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Tips for Business Growth in 2019

Grow Your Business This Year - Seven tips to help you leverage your time and assets to make 2019 the most profitable year for your business.
2019.01.03 10:13 AM

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.
2019.01.03 10:13 AM

New Facebook Watch Series, "Pick, Flip & Drive”

“Pick, Flip & Drive” - The new Facebook Watch Series restores and sells vintage barn finds.
2019.01.03 10:13 AM

New Vehicle Technologies Double Repair Bills for Minor Collisions

New Vehicle Technologies Increase Repair Costs - Even for minor incidents, repair bills could be doubled for collisions.
2019.01.03 10:13 AM

Texas Yard Wins $500,000 In Land Dispute

An eminent domain land dispute created headaches for a Texas salvage yard and its customers. Harold Anderson fought back and won.
2018.12.27 08:46 AM

Change Is Lighting The Way

Use the dark days of winter to transform your business, save money and help the environment by making the switch to energy-efficient lighting.
2018.12.27 08:46 AM

Tax Laws: Changes May Affect Your Business

New legislation regarding tax laws affects nearly every business. Make sure you understand the new obligations.
2018.12.27 08:46 AM

New Episodes of RTM Sudios' "POWERNATION" Franchise Debut in January

“POWERNATION” Franchise Anchors Sunday Morning Programming. Auto enthusiasts can catch new episodes beginning this month.
2018.12.06 07:05 AM

Small Business Checklist for Tax-Time Technology

Tackle Tax Stress: Tips to make technology work for you at tax time.
2018.12.06 07:05 AM

The Stats Are In: Credit Card Fraud is Down 75 Percent Because Of Chip Technology

Chip Technology Hits the Mark: Credit card fraud is down 75 percent with the new technology.
2018.12.06 07:05 AM

Extreme Makeover: Nordstrom’s “Next Generation”

There’s excitement in the air these days at Nordstrom’s Automotive, Inc. in Garretson, S.D. The nearly 50-year-old auto recycling business recently unveiled a multimillion dollar facelift five years in the making and the results are - in a word - life-changing.
2018.12.06 07:04 AM

US DOT Releases Guidance For Automated Vehicles

The U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) has released new federal guidance for automated vehicles, advancing its commitment to supporting the safe integration of automation into the broad multimodal surface transportation system.
2018.11.05 10:05 AM

Oregon Governor Proposes Tax Credits For Recycling Engines

Oregon’s governor wants to offer tax credits for recycling diesel engines so the state’s truckers can buy new, cleaner, more efficient engines.
2018.11.05 10:05 AM

General Motors Calls for National Zero Emissions Vehicle (NZEV) Program

General Motors proposed the establishment of a National Zero Emissions Vehicle (NZEV) program for cars and trucks, model years 2021 – 2026, for all 50 states
2018.11.05 10:05 AM

Toyota Joins Check To Protect Recall Campaign

Toyota Motor North America has joined the National Safety Council’s Check To Protect campaign, which seeks to reduce the number of vehicles with open recalls.
2018.11.05 10:05 AM

NAFTA Updated Agreement Looks To Benefit Automakers

President Trump’s new NAFTA agreement could push automakers to buy parts from U.S. companies and build more vehicles in the United States
2018.10.05 07:38 AM

Nationwide’s Venture Partnership With Nexar Helps Create Safer Roadways

Nationwide is partnering with Nexar, a mobility startup focused on promoting safer driving, as part of a plan to deploy $100 million of venture capital in customer-centric solutions.
2018.10.05 07:38 AM

Marty Hollingshead Joins ARA Executive Committee

Marty Hollingshead is the newest ARA Executive Committee Member. The president of Northlake Auto Recyclers in Hammond, Ind. is association’s nominee for ARA secretary for 2018 - 2019.
2018.10.05 07:38 AM

B & R Auto Wrecking Switching To CCC Pinnacle

B&R Auto Wrecking is the largest family-owned auto recycler in the United States with more than 17 locations. The salvage yard is making the switch to CCC Pinnacle.
2018.10.05 07:38 AM

What Your Signage Says About You

How to use your business’ signage to attract customers, create a great first impression and get them to walk through your door.
2018.09.24 01:36 PM

