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Issue 64
April 2013
Hello Fast Parts® Users!

Spring has sprung and used auto parts sales are growing as fast as the weeds in my yard. If you have not experienced this increase in your sales, may I make some suggestions to jump start your part sales?

When was the last time you looked at your website? In the days past, many of our new customers came from expensive ads in the Yellow Pages. Those days are gone and now most people look to the internet to find who has the parts for their vehicles. By posting your parts on Car-Part.com, your parts are at the top of the search for these potential customers. Make sure when these customers are looking on the internet that you are portraying your business the way you want to be seen. If you have new ideas of how you would like your website to look give our Car Part web designers a call. The professional website design team can go over your needs and give you the best service and price in the industry.

It has been a while since we talked about this great little profit booster: CrashLink™. Our CrashLink product connects you to information about parts that interchange alone does not have. Over the years I have had many requests related to these issues, and now we have the crash book information available in a system that works in conjunction with Fast Parts and Checkmate® inventory systems. Simply by pressing an F-key, you can connect to expanded interchange, current new dealer pricing, and break-down images of part locations. CrashLink can increase your sales of parts that you are currently just crushing for scrap. Call me for the complete story on this great product.

As you are most likely aware, most of my time lately has been devoted to upgrading our Fast Parts users to our Checkmate inventory management system. If you have not had an in-depth conversation with me about upgrading to Checkmate, you need to take the time so we can weigh your options. Someone said, "A picture is worth a thousand words." I think in the world of auto recycling you might say, "Pictures are worth thousands of dollars." When Car-Part.com starts showing pictures in search results, parts without pictures will be at a disadvantage. For this reason, it is time to gear up for the future change by taking pictures of your vehicles and major components. By changing from the Fast Parts system to the Checkmate management system, you will be able to easily post those pictures when that features becomes available on Car-Part.com. Car-Part is continuing to pay the setup charge to all Fast Parts users who convert to Checkmate at this time, so the cost of converting is very little and sometimes free. Call me now for more information about why you should convert to Checkmate.

You circled your calendar for the Car-Part Industry Conference on August 8-10, and now is the time to make that reservation to get the early bird rate. Call today and get your front row seat to the future of the auto recycling industry!

Thanks for all your questions and comments.

boB Clark
bobclark@car-part.com
800-288-7415

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