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Are you planning on recycling your junk car or non-working vehicle? If so, you’ve come to the right place! At Fred’s Auto Removal we’ve been helping people get rid of their junk cars for years!

We’re a trusted source for getting rid of junk cars but sadly most people fall for scams every day and get taken advantage of by shady salvage yards who only want to make a quick buck. This is why in this article we will provide you with more information on what the most common scams are that auto salvage yards try to pull before you contact them.

Top Auto Salvage Yard Scams

Bait and Switch – Sadly, many companies will quote you one price for your vehicle over the phone then another price when the driver shows up! Don’t fall for this tactic. If the driver doesn’t pay you the exact amount that they quoted you when they show up then you should sell your vehicle to another company.

Delayed Payment – Never let an auto salvage yard take your vehicle away without paying you first. This is a recipe for disaster because once they have your vehicle, they have no motivation to pay you anything.

Subtracting the Cost of Towing – Another scam that many salvage yards try to pull is charging their customers to tow their junk vehicles away. Don’t let this happen to you! Towing should always be part of the total package! Never fall for a company that tries to charge you extra for towing because you may ultimately make nothing for your vehicle.

Valuing Your Junk Car at Nothing – Last, of all, another top scam that many salvage yards will try to pull is giving you a value of zero for your vehicle. That’s right! It’s not uncommon for some salvage companies to say that a vehicle is worth nothing because it’s so old. Don’t fall for this! Every vehicle is worth something and you never want your used car or truck to be towed away for nothing!

Contact Fred’s Auto Removal

Don’t fall for salvage yard scams! Contact Fred’s Auto Removal today by calling us at (503) 810-3061 or connect with us online.

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Has your car been overheating recently? If so, it’s not uncommon for vehicles to overheat during the summer months but chronic overheating could be a symptom of something much worse.

In this article we will provide you with more information about the reasons why vehicles overheat and what you can do to stop this from happening to you.

What Causes Cars To Overheat?

Leak in the Cooling System – This is one of the main causes of engine overheating. If you get a leak in your radiator, water pump, hoses, head gasket or thermostat housing, your engine isn’t going to be able to cool properly. If you can find the leak, you may be able to seal it on your own, but you’ll probably benefit from bringing your car into a mechanic.

Coolant Issues – You can have problems with your coolant even if there isn’t a leak in the system. If you put the wrong coolant in your car, or if the coolant-to-water ratio is off, your engine my have problems staying cool. Try flushing the system and adding the proper mix as recommended by your owner’s manual.

Blocked Hoses  – If there’s no leak and the coolant has been installed properly, the next thing you’ll want to check is your coolant hose. Sometimes dirt or road sediment can get into your coolant department and block the flow of fluid through your hoses. Flushing the system and refilling your coolant tank is once again the preferred course of action.

Radiator Problems  – Another common cause of engine overheating is a problem with your radiator. Leaks, clogs or problems with the radiator fan all mean that heat can’t properly escape your vehicle, which will cause the temperature to rise. A mechanic will be able to diagnose exactly what’s wrong with your radiator and what needs to be done to correct the problem.

Broken Water Pump – The water pump, as the name implies, helps pump and propel engine coolant throughout your cooling system. Any issue associated with the water pump can lead to an overheating engine. Common water pump problems include leaks, shifting of the pump shaft, or eroded impeller vanes.

If you notice your car is overheating, turn the heat on in your car, as this will help move hot air out of the engine compartment, and bring it into a trusty mechanic right away. Ignoring the problem can cause your engine system to fail, which can mean thousands of dollars in repairs!

Tired Of Having An Overheating Car? Sell It To Fred’s Auto Removal!

Although you may love your old car, if it’s continuing to overheat it’s going to continue being more of a pain than what it’s worth!.

When you keep spending more money on an older vehicle than what you would spend on a new car, it’s time to get rid of it!

Sell your old car to Fred’s Auto Removal! Contact us at (503) 810-3061 or click here to connect with us online.

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