Auto recyclers from across the U.S., Canada, Mexico and Australia came to the Car-Part.com Industry Conference to experience new product solutions from the online used parts retailer. Thirty-two classes were offered, nine of those being new.
Rob Rainwater gave insights into auto recycling sales management and techniques. Industry-related classes were presented by recyclers, core buyers and HR professionals, and an aftermarket quality program was discussed by Dan Morrissey, ABPA’s chairman. DJ Harrington emceed the event.
Recyclers were among the first to be configured for Car-Part Pro, the new search engine designed for professional repairers. Coaches helped recyclers configure their best options for extended warranties, accurate delivery times and brokering.
Recyclers also tried out the currently available CrashLink, which provides OE interchange, diagrams and a pricing calculator that helps value assemblies, interchange and non-interchange parts for collision repair pricing.
Other new product presentations included Real Time Barcoding vehicle and part imaging for Checkmate, Car-Part Pro and eBay; Checkmate Workstation; Order Trakker; new features of Car-Part Messaging; Coremate and more.
One-on-one training sessions were well-attended on Saturday afternoon, according to event organizers.
At the end of the first day, recyclers were treated to a night on a riverboat to relax and network while enjoying the banks of the Ohio River and the Cincinnati skyline. On Saturday, they toured Foreign Auto Salvage, Car-Part’s headquarters, and one of Car-Part’s two data centers, which combined house 500 servers.
Joel Larson of Al’s Lynwood Truck Parts said, “Whatever you people are doing, keep it up. I’ve not seen excitement in the industry like this since the days of Autoinfo.”