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Congratulations to Donna Middleton, co-owner of Middleton Auto Parts in Fraser, Mich. Middleton was named the Automotive Recyclers of Michigan’s (ARM) Recycler of the Year.
ARM Executive Director Barb Utter wrote that Middleton is “gentle, soft-spoken, caring, always interested in what you’re saying, thoughtful, perceptive, trusting, loving, all about family, dedicated, kind, sense of humor, patience, always paying it forward, a true friend.”
Middleton has been involved with the association since the late 1980s. Her and her husband, Gordon Middleton, who have owned their late-model recycling business for more than 30 years, started Yardtalk, the ARM newsletter, from their kitchen table. They are among the original owners and members of the Michigan Auto Salvage Cooperative (MASCO) and Donna is an integral volunteer for the Kent Utter Jr. Memorial Scholarship Golf Outing.
“I truly believe that because Donna set the example of the importance of supporting your association and your industry, all of the MIddletons continue to be involved with ARM,” said Utter. “Being first in their family to serve on the ARM Board of Directors, to my knowledge, there has always been a Middleton on the ARM Board with Gordon currently serving as our First Vice President.”
In 2010 Gordon and Donna purchased an Enterprise Rent-A-Car location next to them and doubled the facility’s yard size, plus they renovated the building into a showpiece to sell auto and truck parts. Donna does the business’ accounting and takes care of the sales receipts and money transactions. Gordon and Donna’s children also work at the business.
She is also involved with her community as part of the Berville Lioness Club.
The Texas Department of Motor Vehicles (TxDMV) is now using the National Motor Vehicle Title Information System (NMVTIS) to help stop title fraud while urging consumers to learn how to protect themselves when buying a used vehicle.
“Too many Texans are being taken advantage of by people selling flooded, salvaged and rebuilt vehicles as though they were in perfect condition,” said TxDMV Executive Director Whitney Brewster.
The TxDMV recently launched a public education initiative, reminding Texans to “Don’t Buy a Wreck. Do a Title Check.” The agency is running radio public service announcements in major Texas markets, and distributing Title Check brochures and informational cards, which are available at county tax offices statewide. Texans can view a short video explaining the importance of Title Check on the homepage of the TxDMV website, www.TxDMV.gov.
“We need everyone to urge their family members, neighbors, friends and co-workers to go to Title Check on the TxDMV website before they buy a used vehicle,” Brewster said. “You will be helping to protect your fellow Texans and putting the brakes on title fraud in the Lone Star State.
“Everyone applying for a title in Texas will have the vehicle information run through the NMVTIS, a nationwide database that will allow us to access that vehicle’s title history,” Brewster said.
The Department of Justice national system produces a title history report that shows where and what states the vehicle was titled in, previous odometer readings and whether it has a brand that could impact the vehicle’s safety and / or value, such as salvage, junk, rebuilt or flooded.
It is the only vehicle title database in the nation to which all states, insurance carriers, salvage yards and auto recycling facilities are required by federal law to report. It contains title information on cars, trucks, motorcycles, motorhomes, buses and big rigs - virtually every titled motor vehicle in the country.
The Ohio Auto & Truck Recyclers Association (OATRA) and the Florida Auto Dismantlers & Recyclers Association (FADRA) will both hold events in July.
OATRA’s 2014 Annual Meeting and Trade Show is on July 11 - 12 at the Sawmill Creek Resort in Huron, Ohio. The event will feature speakers that will focus on all aspects of an auto recycling businesses. There will also be a trade show, demonstrations, meetings, a silent auction and exhibitor raffle. Visit http://OATRA.net for more information.
The FADRA 2014 Convention and Trade Show is July 17 - 20 at the Crowne Plaza Melbourne Oceanfront in Melbourne, Fla. It will feature both educational seminars and social events, including a Thursday evening Victory Casino Cruise and Saturday banquet, Beach Blanket Bingo / Under the Boardwalk. The brochure for this event can be downloaded at www.fadra.org.
If more Mazda 3 or Honda Odyssey vehicles start coming up for auction, it could be because both vehicles ended up on the 10 Best Family Cars list for 2014 by Parents magazine and Edmunds.com.
Car experts from both organizations examined hundreds of vehicles and created a list of their safest, most family-friendly subcompacts, SUVs, sedans, wagons, crossovers, hybrids and minivans. All the vehicles share the features that make daily family journeys easier, such as reliability, impressive mileage and ample cargo capacity.
“Every year we test drive hundreds of cars, crossovers and SUVs,” said Edmunds.com Editor in Chief Scott Oldham. “We evaluate each vehicle from top to bottom, from safety and fuel economy to its performance, comfort and cup holders. We do this to save parents time during the car-shopping process and make it easier for them to buy the right vehicle to haul their family and their stuff.”
Here are the vehicles that made the top spots:
Ford Fiesta ($14,925)
Toyota Prius ($25,010)
Honda Accord ($22,745)
Subaru Outback ($24,320)
Nissan Rogue ($23,650)
Hyundai Santa Fe ($30,750)
Chevrolet Traverse ($31,670)
Honda Odyssey ($29,655)
“The 10 Best Family Cars of 2014” appears in the July issue of Parents magazine and online at www.Parents.com/best-family-cars.
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