Auto Salvage Yards – Saving Money on Repairs

With today’s recession essential auto repairs are sometimes being overlooked due to financial restrictions. Currently the trend is for people to put off doing repairs to their vehicles as the quotes they are receiving are beyond their financial means. Is there a solution? – Yes there are many ways to help you reduce part costs for your vehicle repair, Auto Wrecking Yards are one option, lets take a look.

Main Auto Dealers are still largely expensive on a labour cost and most will fit Original Equipment Manufacturer parts (OEM). OEM parts are also notoriously expensive. For older vehicles and some newer models, OEM is not always the most cost effective solution for you car.

Many people are now turning to the Auto Salvage Yards to procure the parts they require for their vehicles. This has two massive benefits, firstly you will still be using OEM parts, so you know they will fit without any modifications and they will work as expected. Secondly the cost, most Salvage parts retail for around 50% to 80% of there equivalent new OEM parts.

Many independent auto shops will allow customers to bring the parts they want fitted to their vehicle, it is not necessary to order the parts through the auto shop. This can hugely impact the overall cost of your repair or you can pull out the tools and replace those simple parts yourself, there are so many tutorials online, even in video format to make sure you get the job done right first time.

So take some time and find your local Auto Salvage Yards and/or Wrecking Yards. You will be surprised at the savings that can be made. For people who know their way around auto’s and trucks many Wrecking Yards allow you to scour the yard and pry the parts you need of any of their vehicles, this can be hugely advantageous as you can inspect all similar models to your to ensure you get the best part for your vehicle.

But do not despair if you are unsure of pulling parts of vehicles as the Auto Salvage Yard employee will help you out and retrieve the parts you require. Many Wrecking Yards have already stripped vehicles of commonly used and requested parts. They rack and stack them parts.

So, please do not put off essential repairs to your cars, your safety and well being is worth it. Go grab yourself a bargain.

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.

Salvaged Vehicles Save You Money

Most people don’t even know what the words salvaged vehicle means. When you first say it, they think of a car or truck sitting in a junk yard rusting away. This may be true to a point, however, what kind of salvaged vehicle I speak of is a whole new kind. Let me explain. The average person would not think about driving a car that…well, was wrecked then salvaged. With the newer cars and trucks that are involved in accidents everyday and get salvaged all the time thanks to our high cost of labor at the dealers for repairs. You can be driving one of them (after being repaired) for super cheap. You see, insurance companies have a standard way of doing their estimations of repairs for the vehicles that are in an accident. They have to replace all the broken parts with what is called OEM parts that come from the dealers who get them from the manufacturer. With the labor rate of our union workers, the parts are out of site in cost to repair a vehicle back to the insurances standards. Not to mention the labor rates at a dealerships body shop for repairs as well. So when a vehicle costs more than 75% of the book value to be repaired, they just total the car and have it salvaged. The Insurance Company then writes a check out to the owner for the amount the vehicle is worth at the time of the accident.

Now this brings us to why salvaged vehicles save you money. You see, a vehicle can be repaired for a lot less than what is quoted from Insurance companies. (You wonder why we pay so much for insurance.) The parts that are readily available are much like going shopping for anything else. There are choices for parts with better prices and they will do the job just as well as OEM parts. Why pay $300-$400 dollars for a fender on a car when you can get one just as good for $50 dollars. See the savings? This is just one aspect of the whole deal. You can save thousands of dollars when repairing a salvaged vehicle. If you can’t do the work, then let the Pro people do it. So next time you are looking for a good used car, think real hard on finding a newer low mile salvaged car that can be repaired. It will save you a lot of money.