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How to Buy a Parts Car to Fix Your Daily Driver

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Nov 29, 2016

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  • Hey guys! ChrisFix here!
  • And today, I'm going to teach you everything that you need to know about parts cars.
  • I'm going to show you when it's a good idea to consider getting a parts car...
  • how to actually go and find a parts car...
  • and then how to make the most out of your parts car, so that not only do you get the parts you need...
  • but you can make some money on the side, which is never a bad thing.
  • For those of you who don't know, this is my 2003 Jaguar X-Type that we got for my father.
  • I actually made a whole video series where I showed you how to figure out the value of the car...
  • How to inspect the engine (&) the interior...
  • go for a test drive...
  • and then how to negotiate with the owner to buy the car...
  • and I'll leave a link to that video series in the description so if you want to learn how to buy a used car...
  • you can check it out and learn all new tips and tricks to lessen your chances of getting stuck with a dud.
  • And yeah, I know, you don't have to tell me these cars are not known for their reliability, but guess what?
  • Over a year later, the car is still running great, and for the price, we already got our money's worth.
  • We paid $1900 for this car.
  • But it didn't come without it's faults...
  • There are some problems like this big crack in the front bumper...
  • the crash beam here was messed up from an accident...
  • The headlights are messed up...
  • and that's just a few little things that are wrong with the car...
  • But for the past year, my dad's been driving this with no problems, and he loves the car.
  • So now it's time to fix up the little things, and to do that, we're going to go get a parts car.
  • Now I've come to the conclusion that I need a parts car, but how do you figure out if a parts car is right for you?
  • The first thing to do is come up with a list of all the parts that you're going to need for your car.
  • As you can see, mine's pretty extensive.
  • The first thing on the list is this front bumper.
  • There's damage all over this front bumper, and it just doesn't look good.
  • The previous owner tried to fix it with epoxy...so that has to get replaced out.
  • Next are the headlights because the aiming mechanism inside the headlights went bad...
  • and now, it won't aim properly.
  • We come over to the fender here; the fender has a nice-sized dent in it. It doesn't look good.
  • We come down here to the side skirt; the side skirt has a hole in it.
  • Moving to the rear bumper; the rear bumper is all scratched up.
  • I tried using some touch-up paint, but the paint is faded, so it didn't match.
  • Also, we have these reverse sensors which aren't working...
  • and I have a feeling it is the speaker that's located right down here...
  • which is really hard to find and kind of expensive...
  • And then underneath the car, the driveshaft; the bearing is bad...
  • and the car vibrates at any speed over 60 mph, so that has to get changed out.
  • Then if we go into the car...
  • there are little things missing like the trim to cover the wires on the rearview mirror...
  • Otherwise, the wires are exposed, and it just doesn't look good.
  • Moving down, the trim on the shifter is cracked...
  • again, not a big deal, but it doesn't look good.
  • Looking over to the side here at the glove box...
  • You can see that the vinyl on the glove box is chipped and scratched, so I want to replace that as well.
  • Now sure, you can go online and you could try to find these parts online...
  • or you could go to your local junkyard (&) try to find these parts there...
  • but if you buy the larger parts online like the front bumper and the crash bar...
  • that's going to cost you a lot in shipping.
  • And your local junkyard might not have the car, and if they do, it might not be the right color...
  • it might not have the same color interior, OR the parts are already taken from it.
  • ...Which brings me to my next point;
  • Some parts are hard to find, which also usually means that they're expensive.
  • A good example; I already took it our of the car, but this little speaker for the reverse sensor...
  • If you were to take a guess how much this costs from Jaguar, what do you think? $10? $20, maybe?
  • This is $60!
  • And it's broken on mine, so I'm thinking this is why the reverse sensors aren't working.
  • And finding this has been proving very difficult.
  • So if we get a parts car, there's a good chance that the hard parts to find will still be in there...
  • and this will save you some money.
  • And then the last big reason why you'd want to have a parts car...
