY HAD NO EXPLANATION AS TO WHY. ITS A MATTER OF SAFETY THAT THIS COMPANY DOESN'T SEEM TO CARE ABOUT FOR THERE CUSTOMERS. THEY TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THEIR CUSTOMERS. DON'T DO BUSINESS WITH THEM IF YOU DON'T WANT TO DEAL WITH AN OPPRESSIVE COMPANY!!!
As always, I have been following Buddy Johnson around for almost 30 years. I knew he was at Cavalier Ford for quite some time. I gave him a call and he was able to find me a 2016 F 150 truck right away. He knew the truck would be made for me. I came up to the dealership and the truck was perfect. He is an outstanding person and has gone out of his way to work with me since I am unable to get around due to surgery. He had everything ready for me when we took final procession on it. I am happy to be a part of the Cavalier Ford family and will let all my friends that this is the place to go.
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.