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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.
Awsome!!! we have been using Petes Auto Parts for years,this is a parts place not a service station.The guy in the Hawaii shirt is the best parts guy in the business.Carolyn & Duane Burger
Great service. Fast, Friendly and knowledgeable. If you need tires come see us. If you break down call us we have 24hr roadside Service.
Fast and friendly service. Guys are very knowledgeable and always there when you need them. They work on all vehicles - cars, trucks, semis farming tractors.. If tou need rubber they have it or can get it for you. Thanks
I LOVE THESE GUYS....Hi my name is Leanne. PLEASE go to Sunbelt Chrysler and ask for Howie. I purchased a 2016 Jeep Cherokee from Howie and he couldn't have treated me BETTER! I felt like I was part of a family. Billy Johnson the Sales Manager worked hard to get me the payment I could handle while Howard showed me every feature the vehicle offered. I am and will be a loyal customer for life!!!!!!!! Thank you Howie
Knowledgable and very helpful. Saved me alot of time and money.
Drove into Lake City this morning & a young girl pointed out to me I had a flat tire. I drove to Pete Olin Auto Parts store almost in tears & ran in & asked an older man in a Hawaiian shirt if he could please help me change my tire. He said "well, yes I know how to, but there's a garage next door, you need to go down there & see if they can do it". I left driving on the rim & went across street to jiffy store, went in & got change & got down on my hands & knees in a dress & Aired up the flat tire, thinking the guy would feel bad & come out & help me, not a chance. He stood his nongentleman lazy behind inside the parts store & watched me struggle out the window. Thank God my husband is a gentleman. I hope this mans wife or daughter is never in a strange town with a flat tire desperately asking for help. I prayed for you today, Mister. My Gold bless you.
Hello my name is Tony! I'm a mechanic at sunbelt. Mike Simpson doesn't work here anymore for one. I personally can vouch for this service dept we DO NOT RIP PEOPLE OFF! If your car is broken it cost money to fix it, some cases we find other things that customers don't necessarily know about and try to fix it. (expensive or not) we get paid to fix cars without customers there are no cars, people are not stupid they will find out if you rip them off!
We will NEVER use sunbelt again ....they will screw you in a heartbeat!!! Took my son's truck in for them to fix the brakes (charged me nearly $500) ...picked the truck up and the brakes worked 2 days!!!! Brakes went out with my 17 year old driving thru town!!! He comes up to a red light only to find out NO brakes...they better be glad he didn't get hurt or killed!!! Had a tow truck($105 for tow truck bill) take the truck back to them and then they wanted $615 to fix the brakes again...well if your not going to fix them right the first time ..I am not going to pay you more money for you to make the brakes work till we leave there!!! Pd $60 for a tow truck to bring the truck home & for $70 my husband & son fixed the brakes!!! We now have brakes!!! Sunbelt WILL NEVER GET A DIME FROM US AGAIN!!!! So please beware BAD SERVICE DEPT. & SERVICE STAFF!!!!
This is by far the worst dealership I have ever been to. They have the worst customer service one in particular Mike Simpson. The mechanics don't know what they are doing. You may as well go to a shade tree mechanic as least you will be a able to drive your car a little while.They told us one price and when we arrived it was another.My car went in for a starter and came out with a new engine. They kept my car for 37 days I paid 5,300.00 and drove it for 4 days and it broke down. Then had to take it to another dealer to get what Sunbelt messed up fixed. If you can not provide adequate service do not advertise that you can be honest with the customer give them a choice to go to another deaaler. How can a brand new 2012 car have so many issues I can tell you I took it to Sunbelt in Lake City Fl worst mistake of my life. 08/17/2012-9/27/2012 is how long it for them to break my car even more. Rating Zero
If I could give a -5 star rating I would for the incredibly terrible service I have received at Sunbelt Chrysler Jeep Dodge in Lake City FL. I bought my Dodge truck from them in 2004 and have had it serviced there for the most part ever since... Until last March when I took it in for a simple oil change which ended up taking almost 4 hours because my paperwork evidently fell through the cracks. FOUR HOURS for a simple oil change. OK I said I would never take it back for service there. Then last Thursday (a week ago) I had a brake lock up while in Lake City and my husband had the truck towed in to Sunbelt to have it checked out. Husband went by the next day (24 hours later) and the truck was still sitting where the tow truck had dropped it at. They told him they would get right to it. They later called and said it was the master cylinder that had went out and it would cost over $500 to fix it. That was last Friday. They were to order parts and fix it as soon as they came in on Tuesday. I called Tuesday evening and they told me the truck would be ready to pick up on Wednesday. Today is Wednesday and I went to pick up the truck and found out they haven't even touched it! It was still sitting outside and NOTHING has been done to it. The service department told me that they had been too busy to work on it.. but they would have it done today. I am beyond pissed. I run a business myself and if I gave my clients the same kind of service I have received from Sunbelt I would be out of business. I realize that you can't please everyone... but my truck has been up there for an entire week untouched. I am wondering now if they lied about it even being the master cylinder... how do they know if they haven't even touched it? Shame on you Sunbelt for the lack of customer service and professionalism on your part.
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.