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Junkyards in Texas – The Original Recyclers

Thursday, October 28th, 2010

Although it may seem as though recycling is a new concept that has recently become popular, in reality recycling is something the salvage yards of Texas have been doing for years. Have you ever wondered what happens to all the hazardous waste materials that are contained in a vehicle once it becomes inoperative? Well owners and operators of Texas salvage yards know the answer and they are the key to ensuring that these dangerous chemicals never encounter fragile ecosystems like the air and groundwater.

Most are members of TARA, the Texas Automotive Recyclers Association and ARA, which is a national trade organization for automotive recyclers around the country, and adhere to strict policies for handling and disposing of hazardous waste materials. Salvage yards in Texas work closely with local and federal environmental agencies to ensure that the materials are handled in responsible ways.

To date, Texas auto recyclers along with auto recyclers throughout the United States have spent in excess of $50 million on environmental compliance and have recovered enough steel from salvaged vehicles to build more than 13 million new cars. These strides mean that less iron and aluminum have to mined and preserves our precious non-renewable resources. Not only do Texas junk yards save resources they also help save consumers hundreds of thousands of dollars every year by providing access to quality used parts. By properly handling, removing and storing those parts that are in good conditions from non-operative vehicles, automotive recyclers can save customers up 75% off the price of what it would cost to buy that same part new from a dealership. In the past, an inoperative vehicle may stay in someone’s backyard for years or sit cluttering up streets and side alleys rusting away. Today that same car can be taken to a salvage yard and sold for up to several hundred dollars depending on the age and condition. The salvage yard then safely removes all hazardous waste materials and then removes all the salvageable parts then makes them available to the public at a discounted price. This is truly recycling at its best and Texas junk yards are proud to be a part of it.

Texas automotive recyclers have now become part of the internet connection as well. By inventorying parts on computer and utilizing satellite and internet, most salvage yards throughout Texas are able to access one another’s inventory. For the consumer that means an ending to calling around to every salvage yard in town to find the correct part. Now all one has to do is call one recycler and they can locate a part anywhere in the country. Whether the part is located 10 miles away or 100 most salvage yards will ship the part directly to your door. Direct access inventory is simple and convenient and always works in the consumers favor.

The salvage yards of Texas today are proud to be on the cutting edge of automotive recycling and they work hard to pass these savings on to the citizens of Texas.

Ronnie Tanner is a contributing writer at Texas junk yards. He writes about Texas junk yards and other related industry specific topics for the company.

Great Deals and Tips on Parts for Your Car

Wednesday, October 27th, 2010

Car parts, just like cars keep going up and up in price. Just look at any recent bill for service for your car. $69 is not uncommon for an oil change if you have a Mercedes or BMW at your local dealer. $600 for headlights (not including installation), $700 water pump, $200 per tire – or more for certain cars. It just gets ridiculous. It has been estimated that if one were to try and buy all the parts for a car through their local dealer it would cost 300-500,000 for all the parts on the average car. someone is getting rich here and it isn’t us. There is a better way.

Start by looking online. There are junk yards that have the parts you need. And just because they are referred to as junkyards, doesn’t mean they only sell junk. Lots of their inventory is from cars that are less than 1 year old. What do you think happens to the perfectly good tires on a new BMW that was junked do to rear accident. Some wiley person buys them at a great discount for their own car. Junk or salvage yards turnover millions of dollars in car parts every year. The best site to use is They will research thousands of salvage dealers and display the prices in order from cheapest and newest and colors, etc… You enter your part needs and then they will find your parts for you. It is not uncommon to get basically brand new or similar items for 1/5 the price a dealer charges or less.

Another great place is Ebay and Ebay Motors. There are lots of car parts on there for just about every make year and model of car. Everything from a hood to a door, interior carpet, radios, speakers, wheels – even spinners so you can pimp your ride like on tv and in the movies. I’ve even seen celebrity cars for sale on their and parts autographed by Nascar drivers like Jeff Gordon, Rusty Wallace, Dale Earnhardt, Dale Jr., etc… Even if you don’t end up buying on Ebay, it is generally a wholesale marketplace and will give you a feel for the value and true pricing of certain parts. It will also show you the huge difference between the actual value and what a dealer charges. Just remember this – “Dealer bad, Ebay good.” You can even buy your car on Ebay and save a mint – no bogus processing fees, lies by salesmen and their managers whose only job is to squeeze every penny they can out of you – especially the finance manager (they get you just hen you think you are done – and many times they get you for thousands of dollars in profit). Bogus dealer processing fees totalled more than $50 billion in 2005 – no wonder dealers are getting richer, playing more golf, etc… But due to lawyers and tax strategies the average dealer pays less in taxes than most americans (average dealer tax rate >1%) – go figure.

