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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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12510 Oxford Park DrHouston, TX 77082
I've taken my cars to these guys for 9 years and they have always given me honest evaluations of my auto repairs and the best work, especially on Volvos, I have ever seen. I am an auto afficionado so I am very particular about my cars and I know a lot about cars and Wayne and his mechanics are …
1522 S Loop WHouston, TX 77054
This is one of the most honest mechanic shop I know. I have brought several of my cars here and not once did I ever feel like the owner was ripping me off. I wish he had a better disposition but he is as honest as they come.
5900 Almeda Genoa RdHouston, TX 77048
From Business: *A COMPLETE HYDRAULIC COMPONENT REPAIR FACILITY ?All Cylinders, Pumps, Motors, Valves, Etc.*FIELD SERVICE - 24 HOURS A DAY -7 DAYS A WEEK ?Serving All Industries, Construction, Marine, Oilfield, Industrial, Trucking, Etc.*COMPLETE PARTS ROOM; FOR ALL YOUR WILL CALL NEEDS ?New Pumps, Cylinders, Motors, Valves, Seal Kits, Fi…
5920 Hillcroft StHouston, TX 77036
The price was very affordable, but the customer service was horrible. The day I went to get it fixed the broke the only replacement glass they had in stock. This caused me to loose two days of work because I had no other form of transportation. And yet besides that I still appreciated the fact t…
11350 Northwest FwyHouston, TX 77092
From Business: American Wheel and Tire offers you a wide selection of discount wheels and top name brand tires. With our huge inventory, choose the wheel and tire package that will suit your style.
521 N Bryan StHouston, TX 77011
From Business: Cotton Bros. Navigation, Inc. is a family owned business started in 1952. We are dedicated to providing the highest quality service. We primarily service Cars, Heavy/Medium Size Trucks, Pickup's, and Trailers for Wheel Alignment - Brakes - Springs (re-arch/add leaves) - Frame Work - Install Extra Axles - All Types of Suspe…
9939 Long Point RdHouston, TX 77055
From Business: Meineke is your one-stop shop for all of your car care needs. Visit us today or save time by scheduling your appointment online at meineke.com. Contact us for information about financing options, fleet repair, after-market warranty repair and factory scheduled maintenance.
115 E Bird RdPasadena, TX 77502
From Business: Discount Auto Glass is an all-in-one windshield maintenance center that specializes in replacing and repairing auto glass components for cars, trucks, vans, SUVs, and just about any other vehicle on the market. Backed by more than 15 years of hands-on experience in the windshield repair industry, we always know the quickes…
20519 Sunshine Ln Ste BSpring, TX 77388
I have bentwood dining chairs from the seventies. I was afraid they couldn't be recaned to match the rest of the set. Lazos matched them perfectly. A top drawer job. I highly recommend them. Friendly, fast and expertly done.
400 Highway 3 SLeague City, TX 77573
From Business: We have been a family owned and operated business since 1985. Owned and managed by Mike Stone, our goal is customer satisfaction. With our experience in aftermarket automotive repair, we are a complete service shop specializing in custom exhaust systems. We carry a full line of top names such as Flowmaster, Magnaflow, and …
6215 Fm 1960 Rd WHouston, TX 77069
From Business: Firestone Complete Auto Care is a full-service auto maintenance and repair shop offering a large and affordable selection of tires, convenient hours & locations for car repair, tire replacement, brake services, auto tune ups, radiator repair, car batteries and more. We've been providing the right solutions since 1926, one …
5300 Glenmont DrHouston, TX 77081
We had a rusted in 2" hitch that couldn't be removed for love or money. With the stealth of a station and the Braun of a forklift, the rusted piece slipped right out! They can handle the toughest hitch problem you have! Highly recommend ded!
