September 2013

September 2013: In This Issue...


Get Involved In First Robotics by Donating Used Automotive Parts To Local Students!

ARA and the ARA Educational Foundation are proud to partner with FIRST® Robotics Competition to provide small motor parts to their competition teams for the third year in a row.  This unique partnership provides ARA members a chance to educate the next generation of engineers and their local community about the professional automotive recycling industry.

“This alliance is important because it shows recycling at its best,” says ARA member Jeff Kantor of Candia, New Hampshire. “When you can get young kids who show an interest in science and introduce them to the benefits of automotive recycling it is a win-win. These are our future scientists and engineers - to have them use our green recycled parts in such an esteemed undertaking is priceless.”

FIRST Robotics was founded in 1989 to inspire young people’s interest and participation in science and technology. Each year teams of 25 students or more are challenged to build and program robots to perform prescribed tasks against a field of competitors. Students in grades K-3, 4-8, and high school are eligible to compete.

Last year, ARA members donated over 2,000 recycled small motor parts to the FIRST program. By donating recycled small motor parts to a local FIRST team in your community, you can be part of ARA’s increased efforts to educate the public about automotive recycling and green recycled parts.

“All recyclers should jump at the chance to work with FIRST,” says ARA President, Chris Wright. “As auto recyclers, we often contribute to our local school programs in one way or another with little acknowledgment. This is a chance for us as an industry to gain national attention.”

How You Can Participate
1. FIRST teams are looking for:
• Working small electric motors (such as door or window motors)
• The motors should be clearly identified with the year, make, and model of the vehicle they came from;
2. Locate a local FIRST team in your community by visiting the FIRST website at and click on the link for Locate a FIRST Team or Event. You can search for a robotics team by zip code and within a 10, 25 or 50 mile radius;
3. Mail the motors directly to the FIRST warehouse location below:

Andy Mark
Attn: FIRST Choice
2311 N Washington Street
Kokomo, IN 46901

Please include your business card along with the motors you donate, so that the FIRST teams know which recycling facility provided their motors, and realize that the motors are coming from all over the country. Your help creates goodwill for our industry!

FIRST staff will collect the donated motors, package them with informational material about the automotive recycling industry, and distribute to teams in need.

For more information, contact your affiliate chapter Executive Director or ARA Director of State Government and Grassroots Affairs, Jessica Thomas, at or (571) 208-0428.

Insurance Auto Auctions Announces Relocation of Oklahoma City Facility

Insurance Auto Auctions, Inc. (IAA), the leading live and live-online salvage auto auction company and wholly-owned subsidiary of KAR Auction Services, Inc., announced the relocation of its Oklahoma City, Okla. site to a larger facility in the region. This relocation significantly expands IAA’s capacity and further demonstrates the company’s strategic vision of growth among key customer markets across North America.

“Over the past several years, we have experienced a significant increase in demand from multiple customers in Oklahoma City as well as the need for catastrophe services in the region. The relocation of our facility to a new state of the art building will allow us to better serve this important market and provide enhanced services to our existing customers,” said Tom O’Brien, CEO of IAA.

The new 30-acre facility gives IAA the additional capacity necessary to serve the greater Oklahoma City market and provide IAA’s growing global buyer base, which consists of rebuilders, used car dealers, automotive body shops, automotive wholesalers, exporters, dismantlers, recyclers and brokers, with a state of the art facility.

IAA’s Oklahoma City new auction facility will be located at 7300 N I-35 Service Road in Oklahoma City. Auctions will take place every Wednesday at 9:30 a.m. CT, and an onsite preview is available on Tuesdays from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. CT. For more information, call the branch at 405-680-9211, or go to IAA’s Branch Information page at

ACDC Hosts 35th Up Your Voltage Event

The Automotive Career Development Center (ACDC) is hosting its 35th Up Your Voltage event in Seekonk, Mass. on November 13 - 19, 2013.

The six-day event, hosted by Craig Van Batenburg, an industry specialist, teaches participants about HEV / EV dismantling on a Nissan LEAF and Chevrolet Volt.

The class includes:
• A HV battery balancer (helps keep Honda IMA lights off)
• Toyota Prius Battery Charger
• Prius Training along with Honda and Ford
• Removal of the VOLT battery pack
• The LEAF Tear Down
• The new 2014 Accord PHEV / HEV class
• Four GB of info included
• The New 2013 HEV / EV 360 page book in full color.

Call 800-030-7909 to get a seat. The training costs $1,000 up front. The balance can be paid in 10 installments of $300 per month. Pay in full by September 27 and get a $250 credit in ACDC’s store. Everything included besides airfare.

Special Ads On Sale Now

The Locator sales staff is currently selling ads for the October 2013 Locator Magazine that will recognize ARA members. The 1/8 page ads will be placed on special pages in the center of the magazine. The ads are $185 and include a web directory logo.

Call 712-458-2213 or e-mail to place your order.

This special issue of The Locator Magazine will also feature promo ads for auto recycling facilities. For only $55 your company’s name, city / state, phone, and website or specialty line will be listed in the magazine. These special promo ads are only available three times a year.


October 2013 Deadlines

  • September 25, 2013: Listings for The Locator Magazine.

  • September 30, 2013: Display ads for The Locator Magazine.

  • October 3, 2013: The Locator Magazine goes to press.

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