Let’s Talk Recalls: Corporate Responsibility And You

Paul D’Adamo and Katie Stark with Rebuilders Auto Supply discuss how part recalls are the responsibility of absolutely everyone involved in the ELV chain.
2018.09.24 01:36 PM

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.
2018.09.24 01:36 PM

CCC Rolls Out CCC OEM Care

CCC Information Services Inc. (CCC) announced the availability of CCC™ OEM Care, a suite of solutions that support OEM certification programs and enable collision repairers, insurers and auto manufacturers to collaborate on safe, quality repairs.
2018.08.30 01:01 PM

ISRI Successfully Gains EPA Clarification on Recycling of Automobiles with Airbags

Since the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a memo in June 2017 regarding the regulatory status of recalled Takata airbags stored in warehouses, there has been a great deal of concern in the recycling industry as to whether not airbags were considered hazardous materials. Auto recyclers, shredder operators, and other airbag stakeholders were left with a number of regulatory questions about both Takata and non-Takata airbags that still remained in vehicles destined for recycling.
2018.08.30 01:01 PM

Alter Trading Corporation Acquires Tenenbaum Recycling Group

Alter Trading Corporation announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to purchase substantially all the assets of Tenenbaum Recycling Group (TRG), based in Little Rock, Ark. The acquisition brings together two scrap metal recycling companies that are each over 120 years old and have very similar cultures and histories of success. The addition of TRG's 10 locations, primarily in Arkansas, further expands Alter's geographic reach and increases its number of facilities to more than 70. Alter intends to continue to operate all of TRG's existing locations and to maintain their focus on safety, customer service, and quality.
2018.08.30 01:01 PM

ARA and ARC Sent Joint Letter on Import of Automobiles and Parts

The Automotive Recyclers Association (ARA) and the Automotive Recyclers of Canada (ARC) submitted a joint letter to the U.S. Department of Commerce on July 13, 2018 regarding the Federal Government’s national security investigation of imports of automobiles and automobile parts. The joint letter expressed concerns with potential unintended consequences on the automotive parts industry that far exceed any relevance to the issue of national security.
2018.08.30 01:01 PM

Action Auto Parts Reopens After Tornado Damage

On July 19, 2018 a tornado ripped through Marshalltown, Iowa, destroying homes and businesses in its path, including Action Auto Parts. The Iowa Automotive Recyclers (IAR) association shared news from Action Auto Parts Owner David Hesmer that he is working with what he has to continue to keep the doors open.
2018.08.02 09:22 AM

Transition To Electric And Autonomous Vehicles Will Cost Auto Industry Hundreds Of Billions

The automotive industry faces the possibility of a monumental capital drain in the near term as hundreds of players, including non-traditional ones, are all pouring unprecedented sums into electric and autonomous vehicles years before those technologies are fully cost competitive in the market, when consumers are questioning the cost and safety of some of the technologies, and just as the market itself is set to continue a cyclical downturn. That’s according to a new study, including a pair of consumer surveys, from AlixPartners, the global consulting firm.
2018.08.02 09:22 AM

ARA Statement on Passage of Rhode Island Legislation Restricting Recycled Parts Utilization

The Automotive Recyclers Association (ARA) expressed disappointment recently with the enactment of legislation in Rhode Island that has serious anti-competitive consequences for consumers, professional automotive recyclers and independent collision repair professionals across the country.
2018.08.02 09:22 AM

Supreme Court Rule Could Cost Consumers

The decision opens the door for states to collect sales tax from businesses even if they don’t have a brick-and-mortar presence.
2018.07.03 08:22 AM

ISRI Advocacy Delivers for Recyclers in Latest Tariff Measures

The association worked to have several equipment parts removed from the Trump administration’s list of products from China that will receive a 25 percent import duty.
2018.07.03 08:20 AM

ARA Responds To GM Recycled Parts Ban

The association said it the automaker’s decision was a real disservice to consumers because it limits low-cost part alternatives.
2018.07.03 08:18 AM

