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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.
Well, to be honest I had my doubts. I've been batting a zero on the part that I needed from all of the rest of the Salvage yards. I needed a jumper fuel line that is attached at the top of the fuel tank. I found ONE vehicle that still had the fuel tank still attached. Hallelujah!!! I decided to go ahead and remove the in tank fuel pump and gasket etc including the fuel line that I needed, and the short electrical harness. I was totally expecting to have to shell out close to $70 - $80 for this pump because brand new it's $120!!! Nope!! $30 including tax and I'm out the door! I put the new fuel pump and line in, replaced the electrical connection, re-installed the tank... BINGO! No more fuel leak and it started first try no extended cranking or multiple tries! Problem fixed!! There's a Drivers side door on that vehicle that I got the pump etc from that will work just fine on my van.. My drivers side window cable system is shot. A new door with working window is next on the agenda! I'll be picking that up tomorrow and perhaps a couple of other things my van needs!
Contact #s are disconnected. Is this place even still in business?How do you even get hold of them?
How do you contact these people? When you dial the listed phone number it rings into a fax line. The only other phn # listed is disconnected? I know they are still in business, I see their yard when ever I am on Ajo. This rating is more for yellowpages than anything. Seems like pretty much every salvage yard ph# I call are disconnected. When was the last time this was updated?
I've been to this yard a number of times. The other review posted is wrong. The VIP membership is free, and parts can be returned for a credit. The return policy is stated on their website: "If, for any reason, you need to return a part, please bring both the part and receipt, to any Pull-A-Part location. You may exchange it for another part or receive a store credit. If you have signed up for our free VIP program, we track all of your warranties and credits for you if you present your VIP card at time of purchase."Of course you have to bring your own tools and do the work yourself. What do you think "U Pull It" means?
Better make sure that you get the right part and that it is not damaged because if it doesnt work for you, you can take it back but you can only replace it with the same thing and if they dont have one to replace it with within six months you are just out your money. They are supposed to notify you that they have your part and am pretty sure they aren't going to do that My son in law is out $100 and two wasted trips to this business. You have to pay $1 to even look in their lot for something or you can become a VIP for a membership fee of $25 which he did but he doesn't feel like he is a very important person to them. They dont allow you to bring a jack in yard and dont supply any tools so good luck pulling your own parts. U pull the money out of your wallet, u pull the part, and u pay whether it works for you or not.--they dont do the labor , they dont guarantee the part and they dont stand behind their parts and they get to keep your money no matter what happens.
On 5-18-2016 T approximately 4:30pm I walked in to Catalina Automotive Recyclers in Tucson AZ and spoke to a man by the name of Doug. I asked him for pricing on a Chevrolet engine with tranny. He said $2500 for the 5.3 and $3500 for the 6.0. I said "oh ok I found one in Phoenix for $1900 and I wanted to do some shopping around before I made a purchase. I said that hoping he'd want my business maybe match the price. Or even say sorry we can't do that. But he replied "I deal with high end guys that build $80 k trucks money isn't an object for them. I know you watched Spike and decided you want to buy an engine for $500 dollars. I said yes you're right I am that guy I watched spike and I want that deal. Well I guess I'll just spend my pennies elsewhere :)
don't have one need help with a part I need for my 1999 chevy S10 2.2 need a leaf spring to handle weight. eva Figueroa 520- 224-8079.
Bad service. Sold me a broken part and would not return money. The guy is very slimy. Stay clear.
I bought a engine from Aviation to install in a customer car. My tech installed the first engine and sortly after starting the engine, coolant started pouring out the tail pipe. It was clearly a bad engine. I got a second engine and sorty after starting up the engine, it started to knock badly, it was clearly a bad engine. Then, the third engine actually ran good. All of this was on the same truck and I lost money paying my tech to do the engine over and for oil, oil filter, coolant and seal that I couldn't save from the bad engines. I thought I was buying a clean & tested engine, but it's clear that it wasn't tested. I did not get paid for the install of the bad engines Herry said he would take care of me and it's been two months and he hasn't done so. I don't think I would buy another engine or transmission from them.
Good job they do. Getting me my parts
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.