Salvage and Save!

Have you recently been in a car accident? Nothing serious I hope. If you are a car owner, you know the headache that comes with getting a new car part for a minor ding or a big fender bender. Going through insurance policies is one thing, but the cost of going to the mechanics is expensive, especially if they have to order new parts to mend your car back to shape. Labor alone will have you maxing out your credit card in no time!

Many motorists are now finding new ways to save money and still get their car looking good again. Have you ever considered going to a salvage yard to get car parts? My son just got a brand new Honda Civic with the help of my husband and me.

My son Justin is a fairly new driver and he got into a little bit of an accident on his way to work. He was at a red light and it was a slippery rainy day. The car behind him slid right into his car and damaged the bumper. Luckily, nobody was hurt, but this means more money to fix the car now.

At first, he told me that it wasn’t a big deal and was just slightly bent and scratched. My husband told him that it is important to repair a damaged bumper. A damaged bumper can amplify and make a potential future crash far more severe. For safety and aesthetic reasons, my husband convinced my son to get it repaired.

As a college student, my son didn’t have much money to get the parts and pay for labor costs. My husband, Ralph, wants to help him out, but all we can do is guide him and teach him responsibility.

Ralph works in construction and a fellow co-worker, who was in a similar situation, recommended to get the car part at a salvage yard. There are so many salvage yards in our area. His cohort recommended that he check out salvage yards in Utah where he could find just what he needs.

The prom is coming up and it would be embarrassing to pick up his girlfriend with no car. No car, no fun. Plus he needs a functional car as he will be going off to college out of state.

On the weekend, my husband took Justin to the salvage yard. At first, I was a little apprehensive about them having to traipse around a salvage yard. My husband assured me it would be fine as long as they go in the daylight. I needed some more information. As a mother, I had to investigate this.

While they were out, I did my own research and I was surprised to see how economical a salvage yard is. I learned that a salvage yard is also good for the environment as you are reusing parts that would otherwise end up in a landfill.

Here are some benefits that made me feel better about it:

Much lower price – anything from domestic to foreign car parts can be found at a much lower price than purchasing directly from the dealer.

Find rare parts -- find parts from an old Chevy Camaro to a Mercury Cougar. Even foreign parts like Japanese brands or German BMWs.

Environmental factors – Cars are made of metal. This is a very recyclable material. Parts can be reused and save room at the landfill.

In fact, a salvage yard has an abundant inventory with practically every manufacturer’s part available and at a great price. I also read an article in the NY times about treasures in the salvage yards.

This is, in some ways, a really great kept secret. Salvage yards are a BIG business and more and more motorists are seeking parts to fix their car in a cheap and efficient way. The best part is that it’s environmentally friendly.

Ralph and my son came back after dark. Not only did they come back with a bumper, but they also found some reusable car seats to be used for a project going on in the garage. Salvage yards are the way to go to get car parts cheaper. All you need is a little patience and determination to find that special piece!

Remember, someone’s junk is another one’s treasure!



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