NMVTIS

NMVTIS is growing in use and activity. According to AAMVA (the group that operates and manages the NMVTIS database), 96 percent of all the vehicles in the United States are represented in the database. There are a few states that are not contributing data to the database but this year grants have been given to these states, so they should be contributing data in the near future.
2018.06.14 05:06 PM

An Interview with a Metallurgist

Edmund Schwenk is a Metallurgist and CEO of PGM Recovery Systems, Inc. For more than 30 years, he has been engaged in the processing/refining/manufacturing of precious metals. Schwenk shared his insight about precious metals and converter recycling in today’s market.
2018.06.14 05:01 PM

Breaking Up Isn’t Hard to Do

Although Neil Sedaka and Howard Greenfield may have been right about love relationships when they penned their hit, “Breaking Up Is Hard to Do,” when it comes to business, that notion rings less true. Customers frequently break up with their suppliers, vendors and partners. And guess what? Most of them don’t find it hard.
2018.06.14 04:53 PM

Scrap Metal Prices "Peaking"

For those doing some cleaning, the old, nonworking metallic items in the discard pile might be worth something. Local salvage yards are reporting the price of scrap metal is up nearly 50 percent in the past few months.
2018.06.14 04:51 PM

Collector Car Appreciation Day is July 13, 2018

The SEMA Action Network (SAN) announced that the next Collector Car Appreciation Day (CCAD) will be officially celebrated on July 13, 2018. The date marks the ninth consecutive commemoration in what is now an annual event to raise awareness of the vital role automotive restoration and collection plays in American society.
2018.06.01 06:24 AM

Knox Auto Parts Announces Birmingham, AL Acquisition and Expansion

Expanding the family business to Alabama, Knox Auto Parts has purchased B&D Automotive as its third automotive recycling facility.
2018.06.01 06:22 AM

Great American Insurance Group Introduces Program for Classic Car Restoration and Repair Shops

The Alternative Markets Division of Great American Insurance Group has announced a new national program in conjunction with Grundy Insurance. The program focuses on coverages for antique and classic car restoration and repair shops across the United States.
2018.06.01 06:22 AM

Original Venice Crew Announces Rivalry Challenge for Charity

The Original Venice Crew (OVC), which builds the official continuation 1965 Ford Shelby G.T. 350 Competition Model, has thrown down the gauntlet in the name of charity to Aston Martin and Jaguar. During a press event in Southern California on May 18, 2018, OVC CEO Jim Marietta reignited the rivalry with these two European automakers. The Original Venice Crew is challenging them to race their continuation heritage classic cars against the classic Shelby continuation model.
2018.06.01 06:22 AM

U.S. Federal Trade Commission Warns Automakers About Part Use Statements

The Automotive Recyclers Association (ARA) stated that the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) staff sent warning letters to six major companies including Hyundai Motor America (Hyundai) that market and sell automobiles, cellular devices and video gaming systems in the United States.
2018.05.06 09:01 AM

Trade Groups Concerned Over Tariffs

The Auto Care Association joined with more than 100 trade groups to express concern to Congress regarding the potential impact of the Trump Administration’s decision to use tariffs to address China’s unfair trade practices. In the letter addressed to the Chair and ranking member of the House Ways and Means Committee, the trade groups stated their agreement that China’s “ongoing intellectual property rights violations, forced technology transfers and state intervention harm U.S. companies, workers, consumer and our competitiveness.”
2018.05.06 08:54 AM

Rhode Island Legislation Would Expand Restrictions On Non-OEM Parts

Legislation introduced in the Rhode Island Senate would expand the time frame and extend restriction on the use of non-OEM parts to any part damaged in a collision, not just body parts. The bill also seeks to prohibit insurers from requiring a repairer to use a collision repair procedure not recommended by vehicle manufacturers. The bill would also remove language in current law specifying that the restriction only applies to first-party claims.
2018.05.06 08:52 AM

Built To Dismantle

Sure, you could dismantle four to five cars a day by hand. Or, you could process up to 70 a day with the raw power and delicate precision of the KOBELCO SK210D. That’s what Texas Auto Salvage of San Antonio is doing. The company purchased its first SK210D in October 2017 and quickly ordered a second unit one month later.
2018.05.06 08:37 AM

