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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.
Went to several other businesses and found that they send their rear end work to Bill's. Went to the source and am glad I did. Very knowledgeable, very friendly, very reasonable price and fast. Replaced the clutches in my'99 Ford Expedition in about 2 hours!!! Thank you guys for terrific work and thank you Steve for putting up with me!
Had a issue at first, We understood it was not their fault but as soon as we let them know about the problem they went above and beyond to make sure we were taken care of. will highly recommend this dealership to anyone looking for a used truck
We went into the sale these people were having at the old Newport cinema place. My husband said this is what I need and am looking for. They found us exactly what we wanted and needed. We got a great deal on it. It was an older rig and we signed many papers that we were buying it 'as is'. My husband is a mechanic. We can deal with 'as is'. They promised us they would detail it and put some new tires on it which they did. They then did a safety inspection on it. It did not pass. We had already paid for it. Mind you we purchased as is. What happened next is totally unbelievable. They fixed it at no cost to us and it was not a cheap fix. We were very well prepared to pay for it or at least half. They said it was ok. Still in shock about it. If I know of anyone looking for a car from a lot I will send them here. They are a 6 star company!
Crosspointe went above and beyond to find us our perfect car. They listened to what we wanted and respected our budget. We were never pressured into anything and it made the process so easy. Our salemen Doung, even texted me to show me more cars after our first initial visit and kept me in the loop of their inventory. We will recommend them to everyone we know!
We had a great experience with the salesman that helped us. He wasn't pushy at all and he was a very nice guy. The only thing about the whole experience that really upset me was the fact that the car was really dirty. A manager had been driving it around and the outside was covered in dirt and the inside had crumbs. We bought it on a Saturday and their detailing crew doesn't work on Saturdays. So they pressure washed the outside and handed us the keys. I expect that when I buy a car and pay over $15,000 for it for the car to be spotless inside and out. We ended up taking it somewhere and having it detailed for $200. If they would have offered to pay for it to be detailed or even offered for us to bring it back Monday that would have been really nice. Nice people though.
Watch out for the "yo-yo" financing and the "spot" delivery they try to pull on people to make a buck! It's ILLEGAL! I almost fell victim of it! Further auction will be taken, this is not ok to do to people when not everyone has a lot of money to work with!
Scott made it easy and the toyota i bought is fantastic. They are nice there-and they did what they said they would do.Integrity
We just purchased an SUV here. They were super easy to deal with. Really listened and helped us with the transaction. This is not a large chain dealer where you are whisked to so back office for a grind session. It's just a family owned dealer making long time customers. They provided shop records, the car fax, and confidence we were buying a good used car. Paul, Kelly, and Jeff really took great car of us. Check them out if you need a nice used car.
Lex and Marvin are the most honest mechanics in the greater Spokane area, don't let the tiny shop fool you, these two can fix most anything, and "won't fix it unless it's broke", I take both my rigs in for regular maintenance and repairs, and have been very happy with their services for the last several years that I've been going there. Honest work, honest prices, and great deals on tires, they beat Costco prices for quality and service.They keep my rolling.
Wish I could give a 0 star!NEVER NEVER NEVER do business with them. They said (on a Monday) they could fix our van and would send for a part that would arrive on Thursday. They insisted we pay them for looking at our car plus half of the price of the part. They disconnected the side door (the initial issue) and cut off our Radio, DVD player and there was now a constant dinging in the car that caused my family literal headaches. We also noticed that they removed our license plate covers and replaced them with their own so they could get free advertisement. When Friday came and we still hadn't heard from them we called and got the response "Uh....what part was it? Where did I say I was getting it from?". THEY FORGOT ALL ABOUT EVEN ORDERING THE PART!!!!! We were then told it would be another week before they would be able to get the part. We were again promised that the part would be here and the car fixed by Thursday. On Friday we again still hadn't heard from them and when we contacted them they again acted like they had no clue where the part was and used every excuse in the book to cover their butts. They blamed their mechanic and his lack of the English language and the owner being in the hospital for everything. Finally the part showed up on Friday but since they don't work on Saturdays they refused to work on it in till today (Monday). 11 days later and we take it in but Michelle has a complete attitude when I express my frustration and am crying from a 11 day headache. They never tried to make the situation better in any way.The final kicker....when we got the car back, the inside of the car and carpeting is covered in grease and oil. We took them the car vacuumed and cleaned out but there was dirt and leaves all over the floor. Very unprofessional and shady business. We will be passing the word onto multiple review sites so everyone knows what a horrible experience they will get.
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.