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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.
3 times of Wholesale Performance Transmission "Rebuilding" the transmission in a month. Same problems: slipping, leaking, hard shifts. Finally took it to Jeff's transmissions in Tampa. The first shop had broken off the bolt that goes through the transmission pan and through the rear main seal gasket. No wonder it continued to leak. I hate to give a poor review, but this shop truly earned it. Finally took it to Jeff's transmissions in Tampa and couldn't have had a better experience. More expensive, but good work isn't cheap & cheap work isn't good.
It was super Ed was great he talked to me like he knew me for years not just a customer and wow the price was great
Took my Honda to have the transmission rebuilt to this company. Instead of scraping the gasket between the cases for the transmission they decided to grind it and cause the transition to a leak badly. This incident occurred in June 2017 and continues today and they refuse to do what's necessary to repair it. They just keep sending it back and it still leaks. They are not trustworthy, and not dependable and have made bonehead excuses to us on several occasions. The transmission just went back to them again and they sent it to an automotive repair shop when There was nothing wrong with the car other than the transmission when I went to them. They are scammers, do not trust this company and do not do business with them.
I just had work done at American Transmissions. I can not say enough about how wonderful, professional, competent, prompt, fair, and ethical ,David and his crew were in dealing with my numerous issues. I was hesitant about having work done, because I knew what I needed was extensive. My regular mechanic does not do transmissions. American was recommended by them . I am so glad that I got this lead and made this choice. They are extremely communicative and detail oriented. I was able to even have them consult with my brother, out of state ,to help me make the best decision in my current situation. I feel I was given the very best deal possible at the best price. I expect to get many more years out of my car , now , and I would not hesitate to recommend this place to anyone ! Ask for David and you will not be disappointed!
Horrible work. I'm very disappointed in the work! The welds are unacceptable including the bracket that was made.
On Tuesday February 7th, 2017 at approximately 4:56 p.m. I called Quality Discount Mufflers and spoke to a gentleman named Ed. I explained to him that my son and I were calling a few muffler shops to have my son's 1989 Pontiac Firebird Muffler repaired. That it was hanging lower than usual on the driver's side. I asked Ed if this is something he could look at he said of course he could and asked if my son could bring the Firebird to him right away. I said yes of course but what time do you close today, Ed said we close at 5:30 but it was a minor job and he would get my son's car in and out before 5:30. My son then drove to Quality Discount Mufflers, about 10 minutes away, and met with Ed. Ed quickly found that it was a broken bracket on the driver's side of the muffler and fixed it within minutes and at a very reasonable rate. Ed was right he was able to diagnose, fix and close his business on time. We were very grateful for his professionalism and helpfulness on this Old School 1989 Firebird. Ed was able to close on time leaving behind a very satisfied customer.We will surly recommend this Muffler shop to family and friends and will return if necessary with other muffler issues on any of our other cars.Thank you Quality Discount Muffler and Ed.Old School Firebird owner, Tyler D.
They are not equipped to handle modern vehicles with aluminum engines. I paid $850 to have this work done. Cleaned: Block, oil pan, valve cover and timing cover. Had to finish cleaning the Valve and trimming cover at home. Mic and polish crank: Polish, absolutely not. I was told that scratches in the direction of rotation are ok and may make things worse if made smooth. Really!!! Installed balance shaft bearings: they screwed up the first set and had to buy anther for a second try. Complete rebuild of cylinder head: this was the reason the engine was rebuilt. #4 cyl exhaust valve burnt. Their $475 price does not include any parts or gaskets, not even the valve stem seals. I had to polished the cams at home. Engine was re-assembled. Ran good for 3k miles. Compression was low on 3 and 4. leak down test failed on #3 intake valve. Removed head again and pulled some valves to find the worst valve job I have ever seen. I took the head back and they recut the valves and seats by hand. BY HAND. An aluminum head must be cut with a machine especially when you change valve seats. I had to pay for the head bolts and gaskets the second time. I took the head home and did a leak test with water before I installed it. 3 valves were leaking. I called back and they said bring it in and we will do it again. I said no thanks, I'll take it to your competitor. It was not until a letter and phone call to the owner that they offered to pay for my 2nd set of head parts. Clearwater cylinder head did a perfect professional job using a very expensive computerized cutting machine. I saved a valve to show how bad their cuts where. A Valve and seat should have a .030 to .040 matting surface after the cut, pyramids cuts were .010 at best and .002 in some places. I payed CCH $400 to Save my head & that included 10 new beefier that factory exhaust valves with an explanation for why the valves fail. Pyramid was a joke.
I am updating my review. I am from KY and only dealt with Scott by phone. In 2011, by phone he purchased a car from me for salvage. In good faith, I trusted that he would pay me even though I only had his word by phone. I never saw a dime. I left a review in 2012, which is still on this board. I saw a review by Scott himself afterward and wanted to update mine, so people will be aware that I dealt with him only. I know of no other people at Independent Salvage or Viper Motors as I only dealt with Scott. He screwed me. Nobody else in that business did. Sounds like Viper is an appropriate name.
TERRIBLE AND UNSAFE BUSINESS! I was being helped by the sales manager Lenny Freeman 3 and was rushed and spoke to very snide. When he gave me break pads that were incorrect for my truck(which was wrong in the system also when we checked) He then tried to give me break pads for a 2500 instead of 1500 because they "Looked" similar! When I told him that wasn't a good idea he then got snide with me. I simply asked for my money back and will take my business else where so that I can receive parts that will not put my family and I in danger. There are 2 other auto part stores locally, I would suggest going to one of them first!
Response to Authur L what this individual doesn't say in his review is this was rebuild only unit the vehicle was never brought to us until after he installed the unit back in vehicle and he never flushed out the cooler lines and then brought us the vehicle back two weeks later after he installed a new radiator and then said he had transmission problems. We warranty all our work but he refused to listen to us when we told him that the damage was already done because he waited two weeks to change the radiator.
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.