1953 Skylark Prices Flying North

1953 Buick Skylarks have had a pretty wild time on the auction block in the last six months. On Nov. 4, 2017, we reported that a blue 1953 Skylark deep into No. 5 territory and loaded with raccoon excrement, rust and potential sold for $25,500 in eastern Wisconsin. One month later, in Los Angeles, singer-songwriter Neil Young sold his red 1953 Buick Skylark, reportedly the first on off the line, for an astounding $400,000 on Dec. 9. Both of these sales were off the charts.
2018.04.10 07:52 AM

Save Money. Buy Used Auto Parts

Professional repairers, do-it-yourselfers or just the average vehicle owner will all have to repair their vehicles at some point. Using recycling auto parts for these repairs makes economic sense, with the added benefit of saving the planet.
2018.04.10 07:35 AM

John Harty

Each day, Noreen Harty takes orders, packages them up and ships them out. It may seem like a normal process — with one exception. There’s no technology at all at her family’s business, John Harty Tools in Barre, Mass. That means no email, no website and no credit card machine. Orders are processed C.O.D. the old-fashioned way - the way they’ve been done since the business started back in the late 1950s.
2018.03.21 09:38 AM

Let’s Talk Recalls

There is a lot of “fake news” relative to the airbag recalls and in many cases auto recyclers are not recovering them. There are three main reasons why auto recyclers should remove defective airbags.
2018.03.21 09:16 AM

Plastics Parts

With plastic playing a bigger role in vehicle design, due to its ability to improve safety, comfort and reducing emissions, more plastic parts end up being thrown away. In fact, very few plastic parts are recycled. The Plastics Industry Association (PLASTICS) set out to see if plastic parts could also be as viably-recycled as metal parts. To do this, the association created the End-of-Life Vehicle (ELV) Recycling Demonstration Project.
2018.03.21 09:16 AM

Since 1956

Some auto recyclers find success by specializing and cornering a small niche. Johnson’s Auto Wrecking has found success by taking exactly the opposite approach.
2018.03.21 09:16 AM

Packaging Prowess

I have been working in the shipping and logistics arena for nearly 20 years now – long enough to know that every day brings a new challenge and that I have NOT yet seen and heard it all.
2018.03.21 09:16 AM

U.S. Senate Auto Caucus Briefing on Sustainability

A coalition of leading vehicle battery manufacturers, recyclers, retailers and users dedicated to the responsible manufacturing, use and reuse of vehicle batteries launched an initiative to recover 2 million more batteries with the goal of achieving a recycling rate of 100 percent. The campaign, called the 2 Million Battery Challenge, is an effort to engage consumers to bring their used vehicle batteries to the nearest participating auto parts retailer to have them properly recycled.
2018.03.06 05:57 AM

Sellick Opens New Manufacturing Facility

Sellick Equipment Limited recently cut the ribbon on an all-new $21 million dollar manufacturing facility with state-of-the-art technology to maintain Sellick as a leader in the rough terrain forklift market.
2018.03.06 05:53 AM

Fenix Parts Announces Merger With Stellex

Fenix Parts, Inc. announced that it has entered into a definitive merger agreement with Stellex Capital Management LP under which a Stellex-controlled affiliate would acquire the company for $0.40 per share in cash along with the assumption of over $40 million in operating and long-term liabilities, including $33 million of indebtedness.
2018.03.06 05:51 AM

Another Million Cars Added To Recall

The Associated Press reported that Toyota and Honda are recalling more than 1 million additional vehicles in the United States to replace defective and potentially deadly Takata air bag inflators.
2018.02.03 09:07 AM

Schnitzer Reports Strongest First Quarter Earnings Since 2011

Schnitzer Steel Industries, Inc. reported results for its first quarter of fiscal 2018 ended November 30, 2017. Its Auto and Metals Recycling (AMR) division achieved its best first quarter performance since fiscal 2011 with operating income of $35 million, or operating income per ferrous ton of $44, both of which are more than double the results of the first quarter of fiscal 2017
2018.02.03 09:02 AM

