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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?
600 Highway 6 SHouston, TX 77079
Excellent customer service. Top-notch quality work. My beautiful Cadillac ATS 3.6 Premium returned to its gorgeous condition after a hit & run thanks to Collision Plus II team. They worked with my insurance to fix properly above and beyond standard. Nick Patel, the manager was meticulous in expl…
5304 Allum RdHouston, TX 77045
I have taken my car to Advanced Auto Tech for 7 years, and I will never take it anywhere else. They can turn a situation that could have been quite painful, into a relatively pleasant one. The staff is incredibly helpful and friendly, and Tony always puts everything in laymans terms, so us not s…
1211 Upland DrHouston, TX 77043
We do our best to deliver vehicles on a set time, this also depends on our work in shop. Customer satifaction is most important if we need more time to complete repair we feel that is better than doing poor work. It is our option what form of payment we take and customer temperament can go a lon…
5829 W Sam Houston Pkwy N Ste 201Houston, TX 77041
I have been using this shop for about 2 years. Corey is always fair and prices are extremely reasonable. I will definitely recommend his services to anyone. He has work on both American and foreign cars for me. By for, he is one of the best mechanics I have come across.
12970 Westheimer RdHouston, TX 77077
GReat customer service and business all around! I am so glad I found them based from google search. I bought a Mercedes and I know it costs an arm and a leg to fix foreign cars anywhere really but when I went to Elite Autohaus they fixed my car and it was actually very affordable! The atmosphere…
2322 Bissonnet StHouston, TX 77005
I got some work done back in May. No problems since then. They have been in service for 26 years! The owner is really friendly and even gave me a ride. They even showed me what was wrong with my car, and I was able to pick it up the same day! Great service!
4407 W Orem DrHouston, TX 77045
Do not do business with this company. My car key was misplaced while my car was being repaired. I brought my car in on Jan. 17, 2011 and have yet to pick my car up because the owner has not replaced my key. The owner Stephen will not answer his cellphone as his business line is non working. Do N…
13115 Southwest FwySugar Land, TX 77478
I had been looking online way too long and came across Classic Chevrolet in Sugar Land and decided to buy my new car from them that same day. I appreciated their respect for my time and professionalism. They even have a service department and a body shop for if and when I might need them and its…
4130 Spring Stuebner RdSpring, TX 77389
Great local machine shop, Willard built an awesome 463ci BBC that's in my off road truck, even helped with the break in process after we got the motor in the truck. Great people to deal with and wouldn't hesitate doing business with them again.
13313 Crosby Lynchburg RdCrosby, TX 77532
Best body shop in town! I trust Bobby and his guys with my grandmothers car. They know what they are doing, they dont treat you like you are just a pay check to them, they treat you like you are part of their family.
26315 Interstate 45Spring, TX 77380
I have always had great experiences with the repairs the level of professionalism, courtesy given by every employee and The Owner. I would recommend Bertini's to all friends and family with European Cars.
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.
A busy place specially during noon and afternoon, but worth the waiting as you can find all body parts you need.
These guys are the real deal... real professionals - they went above and beyond to get my old truck put back together. I had over 250,000 miles on my 2003 Nissan Xterra - clutch was shot and trans was slipping badly, leaking oil by the quart and to top it off - AC condensing coil was blown. I even had a few new parts I hadn't gotten around to installing yet... they said "bring them over!" They got the truck all reassembled clutch, AC, oil pan, tranny, and AC - now I'm ready for another 250,000. No new car payment for me.... Thanks again to Scott and the whole crew at My Transmission Experts on Jones Rd.
I had a very nice car buying experience with this dealer.He held the truck for me until.I could arrive just based on a verbal phone agreement ,with other potential buyers on hold , a man of his word.waited in the late hours of the night for me to arrive because of my work scheduleVery fairly priced Awesome detail job before pick upI can not speak for others experience but for me it was the best used car buy i had ever had Very professional and friendlyNo vehicle surprises, he went over everything along with my own extensive vehicle check. Was everything he said it was I think the negative reviewer needs to shop at a few more used car lots and inspect their vehicles better before purchase to get a better opinion of others prices or professionalism before posting.These are auction cars Others are Either overpriced or sketchy i felt none of that hereThe vehicle I purchased retailed at double my cost Very happy with this buy
Excellent sales and service
get shabanatized and get 2yr. warrant r24,000miles which ever comes first. honeywell will take care of your car when u bring it to them for repairs.