9756 Veterans Memorial DrHouston, TX 77038
From Business: At Lone Star Concrete the customer always comes first, and we constantly strive to exceed your expectations! Our engineers have designed a wide variety of concrete mixtures taylored to you needs. No minimum quantity required to order, no order is too small or too large, and best of all, We sale heavy duty truck tires.
10030 Veterans Memorial DrHouston, TX 77038
From Business: We are the experts in transmission repair and complete car care - clutches, brakes, factory scheduled maintenance, electrical, check engine lights, radiators, overheating problems, a/c and more.
10002 Galveston RdHouston, TX 77034
I decided to go with Low Cost Auto Glass as an economical choice. I called to arrange for an installation - setup for the very next day. Very friendly, and very cost competitive. I am an engineer and very interested in installation processes, etc. - the owner invited me to watch the technici…
10518 Harwin DrHouston, TX 77036
From Business: We are the leading supplier of new replacement auto body parts in the greater Houston area. Through excellent customer service and integrity, we have been in business for over 20 years. We have 2 locations in Houston to better service you!
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.
Spoke with Mr.Henry about my part and they were very helpful and professional. Would definitely recommend to family and friends. Sharonda Idlebird
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I purchased a large power unit from Salvex for a project I am working on because I needed one pretty quickly for a project coming up. The transaction was easy, and they helped me work through some logistical issues we were having so that we could get this moved out of the location in time for our project.
I would never recommend buying used transmissions here. I understand it’s a salvage yard but don’t guarantee me that the transmission will work and then fight and argue with me about fixing it. After the second transmission, with the same problem, (incorrect gear ratio code) they offered to pay for the labor to give me a refund but didn’t want to pay to put another one in my car and abide by their warranty. The guy they referred me to (Tony’s Transmissions) tried to come up with every excuse not to fix my car and the first time he had no problem putting it in but after the second transmission and $946 in labor later, IT TOOK THE MAN 3 WEEKS TO DO A 2-3 DAY JOB. Also, the man broke my bracket on my headlight, scratched my fender, didn’t put the fender flares back in place, and now my front end pops every time I turn the wheel. How in the hell can you do business and satisfy a customer this way? Then Matt tried to diagnose my car and tell me I had more problems and tell me my speedometer doesn’t work but he isn’t even a mechanic! I would most definitely know if it worked or not, and if didn’t, WHAT DOES THAT HAVE TO DO WITH A TRANSMISSION? Please, do not waste you time or money with these people.
Had my sons GMC Denali transmission rebuilt by Larry and crew! Very honest and price beat out the other competitors and offered longer warranty so to me that says they stand behind there work. Would highly recommend these guys!G.R.
Very helpful staff, great service. I can depend on them when i need a part. If they don't have your part they will help you finding it
I PURCHASED A 20' STORAGE CONTAINER FROM salvex ON 10/3/17 DEPOSITED MY CHECK INTO THEIR ACCOUNT THAT DAY. IT WILL BE 27 DAYS AND STILL NO RELEASE FORM TO PICK THE CONTAINER UP! A WORLD WIDE COMPANY SHOULD BE MORE EFFICENT IN HANDLING SUCH A SIMPLE TRANSACTION. TERRIBLE CONTACT FROM THEIR AGENTS, MANAGERS, ACCOUNTING OFFICE. THEY DO NOT CALL OR EMAIL ME IN A TIMELY WAY. I'VE CALLED, FAXED, & EMAILED THEM MORE THAN 30 TIMES TO HAVE THIS TRANSACTION RESOLVED. THIS IS TO BE TAKEN SERIOUSLY IN DOING BUSINESS WITH THEM. THIS IS A NOTICE OF HOW THEY DO BUSINESS. IRWIN L. WEISS ILWEISS@AOL.COM
You sell me your junk cars or truck I'll will come to you with cash and you must have title.Cars and truck without title you must have proof or drive license and registration.
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Rude lady with an accent had no patience for me on the phone. She hung up on me when I could not understand the second part of what she was saying.
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.