Mitchell Launches Program Freedom

Mitchell, www.mitchell.com, has launched its new platform, Program Freedom, a claims and repair platform that offers an open-systems alternative to systems that restrict data exchange and extract toll fees. The program was launched on Dec. 1 and the company held a demonstration of it on January 17 in Palm Springs, Calif.
2018.01.08 06:45 AM

Honda Confirms July Crash Was Caused By Defective Airbag

On December 19, 2017 following a joint inspection, American Honda and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) confirmed that a Takata driver’s airbag inflator ruptured in the crash of a 2004 Honda Civic on July 10, 2017 in Baton Rouge, La., resulting in the death of the driver. “Our thoughts and deepest sympathies are with the family of the driver during this difficult time,” Honda stated.
2018.01.08 06:35 AM

The Small Package Shell Game

FedEx and UPS have owned and controlled the small package arena for decades and now the small package game is much like a shell game. These carriers turn their reps over on a frequent and regular basis; it is difficult if not impossible to compare one against the other and they do provide discounts but you have to know exactly how to go about asking for them. The following are seven strategies that will help you optimize your small package expenditures.
2018.01.08 06:32 AM

FCA US and CCC Working Together to Address Vehicle Safety

CCC Information Services Inc. (CCC) and FCA US LLC (FCA) announced they are working together to address vehicle safety, creating a new method for FCA US to identify recalled vehicles and help collision repairers notify affected vehicle owners so necessary repairs may be expedited.
2017.12.03 04:41 PM

Make a New Year’s Resolution to be a Better Driver

Many of us have a list of things to improve when the New Year rolls around. Some choose to lose weight, exercise more or learn a new skill. As drivers, there are some resolutions we should always make to stay safe on the road. Here are some tips to keep you and your loves ones safe in 2018.
2017.12.03 04:23 PM

Great DIY Garage Improvements

If you spend a lot of time in the garage, it makes sense to turn it into a space that is not only functional, but comfortable. TV shows often focus on crazy, big-budget improvements, but the most useful (and budget-friendly) changes are pretty simple, even if they’re a little less flashy. If you’re looking to transform your garage, there’s a lot you can do on your own if you have the mind for it - and if you’re working with cars, you most likely do.
2017.12.03 04:19 PM

PartCycle Endorsed By ARA Past President

PartCycle Technologies announced it has earned the endorsement from ARA’s 2015 - 2016 President, Mike Swift, owner of Swift’s Trails End Auto Recycling in Des Moines, Iowa, and one of the professional automotive recyclers that sells through www.PartCycle.com.
2017.11.06 07:10 PM

Team PRP Adds Two More Auto Recycling Facilities

Team PRP announced two more auto recycling facilities have been added to its nationwide network. ABC Auto Parts in Riverdale, Ill. (www.abcap.com) and Wayne Auto Salvage in Goldsboro, N.C. (www.wayneautosalvage.com) have been added to the network.
2017.11.06 07:09 PM

Mitchell Releases P&C Industry’s First Artificial Intelligence-Enabled Claim Review Solution

Mitchell has launched Mitchell WorkCenter™ Assisted Review, the first integrated workflow solution to leverage artificial intelligence for the estimate review process. By using visual computing to analyze photos, the solution uses machine-learning technology to help identify incorrect replace or repair decisions, helping insurance companies review more estimates in less time while refining estimating guidelines and consistency.
2017.11.06 07:09 PM

The New Takata? Kobe Steel Employees Falsify Aluminum Strength Reports

The Kobe Steel Group has announced that employees have been falsifying data over the past year relating to aluminum, copper and iron. The false reports stated these materials had more strength than they actually possessed.
2017.11.06 07:09 PM

ARA Plans 74th Annual Convention & Exposition

The Automotive Recyclers Association will hold its 74th Annual Convention and Exposition on November 1 - 4, 2017 at the Hyatt Regency in downtown Dallas, Texas. The event will bring together auto recyclers and vendors from across the globe. It will feature new products and services, educational sessions and networking opportunities.
2017.10.08 07:32 PM

Plan Ahead For Winter Driving

The weather can change on a dime. One day it’s sunny and warm, the next rain and snow. That’s why it is never too early to prepare for winter driving. More than 116,000 Americans are injured and over 1,300 are killed on snowy, slushy or icy pavement every winter, according to SafeWinterRoads.org.
2017.10.08 07:32 PM

