ALERT: JUNK POLICE Taking Aim At Little Guys!

Don’t you love forking over that $33 fee for the state to take weeks to get the title of your new car back to you? If you give them an extra $10 you are lucky if you can get it in 2 weeks. Crazy when other states usually only pay half of what Mainers are charged. Well now the state is requiring you to pay that $33 fee all over again if you are trying to get a junk car out of your door yard.

Crazy right? The state has decided that it needs to crack down on the little guys that are “operating as a salvage yard” by paying people for their junk vehicles and hauling them to the licensed facilities that actually process the cars. They what this to stop or, for the moon lighters to just apply for their own junkyard license / dealer license (easier said than done). The rules they are implementing now will require all vehicles that go to a salvage yard to be titled in the name of the person dropping them off. Titles signed by the owner of the vehicle will no longer suffice. You need to have the vehicle titled in your name. Get ready to fork over an extra $33 to the state to get rid of your junk! Also the state considers the sale of a junk car the same as the sale of a working car. So even if you are getting rid of a vehicle for scrap, you are still required to have a dealers license if you do more than 5 a year.

What does this all mean? From what I can tell the state doesn’t want the little guys who run small scrap businesses to be able to operate any longer. By eliminating the middle-class man who runs his own small business or moon lights hauling junk, large yards & scrap facilities will to have less competition so the price paid for junk vehicles will drop to 0, or even worse, you might have to pay too have your junk vehicle hauled away.

The President of the Maine Auto Recyclers Association, a group of licensed business owners here in state of Maine that promotes streamlined environmentally sound automobile recycling, has said that in the long run it may be ultimately good for business owners as it will cause the price of vehicles to drop down to nothing increasing their margins, but at the same time, he wouldn’t want to see all “little guys” who have been helping the industry grow and have been doing it the same way for decades starve because the state doesn’t want them to be able to operate the way they have been. Its unrealistic to force them to abide by all the strict regulations that the large licensed corporations who process the vehicles are upheld to follow.

The overall scope of this entire new “push” appears to be a money grab from the state by enforcing title document fees and licensing on people that it shouldn’t apply too. I’m sure the state will argue that its about the environment, or that its about crime, but anyone hauling in a vehicle to a scrap yard already has to abide by the new rules passed in 2012 due to a spike in converter theft, that require a photo ID and vehicle TAG be recorded and payment be made by check only. As far as the environment, a middle man has little to no environmental impact, if anything its good for the environment because that vehicle will no longer be sitting in someones door yard full of hazardous fluids and materials and it allows the businesses that follow the strict EPA regulations to recycle more cars every year.

Just my .02 – I’m sure the MARA will be releasing a statement in the weeks to come about the new rules that state is implementing.

Yielding Inappropriately – Do’s and Don’t of Merging.

We’ve all seen the red and white triangle “Yield” signs. What does it mean?

So this is just gonna be a little rant about Yielding in traffic. Today I saw something that frustrated me. Someone who didn’t know how to use a yield. The Yield sign is not something that means the other person gets to go first just because. Yield in my mind means in the event that you cannot navigate the roadway without impeding those who have the right away, you need to accelerate, slow, or stop and let the other person(s) proceed through until you can enter safely.

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A. Yield the right-of-way to a vehicle that has entered the intersection or that is approaching so closely as to constitute an immediate hazard; and Having yielded, an operator may proceed. All other operators approaching the intersection shall yield the right-of-way to the vehicle so proceeding. –

So I’m sitting at a light waiting to turn left with my signal on, the light turns green, and just as I start to move someone coming from the other direction wanting to take a right enters the ‘yield ramp’ to turn. They proceeded to come to a complete stop even though they had plenty of time to proceed through before I even came close to being in the yield zone, causing the person behind them to slam on their brakes to avoid an accident. They had PLENTY of time until they would have impeded my travel onto the road. Yield does not mean stop and let the other person go. It means take caution, time your yield correctly, don’t proceed until you can.


