How to Winterize Your Car

Nov 23, 2018

If you live in an area of the United States where the winter months can be cold and harsh, you undoubtedly know how important it is to properly prepare for the weather. In addition to making sure you have appropriate attire, prepping your house, and stocking up on food, it is imperative to get your vehicle ready. As you read this guide, you will see five helpful tips for winterizing your car to make sure it runs well until spring arrives again.

1. Change your oil - Oil, like most other liquids, can freeze when the temperature drops below 32 degrees Fahrenheit. Certain types of oil are less prone to freezing than others. The owner’s manual for your automobile should tell you what oil viscosity you should put in your vehicle during the wintertime. The odds are good that you’ll want a thinner oil than you use the rest of the year.

2. Switch out your tires - While you can keep the same tires year-round, the best option, particularly if you live in a region that gets a significant amount of snow, is to invest in snow tires. This type of tire is specially designed to function well on icy and snow-covered roads.
Replace washer fluid and windshield wipers - Most manufacturers recommend replacing windshield wipers once per year, so the start of winter is a great time to make sure you have brand new wipers on your vehicle. Furthermore, to avoid any issues, you should replace your current washer fluid with a version that contains an antifreeze solution.

3. Keep your gas tank full - If your gas tank is empty, or close to empty, during the winter, condensation can form in the top of the tank. When the outside temperature gets below freezing, these water droplets can freeze, ultimately falling to the bottom of your car’s gas tank and, potentially, blocking your fuel lines. This can lead to serious problems. The best way to avoid this is to keep your gas tank full all winter long.

4. Create an emergency kit - Because winter weather is unpredictable and you never know when you might get stuck on the road, having an emergency kit in your vehicle is imperative. Some of the basics you should have on hand are a set of warm clothes, tire chains if you are in a mountainous region, snow boots, spare blankets, jumper cables, non-perishable food (such as granola), an extra ice scraper, a first-aid kit, a small shovel, and some tools.

If you follow these tips, you should be fully prepared for the winter months, no matter what kind of weather comes your way!


4 Things You Can Find in Salvage Yards

Sep 28, 2018

Did you know that 27 million cars reach the end of their life, every year, worldwide? That’s a lot of cars going to the scrapyard. While that may be sad for these cars’ owners, it represents a potential boon for you and anyone else who is interested in re-using all the many parts that can be found in a salvage yard. Here’s what you should look for.


Tires can be a great find in salvage yards because their age rarely matches the age of the car. It’s very possible that someone only got a few months out of their tires before it was time to haul their dying car to the scrap yard. Another benefit to finding tires is that it’s very easy to see their condition for yourself: just use a penny to check the wear on the tread. Measure the grooves with Lincoln—if you can cover up part of his head, you’re good to go.

Rare Parts

There’s a lot of reasons luxury cars are more expensive (more complex electronics, limited production volumes, etc), but one reason is that their parts cannot be interchanged. A car like a Porsche has parts that fit together as precisely as a puzzle, while economy cars tend to have more wiggle room with the fit. For this reason, rare car parts net higher prices in auctions. Even pieces like gaskets and cranks are useful and have value.

Foreign Parts

No one likes to go in for a car repair and find out that their part needs to be ordered from Japan—and it’ll take two weeks to arrive. Similar to rare parts, foreign parts are something car owners will often pay a higher price for.

Generic Parts

Yes, you can obtain generic, interchangeable auto parts from a repair shop. If you’ve taken on a project yourself, though, or you’re trying to save money then a salvage yard can be a great way to get a working car part for far less than the retail price. Even better: because there are so many economy-priced cars in a car lot, it probably won’t take you long to find what you’re looking for.

Whether you’re in the market for generic, rare, or foreign parts, or something else like tires, there’s a fair chance you’ll be able to find it at your local salvage yard. Contact our team at Robertson’s Auto Salvage to see if we have the part you need today at (800) 551-7000.

