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Issue 104
September 2016
Hello Fast Parts® Users!

About three years ago, we started converting our Fast Parts users over to the updated Checkmate system. Most of the nearly 500 Fast Parts users have switched to the Checkmate inventory management system. Car-Part put together a conversion program that minimizes the expense of upgrading to the more powerful Checkmate system. Depending on how you use the Fast Parts system, I have even seen the cost go down a bit. With Car-Part bearing the expense of the data conversion and training, all you need to do is spend a little time learning the easy-to-use Checkmate system. It will not be long before the Fast Parts system is retired, and you will need to make the switch to Checkmate - so what are you waiting on?

If you convert to Checkmate now, Car-Part is offering you an extra bonus. For the first six months, you can try out the Car-Part Gold package and Partmate inventory tool for the same price as you are paying now. After the six months, you can keep those features that are making you money, or use the Checkmate system the same way you are using Fast Parts now. You get to choose between bare-bones like the Fast Parts system, or the new aggressive Car-Part selling tools like Checkmate and Car-Part Gold. You will need to change soon, so give me a call and we can go over all your options. It takes about six weeks to setup the onsite install, so don't put this off.

Our effort to replace the outdated Fast Parts system is slowly drawing to an end. All but a few dozen Fast Parts systems have been upgraded and we are ready to start the process of converting your system today. Please take the time to call me so we can help you make the switch to Checkmate. I promise we can show you a way to make this an easy adjustment that will end up making your business more profitable and easier to run.

I also wanted to update you on Car-Part's efforts to help recyclers properly handle recalled parts. If you remember from a previous letter, the vehicle manufacturers have made a real mess by selling vehicles with defective parts. The federal government has stepped in and demanded that vehicle manufacturers recall and replace them. The scope of the Takata airbag recall (over 60 million airbags recalled to date) has highlighted the effect that recalled parts have on recyclers and the way we do business. It is illegal to sell recycled auto parts that are subject to a recall and have not been remedied. That puts the problem on us. Car-Part is currently assisting recyclers in dealing with the Takata airbag recall by filtering over a quarter million recalled Takata airbags from the marketplaces.

Some vehicle manufacturers have initiated programs to recover recalled airbags. There are differing opinions as to whether such part recovery programs are favorable to auto recyclers. Car-Part wants to make you aware of opportunities to participate in such recovery programs and allow you to make the determination of whether participation in any such program is in the best interest of your business. If you are interested, we are asking recyclers to consent to Car-Part providing your relevant vehicle and parts data (other than vehicle cost information) to third parties (including ARASC) for use in connection with vehicle and part recall initiatives.

Car-Part is also working to get information about recalls from automobile manufacturers, including information about which parts are defective and the location of those parts on the vehicle. This involves both direct communication with the vehicle manufacturers and supporting the Automotive Recyclers Association's (ARA) legislative and legal efforts. To date, these legislative efforts have resulted in new laws that require vehicle manufacturers to provide part names, descriptions, and numbers for parts subject to a recall. ARA has also initiated litigation against Takata and certain auto manufacturers in an effort to require them to repair or replace the recalled airbags, or fairly compensate recyclers for the return of recalled airbags. You may want to segregate recalled airbags from your sellable inventory and hold onto the recalled airbags until more information is available regarding ARA's efforts. Please contact ARA directly to learn more about these legal efforts.

To add insult to injury, some manufacturers are telling the public not to buy parts from auto recyclers because they may get a recalled part. Solutions to the recall problem will require coordination with governmental agencies, OEMs, information providers, management systems providers, and auto recyclers. Car-Part has been working hard to foster the coordination between these various participants, but we can still need your help to work with all parties to relieve this burden on the recycling industry. Car-Part requests your consent to forward your relevant vehicle and parts data (other than vehicle cost information) to third parties (including ARASC) for use in connection with vehicle and part recall initiatives. This may assist in obtaining vehicle and part information, which would help recyclers efficiently identify recalled parts in the vehicles that come through their facilities. With this information, you can avoid selling defective parts, confirm which parts have been replaced with good parts, and perhaps even be 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!

Please keep those comments and questions coming and you can look forward to a call from me soon.

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

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