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Updated Agenda for VARA’s 2019 Recycling Summit & Expo – Register Today!

Automotive recyclers, industry vendors and suppliers are invited to attend the 2019 VARA Recycling Summit & Expo, scheduled for May 3-4, 2019 at the Executive Training and Conference Center in Sterling, VA.  Updated AGENDA now available! Our goal is to CONNECT all Recyclers, Exhibitors and Industry experts in Virginia to new ideas, technology and each […]

Jonathan Morrow of M&M Auto Parts in Fredericksburg Becomes President of the Automotive Recyclers Association

Professional automotive recycler Jonathan Morrow of M&M Auto Parts in Fredericksburg, Virginia was welcomed as the new President of the Automotive Recyclers Association (ARA) on November 2, 2018 at the organization’s 75th Annual Convention and Exposition in Orlando, FL. Morrow is a long-time member and Past-President of VARA. “I am honored to represent my fellow […]

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 […]

ARA Calls on Automakers to Publicly Release the VINs of All Vehicles with Takata Airbags along with the Serial Number of Every Takata Airbag Installed in Their Vehicles

The Automotive Recyclers Association (ARA), representing over 4,500 professional automotive recyclers across the United States and in 17 countries internationally, today calls on automakers to publicly release a comprehensive list of vehicle identification numbers (VINs) and their airbag serial numbers for all vehicles with Takata airbags. For decades, the professional automotive recycling industry has sought […]

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 […]

VARA President Jonathan Morrow Joins Executive Committee of the Automotive Recyclers Association

Professional automotive recycler Jonathan Morrow of M&M Auto Parts, Inc. Stafford, Virginia, was welcomed as Secretary of the Automotive Recyclers Association (ARA) at the 72nd Annual Convention & Exposition in Charlotte, North Carolina, October 7-10, 2015. As the newest member to the Executive Committee of the Association, Morrow will help direct the actions of the […]

National News Archive : June 2015

ARA Participates in Battery Symposium

In early November ARA was invited to participate and provide a keynote presentation at the Argonne National Laboratory symposium on hybrid and lithium-ion batteries. The two-day event, entitled the ReCell Center Industry Collaboration Meeting, included over one hundred participants from science, academia, automakers, suppliers, government, ISRI and other stakeholders. Marty Hollingshead, ARA’s Second Vice President/Treasurer […]

Recycled OE Parts a Solution to GM Part Scarcity Amid Strike

The Automotive Recyclers Association (ARA) today is encouraging all vehicle owners and automotive service providers to utilized Recycled Original Equipment (ROE) parts as a solution to the growing replacement parts shortage due to the ongoing United Automobile Workers Union strike. “As recent media reports indicate, the ongoing UAW strike is impacting GM part suppliers, repair […]

Global Industry Associations Sign Memorandum of Cooperation During 76th Annual ARA Convention

The Automotive Recyclers Association (ARA) announced today that professional automotive recycling industry associations from nine countries around the world have now signed a Memorandum of Cooperation (MOC). The MOC outlines a shared commitment to increase collaboration, cooperation and information sharing amongst the organizations. Representatives from Brazil, Canada, Japan, New Zealand and Poland signed the global […]

Chad Counselman Becomes President of the Automotive Recyclers Association

Professional automotive recycler Chad Counselman, Counselman Automotive Recycling in Mobile, Alabama, was welcomed as the new President of the Automotive Recyclers Association (ARA) this past weekend at the organization’s 76th Annual Convention and Exposition in Charlotte, North Carolina. Prior to his naming as President, Counselman had served as Secretary, Second Vice President and First Vice […]

ARA Steps Up in Response to NSF Exit from Automotive Recycler Certification Program

ARA announced today that in response to the recent announcement from NSF International that effective September 30, 2019 NSF will exit the Automotive Parts Certification business, ARA is taking immediate steps to mitigate the impact this will have on the professional automotive recycling industry. “ARA recognizes the serious time and finances that many of our […]

National Vehicle Mercury Switch Recovery Program Extended to 2021

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Acting Administrator, Andrew Wheeler, renewed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the National Vehicle Mercury Switch Recovery Program (NVMSRP) to reduce mercury air emissions on November 15, 2018 – America Recycles Day. The MOU was previously signed by ARA as well as the Steel Manufacturers Association, the American Iron […]

Automotive Recyclers Association Gears Up to Celebrate 75 Years

The Automotive Recyclers Association (ARA) is making final preparations for its 75th Annual Convention and Exposition, taking place October 31-November 3, 2018 in Orlando, Florida. The Association will be welcoming members from around the world to celebrate 75 years as the voice of the professional automotive recycling industry. “We are excited to use this 75th […]

ARA Responds to General Motors Ban on Recycled Bumpers

ARA issued a press release on June 15 calling a recent position statement by General Motors (GM), in which the automobile manufacturer bans the use of aftermarket, reconditioned, or salvage Bumpers/Fascias on vehicles equipped with advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS), a disserve to consumers. GM references the company’s commitment to safety and says that such […]

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 […]