Are you a car person? No, not a Transformers-style literal car person. (Although that would be pretty cool.) We’re talking about gearheads! DIY mechanics. Car lovers. Auto enthusiasts. For many folks, it starts with simple, routine maintenance. Maybe you start doing your own oil changes to save money. Then you move on to brake pads and spark plugs. After a while, you try doing some minor repairs on your own, and you’re hooked. Yep, it’s time to take the plunge: You’re going to choose a project car.
How to Choose a Project Car
There are a lot of things to consider when choosing a project car, and ultimately there’s no one right choice—just the right choice for you. However, as a general rule, there are some tips to help you choose a good fixer-upper car.
Know your budget and work within it.
When choosing a car to fix up, it’s important to factor in not only the cost of buying the car but also the costs of repairing and refurbishing it, not to mention registration and insurance. If you’re looking for affordable used auto parts, visit us at U Wrench It and find the part you need at our Atlanta junkyard. Our huge car junkyard is a treasure trove of hidden gems, and you’re sure to find the replacement parts you need for your project without breaking the bank.
Avoid pricey problems.
Before finalizing your fixer-upper car purchase, give it an in-depth inspection and think critically about any issues it may have and how you’ll tackle them. Don’t just check the body; get under the car and examine the undercarriage. Look in the wheel wells. If you see rust—just say no. Dealing with a rusted out junk car isn’t recommended as a first-timer activity. And if you want your project car to look half decent when you’re done with it, don’t buy a car with severe paint damage. If the vehicle looks severely sun-damaged or has damage from road salt, it could end up costing thousands of dollars to fix. Wait until you’ve gotten a beginner project car under your belt before tackling something that requires that much of a financial commitment.
If you’re itching to work on a foreign, ultra-rare, or super popular model of car, take a deep breath and hold that thought. Are the parts accessible where you live? Are they affordable? A vintage car that was manufactured in large quantities will be much easier to find parts for than an obscure model.
If you have a junk car to sell, you can even use it to fund your project car purchase! We pay the most for junk cars in Atlanta, and depending on the make and model, we may even tow it away for you. Give us a call at 770-448-6485 for parts or 404-805-0900 to sell a junk car.