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Tuesday, 22 March 2011

Special Report on Salvage

The Automotive Recyclers Association latest magazine includes a special report on salvage, subjects discussed include:

Global Goods - Technical advances in motor vehicles are making repairs much harder and raising costs. This has the potential to increase instances of fraud and sub-standard repair -- issues that can seriously harm the reputation of the auto recycling industry. How can the global auto recycling industry, whilst keeping costs as low as possible, continue to improve standards, consumer protection, and eradicate fraud?,

Fairness - The 2009 study titled International Trade in Used Vehicles: The Environmental Consequences of NAFTA, by Lucas W. Davis, Haas School of Business, University of California, Berkeley, and Matthew E. Kahn, UCLA Institute of the Environ- ment, studied the effects of the law since its passage in 1993, including trade patterns. The North American Free Trade Agreement was created to expand trade between the United States, Canada, and Mexico to make them more competitive in the global marketplace. As of January 1, 2008, all tariffs among the three countries were eliminated and trade tripled from $297 billion to $1 trillion between 1993-2007, according to the study.

Fleecing Customers - In a 2009 CNN report, Guiseppe "Joe" Pirrone was on vacation when a relative called to say that the work truck he had purchased for his business was being seized by the police. Pirrone learned that the truck he legally bought in 2008 was actually a stolen vehicle, and he was a victim of a car cloning vehicle theft ring. While the truck was now police evidence, he is still on the hook for the $27,000 loan.

Stakeholder Perspective - Automotive Recycling magazine, in an effort to fully understand the issues surrounding the current marketplace of salvage and allow for varying opinions on the topic, sent questions to seven varying industry stakeholders, all who are members of the Collision Industry Electronic Commerce Association(CEICA) Salvage Committee. Here are three responses with their perspective on our questions. We appreciate their participation.

The full articles are available on-line at, they are well worth reading.

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