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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?
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…
340 Interstate 35 SDevine, TX 78016
Very poor customer service. They showed no concern that I was 600 miles away from my house in a $40k truck with 1800 miles on it, that had a blown pinion seal. Them as well as General "bailout" Motors refused to provide rental even though they claim to have a 5 yr 100k mile warranty. Thanks y…
5730 NW Loop 410San Antonio, TX 78238
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1722 Pat Booker RdUniversal City, TX 78148
Kenny replaced my front Wheel Bearings and now my car runs like it is brand new. He also helped me with a few other things that I did not realize about my car as far a maintaining it. Thank you Kenny for being the man that you are and for the extra mile you went for me to get my car running in…
1430 Pat Booker RdUniversal City, TX 78148
Good Service!: I went there several months ago to get my tie rod and boot fixed and the people were so kind and very professional. My car ran smoothly after, and I am thinking of going back to get my a/c fixed
829 Pat Booker RdUniversal City, TX 78148
We started taking the family vehicles to Randolph Tire Center back in 1991. They have always been honest and reliable. Now, I have my own family and we continue to bring all our vehicles to this shop. Proof was in the pudding a few years back when another local break shop (Firestone) gave us…
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.
Ripped off my 19 year old son. Tried to charge him $800 for one headlight. I can't remember the gentlemens(Chris I think) name but when I called up there he said my son told him to order it which was NOT true. I told there is no way I or my son would ever order an $800 headlight. He insisted and said if we didnt want the part it would cost 125 to have the part returned! As I say write this keep in mind he was at first dealing with a 19 year old that I guess thet felt they could RIP OFF! I told him I am not paying for this part and I just want my son's car back. He told me either pay the $125 plus 100ish for labor or he was going to put the headlight on my son's car and charge me basically $800 plus labor. I was so disgusted with Chris and whoever else my son had talked to that they would take advantage of someone like this This is why mechanic shops have a bad reputation, because of places like this. I have a big family and a lot of cars. I have found several amazing mechanics here in town. I personally have an amazing mechanic that I only use now. I let my son choose where to take his car and unfortunately he learned first hand how deceiving people can be. I hope anyone who reads this thinks twice about going here. I wrote a short version of the whole event but everything is completely true.
Maydel Ojeda is a caring sales person it was great having her help me with the buying my Truck thanks Garrett Tumlinson
had an appointment for my 2000 tracker, needed my a/c fixed. Tim did a fantastic job and my car is now cold cold like it was new. he and his team are very friendly and they will show you what is wrong with your car, will use them for all my cars needs.
Kenny replaced my front Wheel Bearings and now my car runs like it is brand new. He also helped me with a few other things that I did not realize about my car as far a maintaining it. Thank you Kenny for being the man that you are and for the extra mile you went for me to get my car running in top shape. I am definitely a satisfied customer and will come back when I need more work done on my car.
Thanks for the good work Kenny and hooked me up with a great tow service from Johnnys Wrecker!
My cars transmission messed up and these guys sent Johnnys Wrecker out to me and got my car fixed quick at a very good price I thank Johnnys Wrecker and Aamco thanks a lot guys!
Never do business here. They take forever and if you need to return something they always give you a ration of crap. They would not return an item because I didnt save the recipt so I had to go home and dig back into my bank statements to find the transaction. They lost a customer because they lack common sense.
about 2 yrs ago purchased a alternator for my car w/a warranty and it went out Saturday. Erika said that the info was not in her system that I had to show a receipt or buy a new one. Thanks to Mario on 3009 he found my warranty and help out better than Pat booker they stink
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.