So there you have it get online and use salvage yards and Ebay to get a great deal on all your car part needs. For instructions on installing any part just look it up on Google. There are thousands of great forums and blogs that for free will give great pictures and step by step explanations on everything from changing a tire to a camshaft, bleeding brakes, fan belt replacement, etc… Do not use your dealer unless you like getting fleeced on a daily basis – as that is what they will do.

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How to Shop For Car Parts Using Junkyards and Salvage Yards

Tuesday, October 26th, 2010

Cheap cars and Junkyards pretty much go hand in hand. Now of course there are a million places to get parts from new and used from ebay to your local parts store. In the age of limitless online suppliers and a world wide parts market I think a lot of part shoppers have forgotten about using the local salvage yard as a parts alternative.

I think that for some amateur wrenchers the salvage yard can seem like a somewhat intimidating kind of place to be. Thoughts of pit bulls and a big fella named skeeter may come to mind ( no offense to any salvage yard owners named skeeter), but actually they can be a great place to quickly and easily locate used parts.

Personally I much rather prefer the yards that are willing to simply let you browse around on your own. These yards can also be a good spot to find some better prices, because in some cases a little haggling can be done. If your looking to make a trip to one of these “you pick you pull” type yards its a good idea to take a few steps to come prepared.

First bring some tools of course! Usually a decent enough socket set, some screwdrivers, and a set of vice-grips will get the job done and not be too heavy to carry around. In some cases bringing a jack may be necessary, but some yards are willing to provide jacks and engine hoists or at least rent them. If bringing any power tools, torches, or other equipment its a good idea to check with the owner first. Also its a good idea to wear some old clothes, a pair of boots, and some thick gloves (lots of old rusty debris can be a hazard and most yards tend to get pretty muddy and can have some really over grown grass).

After finding the right part, some may be concerned about how they know that the part is going to be in good enough condition to reuse. Honestly it really depends on the part and a lot of other variables, but in most cases yard owners are willing to provide some type of warranty or guarantee.

So the next time you decide to purchase a used car part don’t forget that there could be a great deal waiting for you at your local yard and the shopping experience itself can be pretty fun too!

About the Author:

Brian Ostrowiak is the co-creator of and an avid car enthusiast who often buys and sells cars and trucks for less than one thousand dollars.

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How to Junk Your Car

Monday, October 25th, 2010

Do you have an old car that’s been sitting in your yard forever and you don’t know what to do about it? Maybe nothing works on it anymore, and it’s all rusted out. There is no sense in trying to fix or restore it. So, you’re thinking of getting a junk car removal service to haul it away since you figure paying to get rid of the thing is a bargain. Well, before you do this, here are some things you ought to know, because you might be throwing good money away.

Many folks don’t realize that an old piece of junk metal can bring a good price from a junk yard. The prices of steel and other metals have been fluctuating lately, but metal never becomes worthless. The way that junk car removal services make money is by breaking the old cars down into pieces which can be sold separately as used auto repair parts before being sold for scrap metal. The battery, catalytic converter, the rims, tires, radio or CD player, etc. can be worth a lot of money. An old junker may be worth between $100 – $300 and in some cases more to the right buyer. And, depending on whom you talk to, you might get a $100 difference in price between the top and bottom offers.

Be sure to take an inventory of the trunk to see whether there may be any tools, jumper cables, additives, or a spare tire which can be sold separately. Look beneath the seats for money or personal items. It’s a good idea to have a copy of the title for the car as this is required in some states to avoid stolen vehicles from being turned in and most yards prefer to have the original title. The junkyard will know whether a title is required of a car which is going to a crusher. If the car still runs but needs some repairs, you might run an honest advertisement in the newspaper to sell junk car, to see if anyone is interested. It can be worth the cost of the ad to find this out. If you don’t want to mess with the hassle of running the advertisement then make sure to tell the junkyard that the car still runs. Better yet if you can drive it in you may receive more money since they don’t have to recoup their towing expenses.

