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I didn't have the same experience these other people who left reviews here did. I'm insured, had an accident on the highway, smashed up my car, and the police officer called these guys to the scene. It was windy, cold, I was scared and upset, and the driver was extremely courteous and kind...not at all what I expected from my previous experience with tow drivers. My car was in their tow yard for about a week, while I tried in vain to get an examiner from my insurance company out to look at it. My insurance co tried to tell me that towing wasn't covered, even though I have full coverage. My nerves were frayed, frustration level at an all-time high, and I spoke with Jason a few times, and also to Bryan trying to figure out what to do, and they were both very sympathetic, and gave me some options on what I could do to remedy that problem, and it was excellent advice. I did what they told me, and that headache is no longer mine. My car is at the shop, the shop is dealing with my insurance nightmare, these guys are getting paid, and everyone is happy now. Good Lord, I could just hug those two guys! It's been a long time since I've had to deal with anyone at a tow yard, but the last time I did, I remember hearing the phrase, "Not my problem, lady." In no way did I get that type of response here. Quite the opposite. Thank you SO much!!!
Wow! I am blown away by this towing company! Today I had to have my car towed from 16th st. in OKC to 30th st. I called to have my car towed, and they agreed to help me out. Here's where my incredible experience began: THEY BEAT ME TO MY CAR! I was expecting to have to deal with the headache of waiting for up to an hour like I have with other towing services, but they made it to my car in ~10 minutes!!! I was blown away and actually felt a little bad because they had to wait for me, haha! When I arrived at my car, they were friendly and tried to help me figure out what the problem was before they even towed it. We determined that it was my tie rods, and they were right! They got my car on their truck in under 30 seconds, then even BEAT ME TO THE AUTO REPAIR SHOP! The backed my car into the garage, and with my payment (which was INCREDIBLY reasonable and, I feel, extremely cheap), my signature and a handshake they wished me luck and were on their way. The easiest and best experience I'v ever had with a tow truck company in my life! I highly recommend this service.
Absolutely the best place to go!! The owner, Jeff, literally gave me the best price even after I went to many other yards & got prices from them. He was very personal and made sure that nothing was done that I wasnt comfortable with! He even gave me his cell phone number & when I text him late in the evening about my car, he immediately responded & personally took care of things I requested. The whole staff was very nice & again I seriously got the best price as well as the best experience ever!!
A's Towing and recovery is hands down the best towing company in the OKC metro area. I've used other companies in the past, and will never again. A's towing took care of my daughter when she had an accident. The driver was quick to respond and very friendly. The next day I went to look at my daughter's wrecked car, and had the pleasure of meeting the owner, Jerry Allen. He's a great guy that really cares about his customers. I recommend A's Towing to anyone that needs their car towed.
The word for the this store and owner is exceptional. I cant say enough about the level of customer service i get at best price. In the salvage parts business, you come across some challenging characters, but Ali the owner stands out as a true honest gentleman. His competence and passion shows time and time again, he has given me the best price on parts.Without question i use him every time.
My truck broke down on the way to go camping. My insurance company called Fastlane Towing for my roadside assistance. They were on time & the driver was GREAT!! I wish I would've gotten his name. He made me feel so much better. Got me to laugh & calmed my crazy mind.
Very generous car buyer with icredible pricing offers for a complete junk car. I was very satisfied of the outcome felt very helped and not cheated. I thought i would regret selling my little bucket. But he was so genuinely kind and i feel i did a good thing.
I searched for months for a replacement hood & couldn't find anywhere that was below $200 until I called here. They not only were the cheapest ($75) but the condition of the hood was PERFECT!!!! I will definitely call them first before I go anywhere else!!!
I had my first car accident last week and the guy that came out to tow my car was really helpful. I had no idea what to do and he went above and beyond to explain the steps and process to me. Thank you for turning my bad situation into a positive experience!
Very nice and courteous people very helpful and stayed late to accomadate our schedule would recommend them to everyone looking for parts Thank you so much for your help and being able to get the part we need so fast Thanks Melissa and Larry
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.