  • is because you might want to keep your car for a while.
  • For example, my buddy and fellow Youtuber, Saabkyle (Saabkyle04) repurchased his first car...
  • a 1995 Saab 900, because it's nostalgic for him.
  • This is the car that made him start his now very popular Youtube channel...
  • and he was asking me where he could get parts, especially the hard-to-find ones.
  • So I told him my plan to get a parts car for the Jaguar and he liked that idea a lot
  • So he's actually going to get a parts car for his Saab, and I'm going to help him out with that...
  • so that's going to be an awesome collaboration.
  • So basically, if you need a bunch of parts for your car, or you plan on keeping your car for a while...
  • a parts car is something you should consider.
  • So now you need to figure out if a parts car makes sense financially.
  • So what I do is, I write down ONLY the parts that I NEED...
  • and I come up with the prices of how much it would cost me.
  • Now these prices that I have here are on the low side...
  • So I called up a couple salvage yards; I looked online...
  • For example, a front bumper would cost anywhere from $250 to $500.
  • So I put down $250; it's the lowest price I could find.
  • I'm picking the lowest prices because I want to play it safe.
  • So in total, I need about $1500 in parts.
  • Since I need $1500 in parts, that's the most I want to spend on a parts car.
  • That way, when I get my parts car, I could take all these parts off of it...
  • and it's like I got the lowest price for each of those parts.
  • But DO realize: These are ONLY the parts that I NEED.
  • The parts car is going to have WAY MORE parts than this.
  • So although we spent $1500 on the car, there are TONS of other parts...
  • that we could take off the car and sell if we wanted to.
  • And if we sold all those other parts, we could come up with (approx.) $3000.
  • So I think you guys are really seeing how a parts car makes complete sense...
  • because not only are you getting all the parts you need, but if you want, you can make some extra cash.
  • So once you realize a parts car is a good idea, next you want to do your research.
  • The first thing to do is figure out what year cars you're going to be looking for.
  • We have a 2003 Jaguar here, but anything from 2002 to 2008 works for this car.
  • All the parts are pretty much interchangeable because the cars didn't change too much over the years.
  • After you figure out what years you want, now you want to find a car with the same color paint...
  • and the other thing is, get a car that has the same color interior as yours.
  • So now I know I'm looking for a Jaguar X-type from 2002 to 2008, silver exterior, black interior...
  • for about $1500 max.
  • So the first place I looked, and I think it's going to be the first place most people look, is on Craigslist.
  • All I did was search "Jaguar X-type parts car," but there's only one result...
  • and it's a smashed up Jag' for $950 plus shipping, because it's all the way in Brooklyn.
  • But this wont work, because the front end's smashed up and I need a front bumper.
  • So I searched other places. Then I got an idea, and I checked the same online auction site...
  • that I got my Mustang from...
  • and they had a TON of cars to choose from. This is actually really convenient...
  • because they have cars from all over, all different colors, so it ends up being a good place to look around.
  • I finally found a 2002 with the same silver exterior, black interior, and from the pictures...
  • it looks like it's in good shape with all the parts that I want, so I put a $900 bid in...
  • I wasn't really expecting much, I wanted to see what would happen...
  • And well, I'm sure you guys know what I'm going to say next.
  • And there she is! We have ourselves another Jaguar!
  • Let's back, back, back it into the driveway so I don't have to push it.
  • Awesome!
  • Sayonara, tow truck! Hello, Jaguar!
  • Alright, the most nerve-wracking part: let's go inspect this car!
  • So we don't really know too much about the car. We know it doesn't run...
  • But we don't really know the condition of the car. Sure, we saw some pictures online...
  • But the pictures don't really tell the whole story, because it's hard to tell the condition of a car in a picture.
  • In this case, the rear bumper is in good shape. It has a nice shine to it. It's not damaged...
  • That's good, and check this out. This looks so cool! Anyway, let's continue our inspection.
  • I mean the car's looking pretty good so far. The body panels are in decent shape.
  • I don't see many scratches. The doors are in good shape. The wheels are in good shape.
  • Let's check out the interior...Ooh! The interior's a mess!
  • So there must have been an electrical issue, because, well...
  • So besides being all disassembled and pieces just kind of dangling here...