Start by checking out classified ads in the automotive section under “junk cars”; or in the Yellow Pages under “automotive”; or search the internet for “junk car Chicago”. Also check out “towing”. Maybe you’ve seen signs along the road advertising to buy junk cars. Be aware that even if an advertisement says they pay “up to $300”, that doesn’t mean that’s how much money you’ll get. There is a lot of misleading advertising in the junk car business, since a lot of money can be made on junkers, so some unscrupulous operators rely on people’s ignorance and willingness to “just get that wreck out of here” to make more money. When a guy is standing in your yard with the cash in his hand, even if it is a fraction of what the advertisement promised, the temptation is to close the deal then and. Don’t do it. Shop around and compare different offers. Also, if the car can still be driven, find out if you can get more money driving it to the junkyard yourself rather than having it towed in.

It’s usually possible to make some money when you sell junk car, rather than just paying a junk car removal service to haul it away. Check out the classifieds or internet under “junk car Chicago” and you might surprise yourself with how valuable your junker really is. If you do need to haul the junker away, contact North Shore Towing.

Does it Make Sense to Rebuild Your Auto Engine?

Monday, October 25th, 2010

Is the engine in your car or late model truck worth rebuilding? Is the time, trouble and expense worth it or should you check one of other alternatives available to you such as a used engine, a full or partial professional rebuild or a factory service like rebuild – many of which now are being done offshore and being shipped back to U.S. automotive consumers?

The do it yourselfer is faced with these options to evaluate when it comes to the dreaded time of a potential engine overall. Most likely you have gotten a good number of relatively trouble free services from your automotive engine and are now faced with the prospect of an engine overhaul. The decision to replace the engine bloc, piston, connecting rod assemblies as well as crankshaft depends on a number of factors, with the number one consideration being the condition of the engine block. Other considerations are cost, ready access to machine and auto shop facilities, parts availability, time required to complete the project and finally the extent of prior mechanical experience on the part of the do-it-yourselfer home auto mechanic.

Next consider the value of the vehicle. It has turned out that frequently the total end cost of the parts required to complete the task of rebuilding the engine is greater and more than the actual value of the vehicle. It can be said that often ego and pride of ownership gets in the way of a fair and true evaluation of the situation, its costs and reasonable conclusions on the suitability of the project at all. As a case in point one proud owner of what might be considered a truck that was long past its prime and in great need of repair convinced himself that expensive repairs were in order by himself when a quick tour of local area junkyards should of convinced that the truck itself could be replaced by any of the similar vehicles that were laying about these auto parts recycling facilities.

In such situations where the cost for a full engine overhaul is greater than the cost of a full and proper engine rebuild one option to consider is a used engine from one of above auto junk yards. True the engine may not have the full engine life of a rebuilt engine but there may be more than enough lifespan in one of these replacements which come at a much lower cost and may indeed outlive the body components and lifespan of the vehicle itself. In addition most of the professional auto parts recycling shops will both have tested and warranty the engine for a reasonable initial automobile test and evaluation time period.

It can be said that the vehicle may seem to have great value to you. The question to ask is “If I sink in this money and time of a full rebuilt engine will anyone pay me more for my vehicle or if I sell this vehicle will I get my money back?” The answer is usually “Probably not”. However it can be said that devil you know is better than the devil you do not. You will have a vehicle whose history and maintenance background is well known to you. You will know the quirks and characteristics of the vehicle – of what to expect and what repairs as well are upcoming. Thus said sinking money and time into rebuilding your engine or engine block may make good sense to you overall in the end.

Terry E. Voster

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About Car Body Kits

Sunday, October 24th, 2010

For all the car owners who are much concerned about the maintenance of their cars utilizing the affordable options there are a number of possibilities to help them out. Not only the real markets but the World Wide Web, as well offers many online stores from where one can buy quality automotive parts at very affordable rates. These reasonable prices play a crucial role in keeping the costs pertaining to the total repairs from rising. Whether one has a vintage car or fifty years old truck, the various parts of the same including the light, engines and other parts can be found at discounted rates on the various internet websites that specialize in dealing only the automotive parts.

