January 2013

January 2013: In This Issue ...

Cash For Clunkers Uproar

News articles have recently emerged that claimed the 2009 Car Allowance Rebate System (CARS) program, or Cash For Clunkers, did more to harm the environment than help it. The CARS program took nearly 700,000 “gas guzzling” vehicles off the road.

The articles, featured in The Environmental Magazine and Yahoo! News, claimed the Cash For Clunkers program added to environmental waste because many of those vehicles skipped auto recycling facilities and went straight to shredders instead, which created 500 pounds of residue per ton of metal shredded.

The articles also stated consumers took a hit because the lack of available, used vehicles drove up prices. You can read The Environmental Magazine article here.

These articles are just the latest in the discussions about the CARS or Cash For Clunkers program and whether it was worth it or not. The next issue of the Locator UpFront will look at how auto recyclers think the Cash For Clunkers program went and if it helped or hurt the industry.

If you have an option about the controversial program, e-mail Erin Sandage at erin@partslocator.com or creative@partslocator.com.

Carolina Auto Recyclers Conference Is Feb. 22 - 23

The Carolina Auto Recyclers or CAR, is set to hold its 45th annual training trade show and membership meeting on Feb. 22 & Feb. 23 at the Sheraton Imperial Hotel & Conference Center in Durham, N.C.

Training classes and the trade show are from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 22, with lunch and breaks provided. A dinner and casino night will be held that night. Saturday’s itinerary includes a member meeting, trade show and lunch.

There is no charge for CAR members who are current on their dues. CAR has also worked out a hotel discount at $99 per night. Visit www.carolinaautorecyclers.com for more information.

Locator Magazines Now Delivered Digitally

Missing last month’s Locator Magazine? Forget to check out the Winter 2013 Locator UpFront digital edition? No problem, we can send you a direct link after the issues are published.

 Just go to www.partslocator.com and click My Account at the top of the home page. Create a free account and we’ll e-mail you the links to both The Locator Magazine and Locator UpFront. Never miss another issue.

CAR Association Ads Now Available

CAR members can show their affiliation by purchasing an association ad in the February 2013 issue for $185. The association ad size is 2.25 x 1.4-inches, full color and placed in the Parts section of The Locator Magazine. The price also includes a logo above your company name in the Advertiser’s Guide.

 Let your customers know you’re part of a nationally-recognized association that is focused on promoting fair trade, creating a positive image and educating the public about auto recycling.

Call 800-831-0820 and talk to Cindy or Bill about placing an association ad in the February 2013 issue.

February Deadlines

January 23, 2013: Listings for The Locator Magazine.
January 28, 2013: Display ads for The Locator Magazine.
January 31, 2013: The Locator Magazine goes to press.

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