ISRI Adopts New Positions on Mercury Switch Program and Vehicle Seller Licensing

The Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI) recently adopted a new policy position on the National Vehicle Mercury Switch Recovery Program (NVMSRP) in addition to a new position on vehicle seller licensing.
2017.10.08 07:32 PM

Butler’s Auto Recycling Offers Hurricane Tips

Hurricanes Harvey and Irma devastated parts of Texas and Florida, leaving damage that will take years to recover from. That’s why a Florida auto recycling facility wants to share some tips to weather severe storms.
2017.10.08 07:32 PM

Hurricane Harvey

Hurricane Harvey, a Category 4 storm, slammed Texas over the weekend of August 25 – 27. It made landfall on Friday between Port Arkansas and Port O’Connor, became a Category 1 storm by Saturday morning and was downgraded to a tropical storm by Sunday. Before Harvey was over, it made landfall twice more, hitting not only Texas, but Louisiana as well. Its effects will take years to recover from.
2017.10.06 09:18 AM

On Alert

Tim McMillon wants to spread the word about the Takata airbag recall – even if it means talking to just one Honda driver at a time. Tim McMillon wants to spread the word about the Takata airbag recall – even if it means talking to just one Honda driver at a time. McMillon, the President and CEO of M & K Used Auto Parts, Inc., in Orange City, Fla., said that whenever he sees someone driving a Honda – usually a customer at his yard – he’ll ask if they’ve checked to see if there is a recall on the vehicle’s airbag.
2017.10.06 09:18 AM

Hurricane Harvey Floods Half A Million Vehicles

Hurricane Harvey, a Category 4 storm, slammed Texas over the weekend of August 25 - 27. It has made landfall at least three times since, once as a hurricane and twice as a tropical storm. The storm dumped 47-inches of rain in some areas causing catastrophic flooding and billions of dollars in damage from Houston to the coast. It displaced more than 30,000 people and more than 30 have died.
2017.09.14 11:17 AM

Routine Auto Care Creates Savings

Performing routine and preventative vehicle maintenance now, could save you lots of money in the future. Whether it is changing the oil, replacing the wiper blades or checking the tires, finding the time to perform simple preventative vehicle maintenance is money in the bank, said the non-profit Car Care Council.
2017.09.14 11:11 AM

eBay Motors Launches Online Repair Manuals For Parts And Accessories

EBay Motors is now offering Online Repair Manuals as an add-on purchase when a customer buys a part or accessory on eBay.com, the company announced.
2017.09.14 11:07 AM

ARA Calls On Automakers To Release VINs Of All Vehicles With Takata Airbags

The Automotive Recyclers Association (ARA) has called on automakers to publicly release a comprehensive list of vehicle identification numbers (VINs) and their airbag serial numbers for all vehicles with Takata airbags.
2017.09.14 11:03 AM

SEMA Supports Preservation Of Petersen Publishing Archives

SEMA Chairman of the Board Wade Kawasaki announced a new initiative with the Petersen Automotive Museum for the preservation of the Petersen Publishing archives, which chronicle the history of American car culture from the late ’40s through the ’90s.  e announcement begins a multi-year project to digitize and metatag more than one million photo frames.
2017.09.14 10:53 AM

Mitchell Announces Cloud-Based Estimating Solution

Mitchell International, Inc., a leading provider of technology, connectivity and information solutions to the Property & Casualty (P&C) claims and Collision Repair industries www.mitchell.com, announced Mitchell Estimating Cloud, a completely cloud-based estimating solution designed to simplify the estimating process to quickly create accurate appraisals.
2017.08.03 09:41 AM

