The Use of Drones and UAVs in Auto Dealerships, Auto Parts & Salvage Yards

Robots are no strangers to the world of salvage yards and auto dealerships. Giant unmanned machines have been put in use for a decade or two now to squash and reshape auto parts in salvage yards. After the commercial introduction of drones and UAVs, auto dealerships and salvage yards owners started using them to wow vehicle buyers and sellers. They purchased unmanned aircraft to spice up promotions and spark viral social media campaigns. They believed that in such a highly competitive market, using drones is their way to stand out among their competitors.

One of the first auto dealerships who started using drones in their promotional campaign is the Jeff Wyler Automotive Family. In August 2015, the auto dealership announced that they bought a drone with a GoPro camera strapped to it for $1,200 to be used in their promotional campaign. The GoPro camera was gyro-stabilized to limit bouncing and disorientation. Their plan to use the drone was simple but quite genius. They planned to record the process of car delivery to customers, starting from the moment the sales person drives it out of the dealership to the moment when their customers are handed the keys, and hand the video over to them for free to celebrate their purchase of the new vehicle. Of course videos like these were going to end up on their customers’ social media profiles and thus provide the company with free and unforgettable form of advertisement.

Drones can also be used to scan and map large salvage yards. Some yards spread across acres of lands and to be able to manage such a vast space, owners need the help of drones. UAVs are also often used to look for and find auto parts. Using services like DroneDeploy, which is a cloud-based system that feeds your drone a previously charter route to follow, salvage yards owners can scavenge junk yards for useful parts and thus save a large sum of money in the process. They also can inspect pick up locations remotely.

With the rapid development of drones and UAVs, it’s expected that in the near future they’ll be strong enough to participate in auto parts movements and delivery. If Amazon Air Prime is expected to deliver packages to their customer’s doorstep using drones and UAVs in early 2020s, the unmanned aircraft aren’t so far away from participating in movement of larger and heavier objects. They’re also expected to be equipped with scanning abilities to determine and classify auto parts on sight. If equipped with the necessary data capturing parts, unmanned aerial vehicles will be able to give accurate details about auto parts and report them on sight. Drones and UAVs have already been playing a significant part in auto accidents reports, whether in salvage yards or on the roads, saving thousands of lives in the process. Once they become cheap enough for every salvage yard or every county to possess and use regularly, they’ll be saving many more lives, money, effort and time. They will definitely make humanity stronger than it already is.

How to Get Auto Parts For Less

Sometimes things just don’t turn out the way we want them. Or worse still, we get a visit by Mr. Misfortune when we expect him the least. How many times have you prepared so well for a ride only to get stuck in the middle of nowhere because one of the auto parts of your vehicle got messed up?

If you own a vehicle, you know that, it is not only difficult to have a broken car, but also worsened by the fact that it is very hard to get auto parts to replace the bad ones, especially when it comes to the price and availability factors.

So, how do you get good spare parts for your automobile at discounted prices? This requires doing some homework of your own. But let’s do it together.

Determine Your Need: Every spare part is made for a specific make and model of a BMW, Mercedes, Toyota, etc. It may not be compatible with another make or model. Therefore, wherever you will be buying your auto parts, be specific with your order. Let the dealer know that you need x part for y vehicle of make a and model m. Failure to do this may cause you to regret later on. Once you have defined what you need, we move onto the net stage.

Shop for the Auto Part: There are many sources of getting information about discounted parts for your car. From the car magazines, to the classified section of your local periodical, the auto dealers in your locality and the Internet. But the most reliable one to date is the Internet. This is because you could go online and log onto any of the hundreds of discount auto parts sellers, check out if they have what you need (remember to be specific), see if you are comfortable with their prices and place your order instantly.

Compare Prices: You may be tempted to buy from the first online auto parts store that you come across, but don’t. At least not until you have done some “comparison shopping”. The web is full of delicious deals. The main reason being that you can easily check out a company’s competitors at the push of a button. You don’t have to drive down any road or travel any length of miles to do that.

But how do you go about comparing deals before you buy? Fortunately, there are quite a few sites that specialize in just searching the web for sites that sell auto parts and do an in-depth comparison of their prices, delivery, after-sales service, etc. The resulting chart is very easy to understand and lets you know which auto parts online dealers to stick with and those ones to definitely stay miles away from.

Order Your Auto Parts: Once you find a good online store after doing the comparison, log on to the site, place your order for the parts you need and wait for your order to come in.

If you follow these steps you should have fewer headaches the next time you have to replace some parts of your automobile.