Learn What Should You Do to Sell a Car for Salvage?

Unwanted or junked cars initially tend to be a source of problems. From being an eyesore, an environmental problem to a legal issue, there is potential money in the disposal of said vehicle. To learn what you should do to sell a car for salvage is a quick way to solve any of those problems.

Potential treasure
There have been many documented discoveries of valuables hidden away in or as what others may term junk so it is best to start by investigating the car itself. No one wants to give away a classic that may be worth way more than what it was sold for. Even if the vehicle may not be important to the owner, there may be persons or clubs to whom it might.

Make sure you own it
After determining the relative value of the car, confirm that all the paperwork is current and correct. Check to make sure the title reflects the ownership and conforms to the specifications of the vehicle itself, such as make, model, year, and VIN numbers. The reasons for this are to avoid any legal issues relating to the sale later and for tax time recordkeeping.

Clean it up
Before you start looking for buyers, go through the vehicle for any important or valuable personal items. A key element is whether the car is running or not. This can help to determine if it’s worth the effort to go further in the cleaning process. A good general wash can either hurt or increase the salvage value, however, most recyclers shouldn’t care as it just depends on what they’re planning to do with the vehicle. A general scrapper will simply rip everything out to be crushed. Some yards look at the car on a part-by-part basis where the quality of individual elements such as the engine, is important. Those with an eco-friendly vibe may want to remove fluids such as oil, coolant and gasoline as well.

Shop around
If the car is running it may be cost-effective to drive it around to local recyclers to gauge the general selling price. If it is unable to be driven, many scrap yards offer towing services and are willing to visit the location of the vehicle and perform an inspection there. Calling around and giving recyclers a general idea of the vehicle works just as well since most of them have preset prices based on a per-pound scale. An extra tip is to try and locate salvage yards that specialize in that particular brand or model. If all else fails then there’s the internet.

Sold
If the transaction is being completed by check, make sure to get all the information of the buyer. If by cash, count it in plain view to ensure it’s the agreed amount. Should the car be sold to a charity, use the check or receipt to look into tax credits?

Architectural Salvage Adds Interest to Home Decor

Add a unique feature to your home decor or garden design by incorporating a piece of architectural salvage. These old building materials can be used as stand alone pieces or recycled to create an interesting piece of junk art.

One of the best things about using salvaged materials for art, crafts, or home projects is that once you get started, you keep coming up with new and ingenious ideas.

Country decor is enhanced with the addition of architectural salvage. The antique pieces of building materials and hardware fit right into a country style and add rustic appeal.

A minimalist decor with neutral colors and clean lines can be livened up with the addition of architectural salvage. Add a note of whimsy, or a splash of vintage flair to an austere room to create a conversation piece or a focal point. The use of antique materials or antique hardware can make a statement. You are reducing waste and recycling old items to give a room an environmentally friendly appeal.

Architectural salvage can be found at demolition sites or architectural salvage yards, antique shops, and junk shops. You can locate and use such things as:

Antique ceramic tile that has been removed from entry halls, kitchens, vestibules, and bathrooms. Old tiles can be strikingly beautiful, and are often embossed with geometric or natural designs. The glaze, crackled with age, adds a note of antiquity to these attractive pieces. Mount on bathroom or kitchen walls, or incorporate into mosaic designs for artistic projects, tables, seats, trays, or anything that you can come up with.

Antique ceiling tile or embossed sheet metal is inexpensive, versatile and attractive. It can be mounted behind a stove for a vintage flair or easily cut with tin snips to make unique objects or ornaments for the home.

Old metal and wood can be made into birdhouses, frames, sculptures, or used as stand alone decorating items.

Old sinks and bathtubs are readily available and can be reused as they are (with a bit of cleaning) or remade for another use. An old pedestal sink makes a whimsical planter. A claw foot bathtub can be used as a small garden pond.

Incorporating architectural salvage into a home decorating scheme is a wonderful way to preserve history, live a sustainable lifestyle, and add an interesting look to your home.

How to Shop For Car Parts Using Junkyards and Salvage Yards

Cheap cars and Junkyards pretty much go hand in hand. Now of course there are a million places to get parts from new and used from eBay to your local parts store. In the age of limitless online suppliers and a world wide parts market I think a lot of part shoppers have forgotten about using the local salvage yard as a parts alternative.

I think that for some amateur wrenchers the salvage yard can seem like a somewhat intimidating kind of place to be. Thoughts of pit bulls and a big fella named skeeter may come to mind ( no offense to any salvage yard owners named skeeter), but actually they can be a great place to quickly and easily locate used parts. Most salvage yards these days tend to have a cataloged and computerized inventory so really finding out if they have what you need can be as simple as making a phone call.

Personally I much rather prefer the yards that are willing to simply let you browse around on your own. These yards can also be a good spot to find some better prices, because in some cases a little haggling can be done. If your looking to make a trip to one of these “you pick you pull” type yards its a good idea to take a few steps to come prepared.

First bring some tools of course! Usually a decent enough socket set, some screwdrivers, and a set of vice-grips will get the job done and not be too heavy to carry around. In some cases bringing a jack may be necessary, but some yards are willing to provide jacks and engine hoists or at least rent them. If bringing any power tools, torches, or other equipment its a good idea to check with the owner first. Also its a good idea to wear some old clothes, a pair of boots, and some thick gloves (lots of old rusty debris can be a hazard and most yards tend to get pretty muddy and can have some really over grown grass).

After finding the right part, some may be concerned about how they know that the part is going to be in good enough condition to reuse. Honestly it really depends on the part and a lot of other variables, but in most cases yard owners are willing to provide some type of warranty or guarantee.

So the next time you decide to purchase a used car part don’t forget that there could be a great deal waiting for you at your local yard and the shopping experience itself can be pretty fun too!