New Takata Recall Involves Nissan, Ford and Mazda

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has received new information from Nissan, Ford and Mazda regarding the July 11 recall of 2.7 million Takata inflators that could pose a potential safety risk if not replaced. The recall was prompted by data from on-going proactive testing ordered by NHTSA. NHTSA emphasizes that there have been no ruptures among these inflators, either during the testing, or in vehicles on the road. These inflators were produced from 2005 - 2012 and used a drying agent, or desiccant. The on-going larger Takata recall involves inflators built without using a drying agent. Under this new recall, Nissan has recalled 515,394 2007 - 2011 Versa sedans and 2007 - 2012 Versa hatchbacks equipped with Takata air bags with PSDI-5 desiccated inflators. Ford and Mazda have also filed defect notices, but informed NHTSA they intend to file petitions requesting an exemption from the recall, which is their legal right. The automakers must submit a petition of inconsequential defect and supporting data within 30 days. Once received, the petition would become publicly available on regulations.gov for comment. After considering the merits of the petition, which is standard practice for all petitions, the agency would publish a final decision. Visit www.nhtsa.gov to find the vehicles under recall. Searches can be done through VIN.
2017.08.03 09:41 AM

Volkswagen as Collector Cars

Chevelle and Mustang are always tops of the popularity list for classic collector cars. But, there are many others that are in high demand, include Volkswagen. The German car company published an article on its website, www.vw.com, about the popularity of some of its models as collectors, especially the Volkswagen Beetle.
2017.08.03 09:41 AM

New Part Search at PartsLocator.com

The online parts search at PartsLocator.com just got an upgrade. Now, the search features a simple and straightforward design and e-commerce capabilities. The Locator’s new parts search is powered by PartCycle.com; that means it has access to the nearly two million parts PartCycle.com has in its inventory.
2017.07.07 02:29 PM

Supreme Court Rules on Patent Law

The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that brands can’t use patent law to block the resale of their products. The decision was made on May 30, 2017.
2017.07.06 08:00 AM

Keep Workers Safe in Hot Weather

The summer heat can pose a danger to those to work outside. Paul D’Adamo, industry consultant and president of Recycling Growth in Cumberland, R.I., released information on how to care for workers in hot weather. He said if a worker is having a convulsion, it could be a sign of heat stroke, especially if the employee has been in the heat for a prolonged period of time. In 2014, 18 employees died from heat stroke and related causes.
2017.07.06 07:59 AM

ARA Responds to Media Coverage of Takata Air Bags

The Automotive Recyclers Association (ARA) has released a statement in response to the media coverage recycled air bags have received because of the Takata recall. ARA expressed concern over the reports local newscasts across the country have aired about reusing non-deployed original equipment manufacturer (OEM) airbags. ARA’s statement makes note how auto recyclers are trying to prevent recalled air bags from going any farther in the supply chain and tested, quality non-deployed air bags are still a viable repair option.
2017.07.06 07:59 AM

Self-Driving Cars Could Sink Collision Repair Revenue by 2030

According to a new report from the KPMG U.S. Manufacturing Institute Automotive Center (www.kpmg.com/us), original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) will see a substantial dent in their lucrative collision parts business as a result of self-driving cars. In fact, KPMG projects that OEM collision repair revenue, which was $5.6 billion in 2015, could drop to $2.7 billion by 2030 and dwindle to $1.4 billion by 2040.
2017.06.05 09:23 AM

Battery Recycling Expected to Reach $11.83 Billion by 2022

According to a report published by Research and Markets, a global marketing research firm, the the global battery recycling market is projected to reach $11.83 billion by 2022, growing 6.5 percent between 2017 and 2022. The report attributes the growth of this market to the growing output of spent batteries from the automotive and industrial sources.
2017.06.05 09:23 AM

Spend Your Tax Return On A Classic Car Investment Fit For The Whole Family

Recent trends in the classic car market have illustrated that returns on investments are better than ever with sales at the high end of the market offering up to a 500 percent ROI for smart investors. Trends are heating up at the entry level end of the market with more modest cars beginning to appreciate in value. Our experts have some suggestions as to how you can invest your tax money in something tangible that you can enjoy with your family for years to come - an entry-level classic car.
2017.06.05 09:23 AM

Classic Muscle Cars That Are Easy to Restore

Restoring a classic car or truck is a labor of love. And, just because you find your dream car, doesn’t mean it will be a dream to restore. Obtaining restoration parts for repairs can cost more than your classic will ever be worth. But, starting with certain classics can make the job easier.
2017.06.05 09:23 AM

