How do I buy salvage cars directly from insurance companies?

I'm a sculptor, and I'm planning out a series of sculptures using only materials from salvage cars. A friend told me that sometimes, insurance companies will sell off their totaled cars for cheap, but I'm an artist, not a mechanic—I don't know where to start looking! How do I buy salvage cars directly from insurance companies?

Answer
So, your friend was partially right: insurance companies do sell off salvage cars, often for very low prices. However, they’re auctioned off at auto auctions or sold to salvage yards for parts, so you can’t buy salvage cars directly from the insurance company.
You can find materials from salvage cars by:
  • Researching nearby auto auctions
  • Calling tow yards
  • Checking local newspapers
  • Looking for salvage yards online
With a little old-fashioned sleuthing, you should still be able to buy salvage cars for very low prices. If you have another car, besides the ones you use for your sculptures, you can also find low prices on your regular auto insurance by using Jerry to get free quotes from top providers in under a minute.
Good luck with the search, and good luck with your piece!
Ben Guess
Answered on Nov 01, 2021
Ben has a BA in Journalism + Design from The New School, as well as three years’ experience in content writing and data journalism. They are deeply interested in how the car industry intersects with issues of inequity in the world, as well as in making auto insurance more accessible through writing. When they’re away from the keyboard, they enjoy baking, embroidering, and playing Dungeons and Dragons with friends. They are based in Boston, Massachusetts.
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