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By: Lori K.
Tom's Auto Salvage Inc
A pleasure to do business with, answered phone promptly, arrived to site for pickup on time and driver was courteous. Customer clearly came first. Will refer and reuse when needed. A pleasant surprise after going through a previous horrible experience. Thanks!
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By: Perry B.
Tom's Auto Salvage Inc
The place is a rip off, I mistakenly had my wrecked car towed there after an accident that happened Saturday mid afternoon. I went there Monday to get my personal belongings from the car and sign the car over for scrap. I mistakenly thought I may get a few dollars from the car. Nope, they charged all kinds of fees including 3 days storage plus an administrative fee. I found out later the administration fee is for them submitting a request for the title in case the car is financed. I handed them the title on the spot, no administration there. Oh three days storage lets see, Saturday afternoon to Sunday afternoon 1 day, Sunday to Monday 1 day. 1+1 =2 not 3 In the end, I did not get one penny for the car, but owed them $50 for a bogus administration fee. I would not recommend this scrap yard to anyone and would encourage everyone to avoid it.
By: Neener W.
Tom's Auto Salvage Inc
If I could give a negative stay I would. Bad customer service, very rude, and I got hung up on several times.
Tips & Advices
Salvage yards will have different policies regarding warranties, but, in most instances, the parts you find will be covered. Some salvage yards will offer warranties of anywhere from 90 days to six months, and may even offer the option for extended coverage.
After you've successfully found a part or multiple components, take everything up to the clerk. Inform them of what you have and pay. Avoid lying about what you have as a way to pay less. You will potentially be banned if you're found lying. You-pick salvage yards will display the prices for categories of parts. Prices may fluctuate depending on the demand. Harder-to-find items could carry a higher price tag than a brand-new one. If you are salvaging for auto parts, you might see items that are difficult to find and be able to sell them for a profit. Doing so can offset the cost of the price you're paying for the parts you personally need.
It is in your interest to call the salvage yard before arriving to see if they sell smaller components individually, because some yards do not. Some owners choose to not sell small components for financial reasons.  If salvage lots come across a door without the handle, they will have to pay extra to get the handle and attach it to the entire assembly. It is therefore cost-effective for salvage lots to sell entire assemblies.
When rummaging through a car or walking around the lot, stay aware of your surroundings. Remember, you aren't the only visitor looking to salvage parts. Other individuals are also looking for components, and not everyone works as safely as possible. If you find a car you'd like to inspect, make sure working conditions are suitable, and if anything looks suspicious or dangerous, find a safer vehicle to tear apart.
Typical gear includes:
  • Pliers
  • Hammer
  • Screwdrivers
  • Hacksaw
  • Short pry bar
  • Combination wrenches
  • Gloves
  • Safety glasses
  • Inch ratchet set
Keep these tools in the car:
  • Inch-drive socket set
  • Large hammer
  • Long pry bar
  • Cardboard
  • Coveralls
  • Two feet of pipe

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