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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.
The customer service is terrible. We, Lonnie V., have been having issues with the vehicle since the day it left off the lot. It would completely stall. Took it to the shop for their mechanic to take a look at it and was told that there was nothing wrong with it. Took it there the next week and every week following that. The 4th week they said that they had to replace the starter. Fine. It was replaced and still was stopping. Took it there for a 5th time and left it there for over 4 days for them to look at, all while still paying weekly payments, and was told there was nothing wrong. At each one of these visits we have requested for a receipt from the mechanic to see what he was looking at and each time the lady in the office advised that they didn't have one. Finally, we decided to either trade it out for a different car or get the down payment back. The lady in the office was the most rude person we have ever dealt with. Then I called and asked if I could be transferred to either the manager or the owner. She advised that she was the manager. I then asked if I can speak to the owner and she asked why, I advised that it was a matter of speaking with him regarding an issue with a vehicle. She said he was going to refer me over to her so to tell her what it was that I wanted with him. I then asked her what his name was and if I can have his email address. She said that she will not give me his name and that she didn't have time for this and hung up. Eventually, I was able to find the owners name and phone number. If anyone else is having issues with this place the owner's name is Russ Taghizadeh and he can be reached at 859-254-1711. He does not need someone so rude and disrespectful working in that building. She is just conning people. I feel like because she didn't produce any receipts, she probably didn't even have anyone look at it. Couldn't even tell me the mechanic's name. Terrible business with her. I called from a recorded line so I have my proof.
Bought a 2002 envoy for 3000.00 dollars cash and in 3 days the transmission went out. They would not do anything about it. Very unprofessional.would not recommend this car lot to anyone..
Don't get scammed! I recently spent $5k on a car here. In only a few weeks (and less than 1k miles) it became inoperable and needed an entirely new motor! They knowingly sold me a car that wasn't safe to drive.If that wasn't bad enough, there were numerous other issues. It took them longer than the legally allowed 60 days to get me my tags (so the car stopped working before they even gave me my tags!), they put the wrong date on my temp tags so I had to drive with what looked like expired tags for the last 30 days of the temp period, the spare tire w/ the car didn't fit & more. They refused to assist me in resolving these issues in any way. I was told if my car needed a new motor after just buying it then it was my fault and that I should pray and give to the poor. Yeah, the people who don't know me at all and just scammed me out of 5k really had the nerve to tell me that. Buying a car from this lot has been a nightmare! I would warn anyone against taking their business there!
2 weeks ago I purchased a 2013 Chevy cruze from carmax, I traded in my 2002 Toyota rav4. Carmax gave me 1000 fir Mt trade even though the Kelly blue book value was 1900 to 3500. 6 days later carmax called me and told me the financing fell through and i had to bring the car back. That was not carmax,s fault but they also told me my trade was in another state. U wanted to wait until they had my trade in back but they wouldn't let me. So I took the car back and they gave me 1000 cash for my trade, very bad experience all the way around. Very dissapointed in carmax, very unprofessional.
In 2014 bought a 2012 Toyota Yaris, asked for payments to be less than 300, got 448.00 and pay biweekly, due to medical bills and no paychecks, lost my car and got screwed out of 4300.00, reported to BBB and the Attorney State General.
Told me on the phone that a big down payment was not how they worked and that they worked with everyone to get into a car. WRONG! They wanted 1000 from me before they would do anything. I hate business' that lie just to get you to come in.
I had a great experience. Christopher Neeley helped me find the right car for me and took the time to address all of my concerns. I would recommend Christopher to anyone who is interested in purchasing a car!!
How about 0 stars they are liars they sell you pieces of s***. I was very happy to get my Mountaineer was guaranteed everything worked on it guess what it's winter time my three young daughters are freezing in the morning because the heat doesn't work the guy tells me he will fix it he isn't when I test drove the radio and windows did not work he guaranteed me it was just a fuse have the truck for 2 days windows radio goes out again I take it up there he has his mechanic coming in and the mechanic tries to say that we messed up a wire trying to get the heat to work which is total and complete b******* he then proceeds to tell me that that's why they sell their cars as is and I proceeded to tell him what a piece of s*** business he has when you know and sell a mother of three in the winter time a truck that the heat doesn't f****** work!AND ANOTHER IMPORTANT NOTE HIS MECHANIC CLEARS CODES BUT APPARENTLY DOESNT KNOW HOW TO COMPLETE IT TESTED BY AUTO ZONE THE DAY I BROUGHT IT HOME AND IT SAID CODES CLEARED BUT THE ACTION WASNT COMPLETED!!!DO NOT BUY FROM THEM DO NOT BUY I'M A IDIOT FOR DOING SO TRYING STOP PEOPLE FROM DOING THE SAME!!!Brandie-Grown KY it made me give the f'ers a starTHEY DESERVE NO STARS AT ALL
I was extremely impressed by the way my car turned out! It looked brand new. Very please and thankful because I was nervous my car would never look the same after the wreck. All I can say is nice people, nice service:)
I have bought 2 cars from here 1st is a 2003 volvo s80 and the other is a 05 vw passat wagon i still have both cars and both run fine. if you are going to give a bad review you need to understand that making sure nothing is wrong with the vehicle you are buying is YOUR responsibility i have had my volvo for 5 years and its still running strong taking care of a car is more than just driving it and keeping it clean cars need routine maintenance ie brakes oil changes transmission fluid changes tires etc and lying about the condition as stated in some of the other reviews how can they do that the vehicle is there for you to completely check out and drive take to a mechanic etc if you so wish so for what they do BUY HERE PAY HERE I would say one of the best.
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.