If you can go, go! Don’t think your being polite by stopping and letting someone else go before you just cause you have the yield sign. The person behind you is also looking around studying the intersection to execute their own yield. If you slam on your brakes when they’re not looking it can cause an accident. It really pisses me off when people do this and I’m behind them. I’m not saying too just bust out in front of cars either. If you get in an accident where you didn’t have the right of way it makes it hard to prove your not at fault even if it was blatantly the other persons fault.

A really good bad example of people who don’t know how to yield are those people who like to drive down to the end of the highway entrance ramp and then stop. DO NOT DO THIS! You should be up to speed before you even get to the highway entrance. You should be checking traffic and timing your entrance onto the highway long before the end of the ramp. If there is a lot of traffic and you see an opening ACCELERATE to make your gap/entrance into traffic flow. You’re 8 Times more likely to cause an accident by driving 10mph under the speed limit than you are driving 10mph over.

A long time ago I was driving with my permit instructor. This was before they changed the old Yarmouth South entrance ramp. As I was going down this long ramp I noticed that there was a semi truck in the slow lane and it was looking like I was gonna crash into him if I kept up on my course. As I started to lift on the accelerator to touch the brake the instructor screamed at me “NOOO!!” and he pushed down on my knee slamming my foot into the accelerator. Vroom the car comes to life and now it definitely looked like I was going to run into the 18 wheeler. As the ramp started to end, the instructor gripped the wheel and steered me over into the brake down lane until I had accelerated enough to get ahead of the truck and then told me to merge over.

He yelled at me for wanting to slow down and he said that’s basically trying to cause an accident. What I learned from my instructor that day was invaluable. He did say “They don’t recommend using the break down lane as an extension. But its better than stopping if you can see that the break down lane is open and clear of vehicles. You don’t want to hit a parked car or something else that may be in the way by driving down the break down lane. You also don’t want the person behind you smashing into you and sending you out into traffic if you try to make a last effort stop.” You can avoid both of these situations by planning your entrance into traffic as soon as you have traffic in sight. When you see an opening go for it!

If you have to stop or slow down at the end of a long highway entrance ramp you have failed. When you stop the people behind you might not see you and smash into you sending you out into an even worse accident. This is because they are distracted by looking and gauging where they can make their entrance into the traffic flow too. This is actually a pretty common occurrence with on ramps and yielding. What I learned from my permit instructor still sticks with me today. If you’re to afraid to make the yield at speed, or to speed up to make it, you need to let someone else do the driving.

One last thing, if your already on the highway, and you can see cars trying to enter, move over and speed up! If you can’t move over just speed up! Don’t hit your brakes it messes everything up for everyone. You’re in traffic to move, so keep moving. Brake only when necessary to avoid accidents, as unnecessary braking causes accidents.

Rust assured, you can save your vehicle.

Vehicles are one of the top 5 largest expenses for the average adult. Why let your investment rust away?

If you’re here to find a vehicle, fix a vehicle, sell a vehicle, or junk a vehicle, I think we can all agree they cost money.
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Three top reasons vehicles are junked in Maine?

  1. Failed Inspection
  2. Mechanical Damage
  3. Accident Damage

Top Reason Vehicles Fail Inspection?

  1. Rust

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Rust can eat through rockers and frames in less than 10 years when not kept at bay.
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This person has improvised some unsafe tank straps under his “jip”.


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This vehicle was rotted so bad the strut tower would move and the vehicle would “wonder” at highway speeds.

We all know that Vehicles in Maine rust out.  If you want to keep a vehicle in Maine truly rust free, don’t drive it in the winter. Park it before they first salt the roads. Don’t bring it out until we’ve had a few good spring rains to wash off the roads. If you do have to drive it in the winter It helps to implement some preventative measures.  At-least twice a year give your vehicle a thorough cleaning and coating. This will guarantee that it lasts much longer and you can stop any rust problems from popping up.  When I say thorough I mean lift the vehicle in the air, remove any plastic covers and any vent holes, blast all the built up salt and sand out, remove any surface rust, wash, and coat with paint or a protective film. Doing this and giving your car regular car washes will keep it happy and rust free for many years.

