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Issue 96
December 2015
Hello Fast Parts® Users!

Looks like we have made it through another year! 2015 was full of ups and downs in the auto recycling industry. I hope your year is ending on a positive note. I always like to reflect on the past year during the month of December, so I can make positive changes from lessons learned. Let me start by giving you a simple reminder that could save you a huge amount of trouble if you are not making this procedure a regular part of you day. One of the most overlooked duties in using a computer is remembering to do your backup regularly. I can't tell you how sick the feeling is when someone's computer crashes and they have not backed up their data in a long time. Don't fall in this trap. Back up your files often and take the back up to another location so your files are safe.

This month you received a letter from Roger Schroder, Vice President of Sales here at Car-Part. In it you received notice that your monthly Fast Parts fee is increasing by $20. I want you to know we would not raise this fee unless we found it to be absolutely necessary. After the letter from Roger went out, I started receiving calls from our Fast Parts users who finally realized that the upgraded Checkmate system could cost less monthly than what they were paying now for the Fast Parts system. It is true that Checkmate can be a better bargain than the Fast Parts system, depending on the features you require. Call me and let me know how you use the Fast Parts system so we can see if the time for you to switch to the Checkmate system is now. Remember that if you are a Car-Part Web Services user, you can combine that service with your Checkmate service and get a better bundled price. After talking to all of the recyclers who are still using Fast Parts, over 50% said they would like to convert to Checkmate this winter while business is slow and they have time to spend on the conversion. If you have not called me to schedule your conversion, let's talk about when your conversion to Checkmate would be best.

Part Images are now being included in part descriptions in search results! Recyclers who have signed up for this feature are starting to upload their images with their inventory information. It is a proven fact that when all things are equal, customers will buy the parts that have a picture posted. I have had great reviews from customers that are posting pictures. They are telling me that because the customers see more parts in the picture, they are purchasing additional parts because of the pictures. Call me and we can discuss what you will need to do, to join with your fellow recyclers who are showing pictures of their parts on, Car-Part Pro, Trading Partners, recycler websites, and mobile app search results.

Do you remember how when you signed up for Car-Part Web Services, I suggested that you have your own web page so your customers could go to your site and just see your parts? Car-Part is now offering a new MyPartsApp service to set up your very own business "app" for smartphone users. Your app shows only your business information and only your parts. Download the Car-Part app and see how easy it is to use in finding parts. We can set up an app that works the same but with only your parts showing. Give me a call and we can talk more about the app for your business.

All the people here at Car-Part want to take this time to wish you and your family very Happy Holidays! We are thankful you have chosen us as business partners and we will continue to search for ways to make your New Year a successful one.

boB Clark
Call: 800-288-7415
Text: 859-620-9933

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