Over 212,000 Flood Damaged Cars Back on Roads

Used car shoppers need to be especially wary of “great deals” found in used car listings.

Following Superstorm Sandy, there are likely over 212,000 more vehicles currently on U.S. roads that were labelled as “flood damaged” by a state Department of Motor Vehicles. According to a report from Carfax, almost 66 percent of those vehicles are located in states near where the storm happened. (more…)

2013 Toyota RAV4 Flunks Small Overlap Crash Test

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Last May, the 2013 ToyotaRAV4 compact crossover was named a “Top Safety Pick” by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. It’s a misleading title, but who is to blame?

 

The vehicle earns that rating without enduring the IIHS’ latest addition to its gauntlet of crash tests. It doesn’t need to. What’s especially frustrating is the possibility that uninformed consumers might see a label that says “Top Safety Pick” and think the car is, in fact, at the top of its peers. Not so.

 

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Junkyard Find: 1962 Cadillac Sedan DeVille

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The brain-melting Colorado yard must have a couple thousand pre-1970 cars scattered about its several square miles of land on the Colorado High Plains just east of Pikes Peak. That means I’ll never run out of Junkyard Finds there! While most of my Brain-Melting Junkyard posts have featured non-Big-Three products, there’s some pretty good stuff made by The General among the Kaisers and Willys (Willyses?). Today we’ll look at a sunbleached but solid-looking ’62 Cadillac.

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Junkyard Find: 1976 Toyota Corolla Deluxe Liftback

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Having driven quite a few mid-70s Corollas (these cars were as commonplace during my early driving years as are second-gen Tauruses today), I have to say that they were painfully slow even by the tolerant standards of the Middle Malaise Era. However, they were also shockingly reliable by the era’s standards, which means that these cars were still plentiful on the street until well into the 1990s. Since few outside a hard core of fanatics have shown much interest in pre-AE86 Corollas, these cars get scrapped as soon as something expensive breaks and/or the Rust Monster’s bites get too large. Here’s a Deluxe liftback that I found in a Colorado self-serve yard a few weeks back.

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Free Hauling for Your Junk Car

Have you finally had enough of paying for repairs on that old heap in your driveway? Was the last breakdown just one too many? If it’s time to upgrade from a junker to a shinier, more fuel efficient machine, the team at Junk Car Service is here to help. Give us a call, and not only will we pay you top dollar, we’ll haul away the hunk of junk for free!

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Why It’s Hard to Find a Good Junk Car Removal Service

If you have a junk car sitting on your property, you probably have a basic idea of how hard it is to get rid of it. If you’ve ever called a junk car removal service and inquired about the cost of such a service, you know it can cost you hundreds of dollars for the vehicle to be towed.

Not all salvage yards charge money for junk car removal, of course. In fact, a lot of them will offer to pay you quite a bit for your junker. The problem with those particular companies is that they don’t always guarantee payment up front and sometimes you have to wait an indefinite period of time for things like getting your car checked out or having someone pick it up.

In general, junk car removal can be a big pain if you don’t know who to call and what to ask them for. So, to help out, here are a handful of tips on how to find the right junk car removal service, without spending through the nose or risking your vehicle:

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