June 2013

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Copart Acquires QCSA, Crashed Toys And Desert View

Copart, Inc. today announced that it has acquired Salvage Parent, Inc., which conducts business primarily as Quad City Salvage Auction, Crashed Toys, and Desert View Auto Auction. These businesses operate 39 locations in 14 states.

Quad City Salvage Auction operates 23 facilities in 10 states, primarily in the north-central and northeast United States, and stores, processes and auctions predominantly salvaged cars on behalf of the insurance industry.

Crashed Toys operates 10 facilities in six states, primarily in the north-central United States, and stores, processes and auctions salvaged motorcycles, boats, jet skis and other power sport crafts.

Desert View operates in six facilities, all of which are in California, and stores, processes and auctions charity cars.

“Quad City, Crashed Toys and Desert View have become major contributors in the salvage, specialty, and charity auction industries,” said Copart’s Chief Executive Officer Jay Adair. “We are extremely happy that they are now part of the Copart family. We intend to provide the resources needed to continue the improvement of their products and services and we are excited to have their management team on board.”

“We are very excited about teaming up with Copart,” said QCSA Chief Executive Officer John Lindle. “When it comes to technology innovation and their experienced management team, the decision to pick Copart was obvious.”

For more information, or to become a member, visit www.copart.com.

URG Announces New Executive Director

The United Recyclers Group (URG) has named insurance industry veteran Don Porter as Executive Director and announced it will relocate its head-quarters to Texas, the Automotive Recyclers Association (ARA) reported.

Porter previously served URG as the Director of Business Development, joining the organization last September after a long career at State Farm Insurance in the property and casualty claim area. Porter has been a supporter of the recycled auto parts business sector. Michelle Alexander will continue her tenure with the organization as the new Director of Business Development / Member Relations.

LKQ Acquires Sonshine Auto Parts

Collision Repair Magazine, www.collisionrepairmag.com, reported that LKQ Canada Auto Parts has acquired the capital stock of Sonshine Auto Parts, a Cumberland, Ontario auto recycling facility owned by Denis Desjardins since 2002.

Sonshine Auto Parts has more than 40 employees and processes 3,000 vehicles per year. The full-service facility specializes in cars, light-trucks and OEM surplus.

Desjardins was featured in the Locator UpFront Winter 2012 issue for Sonshine Auto Parts’ high environmental standards.

For more information on LKQ, please visit www.lkqcanada.ca.

Salvage Reporting Bill Passes Delaware Senate

A bill to expand salvage reporting requirements for scrap and salvage yards passed the Delaware State Senate on Tuesday, June 4, 2013.

Senate Bill 63 would require scrap metal processors, including auto recyclers and dismantlers, to be licensed and electronically report the receipt of certain items that may turn out to be stolen.

Vehicles or auto parts displaying a VIN and batteries 12 volt or higher were added to the list of metals already required to be reported. The amendment also states that every scrap metal processor that takes in a scrapped or dismantled vehicle without a title must have the vehicle cleared by a Delaware state police auto theft technician before it is scrapped, dismantled or altered in any way.

The legislation is currently in committee.

FADRA 2013 Annual Convention & Trade Show In July

The Florida Auto Dismantlers & Recyclers Association (FADRA) is holding its 2013 annual convention at the Hyatt Regency Coconut Point Resort & Spa in Bonita Springs, Fla. on July 25 - 28.

There are several seminars planned, plus entertainment events like the Thursday evening Welcome Fiesta and Saturday’s banquet is FADRA’s version of a Prom Extravaganza where attendees are encouraged to dress in prom attire.

You can download the attendee brochure at www.fadra.org.


July Deadlines
June 26, 2013: Listings for The Locator Magazine.
June 28, 2013: Display ads for The Locator Magazine.
July 3, 2013: The Locator Magazine goes to press.

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