Author Archives: Pat Finnell

February 2019 Newsletter

 Download Newsletter So a local rebuilder calls looking for a front clip for a 2014 Cadillac SRX4. You check inventory realize you have one in perfect condition and quote it at $4200.00 delivered. A repair shop then calls looking for a 5.3 engine for a 2015 Silverado. You check inventory realize you have one that Read More […]

January 2019 Newsletter

 Download Newsletter Like many of you, I have been in an auto scrap related business for most of my life.  So after more than 40 years you would think that I knew a few things and had a vast bank account of knowledge derived from years of experience to draw upon.  Not so.  The world Read More […]

December 2018 Newsletter

 Download Newsletter Having just returned from the annual ARA Convention in Orlando, I can report the show was very well attended.  It was reported that there were in excess of 900 attendees!  The fact that the location was at Disney World certainly was a contributing factor.  

November 2018 Newsletter

 Download Newsletter Certain aspects of the salvage business are very predictable.  We see the same cycles over and over again.  When ferrous scrap goes up the back-yard junkies come out of the woodwork!  You know the ones I mean, the guys with the beat up old pickup truck and trailer, they run ads on Craigslist Read More […]

October 2018 Newsletter

 Download Newsletter The Latest Converter Gimmick!  Recently our road buyers encountered something new to the converter market when a couple of suppliers told our buyer they had been approached by a representative of a large metals company saying that they are now buyers of catalytic converters!  This rep went on to describe their buying “program”.  

September 2018 Newsletter

 Download Newsletter The search started over 7 years ago, trying to find a location that would allow all the things Recore does to be built in one spot proved to be daunting.  My plan was to get or build a larger warehouse/converter production facility and have an area for the loading and unloading of crushed Read More […]

August 2018 Newsletter

 Download Newsletter Most of the yard owners I talk with say they are not having any trouble getting junk cars at a fair price.  We all remember when the prices were through the roof.   This was great when you were selling your loads of crushed cars but it was extremely difficult to buy scrap cars.  Read More […]

July 2018 Newsletter

 Download Newsletter The PGM (platinum group metals) markets that control catalytic converter prices are in a role reversal of sorts.  For years pt (platinum) has been worth significantly more than pd (palladium).  At times the price difference has been as much as double.  Within the past year pd has passed pt and shows no signs Read More […]

June 2018 Newsletter

 Download Newsletter Here in New Hampshire, our state salvage yard association has been hard at work serving our members.  Our monthly meetings typically produce about 50 members.  Recently, the meetings have had truly outstanding speakers.  

May 2018 Newsletter

 Download Newsletter Like most items in the news today, the proposed tariffs on incoming steel and aluminum are causing quite a bit of controversy.  There always seem to be “experts” on both sides of every issue screaming that their position is absolutely correct and their opponents are uninformed, are idiots, or are politically and/or monetarily Read More […]

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