November 2013: In this issue ...
Car-Part.com announces several enhancements to Car-Part Pro, its parts marketplace for professional repairers and insurers.
Car-Part Pro and Car-Part Messaging combine to read and modify estimates using the CIECA EMS standard (including Mitchell, CCC, and Audatex estimates). This simplifies the workflow for sourcing parts directly from estimates. Insurers and repairers can also use Car-Part Messaging to facilitate real time communication with 3,000 part sellers.
All repairers on Car-Part Pro gain access to part ordering capability. The “Order Part” button automatically performs a real time part availability check with supported inventory systems.
Car-Part Pro's new Seller Order Manager helps part sellers manage online orders with an easy-to-use web interface and real time order notifications via Car-Part Messaging.
The Car-Part Pro marketplace includes parts from 4,900 recycled, aftermarket, and discount OE part sellers. Repairers and insurers can specify delivery times required to meet cycle time goals and receive real time delivery information from part sellers and 3,900 additional supply chain partners. This combination provides the most robust alternative parts results available in the collision industry.
Repairers and insurers can create custom profiles to see only results that meet their designated supplier service level and part criteria. Car-Part.com currently certifies 900 part providers who have committed to SLAs. Part filtering capabilities include ARA part grading, aftermarket certifications (CAPA and NSF), and aftermarket validations (Diamond Standard, Parts Plus, and Platinum Parts).
“We are pleased to provide highly-customized results in one to two seconds, greatly simplifying alternative part selection and procurement” said Jeff Schroder, CEO of Car-Part.com.
In 1998, Car-Part.com launched the first recycled parts marketplace on the web. Car-Part.com offers a full suite of management tools for auto recyclers. Car-Part.com and Car-Part Pro (www.CarPartPro.com) now serve over 16,000 professional repairers, and 2.9 billion dollars in part searches per month.
In an effort to curb vehicle theft, the Kansas City, Mo. city council expanded the city’s rule to 72-hours before crushing a vehicle to scrap dealers. Previously the rule only applied to auto recyclers.
The ruling came in response to a recent Missouri law that does not require proof of ownership for the sale of a vehicle 10 years and older.
KCUR.org, a Kansas City Public Media station, reported that many of the city’s 2,500 10-plus year-old vehicles are being towed away as scrap metal.
"Someone could run out of gas or have a flat tire and leave to seek assistance and return, really in thirty, forty minutes or an hour and find their car gone," said Sgt. Rod Gentry of the South Patrol. "Not only gone but completely destroyed."
In one case, a stolen car was shredded and baled less than twenty minutes after arriving at the scrap yard.
The Automotive Service Association (ASA) announced it has a new strategic partner, Stone Fort Group, which will provide conference management, sales and marketing for NACE and CARS 2014, and will work closely with the association in a similar capacity to ASA’s longstanding relationship with Hanley Wood Exhibitions.
“I can’t thank the Hanley Wood team enough for the decades of service to our industry, to ASA and our event attendees. The level of dedication they have shown to our CARS and NACE events has been unsurpassed. They have been true partners to the association, and we make this transition maintaining the utmost respect and appreciation of Hanley Wood and their leadership,” said Dan Risley, ASA executive director. “With exciting and significant changes to our trade show format in 2014, we now welcome Stone Fort Group, which will be working with Hanley Wood during the next few months to ensure a smooth hand off as we launch CARS and NACE in Detroit next July.”
Stone Fort Group co-founders Sean Guerre and Brian Nessen have extensive trade show and conference experience. For more than 20 years they have managed, owned and consulted on events around the world, including co-located programs.
“We are excited to be a part of the changes taking place with the NACE and CARS events and feel the new direction of ASA will allow us to revitalize the show as well as be innovative in delivering an enhanced show experience for exhibitors and attendees,” said Nessen. “We look forward to contributing to the event by using our experience with numerous events that have the history and industry support that NACE and CARS brings.”
NACE and CARS 2014 will take place July 29-Aug. 2 at the Cobo Center in Detroit, Mich., and will be co-located with I-CAR, CIC and the Collision Repair Education Foundation.
The 2013 Expo in Las Vegas, Nev. featured more than 170 exhibitors supporting the show; the ASRW Main Stage, which featured a different industry speaker every hour, on the hour; scan tool demonstrations; PDR certification demonstrations; Recycled Rides gifting ceremonies and the First Responder Emergency Extrication (FREE) demonstration; and the ASA Marketplace and Business & Technology Pavilion.
Atlanta-based Pull-A-Part, LLC (www.pullapart.com) has completed its acquisition of the Corpus Christi location of U-Pull-It Auto Parts, Inc., a self-service auto recycling yard owned by Johnson Development, with corporate headquarters in Lakeway, Texas.
Corpus Christi becomes the third Pull-A-Part operation in Texas, following the company’s acquisition of the Mega U Pull location in El Paso in October and another U-Pull-It location in Brownsville earlier this year. The Corpus Christi operation is the fourth Pull-A-Part acquisition the company has made during the past 10 months, increasing the Pull-A-Part holdings to a total of 27 used auto parts superstores in 12 states.
“Pull-A-Part is excited to add Corpus Christi to our growing network of stores,” said Ross Kogon, President and Chief Executive Officer of Pull-A-Part. “We continue to actively invest in outstanding operations that allow us to serve more customers in more markets and scale our model across the country. The addition of this location expands our presence in the Texas and southwest markets, and we are proud to serve the people of Corpus Christi.”
The new Pull-A-Part Texas facility, located at 5609 Agnes Street, employs approximately 13 people and has more than 1,400 used cars and trucks in stock.
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December 5, 2013: The Locator Magazine goes to press.