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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.
Great place excellent service nice staff great location wonderful selection good prices very clean
My sons new challenger is amazing! Mr. Westray was a great salesman and got us an excellent price! the dealership was very professional and kept high standards!
Great dealership! Michael Westray treated us amazing! they offer great service and great prices! Cant wait to show off my new ride!
Our experience was first class.We made an even trade and came away super pleased and content.Highly recommend.And the good man would works in the office took care of all the paper work very professinal. Thank you all very happy customer !1 Tommy & Hilde Wilkens Palm Coast Florida
Took in Jeep for muffler and speedometer told me they couldn't fix muffler even though they told me they could. They called me and said they worked on the speedometer and couldn't find out what was wrong. They said so far I owed them 90 dollars did I want them to keep trying to figure out what was wrong with speedometer. Said it could get up to 6or7 hundred dollars. I said no and they still made me pay the 90 dollars. Be ware of this company. If they can fix they still charge you. If this was a legit company they would send me my money back.
After going here, I cannot believe the good reviews I have read. It makes me think that the employees posted these to their own business review page. When I went in to pick up my car, which they kept for a total of 9 days when they told me it would only be 2 days, I noticed that my license plate was not on the car. So I went back to the office where the office manager, Teresa tried to tell me that my car wasn't brought in with a license plate??? We argued back and forth for a minute before the, presumable, owner chimed in and said that they had a couple of break ins on the lot but notified the police, and they just assumed my car didn't have a license plate to begin with. So I asked Teresa what my options were and instead of addressing me she kept retreating to the back room and hiding out. And when she finally came out and gave some kind of answer she was standing in front of me refusing to look at or acknowledge me, but instead talked to me through the owner. So they offered to give me $20 in cash (mhm no paper trail?) to go down to the DMV and get a new license plate, or I could file a police report and get a free one. So I requested that they call the police, to which they said they had already called three police stations and got no response. So I stood in the office and called the police in front of the two workers, and the police station immediately answered and sent down a cop. When the cop got there they said that the business never filed any reports of a break in. Also when they fixed my AC they had to take off my dashboard, which they ended up chipping in 3 different places in the process and when I said something they said "sometimes it happens and sometimes it doesn't. You just never know" instead of at least owning up to their mistakes. The car was also returned to me ridiculously dirty. Long story short, this was the most disrespectful place I have ever done business with. They are unprofessional and have no standards.
I took my car to AAMCO due to the car drive funny. They stated I needed a new transmission and they quoted me 3600. They stated if I kept driving the car I could cause serious damage. I took my car to another transmission shop for a second opinion. They stated I needed to replace the solenoid in the transmission. It cost me. $300 and I have been driving for the last month with no issues. Don't take your car to AAMOCO unless you want to get ripped off.
I had so many issues with this shop I wouldn't recommend it to anyone. I brought my 2002 honda crv in to get my air compressor fixed which was estimated at $900. It was a common problem with the car and it had to be completely redone. Which I understood it took a few days to get my car back and when I did I was driving home when I realized the air was not getting cold. When I got to my house I realized that my car was hot and when I opened the hood it was steaming and fluid was spewing out of it. I called them right away and they had it towed there the next day that their expense. The next day he informed me that the radiator had a crack in it. I had brought it there with only an account problem and did not understand why the radiator had an issue now. He called me the next day an said my car was ready to pick up and told me that my radiator fan was not hooked up by his mechanic and they had replaced the radiator and the fan at their expense. For a month I had no issues untill my account stopped blowing cold, I took it on the next day they kept it all day and then informed me it was a hose that was old and needed to be replaced again they fixed it and I was without a car for a day. I picked it up drove it for another day and then the AC again quit blowing cold. I brought it back they kept it for another 2 days and told me it was the hose again. I drove it for about two weeks before I needed to pop the hood to check the oil (it has a leak so I check it fairly regularly) only to find that the hood would not pop. No one had touched it since then so I brought it back. I left it with them. When I came back later that day he told me they had fixed it but needed to show me. So I came only to find that they had cut the wire and had no connected it back to where it should be but had just Jerry rigged it in the front. By this time I didn't want them to touch my car so I left. Overall it was a stressful bad experience I will say that they did try to fix most of the issues.
Woohoo! As good as it gets! Alec was awesome repairing my Jeep for Jeep Beach when my water pump went out He stayed late to make sure my son and I were able to enjoy our weekend together just want to say Tjanks
He has multiple locations - AVIOD Wish I could leave ZERO stars - If a person buys a used part on ebay - Has absolutely no clue what he is doing - Then tells you the part you sold him doesn't work - Then you nicely send him another (like new) Priority Mail - Then 2 months after the sale he ships one back plus the one originally on his vehicle - AND wants all his money back - He also did not send back the like new bracket and armature - Screws were missing - If this is what this person does with someone who bends over backwards to help - What is he doing to his customers - Avoid this %$#@*725 S nova Road # 229 Ormond Beach FL 321741010 10th St Daytona beach FL 32117 1506 N Nova Rd, Daytona Beach, FL 32117
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.