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This vehicle was coated professionally by Down East Undercoating.

What to protect the underside of your vehicle with?

Some of the better known ways to protect the underside of your vehicle include covering it with used motor oil (messy!), painting it with a rubberized under coat or black Rustoleum, or a protective film like Fluid Film, or Amsoil Heavy Duty Metal Protector.

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Anything is better than nothing.

I’ve had good luck with the Amsoil Heavy Duty Metal Protector, you can find it online or your local NAPA carries it. Give your vehicle a good cleaning and then a good few coats of the Amsoil and it is good to go. The Amsoil seems to hold up well through the car washes too!


This one I can’t stress enough, if you don’t wash the salt off it will eat away at your vehicle. See the picture of the beautiful truck above? See all that white stuff? Its SALT! Giving your vehicle regular washes is a great way to keep it from turning to dust. I would recommend a wash place like ScrubaDub that offers a membership program with unlimited washes for only $25.00/month! Most noteworthy my favorite part about ScrubaDub is they have Free Vacuums at their Forest Ave Portland Location!

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Unlimited washes for what you would normally pay for just two!

Get your vehicle professionally rust proofed!

Ok, not everyone is going to want to get down and dirty on rust proofing their vehicle. Luckily for those who want to stay clean, their are several shops and professionals out their willing to do the job. Typical basic rust proofing services cost around $150-$300 for most vehicles. Sometimes trucks can cost more depending on the size. Its a good idea to get it done every other year to ensure no problems arise. Best if done annually.

If you can try and use a company that guarantees their protection. Chris at Downeast Undercoating prefers to use a bedliner product as he says its much tougher than the rubberized undercoat most places use. He guarantees his protection will hold up through the winter or your next coating is half off. Finding a shop that does good prep work and uses products with good adhesion will get you the best overall protection for your dollar.

Save your vehicle, and save money by rust proofing.

In conclusion its important to be conscious about rust prevention. Spending a couple hundred dollars a year for 10 years, can potentially keep your vehicle on the road for an extra five. Like my grandpa always said, “If its a vehicles not rusted out, you can fix anything else that’s wrong with it and drive it forever”. Brake lines, Fuel lines, Rocker Panels, Control Arms, Sub Frames, these are all expensive repairs. I’ve got a truck from California with mint factory brake lines that are 27 years old. You’ll save in the long run by preventing rust while keeping your vehicle safer.

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Maine ScrubaDub Locations:

Portland Car Wash Address:
1180 Forest Ave.
Portland, ME 04103


(207) 797-2828

Hours of Operation – Car Wash: (*Weather Permitting)
Mon – Sat – 7:30am – 8:00pm
Sun – 8:00am – 6:00pm

South Portland, ME Car Wash Address:

425 Gorham, Rd (at the Maine Mall)
South Portland, ME 04106


(207) 772-1838

Hours of Operation – Car Wash: (*Weather Permitting)
Mon – Sat – 7:30am – 8:00pm
Sun – 8:00am – 6:00pm
Biddeford Car Wash Address:

102 Elm St
Biddeford, ME 04005


(207) 284-4431

Hours of Operation: (*Weather Permitting)
Mon – Sat – 7:30am – 8:00pm
Sun – 8:00am – 6:00pm

Exhaust repairs don’t have to be so exhausting.

Don’t get fumed over rusted/broken exhaust.

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Chris of Lou’s Custom Exhaust in Portland, ME welding up a custom exhaust for a client.

A major issue with vehicles in Maine is they are seasonally exposed to extremely corrosive chemicals. Every winter we pour metric tons of salt, sodium chloride, magnesium chloride, and calcium chloride over the roads. We then dredge our vehicles through this extremely corrosive slush. Its no wonder the life span of a vehicle in Maine is only about 10-15 years. The rust results in premature failure of exhaust systems, brake systems, fuel delivery lines, and basically any unprotected component located on the bottom of the vehicle. Vehicles don’t rust out in Maine, they rust up. Eventually rust will consume an entire vehicle. It pisses me off, and it should piss you off too. Please write your representatives about seeking alternative de-icing methods.

