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    The Facts You Need to Know About Flood Damage to Your Car

    Last updated 7 days ago

    The summer is almost here, and the changing season may bring heavy thunderstorms and rain to many parts of the country. During a heavy rainstorm, your car may be at risk of experiencing flood damage. Once a car becomes flood damaged, it can be very difficult to restore the vehicle to its original condition. Here is an overview of some important facts about flood damaged vehicles.

    Repairing Flood Damage

    After a car has been damaged by a flood, it can be challenging to repair its cosmetic and mechanical condition. When a car becomes submerged in water, many of its internal components may become damaged or compromised. In order to drive your car again, you may need to purchase many expensive parts. If water comes into contact with the electronic components of the car, the car may be completely totaled.

    Flood Damage Insurance

    Drivers that have comprehensive insurance coverage will be protected by their insurance plans in the event of a flood. Comprehensive coverage is designed to cover your vehicle against damage that is not related to an auto accident. Liability insurance, by contrast, will not help you repair your vehicle after a flood.

    Actions to Take During a Flood

    If you find yourself driving through a flooded street, it is important to act quickly and calmly. After exiting the vehicle, be sure to contact your insurance company. Before you drive the vehicle again, it is essential to have a mechanic look over all of its internal parts and systems.

    At City Auto Wreckers, we offer cash for flood damaged cars. If your car has been junked during a flood, we can help you sell your car for cash. In addition, we also provide the Wheaton and Glen Ellyn areas with top quality used auto parts sales. To learn more about the great services that you can expect when you visit our junk yard, call us at (630) 870-1729.

    What are the Benefits of Buying a Used Car?

    Last updated 13 days ago

    Sure, new cars have that smell, but is that enough to justify the ridiculous price tag that most new models carry? Used cars are often a better value than new ones, especially compared to brand-new base models. These new cars sometimes don’t even include power locks and windows. Thanks to depreciation, you can get a fully-loaded pre-owned car or truck for much less. And speaking of depreciation, when you drive off the dealership lot in a brand-new car, it loses 20 percent or more of its value instantly. When you buy a used car, it will retain more of its value, so you can recoup more of your investment when the time comes to trade-in for a newer model.

    New cars are less expensive than new ones, but they can still be thousands of dollars. For help coming up with the down payment, sell your old junker for cash. You won’t get much for an old piece of junk that doesn’t run at the dealership, but City Auto Wreckers will offer you top dollar, and in cash. To learn how much your junk car could be worth, call us today at (630) 870-1729.

    Exploring the New Lives of Recycled Tires

    Last updated 19 days ago

    Cars and trucks are like mobile advertisements for recycling. After all, a majority of the materials that make up your car can be recycled, repurposed, or reused by the automotive industry. Tires are especially important when it comes to automotive recycling. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, approximately 290 million automobile tires are discarded by American every year, and nearly 80 percent of these tires are being recycled and turned into products we all recognize, use, and enjoy on a daily basis. When you recycle your junk car, your tires could be used to make the following:

    Auto Parts and Accessories

    Not surprising, a lot of recycled tires make their way back onto other automobiles. After being processed, ground, and shredded, the recycled rubber is used to make a number of auto parts and accessories, including exhaust pipes, brake pads, and insulation. Some recycled tires are also woven into mats and used as truck bed liners.

    Playground Mats

    Speaking of woven recycled rubber mats, a lot of recycled tires are being shredded and spread like mulch to act as a cushion against accidental injury on playgrounds. Recycled rubber can also be compressed to form a soft yet dense protective mat that provides better traction, much like the recycled tracks seen at parks and high schools throughout the country.

    Rubberized Asphalt

    Can you guess what the main ingredient in rubberized asphalt is? If you guessed rubber, you’re correct. Recycled tires are often ground into crumb rubber for use in road and highway resurfacing projects. Rubberized asphalt is quieter, cooler, and more eco-friendly than traditional asphalt.

    If you want to recycle your old vehicle, City Auto Wreckers can help. When you donate your vehicle, the proceeds will be used to support a local or national charity in need. You can also sell your junk car for cash. Either way, call City Auto Wreckers of Wheaton and Glen Ellyn at (630) 870-1729 to learn more about the benefits of auto recycling.

    Stay on Top of the Latest Car Industry News with This App

    Last updated 27 days ago

    Whether you work in the automotive industry or simply love getting the latest news from the biggest carmakers in the world, the Car News Reader app can help you keep a pulse on the industry. Car News Reader grabs the top stories from the internet and delivers them to your iPhone, iPad, or iTouch. Add your own news feeds, share stories with friends and co-workers, and keep up with latest car news in one place.

    You love cars, and so do we—which is why we offer top-dollar for junk cars, running or not. If you have an old car lying around, call City Auto Wreckers at (630) 870-1729 and learn how much you could get. You can also contact us online to request a cash quote for your junk car.

    Tips for Buying a Used Car—and What to Do With Your Old One

    Last updated 1 month ago

    While the statistics show that Americans are keeping their vehicles longer than ever, nobody has invented a car that lasts forever. That means you will eventually need to trade in your old ride for a newer model. If your old car is on its last leg, now may be the perfect time to buy a used car. If you wait to shop until your only means of transportation breaks down for good, you could be rushed into buying the wrong used car. Here are some tips on finding the right used car, and what you can do with your old one. 

    Take Your Time

    Unless your old car broke down for good, give yourself as much time as necessary to find the right used car for you. The more time you have, the more cars you can test-drive, and the better your chances of finding a used car that you love. Don’t feel pressured by pushy salesmen or “special” deals and promotions; take your time and find the right used car.

    Make Sure it Fits

    Speaking of test driving, you should never purchase a vehicle, new or used, that you have not tested out. Taking a used car for a test drive not only allows you determine the quality of the vehicle and how it performs, but it also allows you to determine whether or not you even fit!

    Turn Your Junker into Cash

    As for your old car, you have a few options. Depending on the car’s age and condition, you could try to trade it in or sale it, or you could junk it for cash. City Auto Wreckers will offer top dollar for old junk cars, regardless of whether or not they are running. If you live in Wheaton, Glen Ellyn, or the surrounding areas, call City Auto Wreckers today at (630) 870-1729 and learn how you can turn your junk car into cash.

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