Recycler Newsletter – September 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.
FTC Closes Comment Period on Consent Order Forces Solera to Divest Actual Systems
The notice of the proposed settlement has been published in the federal register. The 30-day comment period just closed, but the analysis of the settlement is still worth a read for anyone who is using Pinnacle. Here is a PDF of the Federal Trade Commission’s proposed consent order.
Want to Sell More Parts Online? Free Website Evaluation Will Show You How
Want more sales from your website? More leads, better prospects, more parts orders? Some businesses pay SEO experts thousands to help get found by parts buyers. For only $500, you can have a white board meeting with Ron Sturgeon and learn SEO secrets, what Google looks at, how Google grades your website, and what it takes to get your website on the first page for high dollar used parts searches. How much more inventory could you be selling every day online? E-mail email@example.com and put website review in the subject line for a free report on your site.
USAA Admits Some Cars Totaled in Superstorm Sandy Were Sold Without Salvage Titles
USAA’s issues where the subject of an ABC news story about a flood damaged truck that the insurer totaled and sold for parts without a salvage title. The truck ended up on a used car lot. USAA totaled more than 4,000 vehicles as a result of Sandy, but the issues are with 174 vehicles that belonged to policyholders in New Jersey, according to a story on my San Antonio about the salvage vehicles on the road.
Milford Auto & Truck Parts in Chicago Hit with 20K Civil Penalty
As part of a consent order entered in Iroquois County Circuit Court in Illinois, Milford Auto & Truck Parts must pay $20,750 and transfer thousands of used tires and automotive waste to a facility with a permit to dispose of the tires and waste. Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan said, “The company was violating state laws that ensure public health and safety.” Pollution from runoff and West Nile risk were of particular concern to the state. The Illinois State Attorney had filed suit against the business in 2006 for similar violations and the state EPA began doing inspections of the business in 2010, according to a salvage yard news item in the Park Forest Community eNews.
Blaze Torches 300 Cars at Middleton, ID Based B & T Auto Salvage Yard
The fire at B &T was so large that smoke could be seen all the way to Boise, ID. Unfortunately, the owner does not have insurance according to a local news story. Best of luck to him and his employees in getting their business back on track. The only good news is that this fire was not as large as the one at his yard in 1996. Read KTVB’s story of this salvage yard fire (Photo credit Randy Mitchell).
“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.