Theresa’s Top 5 Tips on Instant Messaging

I have been working from home and have been getting a lot of instant messages via Car-Part Messaging (iCPM). One of the recurring messages I have been getting from yard owners, managers, and employees has been (ironically) to complain about instant messages! They are not complaining about using instant messages—quite the opposite. They are complaining about people … Read more Theresa’s Top 5 Tips on Instant Messaging

Turn Your Possibilities into Probabilities at the First-Ever Virtual Automotive Recycling Industry

Do you want to rejuvenate your business, revive your business profits, reframe your current perspective, refresh your team’s skills, and recharge your personal energy? In light of the most challenging year in history, why wouldn’t you take advantage of ALL your options? Look no further, the Automotive Recyclers Association (ARA) is offering this and more, … Read more Turn Your Possibilities into Probabilities at the First-Ever Virtual Automotive Recycling Industry

Converter Recycling: Cat Burglary and Other Forms of Theft

The precious metals markets are up and so are the incidences of stolen converters. It is all over the news. The BBC recently reported that catalytic converter thefts have doubled in England as metal prices have risen. If you are a recycler this is not news to you. At United Catalyst Corporation, we are seeing … Read more Converter Recycling: Cat Burglary and Other Forms of Theft

Converter Recycling: Is Selling on Auction, App, or Assay Like Playing the Slots?

Shell Games and Other Shenanigans Cat recycling circa 1990s: Small. Medium. Large. $5. $10. $15. Have you been in the business long enough to remember it? When all you cared about was the price of a large GM? Eventually you learned the game. That the large GM and the exotic converter were the lost leaders. … Read more Converter Recycling: Is Selling on Auction, App, or Assay Like Playing the Slots?

For Fire, Safety and Productivity — Don’t Carry a Torch

When salvage yards find themselves leading the local news, it’s rarely a good thing. Salvage yards are a staple of local fire coverage for obvious reasons: lots of flammable materials and no shortage of heat and spark producing processes and tools, including the use of oxy-acetylene torches. The use of acetylene torches for removing parts … Read more For Fire, Safety and Productivity — Don’t Carry a Torch

Take a Bite Out of Time — Upgraded Scanner Built Into RAS App

The Need for Speed When we introduced our Mobile YAPP (Yard Airbag App), we wanted to allow multiple ways to scan VIN Barcodes. It has always been our goal to give our customers OPTIONS! First, you can manually type in the VIN, second, you can use the built-in VIN Barcode Scanner, and last, you can … Read more Take a Bite Out of Time — Upgraded Scanner Built Into RAS App

The Scoop on Interest and Metal Price Discounts

In converter recycling, the best recyclers are partnering with companies that educate. We encourage our customers to sell on assay, the analytic procedure that measures the content or quality of a metal or ore contained in the catalytic converters. In this, the fourth installation of our series, Getting the Most from Your Converters with A … Read more The Scoop on Interest and Metal Price Discounts

Tools for Success: Learn to Talk Up as Well as Talk Down

Not everyone is the same in your world. If, as a boss, you can’t talk to employees with a proper tone, they won’t like you and won’t produce as well. As entrepreneurs and managers, we need to get along well with many kinds of people to achieve our goals: vendors, service providers, professionals, employees and … Read more Tools for Success: Learn to Talk Up as Well as Talk Down

The Million Mile Battery & the Future of EV Batteries

Electric vehicles are quite a hot topic these days. It’s become very common to see many Tesla vehicles as well as other electric vehicles when out driving around. Many people are very pro EV while many others are very against EVs for a handful of reasons. Despite some of the public opinion, they are more … Read more The Million Mile Battery & the Future of EV Batteries

Automotive Recyclers Association Shifts to All Virtual Annual Convention

MANASSAS, VA – The Automotive Recyclers Association (ARA) announced today that the upcoming 77th Annual Convention & Exposition will be a 100 percent virtual event.  Originally scheduled to take place in person at the Peppermill Resort & Cason in Reno, Nevada, Association leaders decided last week to transition into an all virtual event due to … Read more Automotive Recyclers Association Shifts to All Virtual Annual Convention

Being Cheap is Unlikely to Make You Really Rich (And it’s a Crummy way to Live)

Those of you who know me well can recall when I lived in a mobile home. I wasn’t broke, but I wasn’t rich. But, even back then, I like to think I was never too cheap. Yes, I can remember having a pole truck to pull engines and move cars around, and I can recollect … Read more Being Cheap is Unlikely to Make You Really Rich (And it’s a Crummy way to Live)

Endangered Species: The Commission Based Salesperson in Automotive Recycling

I would like to talk about the future role of commission-based salespeople in the auto recycling industry. One of the byproducts of the COVID-19 pandemic is how it has accelerated the shift to internet/e-commerce purchases. With the advances in information and technology that we have, anyone can find almost anything online in short order. There … Read more Endangered Species: The Commission Based Salesperson in Automotive Recycling

Auto Catalyst Value Chain: COVID-19 & Beyond

The Experts Weigh In Recently, I had the privilege of moderating and participating in a global webinar regarding the auto catalyst value chain. Some of the analysts, refiners, and fellow processors that I respect most were on the panel. Dr. Jonathan Butler, Head of Business Development for Mitsubishi Corporation, kicked off the webinar with an … Read more Auto Catalyst Value Chain: COVID-19 & Beyond

Bye Bye Guest Login — Hello CorePro for Recalls

History When the Takata Airbag Recovery Program launched in 2015, our IT Department swung into action to create software for recyclers to process airbags. However, they recognized that there were customers enrolled in CorePro submitting cores and airbags, and recyclers who only wanted to process their airbags. So two logins were put on the same … Read more Bye Bye Guest Login — Hello CorePro for Recalls

Converter Recycling: COVID-19 Challenges and Solutions

Finding Time for What’s Important This is a time of incredible uncertainty. With limited work crews in many recycling facilities, having the manpower and finding time to process cars is a challenge. Keeping the company books in order is equally important so that you can make a contingency plan for varying volumes. It can be … Read more Converter Recycling: COVID-19 Challenges and Solutions

Not All Batteries can be Recycled the Same Way

Lead battery recycling is one of the biggest success stories of our generation.  Ninety-nine percent of all lead batteries manufactured are recycled to make into new batteries. All elements of the lead battery can be recycled, including the sulfuric acid. The same cannot be said about other battery chemistries.  Though some other batteries like Nickel … Read more Not All Batteries can be Recycled the Same Way

Covid 19 Relief

To our valued customers, With the coronavirus (COVID-19) affecting communities, families, and people around the world, this is a difficult time for all of us. Our hearts go out to all those who have been affected. At Car-Part.com, our priority is the health and well-being of our employees and customers. We have taken several steps … Read more Covid 19 Relief

Crisis and Opportunity: Your Time to Shine — Leadership in Good & Bad Times

The COVID-19 Pandemic will surely go down as the biggest crisis in our lifetime. We all remember the housing crisis in 2008 and 911 in 2001. Most people are not aware, but we had a banking crisis in Rhode Island during the early 90s where the Governor closed forty-five credit unions and banks creating runs … Read more Crisis and Opportunity: Your Time to Shine — Leadership in Good & Bad Times