Safety First – The Maine State Inspection.

The major reason vehicles are scrapped in Maine is because they fail to pass a state inspection. People either can’t foot the bill, or simply don’t want to because they are ready for a new car. The old vehicle will get traded in, or scrapped, sometimes both in that order. In an effort to help people save money on their repair bills I would like to point out some tips and tricks for rust proofing your vehicle and saving money on brake systems, fuel systems, and exhaust repairs.

First off, exhaust is dangerous. Leaking N2, CO2, H2O and O2 into your soon to be consumed air is not a good idea. Carbon Monoxide is extremely poisonous and deadly if inhaled. If you’ve ever owned a car that had a bad leak, you can usually smell it in the cab and  it makes ya noxious. If you can smell any fumes at all in your vehicle its a good idea to have it looked at by a mechanic asap.

Another nuisance and good indicator that your car may need exhaust repairs is noise. If it becomes louder than normal its a good indicator something needs attention. If you can’t hear the person talking next to you, you need to fix something before you go def. Fix it before you drop half of it off on the side of 295. That is unless you think the front half is gonna fall off, I’ll gladly pull over and pick up any biscuits left by irresponsible motorists.

What options do I have to fix my exhaust? #RustedPipes

What people don’t realize is that not all garages are same. Today most garages try and will do a little bit of everything to survive, but you still see specialty shops like “Portland Radiator” or “Lou’s Custom Exhaust”. You gotta love a business that has their business model conveniently expressed in their business name. Your regular mechanic might be able to find the broken flex pipe and rotted flange, but they usually don’t have the ability to fabricate a custom replacement. They just order you a new system for hundreds of dollars.

If you have a great mechanic, they get you back on the road as quickly as possible. Some times taking your vehicle to a specialized repair shop can be just as fast if not quicker. You can also save hundreds of dollars.This is important when  inspection season comes upon you. An exhaust shop will have the tools, machinery, and abilities to completely re-fabricate your damaged pipes. They will then weld them into the rest of your undamaged exhaust system saving you the complete expense of an entirely new per-fabricated system.

welded in flex pipe exhaust repairsRusted flex pipes are a common issue with cars in Maine. When flex pipes go bad you can usually tell by looking at the volume button. If the volume has to be at Max in order for you to hear that new Taylor Swift single, its fixing time. When an old pipe is too rusted to be unbolted from the flanges on connecting pipes, you gotta either replace all the pipes, or you fabricate and weld in a new section. A custom flex pipe replacement usually runs well under three hundred dollars. Picture it like paying for a slice of pie, the only slice you need, instead of buying an entire cake for your that same single slice.

Lou’s Custom Exhaust, Portland ME for your exhaust repairs. #LousCustomExhaust

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If you need exhaust repairs and you don’t plan on doing the work yourself try exploring options like Lou’s Custom Exhaust. They may save you hundreds of dollars. Be resourceful and savvy when it comes to keeping your daily away from the crusher. Its not just about MPG’s, think Miles Per Dollar.
Lou’s Custom Exhaust
148 Walton Street
Portland, Maine, ME 04103
(207) 878-0800

Metal prices on the rise!

The national average for iron shred  has been on a slow but steady rise over the last two months. PGM’s have also seen an average of $60 increase across the spectrum over the last 30 days. Copper has also seen a $.50 rise over the last 3 months.

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Platinum prices slowly rising.

What does this mean? Well not much for the average Mainer. I doubt we will see any difference in the reflected prices before the winter off season rolls in. Usually it takes a few weeks or months before local recyclers get their prices up to speed. With winter right around the corner its expected that they may be hesitant to raise prices weary this spike won’t hold through the winter months. This is also a good indicator competition is relaxed in the state at the moment, but if things continue on this upward trend we should be experiencing a strong industry next season.