Salvage, Used & Junkyard Parts

If you want to repair or restore an old car, then salvaging used parts from a junkyard might be just what you need. But how can you tell a deal from a rip-off? Read articles about finding the right used parts for your auto.


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With hundreds of hours and thousands of dollars, you can restore a real classic car. The crux can be finding the parts to make it look like a full-scale version of a plastic hobby model. So where can you find the right parts?

Refurbishing a classic car is a labor of love, and with muscle cars, the emphasis isn't just on power; it's also on design. So, where can you track down those classic decals that are so popular with muscle car collectors?

Somewhere -- maybe down the street or maybe on the other side of the world -- is the part you need for your classic car restoration. So where can you look to find that last specific part you need to complete your project?

You've found it: that dream car that you've always wanted to own. But as you look closer, you notice two words on the edge of the "for sale" sign or the bottom of the online ad: "salvage title." Why might the car have this kind of title?

Buying a salvage car is a teeter-totter, with your time, money and effort on one side and the car on the other. If the car's value outweighs everything you have to put into it, it may be a deal. But how can you tell if a salvage car is worth buying?

Buying the right kind of insurance can be tricky with any car, but if you're dealing with one that has a salvage title, it can be even more difficult. Can you get insurance for a car with a salvage title? And if so, what kind?

Reconstructing classic cars to their former glory is a popular hobby, and as such, there are many reasons why millions of passionate enthusiasts get involved. But can every classic car be saved?

Visiting a junkyard could mean finding a quarter-panel for a dinged VW Beetle or salvaging a motor from a totaled new-model sedan. But what about gangster cars or even space junk?

Classic cars have been an American passion since the 1950s, and the hobby demands a lot of time and attention. Unfortunately, sometimes a car is a goner, and there's little you can do to save it. How do you know when it's time to call it quits?

Floods have drenched much of the U.S. in recent years, and when subject to deep flood levels, soaked cars are often classified as totaled and are demolished. Some flooded automobiles, though, end up on used car dealer lots. How can you spot one?

A good dealer can restore flood-damaged cars so that they look almost new, but don't let the good looks fool you. Buying a damaged auto can be a huge risk or a budget buy. So, how do you decide whether to gamble on a car with a watery history?

Visit an online classifieds Web site, and mixed into the glowing descriptions of vehicle histories are two words that can quickly throw a wrench into your dreams of finding the auto deal of the century: "salvage title." What does this mean?

Junkyards salvage parts and whole vehicles for reuse, crush stripped or intact autos into scrap metal, and serve as a final resting place for wrecked cars. But is it worth your time to rummage through one to find an old replacement part for your car?