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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

Auto Groups Write Open Letter To President Trump

Seven auto groups, representing nearly 10 million jobs in the United States, posted an open letter to President Trump urging his administration to avoid imposing additional tariffs on imported autos and parts.
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


And How States Are Using It
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

“What you don’t know is hurting your bottom line.”
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

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
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MoreBenefits of Used Parts

Top Parts Searched At PartsLocator.com

Are you buying recycled auto parts? Using recycled auto parts saves both money and resources. Many recycled auto parts, like engines, are typically 50 percent less than new OEM parts and as a repair alternative, fewer resources are used to manufacture new parts. The auto recyclers featured in the PartsLocator.com’s Part Search stock quality, graded recycled auto parts.

Associations Help Produce Quality Recyclers

You may have noticed how your local auto recyclers display their industry association memberships at their businesses; for example membership logos for the Automotive Recyclers Association (ARA) and / or Iowa Automotive Recyclers (IAR). Many members have also achieved certifications earned through these associations; like ARA’s Certified Auto Recyclers (CAR) and Gold Seal programs and IAR’s Certified Automotive Recyclers Environmental program (I-CARE), which are also proudly displayed. That’s because association memberships and certifications set high standards that these auto recyclers have achieved, which help propel their businesses up and beyond the competition.

Hollander Helps eBay Customers Buy Used Parts

Today’s consumers are increasingly careful with how they spend their money and how their purchases affect the environment. Using recycled auto parts to fix your vehicle, instead of buying new parts, doesn’t just make sense economically but it makes sense also in doing your part as a consumer to protect the environment.
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MoreModern Auto Recyclers

Long Haul

Old School Meets New School At Chesney Auto Salvage
Fifty years is a long time to do anything. Fifty years with a look towards the next fifty is a feature few businesses can boast these days, but Chesney Auto Salvage in Duluth, Minn., is doing just that. This year marks Chesney’s 50th year of business since it was first opened by Jerry Chesney in 1965, and with two daughters and a grandson on staff, the future of Chesney Auto Salvage looks bright.


Building Retail First, Propelled Benzeen Auto Parts Forward
Thirty percent growth for a company for one year is pretty good. Thirty percent growth year-after-year is outstanding. When George Trunyan started his auto recycling facility, Benzeen Auto Parts (formerly TLS Auto Recycling) in Rancho Cordova, Calif., in 2010 it made $600,000 the first year. Today, Trunyan expects to close with $4.4 million. The growth is due to Trunyan’s experience with finance and his willingness to take some risks.

Classic Cars

RPM Recycles Parts From A Bygone Era
To an untrained eye, the ‘49, ‘50 and ‘51 Chevy look pretty similar. But Brandon Prihoda, co-owner of RPM Classic Parts in Albert Lea, Minn., can point out the little differences - from the fender trim to the grill. And knowing RPM Classic Parts, it’s more than likely that Prihoda has those parts in stock. This classic parts business is the “go to” place for vehicles and parts from the 1930s to the 1960s.
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More »Industry News

Rick Tuuri Named I-CAR Chairman

AudaExplore, the U.S. business unit of Solera Holdings, Inc., announced that AudaExplore’s Vice President of Industry Relations, Rick Tuuri, was elected Chairman of the Foundation’s Board of Trustees, and its representative to the I-CAR International Board of Directors.

Get Used Parts Launches A Facebook Search App

With a user base that’s growing exponentially, Facebook is, undoubtedly, a consumer gold mine for businesses. The Get Used Parts Facebook Search App uses this to an auto recycler’s advantage by providing an avenue to display used auto parts inventories in a space consumers already occupy; therefore creating a solution for automotive needs at the center of online activity. This makes a company’s service convenient to a consumer that expects instantaneous answers. Making a business more available to the consumer will yield high returns in the long run as the opportunity for repeat business and referrals arise.

Most Influential Overall

Tune in and tune up. Shannon Nordstrom is about to give you some vehicle advice. As co-host of the nationally-syndicated Under The Hood radio show, and president of his family business, Nordstrom's Automotive, Inc., he has been a voice for the auto recycling industry since 1990.

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