4 Factors to Consider When Pulling Auto Parts from a Salvage Yard

Aug 27, 2018

Finding a salvage yard is easy but finding one with reliable used auto parts proves to be another story. When you're in the process of scavenging for the parts you need, keep these factors in mind. 

1. Salvage Yard or Junkyard

Used auto parts can be found at both junkyards and salvage yards and taking the type of junkyard/salvage yard you're scavenging into consideration will have an effect on the quality of parts you find. Traditionally, salvage yards are for used auto and machinery parts, making them the best place to pull used auto parts from

There are also full-service and u-pull salvage yards (we do both!). 

Full-Service Salvage Yard

Full-service salvage yards have a professional that pulls the parts you need from the salvage yard inventory while you wait.


A u-pull-it salvage yard is pretty self-explanatory but is the process of the individual (you) going into the salvage yard and searching for and pulling the parts they need on their own.

2. How to Find What You Want 

Depending on the salvage yard you go to, most have some sort of organizational tactic to where the parts are located. If you're going to a salvage yard for the first time, especially one that u-pull-it, be sure to ask what the process is and how the land is laid out. This will help you find what you need faster!

3. Types of Parts

There are certain types of parts that you should always buy new including belts, hoses, and filters. These are items that deteriorate quickly and it's better to not have to worry about replacing them in a short period of time. This also goes for breaks! 

All other parts, including engines, transmissions, gauges, interior materials, and more are all fair game and great to purchase at salvage yards!

4. Wear and Tear

Cars and car parts that end up in salvage yards end up there because they're dead or at the end of their lifespan. If you're lucky, you'll find a car that is still in good shape and has extremely reliable parts. When you're purchasing used car parts from a salvage yard, always be sure to check the wear and tear of the part before purchasing it. If you need help gauging the condition of the part, a team member will be able to help you and will be able to help you find the same part in better condition if need be. 


Interested in purchasing used auto parts from Robertson's Auto Salvage? Give us a call today at (800) 551-7000 or shop them online

How to Maximize Your Profits When Scrapping a Car

Jul 30, 2018

Have you had an old junk car sitting on your property for longer than you would like to admit? It's okay, we understand. But, by letting that car sit on your property, you're letting money go to waste. Instead, scrap the car and get a little extra pocket change in return. Your best bet is to sell your old car to a salvage yard, like Robertson's Auto Salvage! Here are a few things you need to know in order to get your money's worth.


It's All About the Weight


When you're scrapping a car, the accessories, tech, and upgraded features in your don't matter. Its all about the weight of the vehicle. Why? Because scrap yards are interested in the metal, not the vehicle itself. If you do have a nicer stereo or upgraded features in your car, we suggest selling those separately to get the most bang for your buck. 


Sell All of the Car Parts


Selling all of the parts in your car - yes, that includes the seats, transmission, radio, tires, and rims - can get you even more money. Before selling them, be sure to do your fair share of research to make sure you're getting what the parts are worth.


Choose to Save Time or Money


Selling parts can take time and sometimes it's worth just selling the entire car to the salvage yard. Selling to a salvage yard is quick, easy, and they tend to pay you in all cash. The paperwork? They'll help you with that, too. 


Year, Make & Model


You might not think the year, make and model of your car makes a difference when you're scrapping it but if the salvage yard you're bringing your car to has several parts from that same type of car, they might give you less money than a salvage yard that doesn't have any of those vehicles on the lot. Always do your research.

5 Factors to Consider When Purchasing a Used Transmission

Jul 18, 2018

Just like anything else, cars don't last forever. As your car ages, it begins to need more frequent repairs and depending on the make, model, and year of your car, you might be spending a lot of time at auto salvage yards looking for the car parts that you need. Two parts you absolutely don't want to deal with repairing/replacing is your engine and transmission, especially with the high cost associated with them. If for some reason you do have to replace yours, always give a used transmission a try first.

