One way for you to save on a car, and learn some useful mechanical skills along the way, is to visit a cash for clunkers dealership. Most of these dealerships allow you to pay cash for junk cars and cash for auto parts with the purpose of you doing repairs or rebuilding the car yourself. If this sounds appealing to you, or if you have been planning on buying and rebuilding a junk car, there are a few things you should know before you do.
Research the Car and Parts
It may seem like common knowledge to research the car and parts you are planning to buy and rebuild. The truth is, some people do have a specific car in mind and may not realize the car in question has very difficult to find parts or rare parts. This could cause several problems, including shipping issues when you do find a rare part or issues with staying on budget. Before you get started, make sure you know the car you want to rebuild and that you have a parts list for that car. Understand the availability of those parts and the difficulty of installing them.
Make sure that you look into the local emission regulations for vehicles. If you are rebuilding a vintage car, then you may find the car no longer meets the guidelines for the EPA and your state. If the car you choose does not meet the regulations, you can find auto parts that allow you to put on emission regulators and other items that will upgrade the car to meet current standards and guidelines.
Skills and Professional Options
You may find that you can build your mechanic skills and use your own current skills to rebuild the car you have chosen for your project. However, you may want to have a professional option set-up in case you run into an issue that you can't handle or that legally requires a professional installation. For example, some of the previously mentioned emission regulators and parts may require a professional installation. This is generally to meet the requirements of the state EPA laws as well as the insurance regulations that allow the car to be insured in your state. With that in mind, make sure you have a professional available with experience in vintage rebuilds.
If you are ready to move forward with finding junk cars for cash and starting your project, then contact your local automotive sales lot for pricing. They can also help you with ordering parts and finding auto parts that may be more difficult to locate.