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Professional Automotive Recycling Industry Highlighted by VARA and ARA Leaders in Richmond Newspaper

Recently, the Richmond Times-Dispatch highlighted professional automotive recycler’s embracement of technology and the changing landscape of our industry. For background, the reporter reached out to a number of leaders in the Virginia automotive recycling community and the Virginia Automotive Recyclers Association (VARA) as well as representatives at the Automotive Recycling Association (ARA) in Manassas, Virginia. […]

ARA Calls on Automotive Manufacturers to Embrace Reuse of OEM Parts

In the recent September 2017 issue of Recycling Today, the Automotive Recyclers Association (ARA) continued to urge automotive manufacturers to embrace circular economy concepts by supporting the reutilization of recycled Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) parts. The circular economy is one of the fastest-growing global economic trends. The basic tenant of a circular economy framework is […]

2017 Annual VARA Membership Meeting

Join us at Chesterfield Auto Parts; (5111 Old Midlothian Turnpike, Richmond, VA 23224) for the VARA Membership Meeting. The schedule is as follows, 11:00 AM Welcome & Introductions, 11:30 AM E-Commerce/EBay Training (presented by Car-Part), and at 1:00 PM Boxed Lunch & VARA Membership Meeting. We will raffle a pair of tickets to the Richmond NASCAR race scheduled for that […]

VARA 2017 Annual Meeting & Trade Show

Don’t miss the VARA Trade Show happening on March 4, 2017 at the Richmond International Raceway in Richmond, VA.  This meeting is designed for all businesses working in or serving the automotive recycling industry in Virginia.  For more information, contact Sherry Whiting at 434-326-9842 or sherry.whiting@easterassociates.com.  Continue reading to download our attendee and exhibitor information. Click to view: VARA […]

National News Archive : June 2015

U.S. Federal Trade Commission Warns Automaker about Statements that Consumers Must Use Specified Parts or Service Providers to Keep Their Warranties

The U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) staff sent warning letters to six major companies including Hyundai Motor America (Hyundai) that market and sell automobiles, cellular devices, and video gaming systems in the United States. The letters warn that FTC staff has concerns about the companies’ statements that consumers must use specified parts or service providers […]

Professional Automotive Recyclers Meet in Washington for Annual Hill Day and State Legislative Summit

Professional automotive recyclers and industry supporters from around the country joined together in Washington, D.C. on April 9 and 10 to hold one of the most informative and productive annual Hill Days in recent years. Recyclers from nearly two dozen states participated in over 60 Congressional appointments to ask their Members of Congress for assistance […]

ARA Comments to Department of Labor on Association Health Plans (AHPs)

ARA submitted comments to the Employee Benefits Security Administration and Department of Labor on March 5, 2018 regarding a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on Association Health Plans (AHPs). For many years ARA has supported allowing associations to provide health insurance to members through AHPs because member organization, such as ARA, are uniquely suited to aggregate […]

ARA Applauds Congressman Advancing the Need for NHTSA to Convene Automakers and Recylers Recall Summit

During a February 14, 2018 House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee oversight hearing of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-IL) raised the need for NHTSA’s leadership to convene a high-level recall summit between automakers and professional automotive recyclers. After inquiring about the status of his FAST Act recall provision signed into […]

Automotive Recyclers Association Statement on Recent Media Coverage of Defective Takata Airbags

The Automotive Recyclers Association (ARA) represents over 4,500 professional automotive recyclers across the United States and in 17 countries internationally. The professional automotive recycling industry shares a common goal of safely and efficiently processing inoperable motor vehicles in an environmentally responsible manner. Over the past several weeks, local newscasts across the country have aired reports […]

ARA Statement Regarding April 19, 2017 Associated Press Story on Defective Takata Airbags

It is important for consumers to procure used vehicles and parts from reputable businesses licensed in their state. Professional automotive recyclers are aware of the dangers of defective Takata airbags and the federal requirement regarding automakers’ non-remedied recalled automotive parts. Many of these professional automotive recycling facilities are participating in Honda’s Takata buy-back program or […]

ARA Technical Advisory Committee Paper Presented at Society of Automotive Engineers World Congress

Andy Latham, chair of the ARA Technical Advisory Committee, recently presented at the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) World Congress on ‘The Safe Handling of High Voltage Electric and Hybrid Vehicle Components within the Global Vehicle Recycling Industry.” The presentation was based on a paper written by the Technical Advisory Committee. Sales of electric and […]

ARA Presents at 2017 International Automobile Recycling Congress

ARA CEO Michael Wilson presented today at the International Automotive Recycling Congress (IARC) in Berlin, Germany. Leading representatives of the international automobile recycling industry came together in Berlin for the annual international event. From March 22 to 24, approximately 200 attendees and 20 exhibitors from 22 different countries assembled in the German capital to participate […]

R.D. Hopper Becomes President of Automotive Recyclers Association

Professional Automotive Recycler R.D. Hopper, owner of Sonny’s Auto Salvage, Jacksonville, Arkansas, was welcomed as the new president of the Automotive Recyclers Association (ARA) tonight at the organization’s 73rd Annual Convention and Exposition in Baltimore, MD. Prior to his installment, Hopper had served as Secretary, Second Vice President and First Vice President of ARA and […]

Chad Counselman Selected for Secretary for Automotive Recyclers Association

The Automotive Recyclers Association (ARA) today announced that the Nominating Committee has selected Chad Counselman, owner of Counselman Automotive Recycling of Mobile, AL, as nominee for secretary for 2016-2017. Counselman brings years of experience in the industry to the Association’s Executive Committee and his stewardship of six locations in multiple states – both dismantling and […]