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Auto Recyclers To Star In Reality Show

Father and son team, Bobby and Andy Cohen, are staring in a new reality show called Junkyard Empire. Andy owns Andy’s Auto Parts in Bladensburg, Md., which Bobby manages. Andy also owns a custom car shop. The show will play off of “Bobby’s easy going, old school ways which conflict with Andy’s hard charging style.” Junkyard Empire premiered on April 22 on Velocity.

Recyclers Help Halt Tennessee Bill

Tennessee auto recyclers helped halt a proposed bill that would have allowed unlicensed buyers to purchase salvage vehicles in the state. Recyclers from Tennessee Auto Salvage, Inc., in Greenbrier, Express Auto Recyclers, LLC in La Vergne, Raceway Auto & Truck Parts, LLC in Savannah, and Knox Auto Parts in Knoxville, along with representatives from LKQ and ARA, helped get Tennessee House Bill 443 deferred until 2016.

No More Home Car Repairs?

Repairing your vehicle at home could be illegal in the future, and it’s all due to copyright infringement. According to the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, tinkering with a vehicle’s computer system, either by the vehicle’s owner or a third party, could be a violation of the auto manufacturer’s copyright on the software. While some groups are opposed to this, automaker supporters claim it is more to do with safety than proprietary infringements.
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Locator UpFront

Procured Parts

Certainly one of the most contentious topics that has ever arisen in the collision repair industry are insurer-driven parts procurement programs. Like collision repairers, we in the auto recycling industry have been consumed with conference calls and training sessions on how to use these systems to streamline sales to our customers in the auto repair industry. In the past few months numerous people have asked me what I think about all of these programs and members of our auto recycling community have even sought help from industry experts to gain some guidance on what our position on these programs should be going forward.


Air bags have been a hot industry topic for the last couple months and the auto recycling industry has had to stay on top of the topic. In November 2014 nearly 8 million air bags, manufactured by Japan-based Takata Corp., were recalled for safety defects. These air bags are installed on vehicles made by Toyota, Honda, Mazda, BMW, Nissan, Mitsubishi, Subaru, Chrysler, Ford and General Motors. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) investigated reports of air bag inflator ruptures, all of which occurred in Florida and Puerto Rico.


Auto recycling is unlike any other sect of the automotive industry. It is not one-size-fits-all; two identical parts can have different amounts of damage, wear, warranty, price, etc. Because it can’t be pigeonholed, the industry sometimes takes a beating in the public eye.
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IAR Summer Outing Is Coming Soon

The Iowa Automotive Recyclers association (IAR) will hold its annual summer outing right after Memorial Day, on May 29 – 30. This year the event is held in Des Moines at the Prairie Meadows Conference Center and The Locator will be there.


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