  • The interior is in decent shape. The steering wheel's in good condition, the wood trim...
  • the seats are in decent condition, the door panels are in pretty good shape...
  • but, I mean, it's obvious there was a problem.
  • Well that's convenient! I need that part, so I'll set that aside.
  • There was definitely a problem, probably an electrical problem.
  • I'm kind of curious what it looks like under the hood, so let's go check that out.
  • And this is always interesting. You never know what you might find under the hood.
  • And in this case, nothing TOO exciting. We ARE missing a battery...
  • and it DOES look like they had the intake apart, which it is.
  • Ooh, look at that. There's actually some wiring exposed here, so there's definitely an electrical issue.
  • But overall, it looks like most of the parts ARE here.
  • And in a situation like this, I don't need an engine in my parts car...
  • so any parts that come from this are all added bonus.
  • What really matters is this front bumper here, and this front bumper looks like it's in pretty good shape.
  • The headlights look like they're in REALLY good shape, so I'm hoping that they're working...
  • And then coming around here, one thing that I did notice that you might not be able to see...
  • but in direct sunlight, this panel was definitely painted.
  • Actually right now you could see; check out the color of this vs. the color of the front bumper.
  • You can see it's two different colors, but that's the risk that you take when you by an auction car.
  • You can't really tell from the pictures, but when you see it in real life you realize...this piece is damaged...
  • so now I can't use that piece for my Jag'.
  • But overall, the car looks pretty decent. the wheels are good, the other body panels are good...
  • and the side skirt, which we need, is good...
  • and not only will we be able to take the parts from this car (&) put it on that car...
  • but I think we'll be able to profit by parting this car out.
  • So let me show you the paperwork.
  • Just to give you an idea of what I paid for this car...here's the bill of sale from Dashub.
  • You can see I paid a total of (approx.) $1500.
  • I bid on the car, it was $900. There's auction fees, there's broker fees, there's transportation...
  • Luckily this car was nearby...so in total, I paid $1500, not too bad.
  • That's the title.
  • There is NO warranty. Any time you get a car from an auction, it is "as is"...
  • so whatever you got is whatever you got. That's just the way that works.
  • Then if we look back at our sheet here, I said I wanted to pay a maximum if $1500.
  • I was pretty close to our maximum, so we're really going to strip this car clean...
  • and by "strip this car clean" I really mean strip it clean!
  • But first, let's get the car up in the air so we could easily work on it!
  • So let's jack the parts car up in the front.
  • I'm using ramps to support the wheels, which I prefer over jack stands because these ramps are solid.
  • Then we can jack up the back of the car.
  • In the back, I'm using jack stands...
  • and we're going to let the car down slowly to make sure it is rock solid.
  • At this point, the car is jacked up, and it's getting dark, but it won't stop me from stripping the car...
  • which you'll see in the NEXT VIDEO.
  • Hopefully from this video you learned when a parts car is something you want to look into for yourself...
  • and also, how to go about and actually buy a good parts car.
  • I'm experiencing this firsthand to show you guys the entire process...
  • and in the next video, you're going to see me strip the parts car completely...
  • and we're going to replace the damaged parts on my dad's Jag' to make it a lot nicer.
  • As always, if you AREN'T subscribed, consider subscribing...
  • which will give you updates on projects like this...
  • and be sure to check the description for all relevant links for this video. Stay tuned!

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Description

Learn when you should buy a "parts car", how to buy a parts car, and how to make money off the parts you remove from the car. In this episode I fix my Jaguar using parts from a another Jaguar, but first I show you the process of getting a parts car and how profitable it can be if you do it right!

Where I got my parts car: https://goo.gl/F4VnKe

Subscribe to SaabKyle's Channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/saabkyle04

Tools Used in the Next Video:
Ramps I use: http://amzn.to/2gerpOH
Battery Impact Gun (awesome): http://amzn.to/2gEqWmN
Trim Removal Tool: http://amzn.to/2geun5v

How to Inspect a Used Car for Purchase: /watch?v=vC8LbvYk6es&list=PLvKbarVtwhUv6bjLhJSyaEOxaYy03j7QS

Final Episode (ep.2): /watch?v=8ECB-Nyx2bo

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