Best 30 Automobile Salvage Yard in San Diego, CA with Reviews - YP.com
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11/05/2017
By: Michael D.
A Atlas Auto Recycling 2
Place sucks. They wouldnt check hotline for me. Expensive also. Try to avoid. So many other options around the corner.
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03/25/2017
By: Jay N.
Ecco Auto Recycling
This establishment sold us am engine with a month warranty. After taking to our mechanic he found out it was no good . When taking it back not only did we get repremanded for not calling to say we were bringing it back but then told we have to wait for days for them to go to bank to get our refund . After calling them because they fail to call back they have yet to give us our refund and insist on giving us another motor even though we have purchased newer and with longer warranty somewhere else !!! The associate we are dealing with is Julian and for some reason cant give us a name or phone number of his boss he can't get ahold of .
11/14/2016
By: Matt B.
M & J Truck & Auto Recycling
M & J Truck & Auto Recycling not only repaired but brought my otherwise salvaged Chevy Silverado Z71 back to life! It now looks better than before the accident! After a horrible accident, the collision center told me my truck was worth $300 to scrap it. I needed my truck and could not afford a used one. I called M & J asking if they could assess my truck for any possibility of repair. We worked out a deal and my truck has never looked so good! The resale value of my truck is greater than what I paid for repairs.- Complete front end repaired (frame, fenders, hood, radiator etc, etc.- Complete removal of old cab replaced with like new (same color!).Prior to meeting the guys at M & J Recycling they were ordinary people I did not trust. Now I recommend them.
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03/12/2016
By: Melonsina S.
Best Way Auto Wrecking
They have really good service... if they don't have the part they help you find it.They also do mechanic.
10/06/2015
By: Richard A.
California Auto Wreck
I have been coming to California Auto to buy parts for my own car and also for my girlfriend car and I always get awesome deals. They have good warranties and even one time they delivered the part for me for free.
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04/27/2015
By: Troy W.
Best Way Auto Wrecking
Awesome over the phone service. I like this place already!
12/19/2014
By: Jessy J.
Cash For Cars
Good place to salvage or junk any car. My jetta overheated back from vegas it was leaking pretty bad.
12/13/2014
By: Ben M.
Cash For Cars
I felt good about the services. I removed my name from the title and she was gone. Pretty much the best way to sell a car in San Diego. I was told to donate it to the scrap yards. But if you ask them you can get a few bucks.
12/13/2014
By: Paul G.
Cash For Cars
I love cash for cars I always use it because evenutally I get sick of my car and want to have it removed. I dont like the stress of selling to people and carmax is total bs.
11/24/2014
By: Paulie S.
Cash For Cars
Cash for Clunkers & Auto Donation services. The people who pick up the phone actually are helpful.
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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