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Whether you're a professional mechanic, or you're just trying to keep your car on the road, finding Volkswagen car and truck parts for a good price can be tricky. While it may be tempting to play it safe and buy new from a retailer, retailer parts tend to be much more expensive than second hand parts. Buying a VW salvage car or wrecking vehicle can be a great way to source multiple VW parts, but it's important to know what to look for when buying.
Whether you plan on buying salvage cars to work on them and build them up, or alternatively, use them to mine parts to save another car, it's a good idea to know exactly what you're getting, before putting any money down.
Check for Damage
Even if you're just planning on buying the car to get one particular part, it's best to establish the exact damage to the salvage car to ensure it won't affect the part you want. Fire and flood damage is very different to crash damage, and this could have an impact on the part that you're hoping to salvage.
Pay it a Visit
No matter what your expectations are for the wrecking car, it's a good idea to see it in person before committing to the purchase. Photos can be misleading, so seeing it in person can give you a better idea of the amount of work required to get the parts you need, or to get it running again. If you're only looking for a particular part, try to keep in contact with the seller to make sure it's still available, as someone else might have their eye on the exact part as you.
With just a bit of research and effort, buying a wrecking car can be a great way to find cheap parts, or even find a fun project. Whether you're looking for Polo or VW Golf wrecking, make sure you check out the options on eBay for all the best deals.