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Issue 76
April 2014
Hello Fast Parts® Users!

These are exciting times at Car-Part.com! With the roll out of eCommerce on our Car-Part Pro part search, our Car-Part Gold customers are able to sell their parts to body shops and mechanics round the clock. With the new Order Part button, your customer can now request your parts right from their search results. Many of you have asked for this feature so your customers could have access to your parts 24/7, and now it is available! If you are not taking advantage of this powerful tool, give me a call so we can get you set up.

Selling aftermarket parts at your auto recycling business is not a new concept, but Car-Part Gold with Car-Part Pro has brought this process to a whole new level. If you want to gain more sales, it is becoming more important to show parts you have access to in addition to those parts you have in stock. Brokering aftermarket parts with Car-Part.com is easy and is a proven way to increase your inventory to sell more parts. Car-Part is having a promotion to show you how easy it is to broker parts. Give me a call to learn more about how you can increase sales with this easy-to-use tool.

I have an important notice for Fast Parts users who use Windows XP on their computers, specially as their Fast Parts server. Microsoft has stopped supporting Windows XP. As you may already know, this means that these computers are at a higher risk since there will not be any more security updates. What this means to you is that if your Fast Parts server is running Windows XP that you may not be able to recover if your system is infected with a virus or malware. Give me a call so we can go over possible options which include a system upgrade.

We are getting closer to showing pictures of parts in Car-Part Pro search results, and this is one of the reasons I am suggesting that you look into upgrading to Checkmate. As you know, there are many benefits to converting to Checkmate and with Car-Part paying for the licenses and data conversion process, you have everything to gain and nothing to lose! To date we have upgraded over a hundred Fast Parts users, and there are dozens in the process right now. You need to call me so we can go over the free Fast Parts-to-Checkmate promotion now!

I thought it would be a good time to remind you that our newest (and fast becoming the most popular) improvement to the Fast Parts system is our low cost thermal printer. After months of work our team of computer engineers was able to make our system work with a very reliable and inexpensive thermal printer. Up until now a thermal printer would cost as much a $2,000 and even though we knew the ink on the OKI printers would fade off after a while it was hard to justify that kind of expense. Now, you can have the part number and information burned into the tag so you can read it for years. We can sell the thermal printer for only $400 and a small one-time setup fee of $250. The special tag paper is $130 for three rolls. So now, all the Fast Parts users can have the best parts tags in the industry. And YES, it works with Checkmate too!

Things are changing at a fast pace but the goal is still the same: sell more used parts! Car-Part has developed tools that help with our goal. When you have questions about these new features please feel free to call or email me with questions or comments.

To help with adjusting to all the changes in the marketplace, I suggest that you attend the 6th annual Car-Part Industry Conference on August 7-9. You get a discount if you register early or if you have upgraded to Checkmate since last year's conference, so call me today.


Thanks for all your questions and comments.

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

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