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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10 Tips for Buying a Salvage Auto

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?


10 Signs Your Classic Car is a Goner

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?

10 Ways to Spot a Flood-damaged Car

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?

Should you ever buy a flood-damaged car?

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?

What is a salvage title?

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?

Are junkyard parts worth your time?

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?