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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.
They installed a back up camera system on my truck and they did a horrible job!!! I wouldn’t recommend them!!
Run, don't walk. Stay as far from this two bit sleaze company as is humanly possible. I've been trying for a week to donate a car to public radio in Memphis. The organization managing that donation contracts with Copart to pick up and auction the vehicles. The car still sits at a repair shop in Memphis, with the title properly completed and locked inside the car. But now, after the fact, Copart demands that we send a copy of the title before they will pick up the vehicle, to make certain that "... the title is filled out correctly". So we have to drive another 30 miles out of the way to send them a copy of the title -- a requirement never specified anywhere in the entire process -- simply to make their lives easier. These worthless pieces of sub-humanity validate every single negative image people maintain about the Mid-south. I would strongly recommend never patronizing them for any purpose.
No doubt about the quality and high standards of the accessories being sold here at this shop. I am giving them a five out of five stars.
I had taken my 2005 mustang to another tint place but they wanted to scrap the old tint off but I would lose my defroster and told them i would take my car somewhere else . Billy at Xtreme drives my car to the back and returned saying they will not scrap it. The car appeared to be amazing. BUT the next morning my rear window was fogged up but my defroster didn't work and there were tint scrapings on the items in the trunk. Billy denied scraping the window but said I should have known that I would lose my defroster. When I told him that someone should have said this to me before they did the work, he ssays he doesn’t even know if the defroster worked before I brought it in. RESULTS-they are doing NOTHING! No fixing the tint, no fixing my defroster and no cleaning from the scrapings. So tell me this “What does a life time warranty mean?” I will definitely be telling everyone my experience. No professionalism, customer service or quality control. The owner wouldn't even talk with us.
Tremendous outstanding service for the community in Memphis. Well appreciated, I had experienced excellent service from your organization
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Worst experience ever! I took my car in to have cruise control installed about a year ago. Since then I have taken it back over and over and over again. The folks I contracted with subcontracted it with Cars and Trucks. First thing that happened as I drove the car away and engaged the cruise for the very first time was the switch fell off. Over the next couple of weeks I had difficulty getting the cruise to engage. Then I had difficulty getting the cruise to DISENGAGE - turns out the problem had to do with installation and the throttle was getting stuck - really scary in 70mph traffic or when trying to stop at a stop sign. took it back twice before getting it fixed. In the following several months, it started disengaging on its own randomly. Almost a year later and several trips back, they decide the problem is the original installation was missing a part. I now have waited two and a half weeks to get a part installed that came in two weeks ago. The lies, the unprofessional attitude and the condescending tone has finally caused me to post this here. I will NEVER use these folks again. (and as of this date, the cruise still isn't working) Resolution or refund through the original contractor will happen within a week. STAY AWAY FROM these people!
I brought my new SUV here to get side rails installed after a guy from the dealership referred them. He said it would be cheaper and now I know why. I had to take my vehicle back two times because they could not get them lined up correctly. I eventually had to take it back because the rails had gotten so loose that I was afraid to step up on them. They took my vehicle to the back and kept it for about an hour or so then said everything was correct. The owner came out and rushed me away by repeating, "everything is okay," so that I would not check it but just pull off which I did. When I got home and checked it, I found nothing had been done. I took it to my mechanic and he found several holes underneath. Ladies beware and don't let them rush you away before your check behind them!
Truck went there right after accident to see if it would be totaled. Ended up being repairable. However they wiped me clean...took all my knife sets, GPS, CDs and even broke out my change holder!! Didn't return anything! Even broke my back up camera taking my plate off. Untrustworthy company..beware.
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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.