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Small business owners, including those in the auto repair and recycling industries, are increasingly relying on the services of independent contractors as an integral part of their business.

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Jason Overturf from A-1 Auto Recyclers in Kirtland, New Mexico, has built a strong web presence with his company’s web site and social media platforms like Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

15 Minutes With ARA Executive Director Sandy Blalock

Sandy Blalock has been a longtime advocate for the automotive recycling industry. In her new role as executive director with ARA, Blalock answers key questions on the future of the association and the salvage industry.


Small businesses are more likely to give back to their communities that their larger counterparts. This holds true for mom-and-pop auto recyclers like Brunswick Auto Recycling, Chuckran Auto Parts, M.L. Norwood Auto Recycling, L&M Salvage, U.S. Auto and Shipman Auto.


Every small business can benefit from having a verified Google My Business (GMB) listing. It is an important step in your local SEO strategy because a complete, verified and optimized Google My Business listing increases your chances of being found.


Plastic welders are an essential piece of equipment for auto recyclers working on bumpers, grilles, headlights and other plastic parts. Seelye, Inc., a leading manufacturer of hot air plastic welders offers simple tips on caring for your plastic welder.


No new salvage yards will be allowed in the city of Detroit, Michigan, for one year—and reputable automotive recyclers say that’s a good thing.

15 Minutes With ARA President Jonathan Morrow

Jonathan Morrow may be the youngest ARA president ever, but he’s packed a lot of experience in his 35 years and is ready to lead.
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Recycled Parts Buying Trends

The Locator's commitment to buyers and sellers of recycled parts has been the driving force for the company for more than 50 years. For the past several months, the data has shows a clear trend for purchasing smaller, easy-to-install parts. Headlights, tail lamps and side view mirrors have been popular among buyers. But buyers also continue to purchase the larger, more expensive parts including engines and transmissions.

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Most Popular Parts Searches

PartsLocator's new late-model parts search allows users to find the parts they need, purchase them and have them shipped directly. The site is user friendly and completely responsive so access from any device - desktop, laptop, tablet or mobile device - is seamless.

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