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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
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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.

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.

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.
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Mark Duncan took the plunge into four-wheeling back in 1987, building his first jeep and heading out on an adventure like he’d never experienced before. It was a pivotal moment for Mark, who until then had just been selling Jeep parts. He finally understood what the fuss was all about. Now as president of J & W Auto Wreckers, Inc. in Antelope, Calif., he’s sharing his passion for Jeeps with his sons, Neil and Spencer, the third generation in this family business.

Using Recycled Parts Is Not A Crime!

Lawsuit Against West Virginia Body Shop Dismissed
To state that a recycled auto part is essentially an aftermarket part is to not understand the industry whatsoever. A West Virginia judge agreed, dismissing a 2011 lawsuit that was based on the fact that recycled auto parts are the same as aftermarket parts, according to the Automotive Recyclers Association (ARA).

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Depollution Now Law In Canada
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.
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Catching Up With 1996’s Cover Greg Freeman
Twenty years ago the country was plagued by partisan politics, President Clinton was in the White House, email was a new way to communicate and the Locator UpFront printed its very first issue.

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New Recyclers Deliver Quality Fast
For the past 10 years, the Beckman family thought about opening an auto recycling facility. After all, they already had a used car dealership in downtown Waterloo, Iowa. Auto recycling seemed like a natural fit.

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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.

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The Locator Magazine October 2017
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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.

July 2017

In this issue ... Registration Opens for the 74th Annual ARA Convention and Exposition and Fenix Parts Announces Trading of Shares on Pink Sheets.

June 2017

In this issue ... TJM Capital Partners Invests in SAS Forks, PartsTrader Integrates with OnPart, New Data Showing High Value of Scrap Exports Revealed During World Trade Week and Florida Recyclers Plan 2017 Event