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Good old-fashioned, honest, reliable service from FOR C&L in Jacksonville, FL has revived my faith in businesses and humanity! On a 3-day trip with my child and dog, I had encountered a major roadside ripoff an hour outside of Tallahasee in which a mechanic took 5 hours to change a belt that had broken, charged $391 for the work, and then tried to convince me that my car needed a new engine. For a used engine, he quoted “$2,000” ….pause, pause, pause….”plus labor.” Instead, my husband drove 100 miles to pick up my child and me, and we had the car towed by C&L Automotive & Truck Accessories (4990 Philips Hwy, Jacksonville, FL), which a coworker had said was reliable. C&L sent a tow truck 110 miles from Jacksonville to pick up the car, discovered, and quickly fixed the problem. Yes, some damage had been done in the short drive after I noticed the problem, but repairs cost less than half of what the roadside person suggested. C&L kept me informed all during the repairs, and also asked me to bring the car back for a final road check before leaving for the drive home. During our first conversation, the owner had said the charge on the road didn’t sound right. When I picked up the car, he mentioned it again, grabbed a book of what rates mechanics should charge, looked up the belt, and said the charge should have been “$149, or maximum $199, for an emergency roadside repair.” Positive sign that he cares enough for other companies not to scam a customer. The expertise and professionalism from everyone at C&L is much-appreciated! If they give that kind of care to a complete stranger who may never be in that area again, I can only imagine that they would show just as much – or more – professionalism to someone who lives nearby and would be a potential customer. Kudos to a great place! I would give 10 stars if they were available.
from the minute I called AAA till the time the driver showed up at my door was less than 30 minutes. the dispatcher, nick, and the driver, henry, was polite, courteous and professional. after reading all the reviews on here I find it hard to believe this is the same company. people who need a tow truck are usually in a bad mood anyways, so maybe that explains their bad attitude. but these guys were beyond courteous and professional. I would recommend this company to anyone in need of a tow company. but also keep in mind, sometimes tow companies do get busy. Jacksonville, after all, is the largest city in America, land wise. it takes a while to get around this city. so no company can be perfect in this particular business. but after dealing with them, I can positively say they are a professional, courteous company, from the beginning of the call, (dispatcher), all the way down the chain to the driver arriving in a prompt and timely fashion. great company to do business with. 5 stars all the way!!!!!
I have had to use Ronnies a few times and every time I have had Rob as the tow truck driver. This guy is the most professional reliable and nicest driver I've ever worked with. He will help ANY way he can and goes out of his way to help out. He is great at his job and seems to genuinely enjoy helping. I hope that other companies are as professional and committed in their business and life (even when not so good) would be more stress free! Thank u rob and Ronnie- for making being broke down a little easier to bare. Keep up the good work with drivers like rob you will be a household name and recommendation for a long time
This is the company that was used for my Hyundai Roadside Assistance. I was pretty skeptical about using them from reading the reviews below and almost told customer service to send another company because of this. But, I was too aggravated at the time to deal with it anymore, so I gave it a shot. James was my driver and he was great. Yes, a little later than the ETA (by like 30-45 minutes). But he kept in contact with me through everything, which I appreciated. He was quick upon arrival and super friendly during the drive and delivery process. Would use again in the future if I had to deal with this again.
I give them 4 stars. It's unfortunate, but when our cars break down , we are under great stress, yet i realize that towe companies travel in wide radius. They can not humanely snap their fingers and be at our side when in need. Although it took a while to have my car towed, they kept in contact with me and were extremely curtious. It's to our advantage to be patient and wait for others to help us. The damage is done when the car breaks down. I'm grateful for the service and the friendly staff. We must show more gratitude and it'll change our attitude and perspective on the world around us. :)
If you have any reserve as to where to take your issues you won't after dealing with C&L Automotive. Being from out of state my son was having some noise from the rear end of his Toyota P/U . I called and talked to Fred on late Friday afternoon , by quitting time he had called me back with pictures of the problem and had my son dropped off at his apartment. The next day the truck was fixed by 12 noon and back on the road. Thank you Fred and C&L Automotive.
C & L Towing was dispatched by Hagerty Insurance to rescue our "broken" car. After Hagerty called to say they were on the way, the C&L driver also called to say he was on his way and would be there in 20 minutes and he was! He was extremely courteous, articulate, neat in appearance and efficient. Our car was loaded and on it's way in minutes. Thank you to Josh and C & L Towing for your courteous and professional service!
This is a great towing company that knows all the short cuts in getting you to and from your destination. They save the customer money by working with each client. They do it all from Towing, Roadside, Lockouts, fuel delivery, Tire Change.. You call, they do it all. The owner will do any and everything to make you happy. Hands Down a "Diamond In The Rought" if you use them.
Yesterday my husband and I broke down in Jacksonville, Florida. We of course had to be towed. We had the pleasure of meeting Fred, our driver. He was very professional, and at the same time, had a great personality. He took a lot of time not to damage poor old Betsy, and we sure appreciate him. He really did go above and beyond. Thanks again, Fred. Merry Christmas!
After my car blew a head gasket on I295 USAA facilitated a tow from Metro Towing. They arrived 15mins before their scheduled arrival and the driver was very cool even when he helped push my car up back to the road so his truck could hook it up correctly. Needingredients a tow is frustrating as it is and my driver helped get me out of the way and back home safely.
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.