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Finding a Salvage Yard

danlattadanlatta Posts: 1
edited July 2014 in Lexus
Looking for a salvage yard for lexus here in southern california, specifically for a 2005 LS430.



  • rgswrgsw Posts: 333
  • bigfurbigfur Posts: 649
    Have you tried looking on ebay at all even?
  • bigfurbigfur Posts: 649
    For something that exact your gonna probably have to look nation wide, and have it transported.
  • My faithful '86 Toyota Camry hatchback finally threw in the towel (alternator gave out, and a couple of other problems). I've been trying to find a charity that's willing to accept it for salvage but haven't had any success. Do you have any suggestions for best way to dispose of the car?
  • bigfurbigfur Posts: 649
    Try looking up like the disabled vertrans people and charities like that, will take the car and sell it for parts or whatever.
  • jlawrence01jlawrence01 Posts: 1,828
    I have not used these people yet ... until tomorrow.

    Try No charge to pick up and dispose of the vehicle. (You also do not get anything for it.)
  • trishtntrishtn Posts: 4
    Call the National Kidney Foundation or look up your local chapter online. They are taking our 94 Camry, which has failed transmission & broken axle. They pick up (tow) the car from your home, and auction it. The funds they raise by auctioning the cars help dialysis & transplant patients. They will mail you a receipt for the amount your car sold for, and you can write it off on your taxes!
    You can get rid of your car and help someone else at the same time! Good Luck!
  • jlawrence01jlawrence01 Posts: 1,828
    If you need to get rid of a car that is non-functioning, I recommend "" which picked up my old beater in Milwaukee.
  • amillsamills Posts: 1
    Thanks everyone. At least the top end is shot and I've been counseled to either give my 1992 Audi A6 to the junk yard or find and engine. Please help? The car is immaculate in every other way and just doesn't belong at the junkyard. What should I do? Where should I go? Where can I find?
  • bigfurbigfur Posts: 649
    Do a google seach for import salvage yards. Should be able to find one that way.
  • isellhondasisellhondas Issaquah WashingtonPosts: 20,240
    My advise? Junk it!

    It's a fifteen year old Audi.

    Few cars are more troublesome. The cost of buying and installing a good used engine (if you can find one)exceed the value of the car by a lot.

    Then, what will break next?
  • blackdayzblackdayz Posts: 16
    Here is a place you can look for almost any part for any car in your area or all over the us, canada and mexico.
  • pipeliner1pipeliner1 Posts: 1
    Keep searching, try Ebay...they have been excellent in providing me resources for used engines and components. Just stay away from most junk yards, unless you personally know someone who works there. Utah truck and auto burned me on a lt1 motor, paid over 1100. dollars for this thing, was supposed to have compression of 150psi overall, this thing had burnt valves, distorted cyls....would have been lucky to avg. 50psi per cyl. wet. anyway, this is just an example of how you can get burnt.
  • oldfarmer50oldfarmer50 Posts: 15,003
    Just follow any one of my old beaters around for a while. They all end up going there sooner or later.

    2019 Kia Soul+, 2015 Mustang GT, 2004 Chevy Van, 2000 Chrysler Sebring convertible

  • gjp5gjp5 Posts: 1

    You'll find listings zip code, manufacturer, year, make and model. Most out of state yards will ship to you for cost of shipping. They are generally open M-F 8-5.
  • thank's for tips
  • occupant1occupant1 Posts: 412
    I order ECU's and other electronic bits for a specialist every day of every week and I use 80-90% of the time. I've been doing this since January and he pays me about $10 per order. Takes me 20-30 minutes to find it, call the place, give them his billing/shipping info, and get a tracking number. Piece of cake. Now for some computers there is an eBay seller I am friends with in California, he always seems to have the ones I CAN'T find on c-p. And then there's another guy I use exclusively for the Porsche stuff because he has it all. And when all else fails I can search eBay itself, or for VW stuff I'll hit, or start checking classifieds on the make's various internet forums. Bimmerfest and TDIClub have been helpful at times among others.

    An ECU that might cost $600-$1000 at the dealer can generally be found for $50-$100 on c-p. I'm not talking about domestic stuff, either. Most of the computers I search for on behalf of this specialist are for Audi, BMW, VW, and Volvo. And I find them for $50-$75 in many cases. I think the most expensive computer I've ordered for him that wasn't a Porsche unit was $150 and it was for a BMW M5.

    Owners of Euro cars should probably carry a spare ECU and a couple ignition coils at all times, similar to how in the 60's, you'd carry around spare radiator hoses and fan belts. They do go bad. And it's much easier to plug in a new computer on the side of the road than to wait for a wrecker, have it towed, have the dealer play with it for a week, then tell you it'll be $1300 for an ECU you could have bought for $75 plus $15 ground shipping on c-p. OUCH. Don't let it happen to you.

    Barring that, someday I want to make a business out of pulling electronic bits out of cars in junkyards. I walked around my local PnP yard down in Waco yesterday in 105 degree heat. They had a few E34 BMW's, some Volvo 850-S70's, a couple of W126 Benzes, a Porsche 944 Turbo, several FC RX-7's, a '94 Prelude Si, etc. I can pull those ECU's for $32 each plus a 10% core and sales tax. Those ones I specified can sell for $75 to $100 or more on eBay. I could make a dandy little profit doing that and it would be fun for me to go play in the junkyard, come home, take a cold shower, then whip out the digital camera and list them for auction.

    I just need to schlep a few hundred bucks from my wife to get started and then have enough time to wait for them to all sell before I pay back my wife for the first round and then use the profits to go out again to buy more. I earn those $10 payments on the ECU's as it is now, I need to keep better track of them so I can say, "hey honey, about that money I made from that guy with the ECU's, can I have that so I can make more on my own time?"
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