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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.
My husband and I went to look at a Nissan Sentra. It was listed at 6995 (guaranteed 6795 with USAA carbuying app). The major issues were that 2 out of 3 seatbelts in the back seat wouldn't buckle, all 4 tires were bald, the donut was on the wires, the mechanism for locking the gas tank was broken so you couldn't open the gas tank (gas was so low it alerted us on the test drive), and the AC wasn't working. Paul seemed very nice. He mentioned his boss wasn't wanting to fix the seatbelts (a very cheap fix), but he got him to agree to fix the seatbelts, the tires, the ac, and provide a useable donut. But the lowest he could go was 6995, which was the listed price for the car. Reminder the guaranteed USAA carbuying app price was 6795. So he raised the price in order to address the major safety concerns. Obviously we walked .
Worst communication ive ever experienced. I received a direct quote for a car from the "owner" of this business and it was not kept. A sudden $1000 price hike made me suspicious. I myself have misquoted but always stood behind my price.
I bought my truck from them in November and went to them 3 times telling them that it didn't feel right, that I believe something is wrong with it.. the owner just laughed it off saying I was just paranoid.. Dec 28th my truck wouldn't start smh! They said it was the fuel pump.. my dad told me to ask if they checked the fuses cause it could just be the fuses. He said it was the pump.. I paid $480 to replace the pump and it still didn't start. Now he says it's the fuse.. which I mentioned before. Then said I had to come get my vehicle because they don't have any room. It's currently at another shop where I'm looking at $600-$800 to get it fixed.. I feel as though I should get a refund or I'm getting a lawyer
IT WAS WONDERFUL, NO HASSLE AND NO PRESSURE. SOLD ME THE CAR I WANTED. NICE SALES PEOPLE AND VERY PROFESSIONAL.
THOSE GUYS DOWN ARE GREAT, HELPED MY DAUGHTER BUY HER FIRST CAR, ON HER OWN. THANK YOU REUNITED, I WILL BE BUYING MY CARS FROM THERE FROM HERE ON OUT.
I highly recommend ZNH Towing as they did an outstanding job when we ended up with a completely flat tire on the highway. After I past a huge wreck on I-26 W (all I can think about is that the DOT did not clean up the road properly because later the dealer found a huge piece of metal in my tire) my car had a flat tire quickly. I barely made it off the next exit (My tire light came on showing low pressure!) to a gas station. My car was serviced the day before to make sure it was OK for a trip. They came with a flat back truck and delivered prompt courteous and friendly rescue to us. Roadside Assistance was not so good even using my phone app to help find us they could not locate us to tell them where to find us. Even the address and Exit I got from the attendant at the Gas station did not help them. So don't count on Roadside Assistance is all I can add.Mustafa and Celia of NZH Towing in Columbia SC made this a better experience for us.He made sure MY car was in a safe area overnight because the dealer was closed and did not have a key drop or safe area to leave the vehicle.Thank you, Celia and Mustafa. I recommend you highly to anyone that needs towing around Columbia and surrounding areas. When someone goes the ‘extra mile’ I feel they that needs to be shared.
THIS DEALERSHIP GRANTED ME WITH 100% APPROVAL GUARANTEED, AND PUT ME IN A GREAT QUALITY VEHICLE FOR MY TRANSPORTATIONAL NEEDS! I RECOMMEND ANY PERSON TO INVEST IN THIS COMPANY BY PURCHASING A CAR!
I'm not someone who writes reviews (good or bad) but, I was so impressed with my experience that I decided to let everyone know how wonderful this company performed in my car buying process. I was in the market for a car, and I was actively searching for the perfect vehicle for weeks. Finally, a co-worker who was pleased with his new vehicle (purchased from Best Buy), referred me to Best Buy Auto Sales of SC on Decker Blvd. The Owner worked patiently with me, and he is very knowledgeable about the process of purchasing a vehicle. He has a wide selection of vehicles, made the process hassle free, with no stress on my part, and more importantly; He stands behind his vehicles after you drive off the lot. I purchased a Range Rover, and I'm extremely please with my vehicle. If you want to purchase a nice vehicle and have a wonderful experience, I would recommend this company. You will not be disappointed.
These people are heartless!!!! I gave them 800 deposit on a down-payment for a chevy malibu NO ONE ever told me is was nonrefundable! I went to recieve my money back and they said it was company policy that they didnt give refunds the sales person i spoke to was lance who this first time i bought a car from them was great which is the only reason i went back. But i was highly disappointed with him this time the word nonrefundable never came out his mouth the whole time i spoke about giving a partial down payment. I spoke to heather who lied so many times first she said "the receipt i was given said nonrefundable" but when i called her to say no it doesn't im looking at it and requested a copy of the reciept she said had nonrefundable on it she changed her story and said "no lance to you the money wasn't refundable" i dont fault lance honestly hes a great guy but he is human and we all make mistakes my problem is being lied to & completely disrespected owner of the company who was in the building at the tim refused to talk to me when i asked heather if i could speak with him she replied "No he doesn't speak to cusomers that what he pay me for" i literally begged with them to reimburse me my money i explained to her that i live pay check to pay check i just left a abusive relationship which is why i dont have a car i have a child who will be here any day now and really can't afford to "give money away" and she (heather) ended the conversation saying "well you're not getting your money back" so i ended up spending another 80 dollars to file papers to take them to court which will take at least 30 days....theres lots more to the story and a lot of lies were told but its too much to type bottom line my advice to anyone looking to buy a car is go to your local junkyard before u go to united auto sales
Initially replaced my entire transmission with a refurbished transmission. The next day my AC goes out and I take my car into another shop to have it looked at. These "mechanics" at Dave's didn't even connect the hoses back properly when putting everything back together, so there was an o-ring in the line that caused my AC to go out--$250 extra dollars spent because they didn't do their job correctly. Three months later (if that) my car breaks down again. Luckily, they upheld their warranty and paid to have it towed to their shop since the transmission caused the break down. Got my car back the second time, red mechanic's rags were left in the passenger foot and seat. I had left a full pack of cigarettes in the door, all were gone but 5. I'm also now missing the trailer hitch and ball that I keep in the very back of my SUV. I am not at all impressed with this shop or their staff. The only reason they even get 1 star is for upholding their 3 year/unlimited mile warranty, which I hopefully won't have to use again.
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.