Most of the websites on the World Wide Web dealing in the automotive’s parts have been designed keeping in mind the comfort and ease of the users. Thus, they are developed in an easy to navigate fashion and have common mode of payments using the PayPal or other methods, of which the online shoppers are already aware of. This also saves the time for the online automotive shoppers to visit the bank for the transfer of money. Furthermore, the parts bought from the internet do offer more cost effective prices as the websites are usually offering discounts on their automotive’s being purchased through the World Wide Web.

However, if one cannot opt for shopping online from the World Wide Web, there are still options to make use of the effective channels to buy the automotive parts. One of them includes visiting the salvage yards or the auto junkyard for looking for the parts that one is interested in buying. However, one thing to be kept in mind is that this approach should be selected only by those who have a sound knowledge pertaining to the automotive parts. The automotive parts procured from the junk yards allow the customer a price reduction up to fifty percent and in some cases even more.

For those who do not have any knowledge regarding the auto parts, it is recommended that they visit the shops which sell used or refurbished automotive parts. Though the refurbished parts may be repaired in some of the cases yet, they come with a warranty and are technically sound, which is the reason they are expensive than the parts bought from the salvage yards. Rather than opting for the new automotive parts which cost a fortune in most of the cases, it is a better option to select the used car parts as one can be sure of finding the parts which offer better value of money. When procuring the automotive parts, do not be shy of taking help from a friend or family member, as their experience will help in buying the sound automotive parts.

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Junk Yard Car Prices

Saturday, October 23rd, 2010

Many car owners tend to dispose off their existing vehicle if it is beyond repair, by sending it to a scrap yard. The scrap yard pays a marginal amount to the car owner and then sells different parts to garages or mechanics. By selling the various components of a car a scrap yard owner can generate a substantial amount of money on an otherwise useless vehicle.

Motors, doors, carburetors, windshields and more are carefully separated and tagged for anyone who comes in needing a part. Most junkyards that sell scrap auto parts have sophisticated computerized systems that have inventory available in seconds. They can give you information about parts available and parts needed. Those in the business now like to call it “auto recycling.” Junkyard owners get their parts in different ways. They almost always check out cars that have been in accidents and are deemed totaled. If they find one that has low mileage they may pay as much as $2,000 to $3,000 for it, depending on the model and year. They then return to the shop to see just how many parts that can use and what each part is worth. They enter it into the computer and know exactly what they have in stock, as well as the make, model and year of the vehicle and vehicle identification number. Generally parts cost on the average $5 to $50 dollars.

What cannot be used, like aluminum, is compressed and sold when the prices is right. Hubcaps are sold for very little and the same goes for batteries.

For people looking for spare parts in a junkyard, there is no more digging through heaps of rusty old cars. Finding a part in a modern junkyard is similar to shopping in any other retail store. In most cases, the fast moving, popular parts such as radiators, alternators, and seats are arranged on ready-to-go display shelves. Most junkyards do not refund money in case spare parts purchased by consumers do not fit properly. However, they usually allow consumers to exchange it for another piece.

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Tips to Sell Your Junk Car for Cash

Friday, October 22nd, 2010

It can be used for different reasons but probably easier to get rid of it. You may find a buyer who can give you cash in hand. So, if you want to get rid of your junk car in any way, finding some options will be really great for your needs.

Start your junk car sell by visiting Craigslist and placing your advertisement about the same. Listing your items on sale is a free service and easy as well. You need to check on the website and put your ads over there. For putting your ads in the Craigslist of the larger cities, you need to verify your email address so that your claims will be treated as the rightful claim. You need to follow on-screen instructions to follow and in minutes so that you can get in touch with your buyer.

You can also put your advertisement on eBay. In some cases, you may come across a special model that you have been eyeing for so long now. Also, you will interact with a large group of possible buyers who cam made the rightful purchase for you.

Nowadays, separate communities have their own websites. If you do have such websites, you can check your advertisements and attract a number of buyers for your vehicle.

