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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.
We run a small body shop in Atlanta and we use Headlights 101 as often as we can. There are a lot of companies that refurbish lights and most of them are glued back together, look like crap and don't come with a warranty. Their headlights look like new and they get them to us quickly. Haven't done many repairs with them but the times we have we couldn't even tell that any work had been done to the light.
When I first saw these reviews I was concerned but I spoke to Matt and he explained that when you read these reviews you will see that they are actually for another company. They have tried to fix this on multiple occasions but can't get the help they need. I have a 2016 Lexus RX that had a broken lens and they were able to replace the lens for me within a few hours and it saved me a ton of money. They did a real nice job and we plan to use them again.
I would like to say this. Know what you are buying. Check the numbers stamped on the transmission and trust that employees here do not keep good records and unknowingly sell wrong parts. Also put your part in before the warrantee is expired in case you have a bad part!!!!
If I could rate them with a 0 then I most definitely would. This was absolutely the worst customer service II have EVER experienced! The salesman was rude and incompetent! He does not have the knowledge of the Ford inventory. We purchased a Ford F-150 Lariat and were told it had several additional features that we found after the fact that it does not. No heated rear seat, no side mirror defogger just to name a couple. We went to a different delearship after we purchased to buy some accessories and a salesman at the LaGrange delearship showed us features on the truck we purchased that were completely overlooked by the salesman we purchased from in Fayetteville. Our salesman was in such a rush just to make a sale that he mislead what features were actually on the vehicle and failed to completely demonstrate the features it does have. In addition, we were promised a bed cover and 3+ months later we have not received the bed cover. Any calls and messages to the delearship or our salesman have not been returned. They gave us a document called a "We Owe" as a promise to deliver a bed cover. This "We Owe" has proven to be worthless! This review could go on and on stating the many failed promises and failure to follow through. I would highly recommend that if you are looking to buy a vehicle DO NOT buy from Alan Vigil in Fayetteville, GA. One last comment... after test driving and feeling forced to make a decision on the purchase at their closing hour, we decided to sleep on it. After telling the salesman several times that we were not going to make a quick purchase that we needed to step away and think about it he got up from his desk, grabbed his jacket and left without so much as a thank you, look forward to seeing you tomorrow or ANYTHING! He simply was disgusted that we would not buy that night that he just left. NEVER EVER again will we buy a vehicle from this delearship!
I WOULD LIKE TO SAY I HATE ALL OF THOSE UNPROFESSIONAL PEOPLE THERE!they don't have good service and they give you bad cars!they are very rude and inconsiderate I believe they are all family because they don't have a manager on duty and they don't have a corporate number either!i was in a car accident and I couldn't pay that week they pretend like they cared and it was okay they came and repoed my car. Then I seen the nasty man driving the car with my tag on it!which is illegal.never go there unless you want trouble!they are no good!
This is by far the worst experience I have ever had with a supposedly "professional" business. This place is obviously ran by ignorant, ill-mannered monkeys! I spoke with higher management(not sure that should be their title) and was literally hung up on.. I will never attempt to put any amount of my money into this terrible company again and I will refer anyone I know to any pest service EXCEPT Massey services.
Excellent service! I called the office after hours because I had a noise in my attic. The manager came out that night to check my attic and set traps. They caught a rat the next day. Customer for life!
I went to massey to remove squirrels from my atic and seal their entrances. Three different techs came to my home and only one was brave enough to get close to the corner of the atic were the squirrels would live. They were unsuccessful in removing any pest but that didnt stop the from constantly asking for payment. I believe in paying some for COMPLETED work. Noone would show up for weeks after calling. I had to with hold payment in order to get the out to at least seal the entrances. When the finally arrived to seal it was 3 monthes later and all they used was a three dollar sheet of mesh and a sloppy glob of spray foam.All and all this company does not fullfill the job requirments, they are not professional an the over charge for sub standard work.
These other reviews must come from the managers because they are the worst, me and my grandpa went up their twice once to find him a good used car and the second to buy to test drive and buy the car cash in hand. Both times no one would help us and we went inside to get help and the first time no body was even in sight and the second time the guy was rude and very unhelpful. I would recommend anyone to just drive up the road to union city where they actual know how to be helpful. I hope they read this too so that they know they missed out on 18,000$ cash
Poor customer service and lack of communication. I had my car repaired at Allan Vigil Ford Collision Center in Morrow, GA after my accident. Afterwards, I had a situation where I needed someone from the body shop to call an insurance company to verify the dates that they had my car. I called several times and left several messages. No one called my back. I spoke with Lennie Bishop, the manager of the body shop, and explained my situation. He said he would get back with me but never did. Finally, I had to contact the general manager of the dealership just to get my situation resolved and even he made me feel like I was wasting his time. Something that should have taken less than 5 minutes, took over a month to be resolved.I would not recommend this place to ANYONE!
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.