There are several ways to locate good cars for repair, but there are some things to know before you begin your search. Whether you’re a hobbyist looking for a nice project car or a businessperson hoping to turn a little profit, you should know that finding the perfect car isn’t always easy or affordable. Follow the steps below to help you find the clunker of your dreams.
Step 1: Deciding on a Model
One thing to take into consideration when looking for a car for repair is the average repair costs related to your specific model of choice. You also need to make sure the repair parts you need are readily available, whether they are straight from the manufacturer, aftermarket or salvaged. Certain brands and models are quite common with easy to find parts at affordable prices, while others are rare, with hard to find and expensive parts. Suzuki, Honda, and Toyota are among the easiest to find and cheapest to repair and considered first choice by many salvage shoppers. On the other hand, something like Jeep, Chrysler or Mercedes could prove to be more of a headache than it’s worth. What model you choose should depend on how much time and money you are willing to invest into your salvaged car purchase and repair.
Step 2: Shopping Around
The obvious place to look for an affordable car for repair is your local auto salvage yard. Not only will you find more than enough models to choose from, you’ll likely come across most of the parts you’ll need to restore your investment to its former glory. While junkyards are both common and well stocked, you’re not always likely to get all the information you’ll need to ease the repair process. Such as what happened to the car, and what may need to be fixed. You’re also not guaranteed to get a good deal since auto salvage yards are a business and looking for a decent profit.
For helpful information and better chances of negotiating a good deal you’ll want to turn to a private owner. Many people have old cars just taking up space in their garage or rusting away at the end of their driveways, that they’d be more than willing to let go of a fair price. Whether they’ve died of old age or suffered a minor fender bender these privately owned vehicles are often much less of a chore to repair. To find privately owned cars for repair, your best bet is the classified section of your local newspaper. If you don’t see what you want in your local listings, you can always broaden your search with the Internet. There are plenty of websites where salvage cars are up for auction or sale, and in most cases, deliveries can be arranged if they are from out of town.
Another great option is one commonly used by the professionals; the local car auction. These auctions are specifically organized to bring salvage vehicles to the used car dealers and local enthusiasts. Auctions are the priciest approach to finding a car for repair and usually require a salvage buyer’s license before you are allowed to place a bid.
Step 3: The Negotiation
Whether you end up at the salvage yard, in a stranger’s driveway or among fellow bidders, you want to get the best deal possible. When negotiating a price it’s polite to let the seller make the first offer. Be sure to get all the information you can about the vehicle before deciding on a counter offer. In fact, during the negotiations is the best time to get the owner to bring up various troubles the car is having and what will need to be fixed. Getting them to consider all that is wrong with their vehicle may help them reconsider its overall value.
Once you’ve decided how much the vehicle is worth to you, you are ready to make your offer. Always start low at first to display a reluctance to make the purchase. A seller looking to get out from under a vehicle within a timely manner will usually be willing to come down to make your purchase as painless as possible.
When it comes to finding cars for repair, you absolutely must shop around, and take all things mentioned above into consideration. The most important thing to remember is the end result.