September 2013

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Costly Returns

The auto recycling industry has always had to deal with the issue of returns and credits, especially since we are dealing with a used product. This is tolerable since the benefi ts far outweigh these issues. However, as the cost to do business rises and newer vehicles become more complex, it is important to all stakeholders’ bottom line that parts ordering process is as professional and accurate as possible.

ASA Interviews NCWM Chairman On Motor Oil Regulations

Members of the Automotive Service Association’s (ASA) Washington, D.C. office, recently interviewed Ron Hayes, chairman of the Fuels and Lubricants Subcommittee of the National Conference of Weights and Measures (NCWM), which developed the proposed Uniform Regulation for the Method of Sale of Commodities. The Uniform Regulation proposal for states mandates that repair shop invoices have motor oil viscosity information printed on the invoice.

Mitchell Releases All-Inclusive Industry Trends Report

Mitchell, a leading provider of technology, connectivity and information solutions to the Property & Casualty claims and Collision Repair industries, announced the availability of its Industry Trends Report (ITR), for the third quarter of 2013. The latest report offers expert insight and guidance into evolving industry regulations and current events, and outlines how certain tools like Agile development and next-gen data gathering position companies at the forefront of market innovation.

BMW Transfer Case Used Editions Now Receive Priority Shipping

Delays in a shipment of auto parts can affect the installation schedule for mechanics, owners of vehicles and service centers in North America. The TransferCasesforSale.com company is now offering priority shipping for all of its used BMW transfer case editions in stock at www.transfercasesforsale.com/bmw-transfer-cases.

2014 Audi A6 Ranked As One Of Best Automotive Interiors

The 2014 Audi A6 was named by Autotrader.com as one of the Best Automotive Interiors Under $60,000. AutoTrader. com editors reviewed 2014 vehicles for their high-quality materials, technology features and inviting cabins.

Research For Online Parts Sales Available

The online automotive parts and accessories sales industry has experienced growth for more than a decade as consumers have increasingly shifted to spending online. According to IBISWorld Industry analyst Brandon Ruiz, “recognizing this trend, traditional brick-and-mortar retailers have entered the online realm in an attempt to bring back sales taken by retailers that sell exclusively online, such as Amazon.com”.

Accurate Parts, Service & Pricing

Three members of the auto collision repair industry, three auto recyclers and one insurance representative sat down together for an hour and a half at the 2013 Hollander International Innovation Summit for a panel discussion on the utilization of alternative parts. The panel focused on the use of recycled auto parts, problems procuring these parts and how the industries can work together to come up with a solution. Rick Tuuri, vice president of Industry Relations at Audatex who moderated the panel, summed it up at the end with a quote from the film Cool Hand Luke, “What we have here is a failure to communicate.” He stated his hope for the discussion is that a tangible solution can be developed to fix any issues or road blocks between recyclers and repairers toward the use of alternative parts.
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