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City Issues Moratorium On New Yards
No new salvage yards will be allowed in the city of Detroit, Michigan, for one year—and reputable automotive recyclers say that’s a good thing.
2019.03.20 04:44 PM

DOE Launches Its First Lithium-Ion Battery Recycling R&D Center: ReCell

The use of lithium-ion batteries has surged in recent years, starting with electronics and expanding into many applications, including the growing electric and hybrid vehicle industry.
2019.02.28 07:20 AM

Online Parts Sales to Break $12B in 2019

Online auto parts and accessory sales in 2019 will be over $12 billion in the U.S. and nearly US $16 billion for North America.
2019.02.28 07:20 AM

CCC Introduces World’s First End-to-End Connected Safety Experience

Volvo Car USA will be the first automaker to leverage CCC® Accident Advisor to help keep drivers safe, informed, and in control in the minutes following an auto accident.
2019.01.30 03:53 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.
2019.01.03 10:13 AM

New Vehicle Technologies Double Repair Bills for Minor Collisions

AAA finds safety systems can add an extra $3,000 in repair costs.
New Vehicle Technologies Increase Repair Costs - Even for minor incidents, repair bills could be doubled for collisions.
2019.01.03 10:13 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

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
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Recycled Parts Installation

Know What To Expect
As an ASE certified master technician and CEO of CarInspector.US, Inc., each and every day I review mechanical claims for auto recyclers and extended warranty companies. In reviewing those claims, it is clear that there are several issues which cause mechanical parts failures that can easily be avoided.

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.

One Awesome Machine

The Plymouth Air Radial Truck
The best ideas seem to just happen. Like, who would have planned to pair an automobile and an airplane and build something completely different? Gary Corns, of Colorado Auto & Parts in Englewood, Colo., that’s who. The thought came to him while he was digging through a local airplane salvage yard for a completely different project - customizing the company’s 1956 Ford Vanette. The van, used as a rolling billboard for the company, has a tricked out interior that looks like an airplane interior.
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Sambucci Bros. Thrives in New Location
The building at Sambucci Bros., Inc., in Flushing, N.Y., is so nice that sometimes customers drive right by it. That’s despite its brightly lit signage - four-foot letters displayed prominently on three sides of the brick and glass building.


Locator UpFront's 2015 Boss of the Year
There’s nowhere to go but up for Omar Wahid. He is the president of Gray & White Used Parts Company, based in Carrollton, Ga., which just opened its fourth location in June 2015. In less than 20 years the company has quadrupled in size at a steady pace. His employees claim that success is because of how Omar runs the business.

The Greene Team

G & R Auto Parts
It’s just a coincidence that the family that owns G & R Auto Parts has an environmentally friendly name. Consider that very appropriate - since the Greene family was “going green” at their Oklahoma City, Okla. recycling yard even before it was fashionable.
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Steering Columns

Former tennis pro Bill Lanza had fixed up a few vehicles as a hobby, but he was not an expert. Still, a steering franchise caught his eye.

Rhodes Auto S/S/S, Inc.

Rhodes Auto S/S/S, Inc., located in Streator, Ill., was an abandoned tile factory before it became the bustling auto recycling facility it is today.

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.

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The Locator Magazine April 2019
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October 2017

In This Issue ... CIIA to Hold New Certification of Qualification Prep Courses

September 2017

In This Issue ... Flood Cars In The U.S. Jump 20% Since Last Year.

August 2017

In this issue ... New Part Search at PartsLocator.com, B&R Auto Wrecking Acquires California Auto Recycling Facility, PartCycle Announces New Artificial Intelligence Technology for Used Auto Part Shopping and Locator’s Directory Deadline Coming Soon.