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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?
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.
August 26, 2017Gerald HorneA & A Automotive1620 State St.Florence, AL 35630 This man sold me a 2009 Pontiac G6 GXP on July 17, 2017 that he bought at an auction that had been wrecked for $6,000.He told me he would “fix everything that needed fixing on the car to make it drivable and acceptable before I bought it,” even saying he would “provide an oil change.”On July 17, 2017, he delivered car to my home. My grandson checked oil and it was quite low, dirty, and dark.Contacted Mr. Horne and told him he needed to perform the oil change he had promised.He said he would perform oil change. He picked up car that day On July 20, 2017, he delivered car to Florence, AL YMCA where my grandson was playing basketball. WE DID NOT CHECK THE OIL AT THIS TIME, AS HORNE HAD GIVEN HIS WORD THE OIL WAS CHANGED AT THIS TIME.Around 5:00 p.m., grandson drove car to the Florence Mall. He left mall at approximately 9:00 p.m. and went to North Florence McDonald’s for a Coke. When he turned onto North Wood Avenue, he inadvertently turned left, going North, instead of turning right, going South, toward the area we live in. He realized this right away and began to look for a place to turn around.Just as he got in front of Florence Baptist Church, driving the speed limit, car began to violently shake; smoke began boiling out from under front and sides of hood, such that even with windows rolled up due to air conditioner being on, grandson’s glasses fogged up. The more he pressed accelerator, slower car went. It went down to 20 MPH and then he WAS FORCED TO TURN IT into an arc such that front tires were resting on curb in oncoming traffic lane in front of Florence Baptist Church. This is when the car quit completely. He got out of car and then went back for keys and tried to crank it. It would not crank. HE NEARLY GOT KILLED BY ONCOMING TRAFFIC AT THIS POINT!!!! He got out and called Florence police; then me.I phoned Mr. Horne; told him what had happened. He said he would send Horne Towing truck. We did not ever see a Horne Towing truck at site of incident.THE POLICE, GRANDSON, & I ALL SAW SOME KIND OF FLUID THAT HAD LEAKED ONTO ROAD FROM WHERE CAR BEGAN ACTING UP ALL WAY IN ARC TO WHERE CAR RESTED WITH TWO FRONT TIRES AGAINST CURB IN ONCOMING TRAFFIC LANE.Horne LATER STATED, FLUID DID NOT COME FROM THIS CAR.”I SAID, YES, IT DID, WE ALL WITNESSED IT; POLICE COMMENTED ON IT & TOWING WORKER SAW ITCOULD EASILY BEEN MOTOR OIL & IF SO, CAUSED ENGINE TO BLOW.Police had called ________ Towing. Towing service that was “on call that night” came to scene of incident. Mr. Horne got car next day & took to Horne Wrecker. I CONTEND HE KNOWINGLY SOLD ME A CAR WITH BAD ENGINE.Horne called me 7/21, 2017, saying he had two “trained technicians” look at car. They told him “engine had been raced” or “the engine was revved.” Said “no way to computer test engine to see what happened.” Horne said “IT IS OBVIOUS CAR HAS BEEN MISTREATED.”I told him my grandson had done no such thing.Horne said engine was “blown” & needed to be replaced. I paid $6,000 for car. Paid $1,645 for used engine. Paid $515 for mechanic to put engine in. Paid $90 for new key fob (one that came with car did not work. Paid $90 to put tire sensor in left front tire.Then, Express Oil diagnosed oil pan crack; D & D Engines charged $60 for an oil pan. Paid mechanic $575 to put oil pan in. Total amount over & above $6,000 Horne charged for car that was supposed to have “everything fixed in it at time of sale” is $2,965!! TOTAL OF $8,965.I WANT MR. HORNE TO PAY ME $8,965.THIS IS WHAT MR. HORNE HAS CAUSED ME TO SPEND ON CAR. NO ONE CAN DRIVE CAR, AS WHAT WOULD BE NEXT MAJOR REPAIR BE? Horne was supposed to be a "Christian" friend.________________________________________Beth Davis410 N. Walnut St.Florence, AL 35630
I was in the market for a used wheel - the guys at Horne Salvage went out of their way to try to find something to help me. My car uses 13" wheels (which are apparently rarer than I had thought) - they dug around and found several that would work and even haggled with me on the price.As a matter of fact, the only reason I gave them 4 stars was the fact the inventory shown on their website was not current.If you are in need of used/salvage parts in the Florence area, call these guys FIRST.
Customer service is the worst I've dealt with. This was my 3rd time dealing with them and ended up empty handed every time. I dropped by this last week looking for a part and waited over an hour because Noland kept putting other customers before me. I guess because they were regulars. I called back 4 different times only to just leave a call back number and to be told that they would get back with me asap. I never heard from them. And also I was told a different price from the first and last time that I talked to them, I guess it depends on how they feel that day. I have never dealt with someone that made you feel like you owed them something or like you're being a thorn in their side. Absolutely ridiculous and a terribly managed business
This is a really great professional man that I have personally dealt with for over 40 years and over 50 NEW vehicles and a couple of used vehicles!! I am retired now and don't purchase as much as before retiring. I can vouch for Johnny and his entire staff at the Chishom Road location!! Johnny will treat you fair and is a man of his word!! I consider Johnny a great friend and a professional with the car business!! If you cannot deal with Johnny and his staff, you will more than likely not be able to deal with other car lots be treated like a person and not a number!! Thank you Johnny Wright for your friendship and putting up with me all those years!! You have all ways treated me 100% great and honest!! I am wishing you great success in the used car business!! ��������
I have been calling all over Florence about transmission issues. I was finally directed to superior transmissions. I talked to a guy that was so wonderful. We were on the phone for over 12 mins. He answered all of my questions. Added more to the conversation that I didn't think to ask. I did not feel rushed or like I was wasting his time. I do not need their services just yet but I know exactly who I will be calling when I need them. Went above and beyond. Great customer service.
Lots of parts, knowlegable, but extremely slow. I waited 30 minutes before someone even acknowledged I was there. Telling
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.