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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.
Disappointed with the manager. I bought an Audi A4 convertible. It is in good shape but they had just replaced the ignition coils. When the car started idling high I took it and had the computer read and it informed me that it could be the coils. Instead of helping me out, they gave me the number of the mechanic who gave me the run around (of course). I ended up spending about $300 before I even made my first car payment. I get things happen BUT when I call you and you KNOW you got something fixed dealing with the same issue then help your customer get it taken care of. Steve the manager acted like he sympathized and offered to talk to the owner to see if he could help with the price of the repair. I have emailed him twice and he has yet to get back with me. Fortunately I found a great mechanic online that specializes in Audis. I liked their cars and their referral program but I will not refer them to anyone due to the lack of them addressing this issue.
Owners Corey Sr. And Son Corey Jr. Welcomed me with Professionalism, Honesty and Integrity. Working with Poor but rebounding credit a bit above 600 they got me approved for purchasing a car in the $10,000. Range. I was impressed and able to finance well within my budget of couple hundred a month on a fixed income! I didn't think it was possible but they made "Magic" happen and I drove off in a Low Mileage, Beautiful Rust Free Mercedes Benz. It gets better...Their Service after the "As is" SaSo. Approximately 3 to 4 days after purchase, I noticed the car possibly needed a brakdaysI called Corey and they told me to take it to their mechanic. The next day I had my brakes fixed and smooth driving since. 5 Stars across the board for Schoolcraft Quality Cars in Detroit off Grand River Blvd. I STRONGLY RECOMMEND SCHOOLCRAFT QUALITY CARS TO ANYONE NEEDING TO FIND AN HONEST, HELPFUL RELIABLE USED CAR BUSINESS... ESPECIALLY WHEN YOU NEED A BIT OF HELP GETTING FINANCED!
I worked with Motorama towards the purchase of a used vehicle they were selling and I couldn't have had a better, easier, and more up-front, fair and honest experience. I looked at past reviews of Motorama and I can certainly confirm and add to the plenitude of praise this dealership has received; it is very well deserved. The used vehicle I purchased at Huss auto shop was selling at a very fair (what I would call attractive) price and they allowed (even recommended) me to take the vehicle for a pre-purchase inspection. They did all the paperwork for me as far as titling and registration goes and are providing me with an extended warranty option to compare with the car options. Talk about great service. Huss is truly customer oriented and very genuine about it. If you want great service and fair dealings, this is the place to go. I appreciate their quality of product and service very much.
Great finance and sales team. Mark the sales rep followed up with me promptly when I inquired about a vehicle on the website. I then came in the next day and was greeted by a very friendly staff. The building is big for being a used car dealership; parking was easy, right in front of the door. I spoke Steve, the finance manager regarding the vehicle I wanted to purchase and he was up front about the price; there was no going back and forth to get a better price; the price given was better than any other dealership had listed. After signing paperwork and getting ready to leave I was approached by Matt, the sales manager; He was very knowledgeable about my vehicle and was able to educate me on all of the many features and stated that he was always available if we have any concerns or questions. I genuinely appreciate the car buying experience and highly recommend this dealership.
Most people have been down and out at one point in their life. Trying to purchase a vehicle with less than perfect credit can be a humbling experience. Setta and Adam were friendly and accommodating from the minute I walked in. Yes, I know they just wanted my business, but these two lovely people went above and beyond. They made my family and I as comfortable as possible and stayed past closing to help me get insurance since it was a Saturday and my insurance office was closed. Unfortunately the car broke down (transmission died) just hours after I had signed on the dotted line. But guess what-they paid to have it repaired on the next business day! There was no hesitation on their part even though the vehicle was clearly marked as "no warranty-sold as is". If you're down on your luck and looking for a car, these people will take care if you.
My friend told me about Champs a couple of years ago. At that time I didn't need a vehicle. When I got into an accident a week ago, I needed to get back on the road a.s.a.p. With bruise credit, I know it would take a miracle to get approve for a auto loan. So with desperation and a prayer, I decided to check out Champs. Best choice, hands down. With limited down payment, and the car of my choice, Mark got me approve and within hours, I was back on the road. Mark and the whole staff, treated me like family. I would definitely recommend Champs Auto Sales, to be your next stop when looking to purchase a vehicle. You will not be disappointed!!!
Southfield Quality Cars is the most recommended dealership on 8 mile. Im a former Collison guy. And I noticed little to no paint work on theyre inventory. That a sign that there buying clean cars. And theyre not in the restoration business. The sales staff looked like they stuck xanax in the coffee-no energy. I thought the new building would change the atmosphere from the old trailor. Guess not. Theres no music playing, no pictures on the wall, and no conversation. On the finance side. They are top notch. They work with a lot of banks, and not just credit acceptance. Who is the lowest of the low.
Recently found this business searching on the internet. Contacted them immediately to junk my old car and to find a battery for my current car I'm driving. They had great customer service over the phone came straight to my home to pick in up with in 30 minutes like I was told. The driver was very polient, gave me the total worth of my car in cash right on the spot! Also, my experience was great when I went up to the shop to get another battery for my current car I'm driving. Very reasonable prices for the battery. I truly recommend this reliable business to everyone in the Detroit Area and outside of Detroit.
Recently my 2015 Hyundai Sonata wouldn't start I called a popular Auto Store and was told the battery for this car would cost me $250. I couldn't afford that kind of money for a battery. The very next morning I got a boost and started to drive East to West. Not one auto store was open. A few minutes past 8:00am I found one!! Najee Fast Cash $$ 2 U Auto Center!!! Seemed as though the staff was on time bright and early waiting just for me. They were friendly, fast, and extremely professional. It took all of 5 minutes, got the exact same battery WITH a warranty and I was on my way! Thank You Again
From the moment my wife and I walked into the dealership, we were given individualized, personalized service. Matt spent hours with us, patiently searching for and finding the car that met my needs, then demonstrating the features of the car and even pairing my phone to its bluetooth. He was very knowledgeable, courteous and professional throughout the process. He was also very communicative and responsive to our questions regarding the features of the car and regarding scheduling pickup of my vehicle. I would highly recommend Matt and the dealership to anyone considering purchasing a vehicle.
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.