Today’s cars are full of technology. When a sensor detects a problem with this technology, your car’s computer pops a code, and the check engine light usually comes on.
This light means there’s a problem somewhere in the system. But, without reading the codes from the onboard computer, you won’t have any way of knowing where the problems are. You could need a new evaporative canister vent valve, your car could be misfiring, or your car could have one of the hundreds of other issues.
With so many possibilities, you need diagnostics to pinpoint the problem. You could take your car to the mechanic for a diagnostic, but that gets expensive.
Code scanners to the rescue!
Let’s face it, no one likes spending money on car repairs! That’s why keeping on top of preventive maintenance is essential.
Think about it this way—getting regular checkups from a doctor is recommended to keep your body healthy. These checkups are preventive. They’re meant to spot small problems before they turn into something more serious.
And just like your body needs regular checkups, so does your car. Staying up-to-date on preventative maintenance will keep your car running longer.
It’ll also prevent larger problems, and save you money in the long run. And who doesn’t want that?!?
Who actually buys auto parts from a salvage yard?
Turns out, lots of people!
After all, used auto parts cost just a fraction of brand new ones. Especially if you’re willing to get your hands dirty by pulling the part yourself.
At Tear-A-Part, our client base is large and diverse. To give you a better idea, here are four types of customers we frequently work with.
(Psst… They’re all in the market for used parts. And saving money. Because everyone’s in the market for that, right?)
We know, your car has lots of parts.
And many of them look alike. Or some assemblies have multiple pieces and you only need to fix a single piece.
It’s easy to get mixed up – especially if you’re new to pulling parts. Or when you’re in a salvage yard working on a car that isn’t yours.
The last thing you want to do is get home and realize that the part you pulled won’t fit. Or that you pulled the wrong one.
The good news is that if you pulled the part from Tear-A-Part, you can take advantage of our 30-day exchange policy – easily returning the unwanted piece. But you’d still have to make another trip, blowing another part of your day.
And you’ll have to spend more time in the lot pulling the right part when what you really want to be doing is just fixing your car. It can be a time waster for sure.
To avoid this situation, follow these four tips to ensure you pull just the part you need – every time.
Car repairs can be expensive – especially if you’re hiring a mechanic to do the work for you.
Besides shelling out money for parts, you’ll also be paying a premium for labor. Each hour that the official books say the repair should take will be added to your invoice. And that adds up quickly!
But, there are several car repairs you don’t need a mechanic to do. These repairs are straightforward, and don’t require a ton of specialized tools.
So roll up your sleeves and prepare to get your hands a little dirty with these five basic car repairs. Your wallet will thank you!
1. Change Your Air Filter
An air filter ensures that debris and dirt don’t make their way into your car’s engine. It’s important to change it out regularly.
How? Pop your hood and look for the large plastic housing unit. It’s often along one of the sides. Once you’ve found it, you’ll want to examine it to see how it’s connected.
Does your vehicle need more repairs than it’s worth?
Or maybe your car has reached the end of its drivable life? Or perhaps, you’re sick of hearing your better half complain about that eyesore that’s been sitting on your property for one year too long?
Let Tear-A-Part Take Care of It
Give us a call and we’ll come pick up your old car. Right away!
Did you know that we actually have the fastest buying process in all of Utah?
And best of all, we’ll put money back in your pocket. We pay in cash, on the spot for cars. Even ones that don’t run.
After we pay for your vehicle and take it away, we’ll ensure that it’s recycled properly using our four-step, earth-friendly recycling system.
Because like you, we want to make our world better.
And left to sit, junked cars leak toxic fluids from the engine and gas tanks. The parts won’t decompose. The vehicle will just sit there and rust.
Close your eyes and picture a mechanic’s garage.
Now hone in on the tools.
Are you seeing them? Lots and lots and lots of tools.
How do they know which to use?
Well, they’re professionals and have likely received education, training and certifications that you have not.
For example, you already know you’re saving a ton of money buying your car part from Tear-A-Part. But, you might be a little unsure what tools you need to bring.
After all, there are tons of tools on the market for taking parts off cars… And for putting them back on again.
Are you supposed to bring your entire tool collection on-site, just in case? Won’t all those tools get heavy to lug around?
Don’t worry. There are several strategies to find out what tools you should bring.
Are you ready to sell your clunker for cash?
If you are, we’re here to make the process as easy as possible for you. For example, we pay you cash on the spot AND arrange to pick up your car ASAP.
But there are a few tasks that you need to handle to make sure the transaction goes smoothly on your end. And having these taken care of before the tow truck arrives will ensure the sale will happen without delay!
They’ll also help you to get the most bang for your buck. And who doesn’t want that?
So if you’re planning on scrapping your car, be sure to tackle these five tasks first.
1. Remove All of Your Personal Belongings
Cars can hold a lot of stuff. From the trunk to the pockets on the back of your seats to the glove box and center console, there are plenty of nooks and crannies where you’ll probably find things.