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August 2016 Newsletter

Download Newsletter I recently had the opportunity to visit the research facility of one of the largest suppliers of catalytic converters to the auto industry in the world.  I saw this as a tremendous chance to learn what goes on at the highest levels of converter technology and R&D. 

June 2016 Newsletter

Download Newsletter Car and truck manufacturers have extensively changed the way new vehicles are built.  This is not news.  The vehicles produced today are completely different than the ones produced 10, 5 or even two years ago.  On board diagnostics and controls are light years ahead of what we all thought possible. 

May 2016 Newsletter

Download Newsletter As of this writing (April 6), things appear headed in the right direction.  I don’t want to create any false hope but most indicators are positive.  Writing about the markets here is very risky since there is a 4-5 week delay between the time I write this and the time you get it.  Read More […]

March 2016 Newsletter

Download Newsletter In recent years two of the largest players in the salvage business have been gobbling up smaller yards across the country.  Both Schnitzer and LKQ bought dozens of well run yards and proceeded to change the way these previously successful yards were run.  From the outside it appeared that the conglomerate would come Read More […]

February 2016 Newsletter

Download Newsletter In the past couple of years the automotive salvage industry in this country and elsewhere has undergone the most dramatic change of all time.  Prices of every single commodity we sell have dropped dramatically. 

December 2015 Newsletter

 Download Newsletter Just getting back from the annual ARA trade show in Charlotte, here are some of my observations.  This year’s show seemed better attended than last.  It looked like the exhibitors’ numbers were up more than the number of attendees but overall it was a better show than last year. 

October 2015 Newsletter

Download Newsletter No Value Cats Still Coming In—A month or so ago I wrote about Chrysler no value cats. As you may remember, these converters have OEM Chrysler marking sand are installed on late model diesel powered vehicles. These units look as though they could be worth $200-$300 apiece. They have excellent construction and plenty Read More […]

September 2015 Newsletter

 Download Newsletter This week Jeff Kantor lost his battle with prostate cancer.  As most of you know, Jeff was a tremendous leader and voice for our industry for decades.  Most recently he owned Car World in Candia, NH.  Jeff served as president of the NH Auto and Truck Recyclers Association for over 20 years.  

August Newsletter 2015

As many of you know I prefer not to write about market conditions in this column. The time between writing this and it getting to you is at least 30 days, so often times the material becomes severely outdated when you get it. I must make an exception this month since the markets are tanking so badly.

July 2015 Newsletter

The thieves and scumbags are at it again. Recently we have seen a few of our suppliers generating late model diesel converters that have NO value. These converters look fine since they have full ceramic biscuits in them and appear normal in every other way.