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11795 Applewhite RdSan Antonio, TX 78224
From Business: PICK-N-PULL offers a variety of pre-owned vehicles and spare parts. It provides various types of vehicles, including cars, trucks, vans and sport utility vehicles. The company offers a range of spare parts that includes windshields, air conditioner compressors, brakes, sensors, automatic transmissions, alternators, radiato…
9604 New Laredo HwySan Antonio, TX 78211
Great place and the owner Lalo is very helpful and easy to deal with. I found exactly what I was looking for and they pulled the parts for me at no charge. I would have given them 5 stars but some of the parts pullers aren't very careful in their work and they don't always give you all the screw…
8403 New Laredo HwySan Antonio, TX 78211
From Business: Jr. / Manager Juan Gabriel Complete Foreign Auto Parts *Serving San Antonio Since 1981 Late Models *Honda, Toyota, Nissan, *Mitsubishi and More * Motors - Transmissions Body Parts *Front Ends - Rear Clips *Free Parts Locating Service *Most Major Credit Cards & Debit Cards Accepted Late Model *Suburbans, Trucks, Vans & Jeep…
9194 New Laredo HwySan Antonio, TX 78211
I love Allied. I've gone there multiple times. Shane (guy at the counter) is always very helpful in finding what I am looking for. They always have the parts I need for reasonable prices and the customer service is great. I would definitely recommend this place to anyone!
9400 New Laredo HwySan Antonio, TX 78211
From Business: San Antonio Used Auto Parts is here to serve you with a huge selection of quality used auto body parts and autonobile parts. Used car parts are our specialty. We have late model foreign & domestic parts. Warrantes available. We have truck parts, car parts, van parts, SUV parts, used tires, bumpers and more. We buy cars too…
9651 New Laredo HwySan Antonio, TX 78211
Too many issues for repair that should have been done in one day. They ordered the wrong part I needed and tried to overcharge me for the repair they did to my vehicle. Just beware of this and make sure you get everything in writing when you go to them. Not only that, they did not test drive my …
954 E Chavaneaux RdSan Antonio, TX 78221
I contacted Ed who was very helpful in finding a solution to a difficult problem. I needed a back glass for an old car, no new ones could be found in the country, and most places were unwilling to ship. Ed encounter a problem with the shipping company , who some how lost the window. He found …
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I usually don't write reviews of places, but Tiger Sanitation has really frustrated me. We just moved to our new home and paid in advance for scheduled service for 7/1/13 . The first day they skipped right over our trash bins. I called and left a message since it appears no one picks up the phone. Someone did come by later and pick it up, though I never received a call back. Now today 7/8/13 They took up my trash bin and recycle bin. I called and after many attempts I was able to get ahold of someone. The lady informed me she didn't know why the bins were picked up but said they will drop them back off in a not so enthusiastic manner. I seriously doubt I will see those bins before next trash day. Being new to San Antonio I wasn’t aware I had other options but if my trash bin and trash isn’t picked up by next week, I’m calling my credit card and disputing the charge.
I'm often dissatisfied with Tiger. Yes, they are the lower priced of the two options we have, but they only come once per week, and they seem to just arbitrarily decide to not pickup trash or recyclables from time to time. This causes a tremendous inconvenience to the customers who then have to deal with two or three weeks of accumulated trash. Not good when you live in an area with critters roaming about scourging for food. Aditionally, their customer service department rarely answers incoming phone calls during business hours, and offers no after hours support. If you're fortunate enough to get through during the business day, they don't seem interested in correcting the mistake, they simply document the incident and then appear to ignore it. I've tried to be completely fair in my review. This is clearly a situation where you get what you pay for.
I have had Tiger service for about 10 years altogether and up until recently have been very happy. I went to them to get away from another service that was poor service. Now it seems that when I call customer service at Tiger with a problem they just flat don't care and they are rude and don't want to take responsibility and correct their poor service. I always bag my trash and some some reason still find trash around in the street or on my property. My can is thrown or sat in middle of the street in the way of traffic. I hate the I don't care its not our problem rude attitude of everyone I talk to at Tiger. My bill is due in May and I am looking at other services...people who care and aren't rude and where my business is valued and I am too...used to be a great trash service, but now I guess they are just to big for their britches.
I will be a tiger customer for as long as I live in an area they service. I've never had a missed pickup, never had issues with my bill, never seen a grumpy face. What set them apart to me was the amazing way they care about their communities and customers. My son is obsessed with garbage trucks and wanted a garbage themed party. Tiger sent a special truck to our house just for him, complete with a tour and a ride. It made his day and ours. What a great comany with a big heart.
I've never had issues with this company, but their prices have increased significantly with each of the last 3 periods. I'm going to have to get a new company simply because their prices are so outrageous now. Their service has always been good in our neighborhood though, their workers respectful, and their office staff polite when I call (although they *are* hard to get on the phone no matter what time of day). I'm just disappointed over the price hikes.
THEY RECYCLE!!! My neighborhood does not recycle, and I am able to drop off my cardboard, plastic containers, cans and metal all for FREE!!! Its so easy and convenient and I get to continue to GO GREEN!!! Great folks and fulll of information and they also have stuff for sale.........inventory is updated everyday!
Not a great place to go. They gave me alot less than other places. I used to take my bags of cans there all the time until one day they were closed and I went somewhere else. Boy was I surprised. They had been rippin me off the entire time. Not cool
Vance Recycling is a great place to take all your unwanted metals for recycling. They are competitive with other recycling facilities and they treat everyone with respect. They always have a smile and are always willing to help you unload.
They bought my Junk SUV the very next morning and paid me a small fortune for my 1999 Ford Expedition. I'd give them thumbs up.
New staff up front, friendly and ready to help. Great prices, free coffee,(doughnuts on the weekend) great experience.
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.