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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?
2342 S Highway 77Waxahachie, TX 75165
First of all, Brandon is a super great guy and the amazing thing about this place is, once you establish that relationship with them, you don't have to drive out there and wait for 2 hours to get a part puller to pull your parts but rather, they will always have your parts ready for you when you…
Serving the Waxahachie Area.
From Business: Voices family has tried to focus on four major categories to help charitable efforts worldwide. Feed, Clothe, Shelter and Cure are the founding principles and wha…
3741 S Burleson BlvdAlvarado, TX 76009
From Business: With more than 25 years experience in the industry, I-35 Truck & Auto Parts supplies quality recycled, new, used, and aftermarket auto parts to the Dallas-Fort Worth area. Our full-service yard does all the dismantling work, so you get the right part with no hassle. Free shipping to shops in the DFW area Same-day delivery …
Serving the Waxahachie Area.
From Business: Looking for a part for your vehicle but not having any luck? Triple R Auto Salvage can help.We have an assortment of new and used late model car and truck parts.We are located in Killeen, Texas and have been in business for over 20 years. We have 45 acres of computerized inventory and free parts locator service. We also bu…
4308 Spur 469Ennis, TX 75119
Bought a bumper and windshield and paid for installation for my son's vehicle from a Mike, and was told that they were going to my house to install, it has been a week and no one has been to my house and I've been calling Mike and no answer and will not return my call. I strongly don't recommend…
616 N Jefferson StLancaster, TX 75146
I would rate this company with zero stars, if I could. A couple of words to describe 24 Hour Wrecker Service are unethical and shady extortionists!!! They have a special way of exploiting victims in traumatic situations.My vehicle was stolen and recovered by the local police department. The poli…
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.
Great people to deal with, We purchased used parts from them and never had any issues, Fair Prices and Fast shipping.
This place sucks! Was looking for an early style gm a/c compressor. Guy at desk said he had one. I asked if I could see it. He told me it was $60 and he would have someone bring it out. I asked to see it first. He asked me if I was ready to buy it. I said not without seeing the condition. He tells me it's from a good running car. I have a good running car but compressor is no good, is there was a warranty? No. I found a good one for $35 and 60 day warranty at aa Crain's in Fort Worth. Price, warranty, and no rude people was worth the drive.
on 8/12/15 i walked in and was looking for 2 alloy rims... and honestly i was blown away with the amazing customer service i walked in told them what i want they let in the yard found what i was looking for and a few other odds and ends ill need. Chris i will be back thank you so much.
The review on the fender. Customer was told the fender had damage and needed repair. The inside mounting rail where the fender bolts are was creased because the front corner was pulled to the inside about 1/2 inch. By looking at the fender you would not know it was damaged until you looked on the rail where the top mounting bolts are. The customer was told about the damage before he came out. Before he saw the damage on the inside and did not want to take it, he said it would work and he wanted it and it looked good. Now he said "its clearly visable"?? We were upfront and honest about the damage and now the customer is mad because it had damage. That doesnt make any sense......Chris Auto Recyclerswww.chrisautorecyclers.com855-923-3517
Lied to on the phone about the condition of a fender. I was told there was a crease on the mounting strip but was not visible on the outside of the fender. It was clearly visible and would be very obvious with the hood shut. Not easy to repair where it was and the fender was most likely out of shape given how the crease was. I made a 110 mile round trip to pick up and took 2.5 hours out of a work day to pick up based on their word
To the review on the climate control.....The customer waited weeks before he called. Just like a lot of other recycling yards, we do not warranty electrical items. We have signs posted in our office and also explain it to the customer before they purchase. All customers are aware that electrical parts have NO WARRANTY. However, we do allow customers to drive their vehicle to our location and test the parts before they pay or leave our business. Once you drive away that part is yours. The buyer was aware of our policy. Chris Auto Recyclers855-923-3517www.chrisautorecyclers.com
DONT WAST YOUR TIME!!!!!!!!!!!!!This place is shady sold me a climate control for my tahoe that dont even work called to ask for a different one and they said we dont warraty parts so i said so you sale none working parts and all the guy could say is we dont warranty parts. I didnt want my money back i just wanted somthing that worked and he said no. This place sucks i dont know how they sleep at night . I work way to hard to give my money to thieves thats all they are !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
The Cadillac engine.....When you purchase parts, you will get an interchangeable part. The part you purchase may not be the exact year, make, or model as what you have. Most parts can fit a wide range of years, makes and models. Please be aware of that when buying parts. When the customer was in the office, we told him that some parts may need to be used off the original engine and the customer understood and was ok with that. When you purchase a used engine, you have parts like intake, water pump, oil pan, exhaust manifolds and water pump that are still on the engine. Those parts are only included for convenience and have no guarantee to be exactly the same. That information is also stated on our warranty paper that is read and signed by the customer. Some items on engines have different options, even if its the exact same year. When the lady called and asked why our engine was not the exact same year as hers, we told her the engine was interchangeable, just as we told the customer who purchased the engine. She did not understand and there wasnt much we could say but explain that parts are interchangeable and they are the same.
I was looking for a 2005 cadillac cts moter and I called to Chris's Auto Salvage and they told me they had a 05 cadillac cts moter for 1600.00 I specifically asked if this was a 2005 and they told me yes. I drive 2 1/2 hours to pick up this motor get it home to the mechanic and come to find out it is not a 2005 it is a 2004. I called to the auto salvage yard and spoke with Brandon who could only keep saying it was interchangable. I advised him I should have been told it was a 2004 because all the other salvage yards were completely honest about the year. I told him I would not have paid 1600 for a 2004 that they were cheaper other places should I have known this was a 2004 I would have never bought and I feel regaurdless as to what is interchangable they should have told me it was a 2004. Which makes me wonder what else they are trying to cover up.
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.