Sebastian Benitez just received My income tax plus I saved just for this bmw 550i. Its nicer than my old jetta. I'm really grateful because when I got there after test driving the bmw. I realized I left the money at home. I asked if they could hold it for 1 day.I talked to Peter he told me that they don't reserve cars everything is first come first serve. I asked for the manager and Dennis came outside introduced himself and talked to me I explained to him my situation, he said he would hold the bmw for me and gave me a white slip to bring back .I came back today we finished everything. It was Worth every penny Thank you Peter & Dennis.
This is my people. They take care of me and got my bmw
WORST CAR DEALER EVER!!! THE ONLY THING THEY SALE THEIR ARE LEMON CARS. I BOUGHT A BMW FROM THEM CASH AFTER2 OR 3 WEEKS CAR STARTED OVERHEATING AND COMES OUT TO BE THAT THE ENGINE WAS NO GOOD. HAD THE HEADGASKETS BLOWN SINCE THEY SOLD IT TO ME!!! AVOID WAISTING YOUR TIME ANS SAVE YOUR $ GO TO ANOTHER PLACE. NOT TO MENTION THEY HAVE THE WORST CUSTOMER SERV. INCLUDING THE OWNER MARK HIMSELF. THIS IS A TRASHY AND SHADY DEALER THAT THEY DONT CARE WHO THEIR CARS WILL LEVE STRANDED ON THE SIDE OF THE ROAD. NOT TO MENTION THAT THEY CHARGE ILLEGAL FEES AS FAR A INSOECTION $100 AND OTHER SERVICE FEE FOR $150 WITH DOES NOT SAY FOR WHAT. TAKE MY WORD FOR IT AVOID THIS PLACE !! BY : THE LADY YOU SOLD 04 BMW 330I
Unless they are selling the girl in the picture. Don't be fooled. I was a hurricane Harvey victim and needed something for my family so I jumped at the idea to go with them. I bought my 2008 dodge ram truck in September with around 186,677 miles on it. We were desperate. The check engine light came on three days later. I spent $400.00 getting all new tires and the water pump changed. In October I had to take it back to them because the check engine light was still on. They charged me $200.00 to change the oil pressure switch. I got on the Freeway and drove about 7 miles and the engine light came back on. I called them and and they told me to schedule an appointment. They called me In November to finally pick up my plates. Now, I don't know how they got the truck to pass inspection with the check engine light on because, in the state of Texas. You can't pass a vehicle with the light on unless you pay someone to do it. Which is illegal. (Maybe I need to call the state of Texas Department of Public Safety to find out. Or just copy and paste this to their website) now the truck is still messing up with more codes popping up. I keep the vehicle maintained. My payments are $150.00 every two weeks but I pay the full $300.00 on the 1st. They are a rip off. They add your down payment to your balance and make that your new balance so that you owe more than what your starting balance is. So that your down payment doesn't go towards the truck as a decrease. It makes it higher. They say it is legal because you sign the contract. The only difference is that I recorded the dumb bitch when I asked her about it and she claimed that it was to show the state of Texas the value of the vehicle. I am told to make sure to keep my payments up so that it doesn't look like I am doing this because I can't pay... Don't be fooled by them.
Don't do it. I would not do business with them again.I needed a car desperately and this was one of the few options. The price was very good, however, there were many issues. When I asked my friend (who was standing next to me) a question about the car, the salesman quickly cut me off and said there was nothing wrong. After test driving, (car ran smoothly, other than a few leaks and noises and one window did not work), I brought this up to the salesmen, and they would not lower the price. The key I was given is not even cut, and it is not programmed to my car. Meaning, I cannot lock/unlock my doors. After a while he expected me to pay for a key that should have already been made, or compensated for. The car also shakes when you press the brake. It is a miracle that the car will somehow run without the actual correct key, seeing as it is a blank uncut car key.There were a few problems, like the window and key, which will cost much to fix. Also, one headlight will not work due to the adaptive headlight assembly not being functional. These parts (used, not OEM) will cost $650 minimum, not including labor. The wiring for the headlight and lamp was burned and melted. I was also told a new battery was installed, however, after going to a mechanic, The alternator shows as "bad diodes". The mirror will not adjust with the buttons, you have to do it manually. I should have been given some kind of compensation for having to buy a new key, alternator, replace the window, headlight, and there is a leak with the gas, so my gas drains faster than it should. I am looking at over $1000 worth of repairs, which was expected with a used BMW, but I did not expect it so soon. After explaining the situation, they said there was nothing they could do. The salesmen said they gave me a good deal for it with it being above the KBB value, but the KBB value they were basing it off of did not have all the correct problems listed. Oh well, just a few thousand dollars down the drain.
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.