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What to Know Before Junking an Old Vehicle

A vehicle may have once been a beloved method of transportation, but none will last forever. Owners often contact salvage yards after they have failed to sell their car or truck or when they cannot afford the repairs. Everyone wants to make the best decision. Learn if junking is best, how to prepare for junking, and what alternatives are possible.

When Junking is Best

Consumers can use references like Kelley Blue Book or NADA (North American Dealer’s Association) Guide to find out the value of their vehicle. Reconsider repairs that exceed the value of the automobile. Investing too much for repairs will make it impossible to recoup the money if you later decide to sell or use it as a trade-in. 

If your car is older, also consider that older vehicles may not have the same fuel efficiency as newer models. Maintained automobiles stay as efficient as they age but cannot always compete with the exceptional efficiency of new models. How much could you save on your daily commute if you traded your car in and bought something that got better mileage?

Unreliable vehicles, even if the repairs have been inexpensive, can also become a problem for owners. Breaking down on a roadside is hazardous for the driver, and breakdowns on the way to work can upset career goals. People that do not feel confident in their vehicle should consider junking it and finding something more trustworthy.

What Parts to Keep

Clean out the car or truck before someone arrives to collect a junked vehicle. Look under sun visors and floor mats, in the glove compartment and trunk, and inside any other storage area. Remove personal belongings and all paperwork. Also remember to remove the license plates because leaving them can become a liability issue.

Aside from personal items, consider removing anything not original to the vehicle. A salvage yard typically pays for the car or truck based on the age and condition of the model. Remove extras like a high-end speaker system, new tires, or other custom items before an assessment occurs. Install tires that are at least reliable enough to load or tow the vehicle.

Leave anything on the vehicle that was a part of the assessment by the salvage company. If the engine on the junked vehicle showed 75,000 miles, for example, do not remove it before the tow truck arrives to replace it with one with higher mileage. Ask about the need to remove any fluids like oil or gas before the tow truck arrives.

What Alternatives to Consider

The average American spends just under $400 per year on maintenance and repairs for their vehicles. Younger adults spend slightly more on average than older adults for vehicle costs. All automobiles need some care, so junking a repairable model may not always make financial sense.

Consider ways to save on the cost of repairs. Used parts can offer savings compared to new ones. Ask for estimates for the work that compare the total using OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer) parts, used parts, and aftermarket parts to see the difference. Decide if you could do the repairs yourself. The Internet offers a variety of helpful video tutorials on auto repairs.

Check to see if the manufacturer ever recalled the failed part. Manufacturers perform recalls on many vehicles, and they usually do not expire. Do an online search of the 17-digit VIN (Vehicle Identification Number) to see any recalls. If the part affected was recalled, contact a dealer for the make and model to get information about the repair.

Sometimes, no matter how much someone loves a vehicle, it is too expensive to continue to invest in repairs. At City Auto Wreckers, we can help you find affordable used parts if you want, or we can pick up your vehicle if it is ready for salvage. Contact us to learn more.

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Top Reasons to Junk Your Car

In the US, people junk almost 12 million cars every year. While deciding to retire your four-wheeled friend can be difficult after many years of service and memories, it can be the best course of action. Junking your vehicle is eco-friendly, and you make money, save space, and help other motorists who need spare parts. Learn common reasons to say goodbye to your car and junk it. Continue reading Top Reasons to Junk Your Car

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Can a Salvage Yard Help You With Routine Maintenance?

Working on your car can be a point of pride, whether you’re maintaining a modern daily driver or a classic showpiece. Performing your own regular maintenance saves money on labor costs and saves money over the long run by ensuring that your vehicle always operates at peak performance. Of course, that doesn’t mean that you don’t want to save money on parts costs, too.

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5 Most Valuable Auto Parts From a Salvage Car

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Car recycling is a big industry with about 25 million tons of material recycled annually from old vehicles. The auto recycle industry is a boon to the environment and also helps millions of car owners find affordable replacement parts. With advances in car technology, auto parts are more expensive to repair and replace. Local car salvage yards now offer a more affordable source of car parts.  

If you’re looking to fix, build, or repair a car, learn more about some of the most valuable car auto parts you can find from a salvage car.

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What Makes a Perfect Pick-and-Pull Toolbox?

There’s one item that’s more crucial than anything else on any trip to a salvage yard: your toolbox. A successful trip to a pick-and-pull is all about having the right tools for the job. Like packing clothes for a vacation, there’s an art form to building this toolbox. And, just like with vacation packing, it can be easy to both over- and under-pack.

Building an efficient toolbox for your trip to the salvager doesn’t need to be difficult, however. This guide will help you to assemble the perfect arsenal for bargain hunting at your local scrapper.

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Safety Tips for Your Auto Salvage Yard Visit

Your next trip to the salvage yard may pay off with exactly the part or assembly you need, but it can also host some lurking dangers for the careless. A cavalier attitude toward handling used cars and auto parts can result in a variety of entirely preventable injuries.

Fortunately, you can stay safe during your salvage yard expedition simply by following a few smart basic practices. Discover some general rules to keep in mind before, during, and after your search. Continue reading Safety Tips for Your Auto Salvage Yard Visit

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5 Perfect Parts for Junkyard Hounds

A local junkyard is a great find for connoisseurs of rare automobiles and bargain shoppers alike. Buying used parts is essential when you want to keep an unusual car on the road, but it can also be an excellent alternative for anyone on a budget.

If you’ve considered working with a local wrecking yard to grab some cheap parts for your car, then keep reading. This guide will help you to discover five categories of components perfect for picking up used. Continue reading 5 Perfect Parts for Junkyard Hounds