If you desire to get cash for your junk care sale in a shortest possible time, you can call your local salvage yard or wrecking yard to look buyers for your car. These people usually have a large network of prospective buyers whom can be contacted for offering a profitable sale.

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Want to Save Money? Go For Salvage Parts

Thursday, October 21st, 2010

Now you are going to get all the car parts, at highly reasonable and affordable prices. There is no need to get confused on the originality and reliability of the parts. The demand and popularity of used parts has been increasing by each passing day and now you can easily buy them from the markets or over internet. It shows that things have been completely changed for the car owners. Now they will not have to think twice before replacing or changing their old and defected car parts.

You will get to purchase used parts of different models of cars. You just need to take the name of your car and tell its make and you are going to get the part, at highly competitive price. Used auto body parts can save a lot of your money, which you need to constantly spend on the servicing and maintenance of your cars. When you are getting salvage parts at fewer prices, then why to spend so much on the new ones. There is no problem with these parts. All what matters is your approach towards shopping car parts. You need to buy them carefully. Never get yourself into problem, by buying the parts from an unauthentic store, but you should always visit authentic dealer who will not cheat you on the quality. Around 70% of the car parts of useless and damaged cars can be used again, by just taking them out of the wasted cars.

It helps a lot in saving your pockets and on the other hand it helps in making your environment better, as the heaps of junkyard parts can bring in lots of problems. Junkyards occupy important and productive land and ultimately, companies need to burn the junk, which emits harmful smoke and makes the environment unhealthy. This is the reason, why people are taking more interest in the buying of used auto parts. Rare and side view mirrors, exterior body panels, bumpers, wheels, lights, motors, electronics and various other parts are being sold successfully.

These parts are giving100% efficiency, but the only problem is that you should look careful before purchasing salvage parts, for you may be deceived by your dealer and in this way you are going to waste your money and will end up with disappointment. If you have got a tractor, even then you can save a big portion of your money, as used tractor parts can also be easily purchased from the nearest second hand auto parts dealer.

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What is the Average Lifespan of a Vehicle?

Thursday, October 21st, 2010

Whether you are thinking about buying a car and trying to decide if the cost of a new car is worthwhile or are wondering how much money you should put into repairing your older vehicle, learning the average lifespan of a vehicle can help you with your decision. Of course, averages are not always accurate, and you may find that your car lives much longer or much shorter than the average, but an average can help you make an educated choice.

The Official Average

According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, vehicles tend to last just over 13 years. Mileage also plays a role in how long a car, truck, or van will last, and the average final mileage for a vehicle is 145,000 miles. Half of all of the vehicles on the road today are 8 years old or older, with a third of them being at least 10 years old.

Thoughts for Buying Cars

If you are in the market for another vehicle, the decision about buying new or used is sometimes difficult. Of course, your budget may dictate that you shop for a used car, and used cars depreciate much less quickly than new ones, but you will probably get a longer lifespan out of a new vehicle. New vehicles come with warranties, which make maintenance and repair early in the vehicle’s life convenient. Also, you will not be buying someone else’s “problem” when you buy a new car. If there is a mechanical problem or recall on the car, it will probably be covered in the warranty.

Buying a used car does mean you can end up buying someone else’s problem. On the other hand, if the used car is less than 8 years old, you have a pretty good indication that it will last a while, based on national averages. You will also be able to afford more “extras” in a used car than in a new car for the same amount of money, provided you have enough for a new car to begin with.

Dealing with an Existing Vehicle

If you have an older car that is in need of some serious repair, such as a transmission job or a complete engine overhaul, understanding the lifespan of a vehicle will help you decide whether or not to put the money into the vehicle that is necessary for the repair. If the vehicle is almost 13 years old or has close to 145,000 miles, it is probably nearing its end. If you put a few thousand of dollars into a repair, and the vehicle only lasts a few more months or even another year, you will be in bad shape.

Instead, consider junking the car. The working parts, body, and even tires in some cases, can be salvaged and sold by the junkyard, and you can get some of that money upfront. You can use that money and the money you would have spent on repairs for a down payment on a more reliable used vehicle or even a new vehicle. Before you put money into the repairs, call the junkyard to see how much you can get, and consider using that money to purchase a better vehicle.

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