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Salvaged cars present a unique opportunity to sellers and buyers.
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.
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A week ago I took a chance and flew to Memphis from New York to buy a car I always wanted, Honda Element SC. I explained to Bo Brigs and Marsha Rios that I will have to drive back about 1050 miles and hoped for a fair disclosure of anything that needed to be fixed and the process.Bo was kind enough to contact his friend Darrel who met me at the airport. Both Marsha and Bo were professional, open and actually curious that I came all the way to buy a car from them. I went to the Honda dealership to change oil and do some checks. We closed the transaction very quickly. It took me 23 hours to drive back to New York. I went thru snow storm in Virginia. It was not an easy drive. But, I am very happy with the purchase.You definitely need to check any car before you buy it. I did request the 40 point inspection at the Honda dealership before flying in. There are always small things that can be done better, but I do believe that Bo, Marsha, and Darrel did a great job.Andrew
I purchased a 2007 Murano on Feb. 5th from Daniel at Mt. Moriah. I also met Bobby Taylor, the broker for Mt. Moriah. As a woman, I am always skeptical of dealing with someone that I do not know because I feel that at times you can be taken advantage of. Bobby Taylor actually had been recommended to me by Geico Insurance. I spoke with him as well as Daniel. I found them both to be very nice, professional, and available to help me on anything that I needed or asked. The process of my purchase was over a 2 week period because I was traveling, however, the Murano that I chose I knew would not last on the lot very long. They were both very accommodating in making certain that I did get the car I wanted.I had a couple of issues with the car after purchase and Bobby did the right thing for me and had the small issues taken care of at no charge for me. Tim in the service center took care of everything for me quickly and very professionally.
Excellent Overall Transaction. We live in Ohio and saw a truck on Cars.com. We spoke with Stephen Toombs about the truck. We decided to fly to Tennesee to pick up the truck. Stephen picked me up at the airport in the truck we were interested in. I arrived in Memphis before the dealership even opened. The truck was just as described with extras that were not even listed. I paid for the truck and was on my way flawlessly in a very short time. Drove the truck over 700 miles home without a problem. It is 2 months later and we are still very happy with this truck. Stephen Toombs couldn't of made it any easier of a transaction, I will call him again when we are ready to buy another vehicle. Used vehicles in Ohio have too much rust.
Tim Pomp Rocks!!! This is the 3rd car I have bought from Tim Pomp. My husband needed a truck and Tim gave us a great deal on a Nissan Titan. It is EXACTLY what my husband wanted and he absolutely loves it! Since we had such a wonderful experience with the first 2 cars we bought from Mr. Pomp, we are customers for life. Mr. Pomp goes out of his way to make sure the buying experience is hassle free and he always gets our financing approved quickly. After buying a car from him, any service we need is handled fast & professional. If you are looking for a great deal on a great car and excellent service, then Tim Pomp at Mt. Moriah Auto Sales is the man to call.
Steve Toombs made this a very easy process. I searched for quite some time looking for the truck with all the options that I wanted. When I finally found one at mt. moriah auto sale I sent some emails back and forth before calling them. Since I am still in Afghanistan it is hard to find time to call at will. After explaining my situation to steve, he pretty much explained to me everything that had to be done over the phone. sent great pictures of the truck and gave a very detailed history of what he knew about the vehicle. Also gave a list of recent repairs they had done.I would definitely recommend this sale person.
Stephen Toombs was great!!! I have to say he went above and beyond what we thought a car dealer should. He told us in detail about the vehicle before we got there and I couldn't believe that he nailed everything he said. We have bought several cars and have never met anyone that was so honest. The whole process with Stephen Toombs was simple. He did all the paperwork and even finished up all the paperwork. He said he did finance for years and it showed because it was all so simple to him. No pressure at all! I can't say all salesman at Mt Moriah are this great but Stephen is.
American Car Center knows how to treat a lady!! 2 years ago I was in need ofa car that I could depend on. After seeing a commerical on TV about AmericanCar Center, I decided to stop in to the center on Covington Pike. There, I met a wonderful salesperson named Ben Stewart that made my purchase of a reliable car a pleasant experience from start to finish. Now, 2 years laterI purchased my second car from Ben and again the experience was better than I remembered. I'm telling everyone when you are looking for a car or truck, give American Car Center a call..and ask for Ben...
i have never, in all my life, seen 2 men who know more about cars in all my life! i have bought 2-3 cars from c and s motors on summer ave. they get good cars. then, they turn around and fix them! like new! i have scratched my head trying to figure out how they do it! it is a trade secret! like their making perfect, mouth watering baklava pastry from honey and green almonds. they are expert mechanics. they are decent, honest men, who love america, and, offer good, well-priced cars.
I went to ALL APPROVED AUTO looking to find a truck for myself and ended up finding a very nice Saturn Vue XR for my wife instead. The sales person named J.T. TOOMB was there to help at any cost. He worked hard on getting the job done so I could surprise my wife. And John is one of the nicest car consultants that my wife and I have met. I surely recommend those two guys for help. And JT has a nice assistant by the name Sabrina she is very helpful too. Thanks from the Niter Family!
Their nationwide inventory can be very helpful in locating a hard to find car.Their "inspection" is defective, unverifiable, incompetent and likely fraudulent. Their paperwork is defective or missing and, along with processing procedures, could void any manufacturer warranty. Their shipping tracking is zero. So a shipped vehicle could arrive at ANY time.They don't care AT ALL about customer satisfaction and will cheat you as a matter of corporate policy if they can.
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.