Here are 5 factors to consider when purchasing a used transmission from a salvage yard:

1. Check for Leaks

One of the biggest concerns with a transmission is whether or not it is leaking. Before you make your purchase, check to make sure there are no leaks in the transmission. If you don't see any, check the transmission fluid levels, add some more and see if any drips out. 

2. Look at the Body of the Car

Look over the body of the vehicle that the transmission is coming from. Do you notice any signs of damage or excessive bodywork? This is a sign that the car was involved in a collision and the transmission could potentially be damaged. If you noticed minor bodywork was done, this won't be an issue!

3. Bring a Mechanic with You

If you know a mechanic that is willing to go with you to the salvage yard, this will help ensure that you are purchasing a solid transmission. This will make for a smooth, easy process.

4. Check the Warranty

Depending on the salvage yard you go to, they will most likely have a warranty in place. Finding this out will inform you if parts and labor are included. Have this written down so there are no questions in the future.

5. Ask About the History

Not all sellers will have any history about the transmission you are purchasing, but some will so it's always worth it to ask. If they do have some history, you'll be able to check out the risk factors before purchasing the new-to-you transmission. You can also run a vehicle history report on CarFax to get more information about the vehicle itself and the transmission/engine.

Need a new transmission for your vehicle? Let us help! Give us a call today at ((800) 551-7000.

5 Benefits of Buying Used Auto Parts

Jun 25, 2018

Whether you're a car fanatic, trying to repair your family car, or own an auto repair shop, used auto parts aren't typically your first choice, especially when you can purchase brand new parts, fresh out of the box and expect them to last a very long time. The thing is, you can never be positive that a brand new car part isn't going to fail you days, even weeks from now. Before spending the money on brand new parts, save a few dollars by purchasing used parts first.

Not convinced? Consider these benefits:

1. Cost

Used car parts are priced depending on various factors including rarity, demand, condition, make/model, and dealer (just to name a few!). For the more common parts, the pricing is going to be extremely affordable. The only time you'll see extremely high costs for used parts? This will be for very rare parts for classic cars.

2. Availability

There is always high availability for used auto parts, especially for those of popular cars. Typically, these parts are taken from cars that had to be salvaged due to old age or an accident.

3. Outlets

Finding used car parts is easier than you would think. From a variety of resources such as U-Pull It yards, salvage yards, and specialty shops. Don't have any of these close by to you? Used auto parts can also be found online and shipped right to your front door!

4. OEM Standards

There are a set of standards put in place for the manufacturing of car parts. Think of new car parts being made for a specific make and model when the car itself is being manufactured. There are also after-manufacturing car parts that are made. Are you having an issue going to the store and purchasing a new car part only for it not to fit correctly? Head to your local salvage yard and pull the used car straight from the same make and model of your own vehicle and the chances of it fitting and working properly is extremely high.

5. Refurbishing

If used car parts aren't your thing, consider refurbished parts. These will be in better shape than used car parts and will still cost you less than the brand new parts.

To start looking for your used auto parts, give Robertson's a call today at (800) 551-7000.

How to Find Used Car Parts

May 7, 2018

There are few things worse than your car dying, especially when you don’t have the money to pay for a new part to repair it. Fortunately, getting used parts is easier (and much cheaper!) than you might think. This guide will teach you about a few of the places you can look for second-hand car parts to get back on the road faster.

Pick & Pull Salvage Yards

Salvage yards are a paradise for anyone who needs a used auto part. These facilities usually have a huge range of vehicles, including both domestic and foreign makes and models. If you’ve never been to a pick & pull salvage yard before, you might be feeling a little intimidated. A few tips will make all the difference.

If possible, ask a friend or relative who has been to your local salvage yard before to accompany you. This will make the entire process less daunting. You should also make sure you know exactly what part you need. This way, you’ll be able to ask for help if you need it; most salvage yards only have a couple of employees on duty at any 

given time, but they will assist you if you need it. Finally, be aware of the fact that you’ll have to remove the part you need on your own, so if tools will be required for the job, bring them.

