Summer 2016

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Meet PartCycle

For over two years we’ve been interviewing professional recyclers, dismantlers, remanufacturers, software providers, professional mechanics, insurance claims adjustors and consumers to help us shape the future of buying and selling recycled and remanufactured auto parts. Today, we are incredibly excited to announce the launch of the PartCycle Marketplace (

B & R Auto

Chasing down the right part for that classic vehicle is all in a day’s work at B & R Auto Parts. They even proved it a couple of years ago when they appeared on an episode of CNBC’s television show “Car Chasers,” the show that finds any excuse to fix and flip a classic car. In the episode, the “Car Chasers” crew arrived at B & R Auto Parts in Lubbock, Texas, searching for an elusive part for a 1971 Firebird 400.


Auto recyclers in Ontario, Canada have reached a milestone that has been years in the making. As of March 31, 2016, failure to depollute a vehicle before it is crushed is illegal.

Classic Parts Locator

The classic vehicle restoration marketplace is the biggest it has ever been. According to, auction sales of collector cars passed $1 billion in 2013. Owners are also spending big money to restore and / or upkeep their vehicles. stated owners spend nearly $1.9 billion a year on classic vehicle restorations.

Are You Covered?

Fire can happen at any auto recycling facility. It’s commonly said that it is not a matter of if a fire will start at your business, but when. Mecca Auto Salvage & Recycling was able to rebuild - and even grow - after a fire destroyed its warehouse, offices and parts, but the owners admitted extra insurance could have helped. Prepare now to determine if you have the correct coverage for your business.

One Stop

Sixty-six years ago Jim Stepp founded Stepp’s Towing Service as a gas station with one truck. Since then, the company has grown to 13 towing locations, as well as an environmental response company, a tire company and a transport company that covers 48 states. In 2011, in the face of relocation, the Stepps added an auto recycling facility to their growing list of companies.

Second Chance

Late one night last January, Brian Frink received an ominous phone call from his auto recycling facility’s alarm company. Alarms had detected motion at Mecca Auto Salvage & Recycling, Inc. (, the company he manages in Rockville, Ind. He quickly called his father, Aaron Frink, who owns Mecca Auto Salvage & Recycling and lives close to the business. Aaron looked in the direction of the facility and saw flames.
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