What to Know About: Auto Damage »
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?
12295 SW Millikan WayBeaverton, OR 97005
Visit our websitebeavertonalltransmission.com
Coupons & DealsFree Multi-Check Computer Diagnostics and Road Test
I've had several years of transmission issues that were "fixed" by the dealership and another repair shop - fixed meaning remove and replace. I fou…
844 Lancaster Dr NESalem, OR 97301
From Business: Firestone Complete Auto Care is a full-service auto maintenance and repair shop offering a large and affordable selection of tires, convenient hours & locations f…
1855 Liberty St NESalem, OR 97301
From Business: We are the experts in transmission repair and complete car care - clutches, brakes, factory scheduled maintenance, electrical, check engine lights, radiators, ove…
3385 Triangle Dr SESalem, OR 97302
I am very happy with my service (I had my front brakes replaced & a relay that was causing my headlights to turn on all hours of the night & brought…
210 Capitol St NESalem, OR 97301
Cliff's is my go-to auto shop in Salem. I do many of own auto repairs but go here when I don't have the tools or can't diagnose the issue myself. T…
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.
HAD MY FIRST TRANSMISSION GO OUT ON ME AND I HAVE LOOKED ALL OVER SALEM TO FIND SOME ONE TO HELP ME AND I FOUND TONY TOBE THE BEST AT HIS WORK AND HELPED ME GET FINANCING ON MY REPAIR AND NEVER HAD TO PAY THEM A DIME WHAT A GREAT PERSON WHAT A GREAT PLACE TO TAKE YOUR CAR WOULD HIGHLY RECOMMEND THIS PLACE TO ANY ONE
About 3 years ago I searched and found Duramax Transmission as the best place to have my 2001 Acura CL Type S transmission rebuilt. Tony, the General Manager, and his crew were amazingly professional, always kept me informed as to costs and time needed. Repairs were done promptly and the car delivered to me as promised. But the real plus was that they also provided great car diagnosis and service to me and my wife's 2002 Subaru. Have recommended them to my family, friends and neighbors.
They charged me and didn't install the parts or do the labor until I asked for the parts they changed out. Icome to find out they didn't do the labor or install the parts but was more than happy to take my money. I would highly recommend you go to another shop to get work done. They are very unorganized and over charge for work you have to check after to make sure they actually did it. I'm surprised their still in business....thank god my wife didn't take my truck in. They would of charged us $1800 for $200 worth of work. My truck still has the same issues. I'm sure there is still work they didn't do all the work they were suppose to do. I won't know until the transmission is dropped again and yet more money put out for the same job. I checked with consumerAffairs and these guys have a lot of complaints. Their shop supervisor is a thief and they still haven't refunded me for work i am pretty certain wasn't done.
We were quoted $1800 to get our transmission fixed and two weeks to get it done. Almost a month later they finally finished and charged us $2600!!! Not even three years later my transmission starts causing me problems. Called Duramax to see if my car was covered under the warranty and they told us to bring it down. It cost us $92 to tow it there. The next day they called and said they needed proof of yearly transmission flushes in order for the warranty to work. My husband drove the receipts down the next day. Two days later they called and said it was going to cost us $845 just to "drop the transmission" to find out what was going on with it. Upset we took it to another shop. They said a few teeth from the gear broke but what was funny is that he couldn't find any the broken teeth which would have been on the bottom of the pan. He also noticed that is was flushed. So Duramax took the pan off and saw the broken teeth pieces, knew that that was a warranty piece and they would have to cover the cost of it so they jacked up the price of the "transmission drop" to cover the cost of parts and then told us labor was going to be separate!! We paid the other shop $850 to completely fix that car and it is already done! Cant believe I ever brought my car to you guys and you totally screwed me over. I see you are a member of the BBB so I will be giving them a call to let them know how you screwed us out of our warranty!!
Worst "mechanic" i've dealt with, I have to live with an awful clutch even though as soon as they installed it for OVER what they quoted and DOUBLE THE TIME THEY ORIGINALLY SAID.. I went there and addressed my concern about this clutch being so godawful and they played the "there's nothing we'll do about it" Never returning customer here, and I will not recommend you to them. When you're spending a thousand dollars at a place they better take care of you. Next time I'm going out of Salem
My wife and I took our pickup there to have the transmission rebuilt. They kept their word on cost and time of completion. We had a gasket go out between the transmission and transfer case, we were over on the warranty as far as miles were concerned. But they covered it anyhow. I highly recommend them to anyone...Dave and Betty edwards 2/7/2017
Bought a 1999 GMC Suburban 2500 from good ole Terry on Thursday August 25 2016, paid $6200 cash (very hard earned cash mind you) Noticed a leak and burning oil smell so took it into AJ's Automotive to have it checked out , we found out that it will cost us almost $5000.00 to have its problems fixed! When they were busy selling us the truck, all they could say about it was that it was in great shape and how my fiance (a disabled Desert Storm Vet), could depend on them and the truck he was looking at. If I could leave a less then 1 start review I would! I will spread the word though, and make sure that my friends do the same! Be careful folks, don't let them get you like they did us! We are now stuck with a truck that we will have to fix because we can't afford to go out and spend cash for another one!
Took my car in for a tranny rebuild and the experience was sketchy from the beginning. The quote was 400.00 under their final price. Once returned it was shifting poorly. The owner of the shop did the test drive with me and diagnosed it as being the torque converter. Told it would "take a few days" which stretched into 8. Gave it back to me and the problem still was not fixed. A couple of weeks later I heard odd noises. A different mechanic found that the transaxle had not been tightly bolted to the frame. The following week the torque converter bolts came loose at 55 mph. I realized that Duramax was not only incompetent had been dangerously negligent. Working with the Better Business Bureau proved a frustrating process of listening to a litany of excuses, blame shifting, and outright fabrications. I am now forced to take them to small claims.
last fall, after e-mailing questions, we drove 2 hours and purchased a used Subaru...salesperson had led us to the car with engine running... told us " runs great, just had new timing belt"... within first week, we heard a loud knocking each time it started...our local mechanic discovered a very heavy oil had been used to hide noise...the engine needed major repair... $$$...when I called them salesperson gave me every as-is, no-fault, buyer beware cliché you could think of...no sorry... no offer to help, nothing...a week later I was finally called by the owner and told maybe the could give me partial credit toward another car (forget the hours and money I'd already spent)...sorry, I decided dealing with you wasn't worth it!..I bought another car elsewhere....DON'T WASTE YOUR TIME***BUY ELSEWHERE
Paid all cash for a car including license fees. Dealer did not posses proper paperwork to get plates for the car. After 3 months with no updates ( simply blamed DMV without checking when we finally checked......) so we had to come back in and get a SIX MONTH temp slip for rear window... Be aware !!!!
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.