Recycler Newsletter – December 2013
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.
Free Market Oriented Retired Nova Scotian Salvage Yard Owner New President of ARA
Ed MacDonald, former owner of Maritime Auto Parts, Ltd, was named President of the ARA at its annual convention in Manassas., VA last month. Here is part of what he said about the direction of the ARA: “I believe that the effective model of auto recycling in North America, which is based on free enterprise, is the way auto recycling should continue to grow here, and beyond.” Read more about him and his plans for the ARA as reported by Truro Daily News. More about Ed’s goals from a recent recycler profile at Partslocator.com.
North Carolina Begins New Reporting System for Scrapped Vehicles
To reduce the number of stolen vehicles, North Carolina has begun requiring auto salvage yards and scrap dealers to verify vehicle information and check it against a DMV database prior to purchasing a vehicle more than ten model years old that is brought to them without a title. According to an article in Recycling Today, the new system will not be available on Sundays from 6 am to noon because it requires weekly maintenance. On the plus side, the recycler will not be held liable if the vehicle later turns out to be stolen, but it passes the check at the time of sale. Read the full story in this month’s Recycling Today.
Unhappy with Your Yard’s Performance in 2013?
Doing the same things you have been doing has not gotten you where you need to be. A fresh set of eyes on your operation can help you zero in on the right changes to lower costs and increase revenues. Consider having Auto Salvage Consultants do a complete business review. You will emerge with a comprehensive plan, a list of action items, and a knowledge of the metrics to use to measure performance. Email Ron at email@example.com.
Valentine Enterprises Seeking Approval for New Yard in Waterloo, IA on 37-Acre Parcel
It looks like Valentine Enterprises has encountered some stiff opposition from local residents in carrying out its plan to get approval to open a new salvage yard at 729 West Arline Highway in Waterloo, IA. Homeowners expressed fears that the salvage operation would contaminate their wells and drive down property values. A local bank sold the land to Hogelucht operating as Valentine Enterprises. Hogelucht plans to sell the land to a salvage operator if the city approves the land use plan changes needed for a yard at the site. The City Council tabled the request and will revisit it in about a month, according to an article in the local Cedar Valley newspaper.
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“Change is the law of life. And those who look only to the past or present are certain to miss the future.” John F. Kennedy
AutoSalvageconsultant.com was formed in 2001 to help recyclers improve their businesses. With over 50 years of experience in 3 staff members, the group is THE definitive source for recyclers’ management and training needs. Mike Gibson and Tammy Sturgeon joined the team in 2003, and bring a wealth of experience to the team, plus more resources, as there have been more requests for help than Ron could meet. 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 2002, his book “Salvaging Millions” was published to help small business owners achieve significant success, and was recently reprinted and published in Chinese. He also manages his real estate holdings and investments. You can learn more about how to help your business at www.autosalvageconsultant.com.