Spring 2015

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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.


Ask any auto recycler what his or her biggest challenge is and chances are the response will be the same, “Salvage.” Whether the problem is cost or supply, salvage acquisition has consistently been a major issue for the auto recycling industry.


Lynn Deyarmond loves to tell funny stories about the man she affectionately calls “my Papa.” “He has a beautiful personality,” she said. “He’s just a little strange at times.” How strange? There’s the time he noticed a dead bird on his desk, casually pushed it off to the side, and calmly continued working, Deyarmond recalled. “That’s just how my Papa is,” she added. “Nothing bothers him. Nothing worries him.”


Have you ever heard the idiom, “It’s like putting a square peg in a round hole?” That’s exactly how most automotive technology works for the auto recycling industry. Software programs, like eBay, don’t quite work the same way for auto recyclers as they do for others in the industry. Auto recyclers have different standards, like damage codes and parts grading, that force them to make their inventory “work” in these programs. But that could all be a thing of the past.

H & H ‘Backs In’ To Business Success

Zane Malcom always knew the “front side” of the auto recycling business, how to core motors, dismantle vehicles and sell to customers. But the co-owner of H & H Auto Parts, LLC credits his focus on the “back side” for the company’s recent success.

EBAY 2015

Six years ago eBay Motors was a relatively new endeavor that auto recyclers were trying out to sell their inventory online. It was the only major ecommerce solution to find, and buy, recycled auto parts online. And, according to Jim Eitvydas, owner of Tom's Foreign Auto Parts, good or bad, it still is.


In 1935, all 48 states were suffering the effects of the Great Depression. The United States had not yet entered World War II. And, the Brainerd Municipal Airport was still located on Henry Rosko’s airfield. This was also the year that Charley Shipman opened a used auto parts store in Brainerd, Minn., named Oak Street Auto Parts. In 80 years a lot has changed, but Charley Shipman’s store lives on.
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