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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?
El Paso, TX 79941
From Business: We are looking for junk cars of all kinds. Any vehicle with a dead engine, bad tranny or old battery is worth good money. All trucks, cars, vans and suvs running or not are paid on the spot. Junkers and clunkers of all shapes and sizes are wanted in this market. Vehicles that are still running may bring a little more money…
5847 Waycross AveEl Paso, TX 79924
These gentlemen were very professional when I needed my truck towed when it broke down. The service was so great I used them again to tow my Corvette. They took great care in the pick up and delivery of both my vehicles. I would highly recommend this company to all needing a vehicle towed. R…
14460 Montana AveEl Paso, TX 79938
So I asked for bumper for a chevy silverado 1500 and they gave the one for a 2500 and told me that was it. Looks very similar. When I try to install it, it didnt fit. I took it to a shop and they told me the same thing. So I took it back, since they gave the wrong one I should get my refund righ…
13300 Montana AveEl Paso, TX 79938
Good Deal. The dealer's price for the item I wanted was 100 bucks. I called these guys and they said they have it and was gonna charge me 50% less of the dealer's price. So I went to their junk yard and was assisted by a mechanic who pulled out the part I needed. The lot was huge with different …
13150 Montana AveEl Paso, TX 79938
POOR SERVICE STAY AWAY FROM THIS COMPANY!!! LEFT MY TRUCK THERE FOR SERVICES THEY AGREED TO FIX IT IN 3 DAYS AND ENDED UP TO 3 MONTHS COULDN'T REMOVE IT BECAUSE IT WAS IN PIECES. THEY RUINED THE MOTOR HAD TO REPLACE THE WHOLE MOTOR AT MY EXPENSES. THEY TRIED TO CHARGE ME ALL THESES DIFFERENT PRI…
1273 Joe Battle Blvd Suite A1El Paso, TX 79936
From Business: Keystone Automotive Industries, Inc., a subsidiary of LKQ Corporation, is the United States’ largest aftermarket auto parts supplier. Keystone Automotive is an ISO registered distributor that offers a high-quality, low-cost alternative to new OEM replacement parts for autos and trucks. Keystone's aftermarket auto parts pro…
13471 Montana AveEl Paso, TX 79938
Recently visited this place and was highly impressed with the selection and knowledge this man or place had pertaining to specific parts I was looking for... May take another trip next week.... Thank u
7364 Helen Of TroyEl Paso, TX 79912
From Business: We will buy any car, in any condition in or around El Paso Texas! We pay you from $500 to $5000 cash on the spot! We also tow the vehicle away for FREE! Se Habla Espanol! We buy junk cars, call us today!
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.
Very nice people, they paid what I wanted, they picked up my car fast , I had no problems ...........
So I asked for bumper for a chevy silverado 1500 and they gave the one for a 2500 and told me that was it. Looks very similar. When I try to install it, it didnt fit. I took it to a shop and they told me the same thing. So I took it back, since they gave the wrong one I should get my refund right, nah they refuse to refund my $400. So I pretty much threw away $400. Dont go there. They are not professional at all.
Bought a new used engine paid 450.00 plus taxes he requires a fourty dollars deposit he said that when I returned the old engine back I would get my deposit back I returned the old engine back and asked for my deposit he said that I owe him additional 130.00 dollars more for the old engine. As a result his employees dumped old moter oil in the back of my pick up I told them clean it up they told me to f-myself.
Paid for parts and didn't get the part I needed and no refund. He hasn't given me the part I paid him for ����
Buen dia: Me podria cotizar una cremallera y un compresor de aire con todo y los tornillos para un Subaru Legacy 1995 motor 2.2 gracias
POOR SERVICE STAY AWAY FROM THIS COMPANY!!! LEFT MY TRUCK THERE FOR SERVICES THEY AGREED TO FIX IT IN 3 DAYS AND ENDED UP TO 3 MONTHS COULDN'T REMOVE IT BECAUSE IT WAS IN PIECES. THEY RUINED THE MOTOR HAD TO REPLACE THE WHOLE MOTOR AT MY EXPENSES. THEY TRIED TO CHARGE ME ALL THESES DIFFERENT PRICES I NEVER AGREED TOO. THEY RUINED MULTIPLE PARTS TO MY TRUCK. LOST MY BRAND NEW BATTERY. BOTTOM LINE I TOWED MY TRUCK THERE AND TOWED IT AWAY FROM THERE I THOUGHT A MECHANIC WOULD FIX IT NOT GIVE IT BACK TO ME TO TOW. HOPE THIS PLACE GETS SHUT DOWN, SAVE THE HEADACHE AND DON'T STOP AT THIS UNPROFESSIONAL SHOP..
This was my second time going their. The first time I thought they were a little expensive and the dude forgot to give me back my credit card, but the second time I went he tried to charge me fifty dollars for a harness. I went down the street to LKQ pick your part and after a two dollars entrance fee I purchased the same part for only a dollar and they gave me a military discount!
Had to go back three days, because my part hadn't been taken off the original car yet... I just got my money back
Good Deal. The dealer's price for the item I wanted was 100 bucks. I called these guys and they said they have it and was gonna charge me 50% less of the dealer's price. So I went to their junk yard and was assisted by a mechanic who pulled out the part I needed. The lot was huge with different kinds of models. The mechanic and I got into the truck and drove around. When I found a similar vehicle, it didn't have the part I needed. However, the mechanic was able to take me a similar vehicle that may utilize the same item. Sure enough, there was one. After pulling it out, I went back to the shop and paid for my item. Since I didn't get the right part, the owner gave me the minimum price for any item bought in the junk yard, which was $20 + tax. So... not bad. Got a good deal at the end of the day.
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.