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Issue 83
November 2014
Hello Fast Parts® Users!

I hope you are ready for the cold weather, because I think it is here already! For me, this time of year seems to move faster, and before you know it next year will be here. We are taking orders to convert your Fast Parts system over to Checkmate and install and train you so you can start 2015 with the newest inventory system available. This is not an automatic update. You need to call me and set up a time to start the process. 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 us 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 who are converting we will need about six weeks lead time to arrange training. Give me a call about the upgrade offer. Please don't put this off! Convert now while the free offer is still going on.

Have you signed up for Car-Part Salvage yet? This is one of my favorite new products to tell you about. Buy vehicles and pay less! Sound good? You will have less buyer's fees for the cars you buy. It is that simple. All you need to do is call me to get you signed up for this service - just let me know how large of a territory you wish to buy in. No cost unless you buy a vehicle.

The Car-Part Pro brokering program is attracting many more recyclers lately. By having the ability to show all the parts you have plus all the parts you can get, you will gain many more customers. You can choose a major vendor, or you can try the ever-increasing list of specialty aftermarket suppliers now available. Call me for the current list. How about making a decision to broker a wheel specialty vendor or a new radiator vendor? This could be your chance to open a whole new line of parts for your sales area. If you're confused about how brokering works or need a list of broker vendors to choose from, give me a call so I can show you how selling brokered parts can open a whole new revenue stream for your business.

If you inventory your parts, you should be using Partmate. The price of a tablet has come down and when you add the Partmate program to the many uses of the tablet, it makes for an unbeatable combination. Not only will it cut down on the time to inventory your parts, but it will make your effort much more reliable. Partmate features our exclusive SmartVin technology, so you will be given fewer interchange choices and the chance of selecting the wrong part is reduced. Partmate costs only $35 monthly, and a $75 one-time setup fee (with a six month commitment). This is one of the best values Car-Part has to offer! (If you're thinking of buying a tablet in the upcoming holiday sales, be sure to call your support rep for advice on what works best with Partmate.)

If you want a product that can increase your profit on vehicles you have in stock, consider CrashLink. It gives you information about parts that don't have an interchange number, and (most importantly) displays the current dealer price. This gives you a way to price the part, not too high and not too low. I don't think most recyclers know the importance of this knowledge and what effect it can have on your bottom line. I have seen this product increase recyclers' profit on vehicles they have in stock, and allow them to purchase more and better vehicles at the auctions.

Thanks for all your calls and emails, and I will look forward to your questions and comments this month.


boB Clark
Email: bobclark@car-part.com
Call: 800-288-7415
Text: 859-620-9933

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