PAM’s Auto Earns NSF Distributor And Recycling Certifications

NSF International, a global organization with more than 70 years of independent product testing, auditing and certification expertise, has issued its first automotive recycler certification to PAM’s Auto, located in St. Cloud, Minn. PAM’s Auto met all requirements for NSF International automotive recycler certification including traceability, labeling and grading.
2017.05.08 09:02 AM

Cunningham Brothers Auto Parts Named A GM Supplier Of The Year

The Automotive Recyclers Association (ARA) announced that ARA member facility Cunningham Brothers Auto Parts, in Rustburg, Va. (www.cunningham-brothers.com), was recently named a GM Supplier of the Year by General Motors. The Cunningham family has been direct members of ARA for more than 25 years. This is the second time Cunningham Brothers has received the award.
2017.05.08 08:59 AM

Speedemissions Acquires Auto Recycling of Montgomery

Speedemissions, Inc. announced that it has closed an asset purchase agreement with Auto Recycling of Montgomery (ARM). The purchase includes the assets of ARM including land, buildings, equipment and inventory. ARM, an Alabama-based auto recycling facility, ceased operations in June 2014.
2017.05.08 08:57 AM

The Locator Celebrates 60 Years In Business

The Locator is proud to celebrate 60 years in business this month. The business was founded by John Holmes in 1957 in Whiting, Iowa. The business grew from an auto salvage pamphlet, the Salvage Locator, to The Parts Locator, a monthly magazine that publishes part listings auto and truck dismantling yards across the country.
2017.05.08 08:54 AM

Fenix Parts Releases Third Quarter 2016 Results

Fenix Parts, Inc. announced third quarter 2016 results on March 28, 2017. The company reported consolidated net revenues of $32.5 million for third quarter of 2016, compared to $34.2 million in second quarter 2016 and $32.2 million on a combine pro forma basis in the third quarter of 2015.
2017.04.10 12:37 PM

IAA Launches Enhanced Vehicle Details Page

Insurance Auto Auctions, Inc. (IAA) has launched an enhanced Vehicle Details page on its website, IAAI.com. The newly enhanced page is aimed at streamlining customer access to the most relevant and important vehicle information. IAA is a business unit of KAR Auction Services and is a leading provider of vehicle liquidation, logistics, title processing and inventory sourcing for damaged, high mileage and lower value vehicles.
2017.04.10 12:37 PM

Indiana Auto Recyclers Receive Clean Yard Gold Level Award

Ray’s Auto Parts, Inc. in Amboy, Ind. has been received the Indiana Clean Yard-Gold Level award. Bruno Pigott, Commissioner of the Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM), presented Michael Hierholzer, owner of Ray’s Auto Parts with the award in March.
2017.04.10 12:37 PM

CCC Releases 2017 Crash Course Report

CCC Information Services, Inc. recently released its 2017 Crash Course report. The report focuses on the trends and business drivers within the automotive collision industry. This year’s report, “It’s Happening,” examines the rapidly changing technology that is driving change for the consumer, vehicle, the insurer and the repairer. Crash Course is compiled using research and information from a wide range of sources and an aggregated set of data from CCC’s data warehouse, which includes approximately 180 million claims worth of information.
2017.04.10 12:37 PM

Classic Parts For Sale

If your classic vehicle isn’t quite ready to cruise into show season, don’t worry. PartsLocator.com has an online Classics Search that can help you find all the parts you need.
2017.04.10 12:37 PM

Celebrate Memorial Day With The Top Down

The 2017 summer unofficially kicks off on Memorial Day weekend, May 27 - 29, 2017 and car clubs from across the country will host events to celebrate. Whether you own a restored classic or are just an admirer of classic vehicles, there will most likely be a classic show and shine event planned somewhere near you. Here are just some of the shows scheduled, by region, for Memorial weekend 2017.
2017.04.10 12:37 PM

8 Steps For Dealing With Customer Complaints

Complaints from your customers are inevitable and are a fact of business life. And while they can be hard to deal with, it makes sense to plan for the inevitable and try to minimize the impacts on your business.
2017.04.04 09:49 AM
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