Getting scammed sucks!
Consumer education is a huge part of protecting yourself. Then you’ll know what red flags to watch for. There are scammers in every industry, so you’ve got to be on your toes.
If you’re in the market to junk your vehicle, it’s important to work with a reputable salvage yard. You don’t want to deal with a fly by night company that tries to take everything it can.
To help you avoid dishonest companies, here are five warning signs you may be getting scammed.
Is there an abandoned car on your property?
Whether you’re talking about a car that’s been rusting in the woods for decades, or a broken-down clunker that someone ditched on the street next to your house, you can legally get them removed.
Even if you don’t have the title.
But, there are a few steps you’ll have to take first. Before Tear-A-Part can remove the vehicle for you, you’ll have to have permission from the proper authorities. And have all the paperwork completed.
Deciding your car isn’t worth fixing is frustrating. No one really wants to deal with a junker.
It might be tempting just to park it somewhere and forget about it. If you own a lot of land, or don’t care about an eyesore, abandoning your vehicle might be the easiest option.
But just leaving your car sitting isn’t wise. If you leave it anywhere besides your land, without permission from the landowner, you’re violating Utah traffic laws.
Also no matter where you leave it, cars are full of pollutants. They never decompose. You’ll be dealing with a rusted hunk of junk decades from now.
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.