|Auto Recycling eNewsletter
For immediate release – August 2010
Written and published by Ron Sturgeon, autosalvageconsultant.com, email to firstname.lastname@example.org. To register for future free issues, visit http://www.autosalvageconsultant.com. Don’t forget to watch for our management articles monthly in Recyclers Power Source Magazine, or posted at our web site.
This Month’s News
Get Your Project, Muscle or Restored Classic in the LKQ Calendar: Yep. It’s that time of year again. LKQ Corp is putting together their annual calendar and they need a photo of your pride and joy. Get it in by 9-15-10 and you could win a copy of the calendar, a framed 24-inch by 36-inch poster of their winning entry, a professional car care kit from the Keystone Platinum Refinish Detail Series, a full-color Goodmark catalog and a $100 gift certificate for Goodmark muscle car and truck parts. The calendar includes $250 of parts discounts for LKQ customers. Last year’s winning cars on Flickr. Enter contest http://www.lkqcorp.com/calendarcontest/Home.html
Ron Sturgeon to Lead Peer Benchmarking For Salvage Yard Owners Meetings in Sept and October: “One of the most important decisions that I made as the owner of a salvage operation was to join a peer mentoring group. I was much more successful in my local market because of the ideas that I got from other recyclers at our twice yearly meetings,” says Ron. “I am looking for a few recyclers (one per market) to join a peer benchmarking group. Learn more about how peer benchmarking can help make 2010 your best year yet.” Group 5 meeting on September 18 and New Group forming on Oct 2. New Groups forming for self-serve operators and for larger salvage operators. Register now.
West Michigan-Based Weller Seeks Permit to Expand Salvage Facility: According to an article by Matt Vande Bunte of the Grand Rapids Press, Weller Auto Parts plans to seek a city permit Tuesday for a salvage yard on 5.6 acres east of its existing operation. Weller plans to lease the adjacent property at 2401 Chicago Drive SW and the expanded operation is expected to result in 5-7 new jobs for the company that employs 250 in Michigan and 550 across the nation. More.
Jaws Movie Shark Found at Adlen Brothers Auto Wrecking in Sun Valley, CA: If Steven Spielberg’s Jaws made you afraid to go the beach for most of the ‘70s and ‘80s, you’ll be glad to know that one of the mechanical sharks that was cast from the same mold as the three used in making the film has been discovered above the entrance of an auto salvage yard not far from Universal Studies, where the fourth shark terrorized visitors for a decade. Read the story of the shark’s rediscovery by reporter Cory Turner. The sharks used in the movie were nicknamed Bruce after Spielberg’s. lawyer. (image courtesy of Jeff Kubina; licensed under CC attribution share alike 2.0)
Study of Salvage Auto Buyers Reveals Preference for Auctions offering Both Online and Live Bidding: KAR Auction Services, Inc. (KAR 12.84, +0.29, +2.31%), today released the findings of a recent customer satisfaction study, conducted by an internationally recognized global market research firm. The study revealed that, when given the choice, over 73 percent of salvage vehicle buyers in the study stated that they prefer participating in auctions that offer live in-person bidding or a combination of both live in-person and live-online auction versus an online-only auction. Read the full press release.
Businessman and Entrepreneur Shawn Moody of Moody Collision Seeks Governorship of Maine: Self –made Moody jumps in Governor’s race as an independent and faces an uphill road to governor’s mansion. Read more about him and his candidacy in the Maine Sunday Telegram’s story.
ARA Urges Salvage Industry to Support Right to Repair Bill: The Automotive Recyclers Association (ARA) strongly urges Congress to pass the Motor Vehicle Owners’ Right to Repair Act (S 3181/HR 2057), according to Michael E. Wilson, CEO of ARA. “Passage of the Right to Repair Act will ensure that the automotive repair industry remains competitive so that car owners can affordably and conveniently have their vehicles serviced,” said Wilson. “By providing access to all car company repair information and tools, the Right to Repair Act ensures that car owners will be able to use cost effective recycled auto parts and have those repairs performed by someone they choose or to do the work themselves.” Read the full news release.
“Success – To laugh often and much; to win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children; to earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends; to appreciate beauty; to find the best in others; to leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch or a redeemed social condition; to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived; this is to have succeeded.”
Bessie A. Stanley
AutoSalvageconsultant.com was formed in 2001 to help recyclers improve their businesses. The group has become THE definitive source for recyclers’ management and training needs. The founder, Ron Sturgeon is past owner of AAA Small Car World. In 1999, he sold his six Texas locations, with 140 employees, to Greenleaf. In 2001, he founded North Texas Insurance Auction, which he sold to Copart in 2002. In 2009, his book Salvaging More Millions from Your Small Business was published to help small business owners achieve significant success. Ron consults, speaks, and writes about issues key to successful entrepreneurship. Reach Ron at 817-838-8477 8# or contact him on www.autosalvageconsultant.com.