Totaled cars may have been deemed as a total loss by their insurance companies, but that doesn’t mean they are good for nothing. While many salvage cars can be made to return to the road after the necessary repairs, even the ones that are beyond the scope of restoration can be used as donor vehicles for similar makes and models. The proposition is particularly worthwhile when it comes to finding parts for out-of-production and rare models. Further on the subject, let’s look at some of the parts you can easily salvage from a totaled car

Body Parts

Although body parts are the first to take a hit in case of a mishap, the damage is generally limited to one side of the car. A car, for instance, might have sustained serious damage at the front due to which it has been declared as a total loss, but it still can be used to salvage other body parts such as doors, boot lid, and side panels. 

Engine & Transmission

The next on the list is the engine and transmission, as the damage in most of the salvage cars is limited to body and easily-damageable parts made of plastic and similar materials. Barring flooded cars, wherein the water may have made its way through to the engine as well, other types of totaled cars can be used to salvage engines. 

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Seats & Mats

A lot of totaled cars, despite being given the salvage title, have salvageable interiors, especially seats and floor mats. Even in the cases wherein the seats have suffered some damage, they can usually be easily repaired and restored. Salvaging seats is particularly worthwhile if you are looking for high-end seats or replacement seats for a rare model. 

Suspension System

When a car is involved in a mishap, in a lot of cases, the suspension system remains unhurt. So, while on the surface a car may seem like a lemon, it can have perfectly functional suspension systems that almost never come cheap. A suspension system, therefore, is another high-value component that you can easily salvage from totaled cars. 

The Last Word

In addition to the aforementioned, you can salvage various other parts from the totaled car, depending on the type of damage they have sustained, and the duration for which they have been sitting at a salvage yard. If you are looking to buy a totaled vehicle for salvaging parts or your next restoration project, you have come to the right place. Register with us today to start bidding in our online auto auctions featuring totaled cars for sale. If you have any questions about our online car auctions, simply call +1 (503) 298-4300, Monday through Friday, 4:00 AM to 4:00 PM (Pacific Time), or email at:

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