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Issue 80
August 2014
Hello Fast Parts® Users!

I just got back from the most successful Car-Part Industry Conference ever, and if you were not there you missed a great learning experience. While many of the recyclers were in class learning information about the changes in our industry, others were getting one-on-one instruction about new products hot off the Car-Part think tank assembly line. Not a moment was wasted and the expert panel discussions helped all of us learn new techniques to make our businesses better. The discussion of the all-aluminum Ford F-150 repair procedures helped me understand the unique issues that the recyclers will have when these vehicles start showing up in our yards next year. Many manufacturers will have aluminum vehicles in the near future, and the recyclers who were at the conference and were able to study the new procedures will have a head start on all you no-shows! Next year, don't hesitate to register for the Car-Part Industry Conference in advance. Give me a call and I will let you know what I found out last week.

Another hot topic at the conference was the eCommerce selling tools that are sweeping the country, including Car-Part Pro. I found that Car-Part Pro customers who are brokering vendors' parts on their sites are making more sales. By showing more parts on the internet searches, you're helping new customers find your parts easier. It just makes sense that if you are showing your inventory of used parts on the internet and you add aftermarket and new parts to your list of parts available, you will get more calls which will result in more sales. I believe this one feature of the Car-Part Gold program can result in giving your business the boost it needs to go to the next level. If you have questions, call me to find out more about brokering parts on your site and on Car-Part Pro. If you tried Car-Part Gold before, and dropped it, you need to try it again because we just keep improving it to include the bestselling tools available. Call and ask me about putting your parts directly into body shops' and mechanics' estimating computer systems so they can buy your parts 24/7.

The Fast Parts to Checkmate upgrade was in full swing at the conference. As you know, Car-Part has agreed to pay the setup charges for you to upgrade to Checkmate, which makes it just about free. Over a hundred Fast Parts users have taken them up on this offer. So if you have interest in adding pictures, Barcoding, eBay sales, QuickBooks integration, extended warranty sales, and a host of other features that our Fast Parts system does not offer, please give me a call for all the details. Checkmate is the new Fast Parts rewrite you have been waiting for! Our conversion from Fast Parts to Checkmate includes on-site trainers, and because of the volume of yards needing training, we will need about six weeks' lead time to arrange things. Give me a call if you're interested in knowing more about the upgrade offer. Please don't put this off! Convert now while the free offer is still going on.

While at the conference, we had classes on how to use many of our money making add-on programs like Partmate. I found out that the price of a tablet has come down and when you add the Partmate program to the many uses of a tablet, it makes for an unbeatable combination. Not only will it cut down on the time needed to inventory your parts, but it will make your effort much more reliable. Partmate has SmartVin so you will be given fewer choices and the chance of entering the wrong part choice is reduced. Partmate costs a $75 one-time setup fee with a six month commitment and only $35 monthly. This is one of the best values Car-Part has to offer!

For all the Fast Parts users who were unable to attend the Car-Part Industry Conference this year, I wanted to let you know that we truly missed you and hope you will attend the conference in 2015. It is the best place to learn new things about our industry and have fun in the process. Please call me if you have any questions or comments.

Remember! It's very important that you perform a full inventory upload to FastNnet at least once a week. This backs up your data to our servers so that if your business ever suffers a disaster (fire, flood, etc.), we can help you recover your data.

Thank you!


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

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