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Issue 97
January 2016
Hello Fast Parts® Users!

Are you ready for 2016? These are exciting times for the auto recycling industry, and Car-Part is leading the way with new ways to show your parts to buyers in your area and around the country. Is this the year you start showing pictures of your parts online? Do you need your parts to show up on smartphone searches? How can you get your parts seen by shops and insurance adjusters? I want you to think about Car-Part and all the new ways we have developed to sell more parts, to more people, for more profit. The first and largest improvement you can make is to convert your inventory system from Fast Parts to Checkmate. There are many reasons to switch, and here are a few: taking photos of your parts, Barcoding, eBay sales, QuickBooks integration, extended warranty sales, and a Dashboard that shows important sales statistics in real time. In addition to these, there are a host of other features that our Fast Parts system does not offer. Just about all of the newest money-making features can be yours for no setup charge and no cost for the first 6 months. It is as easy as trying out features for 6 months, seeing which ones make sense to your company's business plan, and keeping the ones you like. Remember that Checkmate is the update for your Fast Parts system. Don't wait until your Fast Parts Linux server goes bad. Call me now so you will know about all the advantages of upgrading to the newly-improved Checkmate inventory management system. Don't forget: with Checkmate, you can bundle Car-Part services and get even better prices than you have now!

With the New Year, we're seeing more and more vehicles being sold on Car-Part Salvage. If you have not signed up to place offers on vehicles in your buying area, you are missing out on low buyer fees that could mean more money in your pocket. It is free to sign up, so what are you waiting on? Give me a call to sign up and when a vehicle comes up for sale in your buying area we will notify you so you can place an offer. Who knows? It could be just the parts car you have been looking for!

Remember a few months back when I told you that the vehicle manufacturers that have made a real mess with selling defective parts, then having the federal government demand that they recall those parts and replace them. Up until now, that process had little effect on recyclers and the way we do business. Two things have happened recently that have brought the manufacturers' problem right to the doorstep of our industry. First, the volume of parts being deemed defective is increasing. Second, there are laws already passed that make it a criminal offense to sell those defective parts. That puts the problem on us. The Automotive Recyclers Association (ARA), along with Car-Part, is working with Congress and the courts to force automobile manufacturers to give us the information we need to know which parts are defective, as well as the location of those parts on the vehicle. We also are trying to get you a fair compensation from the manufacturers for those defective parts. To add insult to injury, the manufacturers are telling the public not to buy parts from auto recyclers because they may get a recalled part. We still need your help to work with all parties to relieve this burden on the recycling industry. Car-Part needs your permission to use the VINs on your vehicles to get recall information for those vehicles. With this information, you can avoid selling defective parts, show which parts have been replaced with good parts, and it might even help get reimbursed for the recalled parts. It is important that you give me a call so I can get this form to you. Your action is needed now so we can move forward with this effort.

Thanks for all your questions and comments in 2015 and I will look forward to many more conversations this year. Let's team up and make 2016 the best year ever.


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

 
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