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Specialty Repair Shops

It’s not uncommon for specialty auto repair shops to have used parts available at relatively low rates. This generally doesn’t include dealerships and mainstream auto parts stores. Instead, you’ll have to look off the beaten path a bit for independently owned garages and shops.

Acquaintances With Junk Cars

Just about everyone has that one friend who lives in the country and has at least three dead cars sitting in the yard at any given time. Have someone in mind? Good. Now ask him or her if the part you need happens to be sitting on his or her property.

Having acquaintances who own multiple junk cars can come in handy when you need a spare part, especially if they’re willing to help you put it on cheaply to boot.

Craigslist and eBay

In today’s world, Craigslist and eBay are what newspaper classified ads were in the 1960s. If you need something and you can’t seem to track it down, they should be your go-to's. Depending on the type of part you need to fix your broken down car, it may make more sense to look only for options with local pickup to avoid paying shipping costs. Otherwise, you have the ability to search worldwide!

Hunting around to find a used car part may seem like a challenge, but with these suggestions and a little patience, your bank account will certainly thank you! 

At Robertson's Auto Salvage, we offer our inventory online and at our salvage yard in Wareham, MA. Have a question? Give us a call at (800) 551-7000.

Study spearheaded by Robertson’s Auto Salvage owner finds salvage yards reduce CO2

Nov 21, 2017

Results of a new study spearheaded by the co-owner of Robertson’s Auto Salvage in Wareham revealed there’s more to salvage yards than rows upon rows of junked cars. In Massachusetts, the industry prevents 2.2 million tons of the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide from entering the atmosphere through recycling.

That equates to the annual emissions from 388,516 passenger cars, according to the study. Scott Robertson says the information may change attitudes about salvage yards.

“This industry has always had a negative public perception – the dirty junkyard the polluted junk yard,” said Robertson. “I’ve always known that we’re good guys and good for the environment.”

The study is titled “Assessing the Environmental Impact of Automotive Recyclers of Massachusetts.” Sponsored by the Automotive Recyclers of Massachusetts, it was independently conducted by four Worcester Polytechnic seniors in order to complete their degrees in mechanical engineering.

“What the automotive recyclers are doing is saving materials, saving energy and impacting the environment in a positive way, thus adding value to the economy of the state” said Professor Brajendra Mishra, PhD, director of the Metal Processing Institute at WPI and advisor for the study.

In business since 1970, Robertson’s Auto Salvage process approximately 3,000 cars annually.

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Robertson’s Auto Salvage - Following Bill Gates’ Lead to Succeed

Jul 1, 2015

Scott Robertson Jr., owner of Robertson's Auto Salvage in Wareham, Mass., does not have Gates' name recognition - or his fortune - but the two share a common philosophy about business competition and success.

Robertson’s, a family-owned and operated salvage yard since 1969, has survived and prospered through at least half a dozen recessions, the Arab oil embargo of the 1970s, the Clean Water Act, depressed scrap prices and more. Founded by the current owner’s father, uncle and grandfather, Robertson’s is a lesson in staying nimble. “It’s a constant evolution in a salvage yard,” Robertson says. “You have to change with the times to be able to make money.”

Originally established to supply parts to the family’s gas and repair station in Boston, Robertson’s transitioned totally to the salvage business when the oil company reclaimed ownership of the gas station. In the ensuing four and a half decades, Robertson’s has sold repairable wrecks; established, participated in and eventually closed a salvage pool; launched a GMC dealership that continues today and opened and subsequently closed two additional salvage yards.

Through all the changes inside and out, Robertson’s continues to supply repair shops, body shops, insurance companies and other wholesale customers in New England and coast to coast from its tightly packed, 24-acre original location. 

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