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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 had been looking at used cars for 2 weeks, then was ready to buy. I just sold my car so needed my new wheels quick. Had a list of car lots and specific cars from the internet. Traveled from all over Columbus,to Pataskala, to Lancaster, to Delaware. It was the end of the third and last day of my buyer's grace period, and I was on my last nerve and heading home. I remembered stopping at The Village Car Store during my "shopping around" stage and it was only minutes from my house so I decided to swing by. The very nice young man I spoke to previously greeted me. All the cars there are high quality and I explained my situation and test drove several cars. Unfortunately, although very tempted, they were just a little beyond my budget. This is a family owned business (father & sons). I was asked what my limit was, and the young man went in to talk with dad. When he came back out he said "hold on, my dad wants you to look at a car." They brought around a 2003 Ford Taurus SE. There was only minor body dings/scratches and the interior looked brand new/spotless. Electric seats AND pedals, then test drive made it more inviting. "You can have it at your price out the door." "Huh!?" Was able to have my mechanic give it a good look and thumbs up. Done deal and very happy! To be truthful, I just about felt like part of the family. What a world it would be if we had more people like this. Great car buying experience!
I wish I could attribute more than 5 stars to my experience at Central Collision! After my 2007 Saturn Vue's door was damaged in a parking garage in January 2015, a friend recommended this shop for my repairs. From my first call to book an estimate to the finish, this was by far the best experience I have ever had with an auto repair business.The staff is courteous and helpful, the shop is conveniently located, and they made drop off and pick up very easy for me and my busy schedule. Carol coordinated everything with my insurance company to have a rental car brought to me and kept me updated throughout the repair process. I also really enjoyed their easy-to-use website portal that allowed me to check on the progress of my vehicle's repairs. They finished the repairs by the date and time promised and, when I picked up my car, it had been cleaned and looked fabulous.I enthusiastically recommend Central Collision to anyone I know who is looking for a repair shop in Central Ohio. Great place!
This place was awesome! I literally had been looking for a car for weeks, when a friend told me about this place. I was greeted immediately after I stepped out of my brothers van, they were polite, well dressed, and knowledgeable. The salesman even told me he didnt want to me sell me the car that first caught my eye because it had problems and they were getting rid of it to a wholesaler. When I found my baby (its a 2005 audi a4 convertible) they let me take a nice test drive, and even offered me a soda. Car ran great, and after a year its gave me ZERO problems. They sold me the car for about $1000 less than kelly blue book value of a private party sale. Thats amazing for a used car lot. They threw in a 3 month warranty for free, and even gave me CADH for sending a buddy in who bought a car. Very nice place, good people, great cars, friendly service, and super low prices. What more could you ask for.
I have been going here for about 10 years now this place has everything you are looking for. Only bad part about is they are not registered with row52.com. The service is good at the desk they are very helpful and in the Office area where they take debit cards, wrecks and salvage and the parts are very reasonably priced. At the checkout counter is cash only bring money its easier! The selection of pull it yourself parts is the best in the Columbus areathis place is huge! A great selection of used tires and rims. The cars are organized by foreign, full size trucks and suvs, mid size trucks and vans, ford, chevy and dodge. This junkyard is never a let down they usually have what your looking for. But the best advice i can give you if you go in here a day or two after it rains WEAR BOOTS! This junkyard can be a mud pit after some rain. Happy picking
This is just a preliminary review as I just purchased the vehicle a few days ago. So far so good. My sales person was Carl Peterson and I would say that he was very helpful in getting me into a vehicle. Yes, I have some credit challenges but I would say that the price of the vehicle was a lot more than it is worth and I know that once everything is said and done, I am not going to have something worth anything. That is the chance that people like me have to take. I did like the fact that they will defer your down payment if you don't have all of it upfront. My monthly payment is doable. The person I spoke with at the finance company, CNAC, was also helpful. I only hope that this experience is a good one but like I said, so far so good.
Purchased a car from here for our daughter. Dan was our salesperson. He was great. Went in for one car and someone was test driving it. Dan showed us another car and we took the information and pictures to show our daughter. This all happened on a Saturday afternoon. Dan was willing to meet us that Sunday afternoon if we wanted. Monday we went back to purchase the car. Our daughter test drove the car and loved it. Perfect car for our daughter. Dan was excellent to work with. Would do business with them again.
If you want a fair price for your car that you want to sell. go see J.B. at the Auto Spot. I don't know why the Yellow Page listing says that the business is not open. It is. JB is a no nonsense, honest person who gives everyone a fair deal. He told another guy who wanted to buy everything that he knew about the car he was interested in. Pay what you agreed to if you want to buy. I had a very positive and hassle-free, no pressure experience here and I'm going to buy my next car from him, too.
This review is regarding my 2008 Lexus RX 350. Carol has been absolutely wonderful through this whole process. My insurance company has just been dreadful and Carol helped me the whole entire time with a loaner car and everything else that I needed. All the repairs that were done to my car look great. I had my car repaired before at other major companies and I feel like central collision did an absolutely wonderful job everything is great!
I had my headliner redone on my low mile 88 Trans Am GTA. The material matched the original almost perfectly and with T-tops it is hard to do the "curves" well. I took pictures before and after and the match is perfect. The price is the best in columbus and the service is excellent. He really cares about you and your car. I cant recommend enough! Thanks for the good work and I look forward to next show season!
Great used car buying experience..! Bill Dovell has been dealing with Mercedes (only) parts, service and sales for years. He is a down-to-earth proprietor where what you see is what you get. He has access to clean low mileage lease returns and sells them at prices below the big dealers. This was our first Mercedes purchase; we have every intention of working with him on our next purchase. Highly recommended! JTG JR.
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.